People need to rally behind musicians, artists and the wider industry in order to prevent its decline due to the pandemic.

That’s the view of well-known Killala musician Dennis McCalmont, reacting to the latest delay in moving to Phase Four easing of restrictions.

Musicians can avail of the Pandemic Unemployment Payment as self employed people, but McCalmont says people who love music can support artists in emotional and creative capacities too.

The Killala man says that public health must be the priority and he doesn’t see use in protesting health advice.

He says the ban on large public gatherings goes beyond musicians, affecting the entertainment industry, promoters and venue owners.

The singer songwriter told Midwest News that he personally doesn’t foresee a return to gigging until next April at the earliest.

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