With face-to-face life dwindling daily, islanders have been quick to turn technology to social advantage.
Live-streaming, Skype and other applications became the marketplace for concerts, classes and social interaction within just a few days as impacts from Coronavirus began to make themselves felt.
Leading the change to tech was Gaelic singer Kathleen MacInnes of South Uist, who reacted to the increasing number of cancellations in her summer diary by suggesting online singing lessons.
Her example was followed by Carloway’s Norrie Tago Maciver, lead singer of the popular band Skipinnish, who is now delivering four online Gaelic classes a week and also performing live online, taking requests via his Facebook page.
He’s not the only singer to stream live to music-deprived fans – Lewis boys Willie Campbell and Charlie Clark, also known as the band Astrid, were on air for a living room performance which netted £1,055 in online donations for Eilean Siar Foodbank.
Meanwhile Lewis musician Paul Martin was not only offering piano and guitar lessons online, but making the technology work for a #CovidCeilidh on YouTube, where friends Jane Hepburn Macmillan and Stephen Drummond were among those to join him for a tune. They may have been in their own homes, but the music is in perfect harmony.
Some of the first casualties as the cancellation of activities started to mount were exercise classes, but once again those who conduct them were quick to re-group and find a new way to keep in touch with their customers.
Hebrides Dance and Wellbeing’s Kirstie Anderson has taken her classes online, and despite being unfamiliar with the technology she’s now running a full week of sessions, from gentle yoga to full-on Zumba, some live and some pre-recorded.
Kirstie said: “Live ones are great for getting some much-needed human interaction, pre-recorded means you can set your own schedule. I know some of you are keen to try something new during this time, so I've included bits of beginners that will help
you learn and manage the full classes. And I'll hopefully team up with some others to bring you some different faces and keep it fresh!”
Pictures show Norrie Maciver adjusting the picture before a performance, musicians Jane Hepburn Macmillan (with daughter Florence on percussion), Paul Martin, Stephen Drummond and Abigail Pryde during the #CovidCeilidh and Kirstie Anderson getting camera ready for an exercise class.