Belfast songwriter Rory Nellis on video rentals and lockdown blues

In the early, worrying days of the pandemic, Rory Nellis delivered at the family’s home in Belfast. His DJ friend Mark was out with a roti, a homemade gift at a time when many shops were closed and feasts were scarce.

There was also a time when direct contact was not allowed, so the best they could do was to manage a few words on the side wall of the house. Rory’s son Jack also shouts to Mark that he is missing from school. It was a rare social interaction in their Ormeu Road lockdown.