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Scottish musician Tom Orr to headline first virtual Dance Band concert

By Kyle Ritchie

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The first virtual Dance Band concert, which will feature Tom Orr, is set to be streamed live on Thursday, October 29.

Showcasing a stellar line-up of who’s who on the Scottish dance band scene, Orr and his Scottish dance band will perform never-before heard sets as the night is streamed to an international online audience.

Orr is one of the leading exponents of Scottish dance band music on the scene today. His traditional six-piece band is not only steeped in the traditions of the dance band style, they also offer a unique and exciting approach to their performed material with a multitude of twists and turns to keep the viewer on their toes, literally, throughout their performance.

The evening will be hosted by BBC Radio Scotland's Take the Floor presenter Gary Innes, who will also invite Orr for a chat to find out a little more about him and his band.

Viewers will also be encouraged to send in their own questions for the musician.

Tom Orr will feature in the online concert.
Tom Orr will feature in the online concert.

Orr said: “This is such an exciting show to be a part of, nothing of this scale has ever been done before on the Scottish dance band scene and it’s so exciting for my band and I to be a part of it.

"The streaming equipment is of the highest quality, so the show will look and sound incredible, we really can’t wait.

“Hopefully this will be the start of more and more opportunities to watch and listen to Scottish dance band music virtually during these difficult times, when box and fiddle clubs and country dancing classes are not able to operate as they usually would.

"We all absolutely love performing and so we can’t wait to bring our music to fans old and new virtually at the end of the month.”

Orr is a three-time Scottish Accordion Champion and his much-revered band are all masters of music in their own right.

The line-up includes Marie Fielding on fiddle, Stuart Cameron on second accordion, Craig Paton on piano, Brian Cruickshank on bass and Fraser MacInnes on drums. They will all be showcasing individual talents that blend together to provide a unique and unforgettable sound.

With all forms of the ever-popular Scottish country dancing associations, box and fiddle clubs and indeed most live music currently on hold, this new and special show will give fans a unique opportunity to watch Orr and his dance band in an interactive and engaging way.

The concert will be streamed live to the world from the BlueStar streaming studios in Glasgow where state-of-the-art technology will showcase the band.

The online concert will take place on Thursday, October 29 at 8pm.

Tickets start from £10 and are available to buy at www.eventbrite.com/e/tom-orr-his-scottish-dance-band-live-in-concert-with-compere-gary-innes-tickets-123981892177

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