Port Lincoln's Cellar Folk Club goes virtual

PERFORM: John Lecner performing at the Cellar Folk Club in February. Photo: supplied

PERFORM: John Lecner performing at the Cellar Folk Club in February. Photo: supplied

For the first time in 25 years, Port Lincoln's Cellar Folk Club will cancel its monthly gathering and turn to a new stage, the internet.

The club traditionally meets at Boston House on the second Saturday of each month for an evening of live acoustic music, songs, poetry, jokes and stories.

Acoustic music of all sorts are featured by the club.

However due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions, the club is doing its own bit to lower the curve by calling off upcoming gatherings, including the one planned for this Saturday, until further notice.

Club founding member Ron Higgins said it was a sad, but necessary decision to make.

"I think it's quite a shame but inevitable...we've got to operate within regulations," he said.

The crowd enjoys John Lecner at the Cellar Folk Club meeting in February. Photo: supplied

The crowd enjoys John Lecner at the Cellar Folk Club meeting in February. Photo: supplied

In place of regular gatherings the club is trying something new with a "Virtual Folk Club" on its Facebook page.

The club has invited local and visiting artists to record videos of them performing which will be put on Facebook as a virtual "live concert".

To view the concert people will need to click the "join group" tab on the club's Facebook page.

Mr Higgins said about 10 videos were received for this Saturday's event, which would begin about 8pm.

He said the club hoped more people would join up and start sending in music.

"There's quite a few people who have been to the cellar over the last 25 years and we're hoping some of them will send something through and keep in touch," he said.