National Ceilidh Trail arrives in Western Isles

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It’s only a matter of weeks since Feis Rois returned from Australia where they worked with The National Celtic Festival of Australia to introduce the hugely successful Ceilidh Trail model which has been delivered successfully in Ross and Cromarty since 2000.

Since those early days the trail has been replicated across five other communities and for the second year this summer is set to tour nationally to venues and communities across Scotland – including the Western Isles.

“Over the years it has become clear that there is an increasing demand from young musicians across Scotland for a similar opportunity to be created for them and we saw the best way forward in meeting this demand was in the creation of a National Ceilidh Trail,” said Fiona Dalgetty from Feis Rois.

It’s a tremendous professional development opportunity for young musicians aged 16 - 25 who want to broaden their experience as a touring musician.

Additionally the tour makes a valuable contribution to cultural tourism by working with communities to broaden their activity in terms of high quality traditional music performance.

Last year the tour performed in a whole range of venues from castles to cafes, festivals to farmers’ markets and all things in between!

This year we are delighted to be coming to The Western Isles from the 16th to 20th July.

Joining the group this year are Kim Carnie, aged 19, from Perthshire on voice and piano, Mischa Macpherson, aged 19, from Lewis on clarsach and voice, Conal McDonagh, aged 18 , from Poolewe on pipes and whistles, Eric Linklater, aged 19, from Orkney on fiddle and Jack McRobbie, aged 19, from Perthshire on accordion and guitar.

Feis Rois will visit Barvas Hall, with Ness Melodean Band, on July 16th (7.30pm); Calanais Centre on July 17th (1pm and 2.30pm) and also The Harris Hotel (8pm); on July 18th Feis Rois will be at the HebCelt Family Concert at 11am and Gearrannan Village (1pm and 2.3pm).

Full listings of all performances are available on www.feisrois.org

You can also call Feis Rois on 01349 862600 for any additional information.