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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Sep 14, 2017

Chef Akshay Borges shares his story on this week's podcast, from leaving his home in Mumbai to study in Edinburgh, then his chance move to Shetland where he began working in the kitchen of Scalloway Hotel. Now, a trained chef, Akshay is pursuing a number of interesting projects within Shetland and also to promote Shetland food to a world wide audience. He discusses all of this and shares information about this year's Shetland Food Fair, on this weekend, with podcast host Marjolein Robertson. 

Now, a trained chef, Akshay is pursuing a number of interesting projects within Shetland and is also keen to promote Shetland food to a worldwide audience. He discusses all of this and shares information about this year's Shetland Food Fair, on this weekend, with podcast host Marjolein Robertson. 

He discusses all of this and shares information about this year's Shetland Food Fair, on this weekend (15th-17th September 2017), with podcast host Marjolein Robertson. 

Sep 7, 2017

Shetland born and bred Thomas Jones left the isles to study music and sound production after he finished his education at the Anderson High School.

Since then he has travelled the world working in different productions and tours. 

After returning to Shetland a little over three years ago he has begun working for Shetland Arts as well as taking part in numerous arts projects and the band Big Time Quell.

He speaks to podcast host Marjolein Robertson about these endeavours as well as upcoming music festival extravaganza Bop Stock And Three Smoking Venues.

Sep 4, 2017

As the curtain closes on another Screenplay film festival The Shetland Times Podcast goes to the movies.

Marjolein Robertson interviews volunteer coordinator Cara McDiarmid, director Hope Dickson Leach, professor Phil Scraton, actor George MacKay and festival co-curators Mark Kermode and Linda Ruth Williams.


Aug 24, 2017

The Heavy Metal Buffet podcast began in the summer of 2012.

From its inception five years ago the podcast grew into an online video channel and annual rock festival. Though, this weekend (25th-28th August) will be the last ever Buffet rock festival.

Founder and host Dirk Robertson tells host (and his sister) Marjolein Robertson, all about his background and how much he has enjoyed promoting music in the isles.

Listen on for a potted history of Heavy Metal Buffet. 

Aug 17, 2017

When the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo's Brigadier David Allfrey first visited Shetland he discovered the heart of Shetland's musical heritage – the fiddle.

When he requested a troupe of Shetland fiddlers to perform at the 2014 tattoo Margaret Robertson formed, along with others, Hjaltibonhoga.

Since then Hjaltibonhoga have been invited back time and time again – they are now one of three pillars of the REMT. 

Hear Margaret's story and insights into Hjaltibonhoga's experiences at the military tattoo.

Aug 10, 2017

Joe Christie, a Shetland student in Edinburgh, is performing in the musical Company at this year's Edinburgh Fringe. Join host Marjolein and Joe as they discuss this year's production as well as performances he has taken part in a previous Fringe as well as at home in the Shetland Youth Theatre. 

Aug 3, 2017

Comedian Phill Jupitus has been touring his latest show Juplicity and gave some time to The Shetland Times podcast to give an update on his tour and discuss his time in Shetland so far. 

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

Jul 6, 2017

Thor Holt speaks to John and Jane Coutts, who met while living in Fetlar and now bide in Spain.

They explain what took them to the Mediterranean and how life is similar – and different – to that in Shetland.

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 22, 2017

Thor Holt speaks to Shetland Island Games secretary Bob Kerr of @TeamShetland ahead of next week's games in Gotland.

A team of 129 competitors, coaches and backroom staff have made the journey to the Swedish isle. And Shetland Times reporter Adam Guest has made the trip, too.

He will be doing daily updates on and on our Facebook and Twitter pages. A special pull-out supplement will be included with the paper on Fridays 30th June and 7th July.

Our coverage of the island games is sponsored by Harper Macleod, RSM, Shetland Powertools and TL Dallas.

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 15, 2017

Thor Holt talks to Tom Morton about the latest on Promote Shetland.

He offers his point of view on the situation that is developing in the aftermath of Shetland Islands Council's decision to not award a contract for the service.

There's full coverage in this week's Shetland Times.

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.


Jun 1, 2017

Anderson High School teacher Kirsti Leask and SIC Active Schools coordinator Sanna Aitken are two of the Shetland netball team's top performing players.

They were recently selected to take part in Netball Scotland’s Performance League, which acts as a bridge between local and elite level competition.

The duo speak to host Thor Holt and educate him on the ways and whys of Shetland netball and explain what they hope to achieve with the new-found skills they have developed on the back of the performance league.

May 25, 2017

Shetland ex-Whalers Association chairman, Gibbie Fraser shares some of his memories of the industry.

May 18, 2017

Shetland comedian Marjolein Robertson is on tour in New Zealand. She took time out from her schedule, which has included avoiding southern hemisphere hurricanes, to talk comedy and tell stories with Thor Holt.


Catch up with Marjolein on Twitter @MarjoleinR or YouTube  

May 11, 2017

Filming has started on the fourth series of acclaimed BBC One drama, Shetland so Thor Holt spoke to the award-winning producer, Eric Coulter.

He tells us more about the process of shooting the crime drama, the challenges associated with five weeks of filming in Shetland and how to work with the dialect.

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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