Things were looking bright for Wigtownshire four piece band ‘Rhythm In Shoes’, then Covid hit and all plans were cancelled, the band that was formed back in 2017 have recently filmed a social distanced cover version of The Coral’s ‘Dreaming Of You’ to keep the music going and to help bring a smile to their fans faces.
All members of the group – Joey Pearce – Lead vocal/ Lead guitar, Gerry Byers – Lead vocal/ Rhythm guitar, Ben Fortnum – Bass Guitar and Euan Alexander – Drums/ Backing vocal, have had their own individual experiences and time within this industry and with both Joey and Euan working in their own respective bands, decided to come together to do it for themselves.
in a recent interview Euan told DGWGO “Based in Wigtownshire, the main goal was to create a top professional function/wedding band in our own area as well as travel the country to play all over. It has certainly been a learning experience with a few hiccups along the way however in 2020, things really started to come together with bookings coming in fast for lots of large/ corporate events and weddings both locally and in the central belt.
With playing events such as Skiffie Wold Championships, weddings in Newcastle, local charity events and having corporate events booked in Glasgow and being lined up for the Stranraer Oyster festival, we had a good year ahead. Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck causing a nation-wide lockdown putting a stop to everything. As much as this is a passion and hobby for us all, it was also a way to make money and much like hundreds of businesses, it has been a big hit financially as well as not being able to play our music.
We have seen other bands through social media coming up with various different ways to keep the music scene going and keeping there name out there. We decided to give this a go by coming up with our ‘lockdown video’ having each member record from there own homes and bringing it together to create our video.”
Euan continued “This has been a great way for us to continue to play music and promote ourselves for when life (soon hopefully) returns to normal and we can start gigging again. Our hope for when all of this is over is that the built-up demand gives us a full diary with various different events all over the country and people can enjoy their celebrations with a professional sounding band.”
“We’ve worked really hard putting this together, we did it ourselves and it was a learning curve, our plan is to make a lot more and get our name out there for people looking for bands when COVID ends.” – Joey Pearce
“It’s been fun making this with my band mates, and look forward to making more amidst the COVID situation.” – Gerry Byers
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