Published: 14:30, 27 March 2020
| Updated: 13:14, 28 March 2020
Robbie Williams famously sang Let Me Entertain You - and that is exactly what Kent's singers and musicians are doing.
Trapped at home because their live work has dried up, they have taken to social media to beat the boredom.
They range from veteran rockers like Steve 'Boltz' Bolton, talking about his days on the road with The Who from a garden shed in Folkestone, to former copper-turned Elvis impersonator Neil Duncan taking off comedy magician Tommy Cooper in his front room in Whitstable.
Professional musician Chris Wong, who tours with Toyah and is the Marlowe Theatre's panto musical star at Canterbury, got so fed up he decided to play along to 'hold' music while waiting on a telephone line and posted the result on Facebook. And Cornish-born singer and guitarist Jayne Snow, now living in Rochester, has taken to entertaining neighbours 'live from the drive'.
Even comedy stilt-walker and juggler Allan Swan from Faversham-based Juggleitall has jumped in on the act, proving the best way to beat coronavirus is to go viral. He uploads a new video every Sunday.
Among the new media stars is Fred Clark who has not only been keeping neighbours happy with his garden gigs but also people from as far as Brazil.
The 28-year-old from Maidstone is a full-time singer and so was out of work once pubs and venues started shutting.
But instead of dwelling on the situation, Fred has adapted and is now staging performances from his home and broadcasting them to the world via Facebook live.
His neighbour, scaffolder James Richards, helped him build a stage in the back garden and since then he has been performing a mix of covers and original songs almost every day.
With his girlfriend Carys' baby due in three weeks, on top of the stress brought on by the coronavirus outbreak, Fred says he was feeling rather anxious.
But the gigs have really helped by given him something to focus on.
He said: "Initially, I just wanted to connect with people and so asked on our neighbour's group chat whether they'd like me to put on some gigs they could watch from their garden or windows. I got a good response and now people from all over are watching. It's really helped me focus my mind, too."
Being self-employed, Fred was also looking for new ways to make money and so has asked people to tip him via Facebook if they enjoy the music.
For some performances, he's been getting as much as he would for his usual bookings and has had up to 450 people watching live at one time.
He added: "People have been extremely generous and I've had some lovely comments. They've been watching from Ohio, Brazil, Peru, and all over Europe.
"I just want to cheer people up and try to keep it as upbeat as possible. I also like to have a chat with people, as that's what I usually do at my gigs."
Fred has several shows scheduled for the coming days - some specifically for children and another for care home residents.
His next will be tonight (Friday) at 7pm live from the Potting Shed.
If it's more uptempo music you like, veteran DJs Colin Hudd and Gillingham lad Aadil Rasheed have both been hitting the decks in live sets from their homes, Aadil even being joined by his dancing daughters Nisa and Safia.
Others to watch and listen to:
Allan Swan of Juggleitall from Faversham
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