Hazel Wrigley is an outstanding guitarist and piano accompanist. A mostly self-taught player, she was mentored from a young age by Shetland guitarist ‘Peerie Willie Johnson’. With a long waiting list for lessons, this is a rare opportunity to grab some tips and hints from an accompanying master.
One of the leading fiddle players and composers to come out of Scotland in recent years, Jennifer Wrigley is seen as an ambassador for Orkney music, teaching the traditional fiddle style to the highest technical standard. This workshop is perfect for improving technique or general understanding of the fiddle.
After years of touring, the Wrigley Sisters returned to Orkney and in 2004 set up ‘The Reel’: predominantly a music school but also encompassing a cafe & bar, music shop, venue and exhibition space. The school now has in excess of 600 students, allowing the lasses to 'put something back into Orkney.'
Jennifer and Hazel have undertaken three world tours, visited forty seven countries (including fifteen trans-Atlantic trips) and appeared in countless television and radio productions. They have undertaken many musical and education related initiatives and collaborations; several with internationally renowned artists such as Evelyn Glennie. In addition they have also undertaken and delivered extensive teaching and music workshop initiatives throughout the world.
Jennifer and Hazel have won a number of national and international awards, with Jennifer Wrigley herself a past winner of the BBC Young Tradition Award, the UK's premier accolade for emerging folk music talent.
The sisters are unquestionably two of the highest profile cultural and creative arts 'ambassadors' to emanate from Orkney and are clearly appreciated as such within their home community.
Check out the 2016 details here - 2017 details coming soon.