The Shetland Times Podcast

The UK's most northerly newspaper speaks to Shetlanders at home and abroad about the fascinating archipelago we call home. Musicians, writers, artists, politicians or simply someone with a story to tell our podcast will feature them all. Email if you are interested in taking part or would like to suggest and interviewee.
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Apr 12, 2018

Charlie Gifford served as a lighthouse keeper throughout Scotland. In this episode of The Shetland Times podcast he shares stories of his career with Marjolein.

Apr 5, 2018

Didier and Valerie first came to Shetland for a visit 30 years ago. They have returned many times since, both for holidays and work. Now they have made the move and talk to podcast host Marjolein about this, and their new business, the cafe, C'est La Vie on Commercial Street.

Mar 29, 2018

Walls Brownies' leader Angela Leask speak to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about the Waas Up Helly Aa. On this Friday, 30th, March, the Brownies will don their Viking outfits to celebrate the last Up Helly Aa of the season. Angela explains the origins of the 30 year old celebration on the Westside and talks about the benefits for the bairns involved and the community as a whole. 

Feb 1, 2018

Freelance writer Louise Thomason speaks to podcast host Marjolein about her work, including her own blog:

They talk about the need for self discipline when working from home, finding creativity and living and writing in Shetland.

Jan 18, 2018

From a young age Hylton has been spending his time on the sea in his Dad's fishing boat and also on the Aith Lifeboat, joining his dad, who was Coxwain for trips. Hylton has just retired from serving as Aith Lifeboat's Coxswain for 28 years and speaks to podcast host Marjolein about his service. 

Dec 30, 2017

Podcast host Marjolein Robertson has been on a journey of discovery learning about Shetland's past traditions of the eight Helly Nichts (Holy Nights) of Christmas.

Listen as guest Roseanne Watt, who created the journey, and Marjolein explain the eight nights and what the customs are for each.


Dec 14, 2017

Young East Voe farmer Jakob Eunson won the agricultural category award in the Lantra Awards.

He talks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about this experience, as well as his new role as an ambassador for farming and crofting and the importance of apprenticeships.

Nov 30, 2017

Shetland born Maxie Bain has returned home after living south most of his life, both teaching and painting.

With his current exhibition in Bonhoga Beach Scenes and other obsessions he talks to podcast host Marjolein about his life's journey and craft. 

Nov 16, 2017

Ashlea Tulloch talks to podcast host, Marjolein Robertson, about the Shetland Befriending Scheme.

It is a voluntary organisation providing one-to-one support for people of all ages within Shetland.

Ashlea tells how she first became involved, explains the scheme and discusses previous voluntary work she has done including Oxjam Music Festival and a sponsored motorbike run.

Nov 9, 2017

This week Marjolein Robertson talks to her Dad, Frank Robertson about his life on the croft as a boy.

This episode was first recorded as a trial, but we thought it was too good to let it go without publishing it.

Frank shares anecdotes from working with the crops and animals on the croft. To talking about the changes in Shetland since the oil.

We hope you enjoy his stories.

Oct 19, 2017

Bruce Gilardi, owner of the Waas Bakery, speaks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about his beginnings in California, born to a Shetlander; his travels over the years, his jobs – including working for the US Navy during the cold war – through to his purchase of the Waas Bakery and what Shetland means to him.

Oct 12, 2017

Alan Gifford, of the Accordion and Fiddle Festival Committee, relives the highlights of the 30th Festival with podcast host Marjolein. He also speaks about his introduction to the fiddle and his bands over the years as well as his role in teaching strings in Shetland.

Oct 5, 2017

Shetland storyteller Davy Cooper joins podcast host Marjolein to discuss his journey into the world of storytelling. He talks about the art form as well as looking into what makes Shetland storytelling unique. 

Sep 28, 2017

Jim Sim is a missionary from Shetland.

He is based in Houston, Texas, and has worked throughout South America. Recently he has been involved in working in Panama and building houses.

On a return trip to Shetland, he speaks to Marjolein about his life in the Americas and work as a missionary.

Jul 27, 2017

Thor speaks to Andrew Harmsworth of Wester Quarff about being an incomer to Shetland in the 70s.

They discuss changes in Shetland crofting and politics.

Jul 20, 2017

Thor speaks to Mark Wylie, award winning trampoline and gymnastics coach originally from Shetland, and now running in Inverurie, Aberdeenshire. 

