A con­cert from the heart

Scot­tish coun­try and folk per­former Isla Grant per­forms in the Re­gent on Broad­way this Satur­day, pos­si­bly for the last time.

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Isla’s New Zealand farewell tour is her ninth visit here, fea­tur­ing songs on latest al­bum From the Heart.

It’s an al­bum based around a col­lec­tion of per­sonal tributes, in­clud­ing a song she wrote for her grand­daugh­ter Amy, and another which re­vis­its the se­ri­ous car ac­ci­dent that kept her from tour­ing for five years.

There’ll also be an affectionate me­an­der down mem­ory lane with picks from a long and suc­cess­ful ca­reer.

Isla’s love of mu­sic started as a child lis­ten­ing to her mother’s Scot­tish and Ir­ish records.

At the age of eight she was pluck­ing the strings on her brother’s guitar, and by the time she was 14, she was singing in folk clubs.

Then Isla dis­cov­ered coun­try mu­sic and changed her ca­reer di­rec­tion. 11 al­bums – some triple plat­inum, and her own record la­bel, fol­lowed.

Joined on stage by good­hu­moured hus­band Al, who per­forms a Jim Reeves’ trib­ute, and multi in­stru­men­tal­ist Glen Flynn, Isla can’t wait to catch up with the loyal Kiwi fans she has come to know over the years,

‘‘I think peo­ple re­ally re­late to the three of us up there more than a big band. We get on so well and have a lot of fun on the road.’’

De­spite this be­ing a farewell tour, Isla hasn’t to­tally dis­missed the idea of another trip dow­nun­der.

‘‘If enough peo­ple want us then we’ll be back,’’ she says.

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It may be the last chance for Isla Grant fans to catch up with the pop­u­lar singer-song­writer as she calls time on tour­ing.


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