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The latest online monthly folk music concert heads to the Quay Arts Folk Club tomorrow (Sunday 26th July).

Following the success of last month’s event, July sees acclaimed Essex folk duo Vicki Swan and Jonny Dyer headlining the evening.

Prior to the lockdown local folk singers John Bentley and Mike Butler organised monthly folk evenings at Quay Arts.

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John explains:

“The folk evenings have become very popular and venues like Quay Arts are an important part of artistic life on the Island. Until things get fully back to normal we’re putting on regular online events to help raise money for Quay Arts.”

A key member of the team is another local folk singer, John Hacker, who is fast becoming a technical wizard with the video editing software and technical side of streaming events.

Starting at 19:30, the Quay Arts Folk Club will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The evening will feature over 2 hours of top-notch folk music.

Local folk band ‘Coppersmith’ will open the evening and be followed by short floor spots from local folk club singers Lindsay Flaxmer, Mike Butler and Tony Nicol along with story-teller Sue Bailey.

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Headlining the evening will be Vicky Swan and Jonny Dyer. The duo play a range of instruments including the Swedish nykleharpa and cow horn. They have a wide-ranging repertoire which blends traditional and contemporary folk music along with their self-penned songs and tunes. Regulars at folk clubs and festivals up and down the land they have a warm and winning way with the audience.

As with the Isolation Row Folk Festival, the evening is being run as a fundraiser for the Quay Arts Centre in Newport. The Quay is a not-for-profit charity and receives no funding from either the Arts Council or the local authority. Although the Quay has recently re-opened its café and gallery they are still unable to stage live events and need on-going support to survive.

Listeners to the Folk Club event are urged to make a donation to the Quay.

Readers can find out more about the event by visiting Quay Folk Club. The evening will be streamed on YouTube – search for Quay Folk Club July 2020.

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