Hugh Town Shoppers Get Impromptu Folk Session

Tom Dale performing in Hugh Town yesterday

Shoppers in Hugh Town were treated to live music with a busking session yesterday.

Penzance-based singer Tom Dale, who was the folk festival performer at Juliet’s Garden on Thursday, put on a short session of folk and blues songs, appropriately next to the former Blues restaurant, at lunchtime.

It was Tom’s first visit to the islands and he was asked to perform after he entertained Islanders at Georgia May’s wedding on the mainland last year.

Tom used to be a drummer before he picked up the guitar and has been gigging since his teens. He’s 35 now and has been a full time performer for 20 years.

Tom says he’d certainly come back next year if he’s invited.

From Radio Scilly

Tom talks to Keri Jones after his performance

Hear Tom performing one of his songs

Tom had some tips for any aspiring buskers; dress respectably in a shirt and hat and don’t drink or swear. He said that will go down much better with the crowd!

And Tom says there are certain tricks buskers can employ to increase their income. He started playing ‘lap slide’ guitar, where the guitar is laid across his lap, rather than the normal position and he says he saw his income leap.

The folk festival continues with an open night at the Old Town Inn at 8.00pm.