Folks, get ready for Isla Grant

August 29, 2017

Scottish singer-songwriter Isla Grant will perform at Shepparton's Eastbank Centre in September.

Scottish singer-songwriter Isla Grant says she cannot wait to catch up with her Shepparton fanbase when she performs on stage at Shepparton's Eastbank Centre on Wednesday, September 20.

Back by popular demand, the country and folk singer said going back to Australia was like going home.

‘‘You can see familiar faces in the crowd while making new friends and fans,’’ she said.

Isla will be joined on the stage by her husband, Al Grant, and multi-instrumentalist Glen Flynn. She will be singing exciting new songs from her latest album release I’m A Survivor and her extensive repertoire of most-loved music.

‘‘I do mostly folk or country but I don’t think I can pigeon-hole myself,’’ she said.

‘‘I’ve never done anything other than music in my life and consider fortunate to have done this for 35 years.’’

Isla has grown up around music — her father was a piper, her mother a singer and her grandfather a fiddler.

From the age of 14, Isla was performing in the folk clubs of Glasgow and Edinburgh in Scotland.

‘‘The big acts working the folk clubs, at the time, were Eddie & Finbar Furey, The Dubliners and Billy Connolly, who was a member of the group named The Humlebums,’’ she said.

A few years later, Isla took her music south of the border to the clubs of north-east England, a tough learning ground for any newcomer in the business, where audiences clearly let it be known if they didn’t like a performance. She passed her apprenticeship.

Isla said she loved touring and was happy to go to those locations that were starved of artists.

‘‘I was touring in the United Kingdom and travelled to the Shetland Isles, at the time I was thinking, ‘will people go to my show?’. When we arrived at one of the islands, everyone met us at the pier and gave us such a welcome,’’ she said.

‘‘It made the tour so much better, you don’t get (kind of welcome) from the city, everyone was so kind to us and appreciated the effort we made to get out there.’’

Tickets can be purchased from Riverlinks Box Office on 58329511.

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