Big Weekend Of Music Coming Up

St Agnes’ Rough Island Band are playing this weekend

This weekend is set to offer locals and visitors one of the fullest programmes of live music in the islands’ licensed premises for the last five years

Between now and Monday, bands will play a mix of evening and daytime sessions at the New Inn, Old Town Inn, Turks Head and Scillonian Club.

With the general fall in visitor numbers and state of the national economy, some local landlords feel that entertainments provide the best way to fill up venues.

Robin Lawson from the New Inn says music helps the tills ring, and this year, that’s even more important. He says the economy and the Olympics have brought a downturn in trade and music provides a reason for punters to come out.

While Keith Campion of the Old Town Inn says there’s always been an appetite for live music and locals are always receptive. He wants to add more live music events over the winter because he says his function room and stage are ideal for performances.

After the Rough Island band on Sunday, next Saturday the pub will play host to Mercury Music Award nominee Seth Lakeman.

On Saturday, the St Agnes based Rough Island Band start the first of three weekend gigs at the Island Hall before moving to the New Inn for Sunday afternoon and the Old Town Inn on Sunday evening.

The weekend will also debut a new act featuring locals and mainlanders.

Billy and Tom Jackman will play as The Coyotes this evening at the Scillonian Club and tomorrow at the New Inn.

Local music lovers will know the brothers from the rockabilly music they played with their father Ray as the Jackbeats. This weekend the young men will be joined by two mainland members that they’ve toured Cornwall with.

Billy says the Stray Cats and Johnny Cash sound goes down well with people his own age because the genre of music is bouncy, easy to dance to and is familiar to many from the movies.

He’s looking forward to playing a home crowd as the nearest they have got to the islands so far is Mazey Day in Penzance.

Billy says there are a few bands here and if people like them they get an instant fan base. And without mainland distractions with venues like cinemas, an evening out revolves around licenced premises and more people are exposed to performances.