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Thank you all very, very much for the part you played in the session yesterday. As always, great music and great attitude - thank you for both. The standard of music this year was higher than ever and I would only say to you all: Keep it coming!
Brian MacNeill who had the Ceilidh Trail join him on stage at Cambridge Folk Festival
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About Us

Watch a short film made to celebrate 30 years of Fèis Rois

Map showing DingwallFèis in Scottish Gaelic means “festival” or “feast.” Over the past three decades, the word Fèis has become synonymous with the Fèisean movement (Fèisean is the plural of Fèis). It has come to mean a tuition festival, usually for children and young people, which celebrates the music and song culture connected with the Gaelic language.

Rois is the Gaelic word for Ross-shire, the home area in which we are based.

The first Fèis (Fèis Bharraigh) was held on the island of Barra in 1981. At that time, Christine Martin was a strings instructor working in Tain. She took her children to Fèis Bharraigh and they had such an amazing experience she thought, “why couldn’t we do something like that in Ross-Shire?”

Christine teamed up with Kate Martin, a local Community Education worker at the time. Together, they secured the support of Jock Watt and Neil McKechnie at Ross & Cromarty District Council and Jean Urquhart at the Ceilidh Place in Ullapool, and the first ever Fèis Rois took place 1986.

The first ever Fèis RoisAround 50 young people from P5 – S6 attended the first Fèis. The numbers grew every year until, in 1990, a decision was made to hold two separate events for primary and secondary pupils. In 2009 we had a total of 277 pupils attend Fèis Rois Oigridh (for primary pupils) and Fèis Rois nan Deugairean (for secondary pupils).

As Local Authority Arts Officers, Bryan Beattie and Jim Gaitens took over from Kate and Christine and then, serving as Manager from 1991 - 2008, Rita Hunter was the driving force behind much of the initial development of the organisation. Her creativity and vision ensured that Fèis Rois would be recognised nationally as a significant and excellent provider of traditional arts education.

The work of Fèis Rois now takes place year-round and extends well beyond Ross-Shire. In addition to an extensive programme of music tuition in Local Authorities across Scotland, our local young musicians have toured across Scotland, the UK and internationally.

Fèis Rois is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee. The organisation is run by a voluntary Board of Directors.

Where We Are

Fèis Rois Ltd
16/17 High Street
Dingwall
Ross-shire
IV15 9RU


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Fèis Rois is a company limited by guarantee, registered number SC123137, recognised by the Inland Revenue as a Scottish Charity number SC017647. Web Development - Paul Murray | Design - Lucy Kendra | Photographs - Derek Prescott | Video – Chris Smith
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