A MUSICIAN who regularly performs in care homes across Bury has found a way around the virus lockdown- by posting his full concerts onto YouTube.

Peter Adamson, a retired local music and special educational needs teacher, set up an account on the social media platform 10 years ago and has so far amassed more than two-and-a-half million views and 2,000 subscribers.

Peter usually performs in one care home a week, with Lavender Hills in Ramsbottom, Nazareth House in Prestwich, Brookdale and Cameron House in Bury among his regular venues.

With lockdown measures in place and restrictions on who can enter the care homes, Peter has not been able to entertain the residents as he normally does, so posted a full performance on YouTube.

He said: "Sitting in my front room with no audience lacked the response of the residents, so I decided to use a green screen and add various visuals to the songs, as well as putting on-screen lyrics to help the residents singalong.

"We have seen some amazing technological developments in the last 20 years and this has been a great help to musicians and entertainers in getting their music out there.

"I hope my small contribution will bring some joy to the residents and maybe beyond as it is open to any care home who finds it on the search engines."

Peter says the idea for the concert came from Nickie at Lavender Hills, when she telephoned to say the home would be in lockdown prior to the Government's instructions.

He added that being 65, he often finds that residents at the care homes are only a few years older than him, so he often incorporates 50s and 60s favourites like Buddy Holly, The Beatles and the Rolling Stones into his performances.

In addition to the care homes, Peter also performs for young adults with special needs at ANSAR Projects in Ainsworth and was the founder of The Together Trust Music Festivals held annually at The Lowry Theatre.

To watch Peter's concert, click here.