Belfast violinist surprises self-isolating grandad, they play a socially-distanced window duet together

7 May 2020, 11:49 | Updated: 7 May 2020, 13:25

Violinist surprises self-isolating grandad, they play a window duet together
Violinist surprises self-isolating grandad, they play a window duet together. Picture: Mariah Donnelly/Caters Clips

By Maddy Shaw Roberts

Performing within social distancing rules, granddaughter and grandfather play a heart-warming lockdown duet…

Lockdown continues in Northern Ireland, but that doesn’t stop the music. After playing by the graveside of a lady who had died of COVID-19, this young Belfast violinist paid a visit to her 72-year-old grandfather nearby – and they ended up duetting together through the window.

Mariah Donnelly, 22, had posted her grandfather some sheet music for a violin and guitar duet, so he could learn his part during lockdown.

And after self-isolating for six weeks, he was finally able to make beautiful music. Together, at a safe distance from each other, Donnelly and her grandfather play ‘The Mason’s Apron’, a traditional Irish reel (watch below).

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Donnelly, who is a music teacher and legal assistant, posted the video on Twitter. She wrote: “I was asked early this morning if I would play violin by the graveside of a lady who had contracted COVID-19 and died a few days ago.

“Thankfully, I was able to visit my grandad close by. He’s in week six of isolation & has been learning tunes to keep busy. Here’s isolated tunes.”

Thank you both, for the beautiful music.