Keep calm and ceilidh on: Oban couple to take music performance online

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An Oban couple, who would usually be giving tours and performances to international guests are, instead, bringing Scotland to the world with a virtual ceilidh.

Imagine Alba Tours and Media, owned by Rab and Michelle Woods, will present A Burns Night Hooley on YouTube, premiering on Saturday, January 23, at 9pm. The couple will host the evening’s entertainment, which is free to view, from their home in Lerags, performing music celebrating Robert Burns.

Michelle told us: ‘Live music was one of the first fun things to go during lockdown, and it will be among the last to return. Musicians have missed playing and fans have missed hearing, so we hope that our virtual ceilidh will bring everyone a much needed bit of cheer.’

Joining the duo by video link are Oban’s own The Cruachan Ceilidh Band, The King’s Road, Ann Barlow, Chris Beveridge and Rosie Lindsay, as well as Hireath, a family singing group from Minnesota made up of Georgette, T’Shael, Piper and Geordan MacDougal Jones, who are active in the Clan MacDougall Society of North America.

‘We are really excited about this line-up of fantastic musicians,’ said Rab. ‘We have Argyll’s finest traditional players collaborating on some of Burns’ most popular songs, along with tunes from the Borders, a bit of storytelling and a surprise or two.’

The Imagine Alba Virtual Ceilidh: A Burns Night Hooley premieres on Saturday, January 23 at 9pm on the Imagine Alba YouTube channel where the players and fans will be live chatting through the event. After that, the video will be available anytime. The show is free, but donations will be welcome to help the players, who are currently unable to work.

For more information and link to the show, visit www.imaginealba.com.