ENNISKILLEN-born Belfast-based singer-songwriter Conor Phillips was recently accompanied by fellow musician Paul Corrigan to perform a set of original songs for Roadie TV’s The Stable Sessions.

Conor was one of 30 acts filmed by Roadie TV last month as part of its initiative to give singers and bands an opportunity to perform again in light of the current Coronavirus restrictions.

The first video from the session, featuring Conor’s original song, ‘Water and Lime’, was released online a few weeks ago via Roadie TV’s Facebook page and is also now available to view on YouTube.

Explaining the incentive of The Stable Sessions, named after The Stables Bar in Fintona where all the recordings took place, Sean McQuaid from Roadie TV said: “The music industry is suffering massively but we’re here to keep it alive and, in doing so, we’re doing all of this for free.

“When we started filming last month, the majority [of participants] hadn’t performed since February.”

Sean noted that following the easing of lockdown restrictions, live music was permitted for a short while, but is now currently banned with no end in sight.

“Many [musicians] are now unemployed, having to look for work. The Government has turned a blind eye on the music industry, which contributed £5.2bn to the UK Economy in 2019,” said Sean, adding: “Fermanagh, Tyrone and Donegal is surrounded by talent, but they don’t have the proper platform to perform on.”

Sean highlighted that John Garrity from Enniskillen also recorded a set of songs for The Stables Sessions, which is also available to view on the Roadie TV Facebook page.

Roadie TV is currently celebrating its fifth year of being out on the road, showcasing upcoming live music acts across the island of Ireland. The Stable Sessions was the perfect way to mark this milestone.

“We have to thank The Stables Bar in Fintona, Co. Tyrone for letting us use their beautiful beer garden for all these sessions,” said Sean.

He continued: “If you enjoy live music, then head to our Roadie TV Facebook page and if you like what you see, there’s a donation link with the videos to keep us filming for free.

“This week is the final of round one, so stay tuned for more of Conor Phillips with his song, 26 Summers,” he told this newspaper.