DESPITE a year of pandemic-related curtailment on the Island's live music scene, local folk singers John Hacker and John Bentley have organised five online folk music events in the past 12 months.

Three of these featured spots from a number of nationally well known professional singers – Eliza Carthy, Miranda Sykes and Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer.

In the course of these events more than £2,000 was raised to support Newport's Quay Arts.

In order to keep the music going they have organised another online Quay Folk Club evening which will take place at 7.30pm on Sunday (February 28.)

Featuring a range of local and mainland folk singers, the evening is being run as a fundraiser for the club itself.

John Bentley said: "Having previously used our funds to commission spots from professional singers, we now need to replenish our funds.

This will enable us to put on more great folk events in the future.”

The evening will feature guest spots from Derbyshire duo Stephen and Julie Wigley along with local singer Keith Newnham.

Alongside this will be shorter spots from a number of other local folk club singers including Second Time Around, Maureen Shaw, Steve French, Linda O’Connor and Frank Heap.

Everyone who is appearing is doing so through specially recorded home performances.

More information is available by searching Facebook for Quay Folk Club or “Isolation Row, with the evening simultaneously streamed on Facebook and YouTube.

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