As isolation continues, artists have been finding new ways to connect with audiences online.

Musician Tim Burgess of British band The Charlatans is behind Tim's Twitter Listening Party, where musicians and fans listen to an album at the same time and share their thoughts on the music.

Tim Burgess first "played" an album online 10 years ago - it was the anniversary of the band's debut, 'Some Friendly' and he played it and tweeted about it at the same time, inviting fans to join in and take part in the experience.

He went on to do the same with other records and, when the restrictions put in place by Covid-19 kicked in, decided to broaden his Twitter feed out to include other bands and artists.

The response has been extraordinary. Using the hashtag #timstwitterlisteningparty fans and musicians have been talking about their favourite albums, sharing memories and, as an added bonus, getting an hour away from the reality of life with Covid-19. 

Speaking to RTÉ News, Tim Burgess said people are telling him how much fun they are having listening to an album in its entirety. The Listening Party is also reminding people about great records, he said, and providing a connection for people around the world. 

The Pogues classic 'Rum Sodomy and the Lash' was one of the albums played this week, and musician Spider Stacey said that taking part in the Listening Party was an 'brilliant, uplifting experience'. 

He said the buzz and the level of intensity was almost like playing a gig and it was a great thing to be part of. It was lovely, he said to see how much the record means to people. 

TimsTwitterListeningParty can be found on twitter, and there is also a webpage where you can read about previously featured albums and check out future performances. 

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