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Bressingham singer details artists’ struggles during lockdown

A singer has spoken about the plight of musicians over the past six months, as booking opportunities came to an abrupt halt due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Indie/pop singer Robin Shaw, from School Road in Bressingham, said that the part or full closure of venues had spelt the “worst time” for himself and other budding musicians – after seeing his booking schedule fall apart as result of the pandemic.

“It’s been really disappointing,” said Mr Shaw. “For me particularly, and a lot of musicians, it has been the worst time.

Robin Shaw has found it difficult to book gigs since lockdown began. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography
Robin Shaw has found it difficult to book gigs since lockdown began. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography

“I had a couple of beer festivals and weddings booked, and lots of venues I’ve done previously in the last few years, that have all been cancelled.”

Unable to travel to his studio in Tottenham, north London, Mr Shaw has been recording music at home and sending it to his producer, Chris Hall, via WhatsApp, the cross-platform messaging service.

“It’s not quite the same,” he said. “It loses a bit of zeal and energy.

“Fortunately, thanks to the facilities that Chris has got, he’s able to make it in a way that sounds like I’m still with him.”

In a double blow, the 28-year-old former street dancer was made redundant from his retail job at Debenhams in Norwich, but added that the enforced solitude of lockdown had at least helped his creative processes.

“It has certainly helped me in some ways,” he said. “You are left thinking a bit more deeply and I dug more into my thoughts.”

In spite of the difficult circumstances brought about by the pandemic, Mr Shaw was approached by chart-topping London rapper Ironik in May, with the pair subsequently teaming up to collaborate on Fight or Flight.

“We had been in contact last year,” said Mr Shaw. “I sent him a song earlier this year, and he wanted to put his own spin on it.

“At the time, during lockdown, it gave me a big boost.”

To hear Mr Shaw’s music, click here .

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