Musician ‘hanging on by a thread’ after loss of Christmas bookings

A musician who has lost almost 20 bookings for the Christmas period has said his band is “hanging on by a thread” after the chief medical officer Tony Holohan said cancelling social plans was a “responsible” decision.

Stewart Quinn sings rule vocals for the events band Transmitter, which covers all kinds of events, from ticketed venues and weddings to corporate events.

The band has been playing together for 15 years and Mr Quinn was a complete time musician up until March 2020.

“Just a month before then, my bank manager told me it was a viable business. Things changed very quickly,” he said.

This Christmas the band had 22 bookings, the busiest they had been since Ireland’s first lockdown. Now, almost every gig has been cancelled, including parties at KPMG, Midlands Park Hotel, Gibson Hotel and a Christmas market.

“We are hanging on by a thread to the few weddings we have left, which is approximately five gigs,” he said. “When Tony Holohan made those comments in November about restricting movements and cancelling Christmas parties, that was it for us.”

Click: See details

Leave a Reply