The Island’s libraries have started making some noise and want residents to be a part of it.
Last Wednesday, Newport Library hosted the first of a series of library gigs, featuring the acoustic folk of Chris Quinton and Ben Johnson, the sweetly subversive sounds of Floella Grace and friends, and finally some bluesy rock from PhreakAudio. All the songs played throughout the evening were originals written by the performers, showcasing the depth of song-writing talent there is on the Isle of Wight.
The first gig of the tour attracted around 30 people, and everyone – musicians and audience alike – really enjoyed the friendly, chilled out atmosphere.
Over the next two months each of the council’s libraries will host a leg of the Shhh…it’s a library music tour. Entry to the gigs is free, and light refreshments will be available, courtesy of local library friends and supporters groups.
When people come in for an evening of great music, library staff will be on hand to show them around and let them see what the Island’s libraries have to offer.
The tour has been organised by Adam Gaterell, senior library assistant at Cowes Library. After the Newport Library gig, he said: “We had a brilliant evening, the library was transformed into an intimate club venue, and singers and musicians really enjoyed playing here. And the audience seemed to love it too. Ventnor here we come!”
The remaining tour dates are:
Ventnor Library – 29 May – 6pm to 8pm
Freshwater Library – 12 June – 6pm to 8pm
Sandown Library – 26 June – 6pm to 8pm
Ryde Library – 10 July – 6.30pm to 8.30pm
Cowes Library – 24 July – 6pm to 8pm
For further details, please contact Adam Gaterell on 293341, or email [email protected]
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