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Johnstone make new friends across the world

The Johnstone Band has joined the trend for self-isolated performances — resulting in friendly responses from across the globe.

Friends
  The band has recorded a version of the theme tune to the popular American sit-com series

The COVID-19 pandemic may have brought live performances to a temporary halt for members of Johnstone Band but that hasn't stopped the Scottish band from striking a chord with audiences.

They have followed the 'virtual performance' trend during the lockdown measures with their rendition of the theme tune from iconic TV series, 'Friends'.

Fun project

Commenting on the initiative, Band chairperson June Deans told 4BR: "It's been a fun project, and we've had some lovely feedback. It's great to have something positive to work on and it also helps to keep us playing until we can get back together."

Band members recorded their part individually before MD, Mark Good brought the clips together to create the overall performance, which was then shared via social media.

At a time when we all need our friends more than ever, this upbeat music felt like the perfect choice to remind our loved ones we are all there for each otherMD, Mark Good

Momentum

As well as helping the Renfrewshire band keep in touch with its local fans it has also built on the momentum created after their podium finish at the Scottish Championships earlier in the year, something Mark was keen to point out.

"We had a positive start to the year so it was unfortunate, but completely understandable, when proceedings were brought to a halt when the lockdown came into force.

The virtual performances have provided a great way of making music and keeping practising so the band can hit the ground running when the time is right.

At a time when we all need our friends more than ever, this upbeat music felt like the perfect choice to remind our loved ones we are all there for each other."

Enjoy

You can enjoy the performance at: https://www.facebook.com/102721346447475/videos/332199571097788/

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