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Strathfest organisers post online video featuring artists and guest artists after this year's event was cancelled due to coronavirus pandemic

By Ian Duncan

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Organisers behind this year's Strathfest have come up with a unique way of presenting this year's entries by posting them in an online video.

The event, which has been going for more than 60 years, was cancelled in March because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The 47 minute video features a number of indoor and outdoor, musical and spoken word, performances.

In her introduction to the video Mary-Ann Connolly, the festival's chairwoman, said: "We had to cancel our showcase concert so consequently we came up with this brilliant idea – a virtual concert. What it will do is feature artists, guest artists and young people from the festival."

Capercaillie star Charlie McKerron, ofKincraig, gave a message of support in the video and said: "It's fantastic to see all our young competitors taking part in this online concert for Strathfest – and to all the youngsters keep practising and we will hope to see you at the festival next year."

The Badenoch and Strathspey Music Festival Association (StrathFest), was founded more than 60 years ago to promote the development and enjoyment of music and the performing arts, across all age groups within the area, and from further afield.

It is run by a dedicated team of committed volunteers. The main festival and competitions take place in March, with fundraising and associated events throughout the year.

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