Isla returns to town for one night only gig

Isla St Clair
Isla St Clair
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Banbury Folk Club and Festival patron Isla St Clair will make a guest appearance on stage at a pub in the town centre next week.

The Scottish-born singer has a strong fan base here in Banbury, having once lived in a neighbouring village to the town.

The Folk Club hosts performances by guest musicians every Wednesday evening at the Banbury Cross Inn on Butchers Row, and Isla is always more than prepared to support them in their musical endeavours.

She is also a regular performer at the club’s annual Folk Festival, which is due to take place in October of this year.

She is distinctive for her love of traditional Scottish folk songs learned from her mother and grandmother and is particularly noted for the depth of feeling she brings to her own interpretation of the music.

Isla’s success began at a young age as she recorded a traditional ballad for the School of Scottish Studies when she was 12.

In her teenage years she went on to win the Best Female Folk Singer award from the New Musical Express and she has frequently toured all over the world.

Isla is also widely recognised for her television appearances, particularly for her time as a presenter on the Generation Game alongside Larry Grayson.

Isla will be supported on the night by Buckingham-based singer songwriter Marian Wedley.

Marion’s vocal style has previously been compared to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell and this latest gig will see her introduce some new material.

The Folk Club event will take place on Wednesday, September 23 at the Banbury Cross Inn, with music starting at 8pm.

Tickets cost £9 each (£8 for concessions) and can be booked in advance by calling 01295 709881.

Limited spaces are available so pre-booking is recommended to avoid disappointment.

For further information about Banbury Folk Club’s events, go to: www.banburyfolkclub.co.uk

More on Isla St Clair’s music can also be found at: www.islastclair.com