In Search Of The Holy Quail

Three musicians - Guy Garvey of Elbow, Martin Noble of British Sea Power and Marc Riley, formerly of The Fall and a BBC 6 Music presenter - explore the rugged terrain of Shetland in search of the quail.

They travel to to Sumburgh Head on the southern tip of Shetland Mainland, to a traditional Shetland music session in a Lerwick pub and to Mousa Broch, one of the world's largest Storm Petrel breeding colonies, on their search for the elusive bird.

As there are no more than four quail seen in the Shetlands during a typical season, the chances of seeing one are slim.

A Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 4.

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4 Extra Debut. Rock musicians and bird watchers Guy Garvey, Martin Noble and Marc Riley go to Shetland in search of the quail. From September 2009.

Three musicians explore the rugged terrain of Shetland in search of the quail.

Rock musicians and bird watchers Guy Garvey, Martin Noble and Marc Riley go to Shetland in search of the quail. From September 2009.

20100505

Three musicians - Guy Garvey of Elbow, Martin Noble of British Sea Power and Marc Riley, formerly of The Fall and a BBC 6 Music presenter - explore the rugged terrain of Shetland in search of the quail.

They travel to to Sumburgh Head on the southern tip of Shetland Mainland, to a traditional Shetland music session in a Lerwick pub and to Mousa Broch, one of the world's largest Storm Petrel breeding colonies, on their search for the elusive bird.

As there are no more than four quail seen in the Shetlands during a typical season, the chances of seeing one are slim.

A Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 4.

2009090520180905 (BBC7)
20180906 (BBC7)

Three musicians - Guy Garvey of Elbow, Martin Noble of British Sea Power and Marc Riley, formerly of The Fall and a BBC 6 Music presenter - explore the rugged terrain of Shetland in search of the quail.

They travel to to Sumburgh Head on the southern tip of Shetland Mainland, to a traditional Shetland music session in a Lerwick pub and to Mousa Broch, one of the world's largest Storm Petrel breeding colonies, on their search for the elusive bird.

As there are no more than four quail seen in the Shetlands during a typical season, the chances of seeing one are slim.

A Smooth Operations production for BBC Radio 4.Three musicians explore the rugged terrain of Shetland in search of the quail.