A Wollongong family known around the nation for its music is using its time in lockdown in Far North Queensland to provide some light relief for its fans.
Every morning The String Family get up and work on a new piece they will perform that day from their lounge room wearing their pyjamas.
Joel, Sara, Heath and Ashleigh Moir started inviting people to watch them play in their PJs on social media in early April.
They thought it would provide comfort for others like them who are stuck in one place and unable to work during COVID-19.
With more than 444,000 views of the first String Family Lounge Room PJ Session post of Stairway to Heaven the family has been blown away by the response.
It was hoped other people isolated at home might enjoy it but the number of likes and comments has given the family motivation to keep going when they don't know when their next paid job will be.
Mr Moir said they get as much enjoyment from playing the music as people seem to be getting from watching and listening to it on social media.
And the family thinks it is great to do a performance where the only dress code is pyjamas.
Mrs Moir said the idea to play music in PJs started as a bit of a joke but they soon realised there was no more relaxing way to convey what they were trying to do and share it with others.
"Ashleigh and I were performing on a cruise ship just before everything stopped," she said.
When we got back we had to go into quarantine. The whole family were in quarantine for two weeks and we were telling everyone we were in quarantine in our pyjamas".
When the family started sitting down each evening to play music together in their PJs they thought why not put the sessions out there for everyone to see.
"We are a family that plays together all the time and at the moment we have lost all our work like a lot of people have," Mrs Moir said.
"We get together anyway to play some of our favourite tunes and have a good time. So we put it online so people could join in with us and have a bit of happiness.
"Music does amazing things for the soul. We do cruise ships, festivals and corporate work. We were just gearing up for a six month contract at Paronella Park iwho have now had to close their doors".
The Moir family does not know when it will be able to perform again in public and will keep doing what it is now while ever people are sending a few likes.
Heath said it was great to share be able to share their love and passion for music with others at this time.
"It is really nice to know people are finding happiness from watching us," Ashleigh said.
The String Family is presently on a mission to finish production of a fifth album called "The Dream".
It will be produced and shipped as a CD and will also be available via digital download in July, 2020.
The family have started a campaign to help fund the album's completion while they are in isolation in Far North Queensland.
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