Jul 13, 2017

Marjolein Robertson will be hosting the weekly podcast from the start of August. Here's a quick introduction from her about the podcast and herself. Please visit The Shetland Times home site to suggest guests for the show and buy the newspaper. The new host is Shetland born Marjolein Robertson, find her on Twitter @MarjoleinR

Jun 29, 2017

Today's podcast guest, James John Paton, was born in Shetland in 1961 and speaks with Thor about his reasons for leaving "wonderful Shetland".

The one time Shetland Islands councillor is now resident in Skipton, North Yorkshire, where he maintains an active interest in politics.

Here he discusses life away from the isles, why he believes powere should be devolved and his attempt to host an Up-Helly-A' style event down south!

Jun 15, 2017

Shetlander @JacquyWatt enjoys a conversation with @ThorHolt about what made her move from Shetland and how she ended up living near Melbourne.

The chat takes in her university days in Edinburgh, working alongside Morgan Goodlad in the "first and only politically coloured council" and the similarities between Shetland and Australia.

Part of Jacqui's work in Shetland involved "engaging with the community on what we could afford". She admits questions remain about how successful that was.

And she recalls the summer of 2005 when the island games were hosted in Shetland.

Down Under she lives in a town akin to "Lerwick without the sea" and admits she is puzzled by the "hot north wind".

Enjoy Thor's chat with Jacqui and please let us know if there are any ex-pat Shetlanders you'd like to hear interviewed.

Jun 8, 2017

Today’s guest, Gavin Bell, is a speaker, blogger, and founder of Edinburgh-based social media agency, ‪@BlueCliffMedia. Gavin is proud to tell everyone that he grew up in Shetland. 

Gavin is proud to tell everyone that he grew up in Shetland and explains to Thor Holt how a childhood in Shetland shaped his future.

From tales of clambering up the cliffs, to leaping into the sea and coping with being the son of a police area commander. You won't want to miss Gavin's chat with Thor.


May 2, 2017

Thor Holt spoke to Sandra Vabarna in Estonia before Trad.Attack! travelled to Shetland for the folk festival.

Trad.Attack! were one of the most talked about visiting acts at this year's festival.

If you loved their music then you need to listen to Sandra explain more about how they find inspiration from archive recordings of the great Estonian folk singers and instrumentalists who created and performed music for work, leisure and festivities in the old times.

Sometimes starting with scratchy recordings of long vanished village voices Trad.Attack! takes it from there and brings their voices and their music to 21st century. Their signature sound involves building pulsating rhythmic structures, creating an impressively big sound from acoustic 12-string guitar, drums, an array of whistles, bagpipes and jew’s harps.

TradAttack website 


Apr 27, 2017

He's known for his fiddling prowess – but there are more strings to Aly Bain's bow.

Thor Holt speaks to Aly about the good things in life: food, travel and music.

From sharing a dressing room with former miners' leader Arthur Scargill to where to get the best steak in the USA, Aly shares some of his memories.

Find yourself a spare half hour, sit back and enjoy this conversation with one of Shetland's best musicians.

Apr 27, 2017

Thor Holt speaks to Louise Johnson of @shetlandfolk festival with some tips for anyone heading to the festival for the first time.


Apr 20, 2017

Fast-rising rockers Hunter & the Bear are heading to the isles in May as part of a national tour.

The group tipped as this year’s “ones to watch” is credited with pioneering a resurgence in rock and roll and they will perform at Lerwick British Legion on Friday 26th May on the back of the release of the self-titled debut album.

Hunter & the Bear’s combination of melodic sensibility with riff-laden tunes has been quoted as representing “the very best of guitar driven music today”.

From quality airtime on the BBC and national commercial radio, to an enviable slot supporting Eric Clapton on his recent arena tour, the band’s deft employment of rock riff’s and melodic song craft has seen them championed by some of the biggest names in rock, including Clapton himself.

The four-piece are said to generate a momentous buzz wherever they tour,
performing at increasingly large venues and festivals throughout the UK, Europe and beyond.

Band member Will Irvine talks to Thor Holt about the band, its name and the upcoming tour.

Apr 17, 2017

Today's guest is Lord Norman Lamont of Lerwick. Lord Lamont served in multiple Conservative Governments under Margaret Thatcher. 

He speaks to host Thor Holt about an official visit to Sullom Voe, his memories of Shetland and his father who was a surgeon in the isles.









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