Local Performance Artists commit to making music, even though they can’t be in the same room.

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Lockdown is affecting everyone, but two performers from Larne, Northern Ireland haven’t let that get them down.

15 Miles To…

Entertainer Bill ‘The Thrill’ Buchanan and singer Ellen McClure have recreated the B-52s hit, ‘Love Shack’. With an entertaining animated video to go along with their vocals, these two have gone to amazing lengths to keep their spirits up, all while hoping to raise those of the public too.

With bars and performance venues closed due to the ongoing pandemic, performers have found themselves with little income and even less to do. While many have turned to live streaming events to remain in the public eye, Bill saw an opportunity to take another route to entertain.

Entertainer Bill “The Thrill” Buchanan devised a plan to bypass social distancing measures by creating an animated world for the friends to perform.

Entertainer Bill “The Thrill” Buchanan devised a plan to bypass social distancing measures by creating an animated world for the friends to perform.

“Ellen [McClure] and I have always joked about the idea of recording a version of the track [Love Shack] after performing it together on a few occasions. So, I thought why not seize the down time and do it”

Lockdown Recording

However, restrictions meant the performers could not meet up and record. Instead opting to utilise home equipment to record their vocals separately, and collaborate online to bring their project to life, but where did that leave the idea of a music video?

“I’d started toying with animation software at the start of lockdown to keep myself busy, this soon morphed into the short-animated series D.A.D. (Daily & Dire) Jokes. So, when the idea of a music video came up, I thought if we can’t go outside in reality why not create an animated world where we could.”

Despite being forced to stay apart Ellen joked that they are ok with abit of distance between them.

“He’s [Bill] intense at the best of times, so being able to record my parts without him cracking jokes and bouncing around was actually quite nice.”

Singer Songwriter Ellen McClure is no stranger to playing in front of a live audience, but this time she performed in 2D.

Singer Songwriter Ellen McClure is no stranger to playing in front of a live audience, but this time she performed in 2D.

“Our running joke throughout recording was I seemed to be doing all the hard work in terms of singing, while he just got to talk his way through it. I think he made up for it on the animation side though, so I’ll let it go this time.”

The Finished Product

With vocals recorded, and their animated counter parts at the ready Bill set about piecing together the final product. The video went live on their Facebook, and social media accounts on Monday night for the entertainment of everyone at home.

Are the performers just as entertaining in cartoon form? Only by watching the video will you know the answer.

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