JAMMIN’: Bec O’Donnell and Josh Harder are part of the ‘Friday Night Live’ program held at the Friday markets in d’Arcy Doyle Place.
JAMMIN’: Bec O’Donnell and Josh Harder are part of the ‘Friday Night Live’ program held at the Friday markets in d’Arcy Doyle Place. Rob Williams

Live music scene every Friday night

WHAT better way to unwind on a Friday evening than to be serenaded by the smooth tunes of local Ipswich musicians.

To celebrate the start of spring, shoppers have been treated to live musical performances this month, during their visits to The Sunset Markets at d'Arcy Doyle Place.

The initiative is called Friday Night Live and it has provided local musos with a welcomed opportunity to expose their talents to the public.

Indie-folk duo Josh Harder and Bec O'Donnell, regular features at the weekly event, said it was great to see Ipswich musicians supported.

Josh, 34, said there were a lot of great musicians located in Ipswich, but the city simply didn't have enough venues to showcase those talents consistently.

"There's definitely a growing music crowd here," he said. "But the venues haven't really supported it.

"A few more are starting to get on board though and I'm noticing more live acts around."

The North Ipswich couple, who have been playing for about 10 years, said they had been busking at the markets before they were asked to perform for Friday Night Live.

"It's a wonderful space to perform in," Bec, 33, said. "It's in the centre of Ipswich, there's grass for people to sit on and the atmosphere is especially nice at sunset."

Ipswich Events Corporation chief executive Paul Casos said he hoped to continue the fresh form of entertainment.

"If Friday Night Live is successful we would like to make it a more regular program and include it as a component of the upcoming Ipswich Festival," he said.

Since the inaugural performance on September 6, Josh said more and more people were turning out to enjoy the shows.

Friday's next performance will feature Bec and Josh Duo at 4pm followed by internationally performed musician Martin Raynor from 5.30pm.

For more information visit ipswichcentral.com.au and click events.

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