The Covid ceilidh provides 'constant catharsis'

Virtual ceilidh launched to help people feel ‘connected’ and ‘uplifted’ is embraced by both young musicians and teachers

Emma Seith

Coronavirus: A 'Covid ceilidh' is lifting spirits in Scotland

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.


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.

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.”

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Emma Seith

Emma Seith

Emma Seith is a reporter for TES Scotland

Find me on Twitter @Emma_Seith

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