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Bruce and Anna streamed concert gets10,000 viewings from across the world – now join in to prepare session tunes!

By Margaret Chrystall

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IN the rapidly evolving world created by the impact of coronavirus/COVID-19, the world of live music streaming – which has taken off in the last week – develops a new strand tonight (Monday).

The success of Bruce MacGregor's Live At Five has changed even in the week it has been bringing live music into people's homes.

From tonight, Bruce MacGregor and his partner Jo De Silva, will introduce the latest idea, to introduce people to putting together a set of tunes they can get ready for a session – such as the biggest session ever which will follow the end of the pandemic!

And it could mean that sessions can share the fun on that day from across the world.At Friday's gig with Bruce and Fortrose fiddler and guitarist Anna Massie – a fellow member of Blazin Fiddles – there were 10,000 viewings, Jo said: "It's amazed us because we only started doing this with the idea of Live At Five last Friday, streaming live music from the bar.

"The biggest thing for both of us is that it is a horrible time for everybody and music has this incredible thing that when the brain gets involved in it, it forgets what else is going on around you, you get so immersed, that I think if we can keep doing it every single day, we will keep minds off things.

"On Friday with Anna and Bruce's gig, we had people tuning in from literally all over the world, from Saudi Arabia and Jordan and all over America.

"There were 10,000 viewings on Friday. We only launched Live At Five the Friday before, just when things were going into meltdown."

"The latest idea starting tonight, launched from the ever-evolving changes.

Bruce MacGregor - get ready for the session when coronavirus is over!
Bruce MacGregor - get ready for the session when coronavirus is over!

Jo said: "We started out with the idea of bringing people in, but it has become more difficult now trying to stick to the stipulations.

"Yesterday we had Schiehallion in and we had five metres between them and us.

"Everyone was really mindful that we had to remain distanced. But we took the decision today it was going to become too difficult to do it safely.

"Now the various members of Blazin Fiddles will call in from their various locations.

"So we now have Anna Massie as the Black Isle correspondent, Angus Lyon in the Borders is talking to us from the farm about the sheep and Jenna Reid is outside Glasgow with her mum."

And Jo pointed out that the fact a lot of people were tuning in and playing along, gave Bruce the idea of creating a set of session tunes for all to prepare, if they wanted to. They could then explore the online tutorials many talented musicians offer, and learn the tune with them, the fee helping musicians in this difficult time.

Jo said: "Today Bruce will introduce the idea on Live At Five, each time the musicians will play a couple of tunes you would play at a session, and Bruce will do the fiddle part, Anna will do a couple of minutes on the guitar part.

"And the idea is that at the end of this lockdown, we are going to have the biggest ceilidh ever, everyone will have a group of tunes ready #ScotlandsBigSession. In our ideal world there would be sessions going on all around the world!

"And we are starting out so that everyone can get these session tunes ready in time to take part, if they want to!"

To find out more, go to: https://www.facebook.com/MacGregorsBars/

And check out #ScotlandsBigSession

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