Needless to say, it’s been a rocky year for the music industry.
Of course, the lockdown and restrictions that come hand in hand with the pandemic have affected musicians in different ways.
For some, the enforced solitude has allowed the opportunity to create, reflect and take a step back. For others, it’s brought along instability, financial uncertainty and isolation.
For independent musicians in local music scenes, the silencing of live music has never felt more intense, as the chance to connect and engage with fans face-to-face has been stripped away, replaced by digital alternatives to tangible connectivity.
Despite fans and artists finding incredible ways to adapt to the way that music is experienced, livestreams just aren’t cutting it any more.
It's safe to say that we can’t wait for live gigs to come back to our local venues and pubs.
With restrictions set to ease for performances from May 17, local cover band The Dockneys are ready to get back to what they do best: performing live.
Frontman Chris Back said: “The pandemic has been a difficult period but we have lots of bookings coming into the diary and are looking forward to a return to the event, club, pub and festival circuit in Devon and beyond from May 17.”
As a powerhouse of high energy rock and pop, The Dockney’s bring outstanding harmony vocals and refined musicianship to their eclectic roster of covers, performing renditions of songs ranging from Tina Turner to Billy Idol.
The trio, consisting of band members Chris, Andy and Martin, play covers from all periods and genres and bring a ‘Dockney Twist’ to their originals. The band also offer an unplugged, acoustic version of their set for the more laid back, vocal orientated, acoustic occasions.
While their online presence showcasing their lockdown rehearsals, online gigs and live music throwbacks have kept fans united throughout the pandemic, their return to live music is welcomed with open arms, with their first being a bank holiday return at The Park Hotel in Exmouth on May 30.
Follow the Dockneys on Facebook for upcoming gigs @thedockneys
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