Our venue might be closed at present, but this isn’t stopping local folk singers John Hacker and John Bentley. Since the lock down a weekly folk club has been running on Zoom and now the organisers are planning a 2 day Folk Festival later this month on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st May.
Called the Isolation Row Folk Festival it will feature some of the finest local performers, as well as a few mainland guests. It will run from 2-5pm on each day. The event is being held as a fundraiser for Quay Arts.
John Bentley explains ”I run a monthly folk club at the Quay and it’s a great venue. During the Isolation Row Folk Festival we will be encouraging listeners to make a donation to the Quay.”
Those who are appearing will do so through specially recorded video home performances. John Hacker commented “I’ve been on a steep learning curve to get to grips with the technology but it’s all coming together! We will be streaming the event through Facebook and Youtube.”
Amongst those lined up to play are JC and Kath Grimshaw, Second Time Around and Cajun Daze. Mainland guests include Abacus, The Silver Darlings women’s shanty group and Gemma Kwahaja.
Del Seymour, manager of Quay Arts, said “We really appreciate the support of the Island folk music community. We hope to be open again before too long but in the meantime the music goes on. Please listen in to the Festival and make a donation to the Quay. ”