Hootenanny in Camelon sensory centre

Forth Valley Sensory Centre Choir
Forth Valley Sensory Centre Choir

There was plenty of talent on show in the Sensory Centre in Camelon this week as RNIB Scotland hosted its first ever Hootenanny.

Three acts took to the spotlight to entertain the crowd, celebrating the local talent on offer.

Ethan Loch

Ethan Loch

First up was the sensory centre choir. Consisting of some fully blind and partially sighted people, the choir kicked-off the festive show with a fun rendition of Winter Wonderland.

Led by talented musical director Catrionna Lang, the singing group got the crowd clapping and singing along with a host of festive favourites including, Silver Bells, Jingle Bell Rock, Jingle Bells and many more.

Up next was Ethan Loch, an 11-year-old boy who was born blind but kept the audience enthralled while he played his accordion.

The crowd were treated to three of Ethan’s own creations before he played a medley of Christmas carols including Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer.

Ethan said: “The Christmas songs are difficult to play as they are not designed to be played on an accordion but I make it work.”

Last to hit the stage was the Falkirk Community Trust Youth Traditional Band which played traditional Scottish folk music.

Centre manager Marc Bozza believed the Hootenanny was a big success.

He said: “There was something for everyone at this event. I am so pleased at how the day went. It certainly shows the talent on offer at the Sensory Centre and I hope more people will come down to see what we are about and know there is support here for people.”

Also on offer was advice outlining the important work the Sensory Centre does for people in Forth Valley.

Marc said: “We are a one-stop shop for people and help them with everything we possibly can.

“From help with technology to learning how to play the guitar we are here to help.”