Popular Highland band Scooty and the Skyhooks are providing entertainment for the first ‘Party at Your Place’ event in aid of Highland Hospice. The shindig comes live from the Limelight Studio in Inverness on Friday 4th December, hosted by Liam Christie. Additional music is courtesy of Slammin’ Sam.
The show is the first of three Christmas party nights brought live to living rooms across the Highlands by Highland Hospice, Limelight Event Services and the Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival. The idea is that groups of work colleagues, friends or families can get together and join the fun by tuning in on YouTube and linking up to each other by video.
Sarah Mackay, one of the performers with Scooty, explains, “We hadn’t been on stage since the weekend before Lockdown, so we are very much looking forward to this. For the past 6 weeks we’ve been able to get together safely in the Limelights Studio to rehearse – and of course we were worried about whether we’d remember what we were doing after such a long break!”
“Scooty have been performing together since the 80s and this is my tenth year in the band so we had no problems getting back into the swing of things.”
“We’ve been playing at Christmas parties in the Drumossie Hotel for the past 6 years, so we hope our regulars there will be tuning in and getting involved, as well as lots of other businesses and groups from across the Highlands. “
“Highland Hospice is a fantastic local cause, close to so many people’s hearts. With most of their events now on hold because of Covid-19, it just feels really special to be doing something to help provide a bit of festive cheer.”
“We’ll be performing all our favourites – and even have a new song to premiere. Hopefully everyone will enjoy getting their sparkle on and video call their friends to get into the spirit of things. You can even give shout outs to your colleagues – we want to make this as interactive as possible!”
Party host Liam Christie, Director at North Highland Events and Promotions, is no stranger to entertaining people. During Lockdown he had a temporary job as a delivery driver for Tesco, and filmed a series of light-hearted singing videos whilst on his travels. He said, “The situation with Covid-19 has hit the music and events industry hard, so I am delighted to be involved in this fundraiser. Both Sarah and I really missed being involved in the Hospice’s Ness Factor competition this year. It’s great to be working together on this and reaching people across the Highlands in support of such a wonderful cause!”
“So if you‘re up for a lot of fun and some fantastic music, come and join us!”
Full details about how to join ‘Party at Your Place’ via YouTube and make your donation can be found here.
Each party takes place between 8 and 10pm.
On the 11th December, Kenny Smith and Michael Macmillan from Torridon will host the party, providing music from themselves alongside studio band RhythmnReel.
‘Mad Friday’ the 18th of December, sees the Hospice join forces with Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival to bring a range of live acts including Dark Horse. This fabulous finale will be fronted by the full-of-fun Miss Scarlet Diamonte (aka Strictly Inverness host Brian Elrick).