redfunnel400To mark the launch of Acoustic Isle 2015, the Isle of Wight’s acclaimed acoustic festival, Red Funnel is hosting its biggest ever onboard live music event on two of its ships on 28th February and 1st March 2015.

The Red Funnel Live Lounge sessions take place inside the top deck lounges on Red Falcon and Red Eagle from 09:00 to 20:00 each day with 14 local acoustic acts booked to entertain customers travelling to and from the Isle of Wight.

Acts include Jim Elston of the Solent Inn – guitar god and now doing acoustic T-REX and Bowie covers; David Thornton – IoW musician with a new album who just happens to be CEO of the Isle of Wight tourist board; Sam Sheasby – brilliant Island musician with a new EP out on Itunes – cool and American in style; Skin Deep – duo who play regular gigs around the Island.

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Other acts include Nick Cane – an established Island singer, songwriter; Music Craft, Tea N Biscuit Boys – the Island’s hottest rockabilly trio; folk trio Wihtwara, upbeat trad jazz specialist Jukebox Jazz and Rebel and the Hearts whose debut EP is out now.

For those who just want to head along and listen to some great music, Red Funnel is offering an inclusive £12.50 day return fare for two foot passengers travelling on any sailing between Southampton and East Cowes on 28th February and 1st March 2015. Tickets are available on departure from Red Funnel’s Southampton or East Cowes ticket offices when quoting offer code RFLS1.

Acoustic Isle builds on the Island’s strong music and rock festival heritage and showcases the very best of local talent which thrives on the culture rich Isle of Wight. Featuring over 100 Live and Acoustic performances over 10 nights, the venues range from intimate friendly pubs, bars, cafes and restaurants in some of the Island’s most stunning locations.

The Island already boasts two of the biggest events on the summer calendar with the Isle of Wight Festival and Bestival; “Acoustic Isle” gives those festival-goers and many others the chance to come back and enjoy the “unplugged” ambience of the Isle of Wight from the comfort of a bar stool! The festival offers music lovers of all genres a great excuse for a perfect break

With Acoustic Isle taking care of the evenings, visitors are free to explore the Island’s countryside during the day. For accommodation, Red Funnel Holidays offer some great value short-breaks during Acoustic Isle – see for details.

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Jonathan Green, marketing and communications director commented:

“We are delighted to launch the Red Funnel Live Lounge sessions to coincide with the start of Acoustic Isle 2015. Over two days we will be showcasing some of the Isle of Wight’s best acoustic talent with 14 acts booked to entertain music lovers as they travel in style across the Solent.”

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