We are delighted to welcome Fèis Rois back again to the Abbey Kirk for another year. Please join us for another great night of authentic traditional Scottish music, played by our most talented young musicians.
Fèis Rois is gearing up for another year of its renowned Ceilidh Trail. The project, which employs 14 outstanding young musicians across three tours, brings high quality traditional music performances to communities across Scotland during the peak tourist season in July and August. Taking place from 17th July to 12th August, the Ceilidh Trail provides visitors to Scotland with the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Scottish music in a wide range of settings.
Based in Ross-Shire, Fèis Rois is one of Scotland’s leading traditional arts organisations, providing opportunities for people of all ages to participate in Scottish traditional music, song and dance. Over 3,000 people take part in Fèis Rois projects every year with audiences of over 10,000 attending performances across the country, from Aberfeldy to Achiltibuie and from Edderton to Edinburgh.
The Ceilidh Trail project gives young musicians the chance to gain work experience as a touring artist. The participants begin the project with an intensive training week in Cromarty where they hone their skills in stage craft, dance calling and setting up their own live sound system. The workshops will prepare them for the diverse nature of their engagements.
The musicians visiting the Borders are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools and universities and together, they represent a variety of different local styles drawn from across the whole of Scotland.
This year’s National Ceilidh Trail includes: Ruairidh Gollan from Ross-Shire on fiddle and accordion; Neil Sutcliffe from Stirling on piano and accordion, Calum McIlroy on mandolin and guitar; and Isla Ratcliff from Edinburgh on fiddle and song/voice.