BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The Covid-19 pandemic put a pause on many events and operations for the music industry this year — and the Irish Tenors are no exception.
According to their website, the Irish Tenors debuted in 1998 in a PBS special. They have since toured at various locations across the world, including large American venues like Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden.
But after the Covid-19 pandemic hit in March, Irish Tenor Member Anthony Kearns said his life came to a standstill, like many others in his position.
"Fortunately for me in the last month or six weeks I had the project, I recorded a little song, [called] "Macy's Window."
According to Kearns' publicist, Kirsten Fedewa, Macy's flagship window in New York is dedicated to frontline workers.
Fedewa said this makes Kearns' new song "even more poignant," as Kearns worked to benefit U.S. military vets and frontline workers after 9/11 and Hurricane Sandy, and more recently, has performed in concerts to help those coping with the pandemic.
"I was asked to do some "Covid Care Concerts" which is traveling around with a group called Mobile Music Machine," Kearns said. "Performing at care homes and nursing homes and retirement homes. We perform outside in the yard, it was wonderful."
Kearns added that having any crowd to perform for is the "bottom line" for his work.
"Music needs an audience," he said.
The group did not tour for the holidays this season for the first time in 21 years because of the pandemic. Instead, they streamed a virtual show for fans, in order to adhere to Covid-19 restrictions.
The concert was recorded from the U.S. Ambassadors to Ireland's Residence, Deerfield in Dublin for fans to tune in and celebrate the holiday season, airing on Dec. 19, Dec. 23 and Dec. 27th.
WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_MadisonRogers) reports.
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(Photo: Kirsten Fedewa & Associates, L.L.C.)