AN Abba tribute band, Perth Barbershop singers, and an accordion player all took to the stage over two nights of music to help Support in Mind Scotland recognise and celebrate Carers Week in Perth & Kinross.

On Monday 12 June, carers and those they care for attended the first musical evening in Perth, which is becoming a regular event in our Perth and Kinross project's calendar of activities. Big thanks are due to Brian Hughes, a carer within the project, for agreeing once again to sing, bring all the equipment, as well as co-ordinating and supporting all the performers.

Perth Barbershop Singers started the evening off with a superb selection of songs and melodies.

The audience then enjoyed catering provided by CheckIn and Giraffe a local social enterprise, ably assisted by members of the project and Liz Hughes, Brian's wife.

Following this interval a medley of acts followed; this year again our accordionist returned, as well as a new performer, a carer's son to play a couple of folk tunes on his violin. Brian Hughes and Ian Petrie, then provided a brilliant evening of songs, folk music, and fun, which they both performed individually and together.

Satin and sequins were to the fore at the second music night for carers in Rattray/Blairgowrie, when an Abba tribute band stole the show at the Angus Hotel.

Carers Support Worker Sarah Cox explained: "The project was recently successful in bidding for Participatory Budgeting funding to provide support for Mental Health Carers in this area.

"After discussions within the support group it was felt that a bit of exercise, and music was a what was required to most improve their wellbeing. The group also wanted to include those they care for - so the evening for the ABBA Tribute Band came to be.

"Seventeen of us met up on the last Saturday in Carers Week on 17th June, and talked, got to know each other better, laughed, sang and danced all evening until we dropped, and in my case, reaching bed at 1am... but still singing Thank you for the music and Waterloo.

"It was a night to remember for the fun, laughter, and for the sense of togetherness the evening generated."