TEESSIDE folk legend Vin Garbutt is stuck in a dream destination but all he wants is to get home to see his grandaughter.
Vin was returning home to Teesside, from a two-month Australian tour when the Icelandic volcano erupted leaving him stranded in Singapore.
The good-humoured singer said: “I’m languishing in Singapore. I suppose there are worse places to be languishing - the weather is fabulous - but it is expensive. I will have to cancel UK concerts but I decided all I can do is go into holiday mode.”
Singapore marked Vin’s final stop on his ‘40 Years on the Road’ tour. And he was supposed to fly back to the UK last Friday.
But the volcanic ash cloud has delayed Vin’s homecoming for two weeks. Even with everyone lending a hand to find out details and organise travel home - the earliest available flight will be next Thursday, April 30.
He said: “When I flew out of Australia it was day one of the airspace shutdown and I had no idea how serious the situation was.”
Despite basking in 30C temperatures Vin is anxious to get home as his daughter Emma has just given birth to his first grandchild.
The 62-year-old grandad had a fleeting visit to London when baby Evie Gabriella was born but then had to rush off on tour.
Vin said: “While on tour I have seen her occasionally using Skype but it’s not the same.
“I am desperate to see her, but along with everybody else in the world I’ll have to be patient.”
Vin’s wife Pat was supposed to join Vin on tour but cancelled to help daughter Emma with her newborn baby.
Luckily friend and songwriter Stan Graham, a 64-year-old from York, stepped in and joined Vin on tour across Australia.
Trapped in Singapore BA offered the pair no accommodation but a friend has kindly given them the use of his apartment.
Grateful Vin said: “The folk music world is not as cut throat as pop. I have friends all over the world.”
Vin will begin his 24-hour journey home on Thursday which means postponing a gig in Middlesbrough for that day, until May 21.
Vin may, however, make it as headline act at Hardraw Music Festival on May 1 subject to jet lag!
Go to gazettelive.co.uk to read more stories on the volcano ash chaos.