The Orkney Blues Festival showcases local and national artists across various venues for a fun-filled weekend of blues music.
The UK's most northerly blues festival is now well-established and, like its folk-orientated cousin, is based in and around the town of Stromness (although Burray will host its own concert this year too). It welcomes some of the best rhythm and blues artist from around the world, ably supported by an wide and eclectic mix of local bands and singers.
It helps bring the town to life in late September, with music enthusiasts making their way around the various venues.
This year's festival will be held between the 23rd and 25th of September, featuring artists including the James Oliver Band, the Cinelli Brothers, the Tommy Bentz Band, Rebecca Downes, and Liz Jones.
Local acts include Rocker, the Burray Blues Club, the Andy Taylor Group, Bad Apple, Saltfishforty and many more.
The committee operates Orkney Blues as volunteers and do not make a profit. All funds go to providing bigger and better events and attracting well-known and talented artists to Orkney. The committee is made up of blues enthusiasts and local artists, with support for the festival coming from local businesses in Orkney.