Taught from a young age by the greatest names in Shetland fiddling, Dr Tom Anderson MBE and Willie Hunter, Shetland fiddler Jenna Reid is one of the finest talents ever to grace the Scottish music scene. As well as her solo work, she is also a member of Scotland’s top fiddle band, Blazin’ Fiddles, and the four-fiddle-strong folk/chamber outfit, RANT.
Jenna has performed across the USA and Europe with many musicians and singers, most notably, Julie Fowlis, The Unusual Suspects, Fiddlers’ Bid, The Finlay MacDonald Band, Dochas, Deaf Shepherd and Filska. She was also a guest performer on the third and fourth series of Transatlantic Sessions, where she played alongside Aly Bain, Jerry Douglas and Martha Wainwright.
Her debut solo album was released in 2005, with Jenna named Best Up and Coming Artist at the Scots Trad Music Awards the same year. She was further nominated as Best Instrumentalist at the 2007 awards.
Jenna’s third album was released in 2012, the second release on her own label, following on from the album “Escape, The Story of Jan Baalsrud and the Shetland Bus”; an original suite composed by Jenna and her sister, Bethany Reid. Her long-awaited live album was recorded in June 2014, in Lerwick’s Mareel, and released at Celtic Connections 2015 to wide acclaim.
“She and guitarist Kevin MacKenzie were terrific together, as he added snap and swing to her lissom hornpipes, while sister Bethany frequently left the keyboards to duet with her on fiddle, including a lovely rendition of Simon Thoumire’s Skye Diving Waltz, before Jenna swooped off into Janine’s Reel…”.
Upcoming Dates20th Jan, '19 - GLASGOW – Celtic Connections (Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, New Auditorium)
7th Apr, '19 - EDINBURGH – The Queen’s Hall
27th Apr, '19 - STIRLING – Tolbooth
28th Apr, '19 - LONDON – Kings Place
Previous Dates2nd Nov, '14 - Glenurquhart Public Hall, Drumnadrochit
23rd Jan, '15 - Celtic Connections – Glasgow
22nd Apr, '15 - The Pleasance – Edinburgh (Edinburgh Folk Club)
23rd Apr, '15 - Acoustic Music Club – Kirkcaldy
24th Apr, '15 - Universal Hall – Findhorn
25th Apr, '15 - Gable End Theatre – Hoy, Orkney
26th Apr, '15 - Stromness Town Hall – Orkney
27th Apr, '15 - Fossil and Heritage Centre – Burray, Orkney
9th May, '15 - Woodend Barn – Banchory
2nd Aug, '16 - SIDMOUTH FOLK WEEK