Tue. Jun 6th, 2023

An Irish cellist whose on-line recitals went viral throughout lockdown has expressed his fears for the way forward for social media.

Patrick Dexter says individuals ought to contemplate how a lot might be misplaced if negativity indicators the tip for platforms like Twitter.

He mentioned: “There may be such negativity there however let’s simply remember that if we lose this, and Twitter specifically, as a result of I believe it has a particular position to play in that area, there’s one thing actually tragic being misplaced.

“To see it go down the tubes as issues is perhaps going is, I believe, an amazing loss.”

Patrick, who started enjoying cello aged seven, was not on social media till Eire went into lockdown in March 2020.

Filmed outdoors his cottage in County Mayo, on the sting of Eire’s gorgeous west coast, his posts went viral.

“I used to be a school-teacher, so I performed to my classroom of major faculty youngsters and am now enjoying to hundreds of thousands of individuals on-line,” he defined.

‘It touches your soul’

I requested him what he thought had resonated together with his new international viewers – the music, location, or a mix.

He mentioned: “There is a sure visceral influence that the west of Eire has on you. You may really feel it now on this wild climate we’re having.

“That, blended with the sound of the cello and instrumental music usually, the way in which that it touches your soul and reaches into you and asks so that you can add one thing to it.

“It does not let you know what to assume with phrases, it form of suggests a sense, and also you then deliver your individual ideas, your life-story, to it.”

His new-found fame on-line has enabled Patrick to make music his profession, which is “a dream come true,” he mentioned.

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Patrick Dexter

He shares the credit score with co-star Naoise, his stunning rescue canine, who has develop into nearly as well-known as Patrick himself.

His debut album, aptly entitled Solace, was the best-selling of its style, and he has even carried out for President Joe Biden.

A letter from one fan in Canada was merely addressed: “To the cellist who performs outdoors his cottage in Mayo.”

“It doesn’t matter what occurs, if the ship of Twitter sinks to the underside of the Atlantic, I will nonetheless be enjoying my cello outdoors my cottage,” he provides.

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