ISLE of Wight folk singers John Hacker and John Bentley are continuing to provide the community with an abundance of high calibre virtual musical offerings.

The pair recently organised the very successful Isolation Row Folk Festival, which raised more than £1,000 for the Quay Arts Centre in Newport. They are now turning their attention to monthly folk nights.

Starting on Sunday (June 28) at 7.30 pm, the Quay Arts Folk Club will be streamed on Facebook and YouTube. The inaugural evening will feature over two hours of folk music.

Island band Second Time Around will open the show and be joined by an assortment of local folk singers.

Devon based folk singer, Miranda Sykes, will headline the event. The singer and guitarist performs with acclaimed roots/folk group Show of Hands, and is also a celebrated solo performer.

John said: “In recent years Miranda has returned to her roots touring and working as she began — one woman, one bass and one guitar. We’re delighted she has been able to record a set especially for us.”

As with the Isolation Row Folk Festival, the evening will act as a fundraiser for the Quay Arts, a not-for profit charity that receives no funding from either the Arts Council or the local authority.

Although the centre continues to offer a range of online arts activities, it is struggling to stay afloat. Del Seymour, manager of Quay Arts, said: “We appreciate the support of the Island folk music community and hope to open again before long.

"In the meantime the music goes on. Please listen in to the Folk Club evenings and make a donation to the Quay.”

Musicians will record home performances for the stream. Readers can find out more about the event by searching on Facebook for Isolation Row Virtual Folk Festival or Quay Folk Club.