Songs and laughter on a Tuesday evening

Our very own award-winning folk singer Dr Fay Hield is hosting a virtual space for amateur folk singers to share songs and laughter during lockdown.

Covid Sings virtual singaround via Zoom

With pubs and folk clubs closed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, virtual singing group #CovidSings was established to allow amateur folk singers to continue to gather to sing songs, make friends and share folk-related stories. It is hoped that the weekly sessions will help musicians stay connected and supported and provide a vital sense of community in these difficult times.

Launched nearly a month ago, the online singarounds have already attracted over 200 singers, as well as thousands of viewers each week. The sessions have also welcomed amateur folk singers from around the world, including people from countries such as Ireland, the USA and Canada.

The sessions are led by Dr Hield through Zoom every Tuesday evening between 8pm-10pm (BST) and anyone with an interest in folk music is welcome to take part. If you would like to participate, contact Dr Hield via Twitter or email

#CovidSings is linked to Dr Hield’s @TradSongTues twitter event and songs on their weekly theme are welcome, as well as anything else you want to share.

The sessions are also live streamed via Facebook if you just want to tune in, listen and watch as the singers perform some of their favourite folk songs.

You can watch the first five sessions on demand below:

Find out more about Dr Hield’s project