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Covid creation Will We Ever Be Free, asks country singer Brendan Quinn for the over-70s

Legendary Quinn's lockdown single

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Productive: Country singer Brendan Quinn has a new album on the  way

Productive: Country singer Brendan Quinn has a new album on the way

Productive: Country singer Brendan Quinn has a new album on the way

THE Covid-19 lockdown has been a difficult time for many people, none more so than the over 70s.

But for legendary country singer Brendan Quinn, it's been a very productive time.

He has now released his lockdown-themed single, Will We Ever Be Free, and there's a new album on the way too.

"Not being able to do what I've been doing for 50 odd years came as a bit of shock," says Brendan of the restrictions imposed on all of us due to the pandemic.

'Everything just stopped last March. There was no more music. I had a 14-day tour lined up for May, plus other gigs and festivals over the summer, and they were all cancelled."

Brendan, of course, is an old soldier in the world of showbusiness and he has weathered many a storm in his career.

Like the rest of us, he has never seen anything like this before, but he took a positive approach to what we call the new reality.

"I started to stream gigs live on Facebook from my front room," Brendan points out. "I did it every day for 100 days and I reckon I sang about 700 songs.

"I really enjoyed interacting with all the folk online. Even though it's just not the same as playing in front of an audience, it kept me connected to my music."

Brendan also kept scribbling away in his jotter and came up with some new songs. They will be released on an album in time for Christmas.

Brendan's had a great career in music with hits that include the Faron Young song, Four In The Morning, and the Charlie Rich classic, Behind Closed Doors.

In 1974, he replaced Gene Stuart in The Mighty Avons and left one year later to start his own band, The Bluebirds, named after a Datsun Bluebird car he was driving at the time!

His new single, Will We Ever Be Free, takes a look at the current Covid pandemic through the unique eyes of the over-70s, and the trials and tribulations that that entails.

From not seeing family, to cocooning and trying to keep active, Brendan's lament over how times have changed will strike a chord with everyone at the moment.