Now is the time when artists must go to work

The job of our writers and musicians as the Covid-19 pandemic spreads is not to lament our despair, but to lead us in finding ways to cope and heal

22nd March, 2020
Now is the time when artists must go to work
Artists have been using their talents to keep us smiling during these difficult times. Picture: PA

On St Patrick’s Day at midday, Irish people went outside their front doors to sing Oró Sé do Bheatha ’Bhaile. Some wits suggested it would have been more appropriate to sing Molly Malone, for “she died of a fever”.

In Italy, the people are singing nightly from their balconies. Our social media feeds are full of spontaneous performances staged to keep people’s spirits up, such as the children...

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