Hailing from across Shetland, Vair are one of the brightest acts to come onto the Trad scene. The four-piece comprise of some of the Island’s most prodigious talents and offer a mix of traditional and new tunes and songs in their own dynamic style.
The band’s members have already played with different artists at various festivals and events around the country but only got together in 2012 after many enjoyable tunes together at the Shetland Folk Festival over the years.
They made their festival debut at Clickimin in 2012 to a standing ovation and have since gone down a storm with audiences at home and beyond, playing with artists such as JP Cormier, Tim Edey, The Kris Drever Trio, Shooglenifty and The New Rope String Band. Last year the band made their Celtic Connections debut to critical acclaim and this year they are set to release their debut album, A Place in Time, during festival weekend.
While Shetland will always have an impact on their style, the band cite Scottish and Irish folk, American Bluegrass and other genres from around the world as big influences. Their aim is to make music for any occasion, whether that be a blistering spree or something a bit more reflective.
Vair are: Ryan Couper (guitar and mandolin), Erik Peterson (percussion and vocals), Lewie Peterson (banjo, mandolin and vocals) and Jonny Polson (guitar and vocals).