Crowds For Rough Island Band Keep Getting Bigger

The Rough Island Band

The Rough Island Band

The crowds are getting bigger each time St Agnes’ Rough Island Band tours the mainland.

Last week the group, who play modern folk and roots, played venues in Coal Aston in Derbyshire, Dalton in London and Oxford.

Band member Piers Lewin says they’re gradually building their profile both on the islands and on the mainland, generating a good crowd wherever they go.

They were invited to play by Scilly fans who discovered their music during visits to the islands. They’re also hoping to give performances in Exeter and Bristol and are planning a tour of Cornwall in April.

Piers says they’ve even been asked to play in France and America. That followed their successful cover of Paul Simon’s ‘Call Me Al’, which was popular on YouTube.

Earlier this year they chose another song to cover – surprisingly they picked the Beyonce song ‘Crazy in Love.’

That’s gone down well with fans and the group says they’ll interpret someone else’s song each year now. Piers says that some of their traditional audience might not like that, but people seem to enjoy hearing familiar songs played in the band’s distinctive folk style.