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To help keep spirits high during lockdown, a 16-year-old musician has been posting songs every day on a village Facebook page.

Erin Tasker, of Snettisham, started uploading the videos on April 7 and has received positive feedback from those listening while in isolation.

The artist, who attends Access Creative College in Norwich, started the initiative by posting a 30 second clip of her singing the Beatles.

Erin Tasker, 16, has been performing for Snettisham residents during lockdown. Picture: SUBMITTED
Erin Tasker, 16, has been performing for Snettisham residents during lockdown. Picture: SUBMITTED

She has since performed full songs including 'Here Comes the Sun' and 'Running Up That Hill' by Kate Bush.

Erin, whose band ‘Geese not Gooses’ recently appeared on BBC One's Inside Out, said she has enjoyed sharing her music after events and gigs have been cancelled.

She said: "I will hopefully keep on going until lockdown ends. People seem to be enjoying it. A lot of people have said how lovely it is to hear, and someone said I was the voice of Snettisham!

"I have been writing quite a lot of original music as well and hope to release an EP."

The teenager has been using software called GarageBand when releasing her music.

Villagers, as well as people living in surrounding places such as Hunstanton and Heacham, have been reacting to the daily performances, which can be found on the Snettisham Village group page.

One response said: "You are blossoming day by day. So much stronger and so gifted. Bless you, we appreciate all your time and love."

Another commented: "Lovely thank you I have enjoyed listening to you and look forward to your daily renditions, they are keeping me going."

As well as posting individual music to keep people smiling, Erin has continued to take part in the Springwood High School band sessions, which are being performed virtually during the pandemic.

She was initially asked to return to her school's band to play the flute, and has enjoyed taking part in online videos during lockdown. Each student records their individual part at home which is then put together on the group's You Tube channel.

It has been a frustrating period in some ways for the young artist, who was due to take part in the Music for Youth competition with her friend and fellow band member Toby Young. If they had progressed through their heat they would have had the opportunity to perform at Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

However, her college continue to hold classes online so that students like Erin can continue to play during a challenging time.

Erin said: "Online classes keep your motivation up for writing and posting music as much as you can, especially as we can't get out and gig."

Appearing on BBC One for a show focusing on how young people get into the music industry has been a recent highlight for Erin and her ‘Geese not Gooses’ band members.

Speaking about the show, she said: "It was really, really weird seeing myself on TV but it was interesting to see how everything was put together."

The band has been unable to continue their work during the coronavirus, but as Erin has shown, it is still possible to bring music into homes at this time of crisis.

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