Band spends lockdown playing in Norfolk country house
A top guitarist and his new band have aimed to play the blues away during the coronavirus pandemic after moving in together before lockdown.
Todd Sharpville, who has opened for acts such as BB King and Pink, decided to find a country house in Norfolk to hole up in when restrictions came in.
He found a group of musicians who have worked with everyone from Paul McCartney to Amy Winehouse to join him.
Sharpville said he was so busy was only getting three hours sleep a night.
"We are playing one to two streamed live shows a week and a lot of private performances as well," he said.
Hundreds of people have been viewing his live streams, while some of his songs on his Facebook page have had more than 50,000 views.
He has been in talks with a number of musicians about possible collaborations, including renowned British grime artist Stormzy.
"It is pretty much work around the clock. More work than before lockdown," Sharpville said.
Sharpville, who has been a key part of the UK blues scene since the 1990s, paid for the musicians to be tested for Covid-19 before moving into the early 20th Century house near Sheringham.
"We are the only professional live band that has been locking down together in the world. And when you look at the cumulative names on everyone's CVs, band members have played with three ex-Beatles, two Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Amy Winehouse, Ed Sheeran and Adele - a lot of professional experience.
"Music is a form of therapy for [fans] and a vital necessity to hear the chemistry that comes from musicians interacting together and jamming together in the same room."
Sharpville, who is the younger son of the third Viscount St Davids, said he felt the "weight of ancestors on my shoulder wanting me to do something to contribute positively to the situation".
He said he had created a partnership with a music studio in Islington in north London, providing a band for musicians.
"A lot of named acts are involved. It would be great to work with people like Stormzy, where the music is more interesting, mixing different types of music," he said.