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