MacLeods are in tune with online community

Martin MacLeod junior and senior get to work on Tunes in the Hoose.

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Oban accordionist, and Capercaillie founder Martin MacLeod and his son, Martin, were also dancing a jig last week when their Online Ceilidh, Tunes in the Hoose, won the Community Project of the Year at the BBC ALBA Scot Trad Awards.

The online music community born out of lockdown was created by the MacLeods and family friend Peter Wood in March and has now became a worldwide phenomenon.

Using the power of music and social media, the project has united musicians across Scotland and beyond in more than 500 productions that have reached 2.5 million households in more than 75 countries.

Speaking about the award Martin Jnr said: ‘Not in a million years could I have seen this one coming.

‘Amongst all the doom and gloom, the Scottish music community has cut right through, a testament to the raw talent, hundreds of dedicated hours to the project and ultimately proving how alive and fired-up this scene really is, hungry to return to live gigs.

‘We are delighted to not only be nominated but to have won Community Music Project of the Year at the BBC ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards.

Of course, we share this award with all of our supporters, followers and most of all, our contributing musicians.

‘It is all thanks to them, that the tunes have been played loud and proud from living rooms to kitchens around the globe.

‘I’m honoured to have played just a small part in uniting these musicians and helping to raise the spirits of many throughout what has been a very challenging year for us all.’

Tunes in the Hoose is currently offering its Ceilidh in the Care Home, a free virtual show, to every registered care service in Scotland.

‘The show features the very best of Tunes in the Hoose, alongside special guest performances and a dozen ‘weel-kent’ faces who have all banded together to wish a very Merry Christmas to those who deserve it the most,’ added Martin.