Erika Shearer and Karen Tweed

A well-known local fiddle player, Erika grew up surrounded by music. Her parents, Billy and Ingi Jolly, regularly welcomed the likes of Hugh Inkster, Davy Eunson, Tommy Mainland and Colin Pirie round for tunes, and it is these musicians, and the Orkney Strathspey and Reel Society, that inspired her.

She is a well known face amongst Orkney's traditional music community, regularly playing with the Ronald Anderson Dance Band, whilst her hotly-anticipated debut album, Roseness, was released in 2022.

Erika is joined at the 2024 festival by Karen Tweed.