Byll Posted January 12, 2022 Share Posted January 12, 2022 The site has been rather slow of late. So, I figure I will attempt to get some input on a dulcimer-related subject. Our band contains 4 on-stage performers, a sound engineer, accountant, webmaster, and den mother. We normally have around 15 instruments on stage, during concerts. We all play multiple instruments and sing lead and backing vocals. Right in the middle of the stage area, are our two hammer dulcimers. The band is not a hammer dulcimer band, but the hammer dulcimers certainly are a very large part of our persona. In 2019/2020, medical issues and then the rise of C19 played havoc with our band and its venues. As the medical issues began to straighten out, C19 accelerated... We lost quite a large number of concerts, and also could not get together safely to rehearse our songs, tunes, sets, new material, etc. During this time period, we lost our sound engineer - quite a loss, both personally and professionally, for the band. We began lot of rehearsing again, in early 2021, as venues again opened up, and we signed concerts. We worked so hard, to attempt to get back to a respectable enough musical posture, to go on stage, again. August, 2021, we performed at a large outdoor natural bowl, with a new sound engineer and a large crowd. All was well. A number of successful concerts later, and we are again pushing up against venues closing down, family illness in band members' lives, etc. We have many concerts scheduled during 2022, and it is rather disconcerting to see where this all may be heading... again. Our band is beginning its 9th year together, and we want to continue. Do any of you out there have established performing groups that have been affected by the state of the pandemic, and the effects it has caused to occur, in the live music performance world ? I am interested to learn how you are faring, and to learn any hints and suggestions you may have for us - and for other performing groups. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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