Summer has arrived and although the school holidays have started, young people across Scotland are busy with Fèisean taking place in many areas.
The Cèilidh Trail participants have been training and preparing their sets at Fèis Alba, being held at the Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music at Plockton High School for the forthcoming tours in their own areas.
This year there are 7 Cèilidh Trails taking place run by Fèis Chataibh, Fèis an Earraich, Fèis Lochabair, Fèisean a’ Mhonaidh Ruaidh, Fèis Rois, Fèis Latharna and, for the first time, Fèis Fhoirt are delighted to establish a Cèilidh Trail in the Stirling and Trossachs area.
During the fortnight at Fèis Alba, participants have the opportunity to receive training and support from some of the most talented Highland musicians including; Anna Massie, Mairearad Green, Ingrid Henderson, Donal Brown, Mary-Ann Kennedy and Blair Douglas.
Once they have completed their training in Plockton, the Cèilidh Trails will take to the road, touring local venues and providing events in their areas. Before that, the Cèilidh Trail groups will team up with the Gaelic Drama Summer School participants for a night of music, song an drama at the Fàs Studio in Sabhal Mòr Ostaig at 7.30pm on Thursday 12 July.
Arthur Cormack, Fèisean nan Gàidheal’s Chief Executive said: “The Fèis Cèilidh Trails provide an excellent opportunity for young people to hone their performance skills and to gain valuable training from some of our top performers. We are very grateful to Highland and Argyll LEADER programmes, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and Creative Scotland for their ongoing support of the Cèilidh Trails.”
“Not only do the young people get enjoyment and employment from the Cèilidh Trails, but tourists also get to hear some of our traditional music and songs and they are expected to play in front of at least 6,000 people”, he said.
For the latest information and gig listings go to http://www.feisean.org/
In another development, Fèis Rois will be working with the TMSA to deliver a series of events called Trad Trails to mark the Year of Creative Scotland. Further information can be found about the events at http://www.tradtrails.org.uk