An impromptu virtual ceilidh – which in the words of one teacher is providing a “constant stream of catharsis and wonderful sharing of music” – has taken off on Twitter.
The ceilidh – featuring talented Scottish pupils and music teachers – can be found via the hashtag #CovidCeilidh. It was launched by Highland fiddle player and composer Duncan Chisholm, to give comfort and to help people stay connected as they practise social distancing or self-isolate to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Scottish schools were forced to close their doors as a result of coronavirus at the end of last week.
Sending you another tune on a beautiful Highland morning.— Duncan Chisholm (@DuncanWChisholm) March 19, 2020
We’re encouraging musicians from around the world to post an acoustic tune or song a day using the #COVIDCeilidh hashtag. Hopefully to give comfort and show… https://t.co/7Dz4jCAxZ1
Music lifts spirits in the coronavirus crisis
The result is a collection of short traditional music clips, from a young bagpiper in isolation playing for his grandparents who live across the field, to Katie “aged five and three-quarters” playing the song Calum’s Road with her dad.
We’re in isolation for the next 14 days. We live across the field from my parents who are over seventy. My son just played the pipes across the field for them. It cheered us all up. Music will get us through this. #covidceilidh pic.twitter.com/UyGdLIH9ln— Helen Needham (@HelenNeedham) March 20, 2020
A moment of calm after a mental week! @DuncanWChisholm moments from #COVIDCeilidh have been a tonic! Here’s Calum’s Road - assisted here by Katie - aged five and three-quarters 😂👍🏻🎵🎶🎹 #highlands #ceol pic.twitter.com/ed2GREdpgi— BBCIainMac (@BBCIainMac) March 21, 2020
Happy Mother’s Day from the Chisholm household!!— Duncan Chisholm (@DuncanWChisholm) March 22, 2020
Myself and Isaac thought we would play one of our favourite tunes for you, @ShawDonald ‘s beautiful ‘Camhanaich Air Machair’ #LifeIsGood #COVIDCeilidh ❤️ pic.twitter.com/9YXAdQGtj8
Highlighting the new stream of music, Scottish teacher Athole McLauchlan recommended teachers follow the hashtag. He tweeted: “This is a constant stream of catharsis and wonderful sharing of amazing music.”
This is a constant stream of catharsis and wonderful sharing of amazing music. Follow the hashtag. #COVIDCeilidh— Athole (@athole) March 24, 2020