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John Robert Deyell (Fiddle)


JR was brought up in Semblester, on the Westside of the Shetland mainland, and comes from a large musical family of 10 children.
JR began playing violin at the age of 11, but it was not long until he diverted to traditional fiddle lessons.
In 1985, along with nephew Andrew Deyell, he had the honour of playing for Prince Charles and Princess Diana at the launching of the new Aith lifeboat.
He has played with various groups including The Shetland Fiddlers Society , and the Westside Fiddle and Accordion club, but his first band was folk group "Eart Kyent" consisting of brothers Tom and Colin Deyell, cousin John Philip Johnson and Raymond Moar. They played mostly at local dances and pubs, but occasionally travelled abroad to international festivals.

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