A local musician is organising a pop-up busking session to provide ‘music for the soul’ as an antidote for those who have been ‘starved of music and connection’.
Niki Lewin, who has busked in Inverness Newcastle and London, is setting up at Findhorn on Sunday and invites anyone to come along and join in, even if they haven’t played in public before.
Niki said: “People have been starved of music and connection. This could be a great antidote. I might call it Music For The Soul.
“I’m organising the open mic busking session on a pontoon outside the Captain’s Table, or it might happen on the beach. People can play, sing or just listen and have a coffee.
“La Boheme has asked me to do one at theirs. It’s a pop-up busking platform that I think will do well over the summer. It’s outside just using an existing space, beach, lawn, pavement. Only one performer at a time for passing folk or those eating outside to enjoy.
Niki plays the piano and guitar and has played in Forres venues like the Beastie, the Castle, and as part of the Findhorn Bay Arts Festival. She also did a one-woman show in the Universal Hall with Mike Scott from The Waterboys backing her.
She added: “I’ve worked with the Scottish recovery network at events for those with lived experience of the impact of mental health issues and I have run sessions for the elderly and those with dementia in care homes and worked with Atzeimers Scotland.
“I used to organise a Friday night session as an encouragement for local folk to get up and perform who have never performed before.”
You’ll find Niki somewhere on the shore in front of the Captain’s Table at 2pm on Sunday (6 June), and it is hoped it will become a regular event.