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Virus-busting Fèis Rois virtual weekend hailed a hit – and don't despair if you missed it!

By Hector MacKenzie

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Sian were amongst many artists and creatives involved in the event.
Sian were amongst many artists and creatives involved in the event.

A weekend of musical workshops and performances organised by a Dingwall-based arts organisation hit the high notes with an online audience.

Fèis Rois has thanked everyone who 'attended' its weekend of activities and the musicians and creatives who made it happen.

The group, which has adapted during the coronavirus crisis with a string of online events and initiatives, said: "A huge thank you to everyone who attended our second Virtual Fèis Rois Weekend! We hope that you enjoyed the range of events over the weekend and discovered some new music too."

And there's good news for anyone who missed out too as the workshops and tutor concert can be rewatched for the next couple of weeks at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zWB8jCchOJc

The group posted: "We hope that you enjoy revisiting the workshops and practising all the new tunes. Remember that sheet music for the tunes and songs taught in each of the workshops is available on our website.

Although there was no obligation to pay for any of the workshops or other events, any donations "will be very welcome at what is a difficult time for freelance artists and small organisations".

The group has committed over £20,000 to 47 musicians and other creatives including editors and engineers "so any support is greatly appreciated".

For those who can afford to donate, the suggested amount is a minimum of £5 per workshop or concert viewed.

You can contribute at www.justgiving.com/feisrois

The group added: "If you enjoyed the music you heard over the weekend, please consider supporting the musicians and buying their music, tune books or other merchandise. It is greatly appreciated and you won't be disappointed!"

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