Thomas Fraser DVD is released

Shetland Lone Star, a new DVD on the late Burra Isle fisherman and musician Thomas Fraser, is released this week.

It features the widely acclaimed 30-minute documentary on Fraser which was shown on BBC Scotland in December last year.

The film, produced by Hopscotch Films in conjunction with the BBC, was shot entirely in Shetland with local actors.

As well as the documentary, the DVD includes a recording of the 2008 Thomas Fraser Memorial Festival, with 20 performances from local and international artists.

In addition there are chapters with behind the scenes backstage footage and extra performances, three exclusive previously unreleased audio tracks of Fraser performing in harmony with his daughter May, additional interviews carried out as part of the documentary and a Fraser discography. Also included are exclusive unseen archive home cine-reel footage of Shetland in the 1950s and 1960s.

Orkney resident and music historian Duncan McLean has written sleeve notes for the release. He is currently involved in bringing a stage production of the Thomas Fraser story to theatres across Scotland.

Shetland Lone Star is available now priced £15.


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