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Davy plays ‘live’ gigs

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WHEN it was announced that pubs, bars and music venues would be closing, many professional musicians were left wondering when they would next get to take to the stage.

But with a little help from modern technology, one singer from Kirkpatrick Fleming hopes he can keep singing and provide some entertainment during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Scottish singer-songwriter Davy Holt came up with the idea for Lockdown Gigs – a series of live streamed performances for anyone looking for a change from their usual television-watching schedule. And little did he think that his first lockdown gig would be watched by people as far afield as South Africa and Brazil.

Brought up in Kirkpatrick Fleming and educated at Annan Academy, Davy has been playing music since the age of seven and turned professional 18 years ago. Now based in Inverness where he performs six nights a week, he regularly returns to Annan to see family and, occasionally, for gigs.

He said: “The idea for the Lockdown Gigs came to me last week when the bars, pubs and music venues were all asked to close. This instantly took away all of my work, usually about six gigs a week and it also meant no live gigs for people to attend any more. So live online gigs that would keep me singing and give people some entertainment during this awful period seemed liked the best thing to do.” The Lockdown Gigs will be streamed live on Facebook Monday to Saturday at 7 pm each evening, with Davy happy to take requests from his online audience members.

His first three performances have been viewed a total of 18,000 times and he hopes to start having themed performances, with a live stream for children due to take place on Saturday.

He continued: “My hope is that the audience enjoy the experience of free live gigs online, it takes their minds off a very difficult time and it introduces them to me and what I do.”

To view Davy’s Lockdown Gigs visit www.facebook.com/thelockdowngigs/

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