Isla brings her coun­try style mu­sic to town

Central Otago Mirror - - NEWS - By CHE BAKER

Cen­tral Otago coun­try mu­sic fans are in for a treat with in­ter­na­tional star Isla Grant stop­ping to per­form in Alexan­dra on her New Zealand tour. The Isla Grant tour started in Hamil­ton on Oc­to­ber 20 and will go to 24 lo­ca­tions across the coun­try. Mrs Grant, who was born and raised in Scot­land, be­gan singing in folk clubs at the age of 14. She soon dis­cov­ered a pas­sion for coun­try mu­sic and has re­leased a to­tal of 11 al­bums. It is her eighth time tour­ing New Zealand. ‘‘As an artist you’ve got to take your mu­sic out to the peo­ple. I al­ways en­joy tour­ing New Zealand.’’ ‘‘I love the peo­ple and the scenery is very much like home in Scot­land,’’ she said. One of her favourite things about reg­u­larly tour­ing the coun­try was catch­ing up with peo­ple who al­ways at­tend her con­certs. Those at­tend­ing the show could ex­pect a ‘‘great va­ri­ety’’ with some of the old favourites on the playlist as well as songs from her new al­bum Breath­less. Hus­band Al is tour­ing with her, play­ing bass gui­tar, and Dunedin singer Be­van Gar­diner, the star of the Mu­sic and Life of John Den­ver show, will also take to the stage.

Coun­try queen: Scot­tish coun­try singer Isla Grant takes the stage in Alexan­dra on Novem­ber 15 dur­ing her New Zealand tour.

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