It's what we’re calling the new normal, but there’s nothing normal about it. 2fm’s Dan Hegarty has put together a radio documentary called Isolation Creations - listen to it above, and read Dan's intro below.

"I’ve been saying for years that my dream is to be locked in a monastery with a guitar, some paper and a four-track, and not allowed out. It turns out, it’s different when you’re not choosing it!"

These words from New York-based musician Ken Griffin will probably ring true to many now that we’re surrounded by the dark cloud that is Covid-19. Solitude and isolation have been key ingredients to many great works of literature and music, but right now that magical sparkle from that creative bubble may seem a little less appealing.

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Over the four weeks of April, the radio documentary Isolation Creations came together. It features Daithi’s YouTube broadcasts which yielded his single An Irish Goodbye, while Sheena Madden of Amplify PR gives a perspective on how the promotion of music has had to adapt. 

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Ex Rollerskate Skinny vocalist Ken Griffin’s recites verses from his Short Park Poem from the confines of Brooklyn, New York, while others like Hot Press’ Niall Stokes, Paul Noonan of Bell X1, and musicians Una Keane and Valerie Healy feature too.

The documentary is in every sense of the word a snapshot of life as an Irish musician during this global pandemic. 

Listen to The Alternative with Dan Hegarty on 2fm from 10 pm to midnight – Sunday -Thursday, and on 2XM from 11 am-1 pm – Monday – Friday.