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Just a quick email to say a very big thank you to you and all the Fèis Rois team for an absolutely brilliant Fèis weekend. I had such a great time, and now, back to earth but with a head overflowing with music!! Looking forward to next year already!
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Adult Fèis Tutors for 2010


Dougie Beck Dougie Beck
Dougie Beck is Fèisean nan Gàidheal's Drama Officer. A founder member of the Gaelic theatre-in-education company Meanbh-chuileag, which is a Fèisean nan Gàidheal project, Dougie has worked in almost every school in Scotland which teaches through the medium of Gaelic. In addition to the day job, Dougie also plays pipes, smallpipes and whistles in a variety of bands and combinations.
Simon Bradley Simon Bradley
Simon was first inspired to play fiddle after hearing sessions in his father's native Buncrana and later in Manchester. He began playing in the O'Carolan's Ceili Band in Manchester along with Michael McGoldrick. Moving to Edinburgh to study, Simon joined the band Miro and represented Scotland at the Lorient Festival. In 1997 he joined Asturian group Llan de Cubel and has since toured the world headlining festivals in South America, the US and all over Europe. He was the first non-Spaniard to win the prestigious "Concurso de Parejas" competition in traditional Asturian music. In addition to his achievements as a musician, Simon Bradley has achieved widespread recognition for his ability as a composer.
Val Bryan Val Bryan
Valerie Bryan has worked with Fèis Rois and Fèisean nan Gàidheal since 1987 in a variety of roles, including committee member and tutor, on various instruments, at all three annual Fèisean. She is a full-time Music Teacher at Ullapool High School.
Steve Byrne Steve Byrne
From Arbroath in Scotland’s eastern lowlands, Steve has been immersed in traditional music since early in childhood, and continues to write and arrange songs in his native dialect. Best known as a founder member of Malinky, he also works with Emily Smith and Fred Morrison. A graduate of the University of Edinburgh’s School of Scottish Studies, Steve was a finalist in 2001’s inaugural ‘Young Traditional Musician of the Year’ competition. His recording credits include four volumes of the acclaimed ‘Complete Songs of Robert Burns’ series. He has appeared in Dr Fred Freeman’s live shows of the ‘Burns’ series and the Hamish Henderson tribute ‘A the Bairns o’ Adam’, and is working on Dr Freeman’s new project of the songs of Robert Tannahill.
Èamon Doorley Èamon Doorley
Èamon is a bouzouki and fiddle player from Glenageary, Co. Dublin and is lucky enough to play with Irish trad band Danú and the unique Scottish Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis. He spends most of his time touring with Julie Fowlis these days, but still enjoys going out on the road with the Danú lads (and lass). Eamon plays a Joe Foley Bouzouki (Dublin) and Guzouki or Guzar, or what ever you want to call it! Èamon likes lots of pints, followed by lots of whiskeys.
Julie Fowlis Julie Fowlis
Julie is no stranger to awards and distinctions, winning Gaelic Singer of the Year & Album of the Year at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2007 and nominated for the third year in a row as BBC Radio 2 Folk Singer of the Year (the first ever Scottish Gaelic singer to win this prestigious award when given the title in 2008). She was the first Scottish Gaelic artist to be playlisted on BBC Radio 2 and she was also the first Scottish Gaelic artist to appear on the legendary show 'Later…with Jools Holland”. She has appeared as part of the internationally acclaimed Transatlantic Sessions 4 series, presents 'Fowlis and Folk' on BBC Radio Scotland and also presents regularly for BBC ALBA. She is perhaps most proud of her award as Scotland's Gaelic Ambassador - "Tosgaire na Gàidhlig", bestowed by the Scottish Parliament in 2008, the first person to ever receive this honour.
Gillian Frame Gillian Frame
Gillian Frame is a fiddle player and singer from the Isle of Arran with a passion for performing and teaching. She was the inaugural winner of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award and a founding member of the band Back of the Moon. She graduated in 2002 from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with BA (Hons) Scottish Music. As a performer Gillian has worked with acts such as The Unusual Suspects, Deaf Shepherd, Breabach and is currently a member of Findlay Napier and the Barroom Mountaineers. Gillian is skilled and experienced teacher. She is currently a peripatetic teacher for North Ayrshire Council and, previously, she taught weekly lessons in Lomond School, Helensburgh for 10+ years. The list of other freelance work is extensive including working for the RCS, Celtic Connections, most traditional music organisations in Scotland and numerous festivals and music camps in North America and Europe.
Aonghas Grant Aonghas Grant
Aonghas’s fiddle career spans more than six decades, and he is still very active as a soloist, teacher, workshop leader, and session participant. His family hails from the Highlands of Glen Moriston and Aonghas is a Gaelic speaker and a natural-born storyteller. He plays a wide range of fiddle tunes, from ancient Gaelic airs to classic Niel Gow sets, to Irish reels, to Highland pipe tunes. Aonghas plays this wide and deep repertoire of tunes in a "pipey" style with a "Gaelic" touch, known as the West Highland Style. He is also a composer of great note, and is honored to have had many tunes written for him too.
Mairearad Green Mairearad Green
We are delighted that long-time Fèis Rois participant and supporter Mairead Green is returning to teach at this year’s Senior Fèis. Originally from the Wester Ross village of Achiltibuie, Mairearad was introduced to folk music at an early age and has become well known within the scene, especially for her popular duo with multi-instrumentalist Anna Massie. She’s also well respected as a composer, with her tunes Maggie West’s and Dram Behind the Curtain being session regulars. Earlier this year, Mairearad released a new album, ‘Summer Isles’, which also featured Fife musician King Creosote (Kenny Anderson), to rave reviews.
Ingrid Henderson Ingrid Henderson
Ingrid started learning clarsach at the age of 7, and during her early teenage years won the highly prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Traditional award. As well as being a member of Cliar, Ingrid performs in a duo with singer Anne Martin, and released a solo CD “The Little Beauty” in 2005. Her musical sensibility means she is much in demand as a session musician and her name appears on many traditional recordings as a result. She has also worked as a musical director and composter, and has taught at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and the Irish World Music Centre.
Corrina Hewat Corrina Hewat
In recent years, singer and harp player Corrina Hewat has emerged as one of the most distinctive, original and versatile artists on the contemporary Scottish scene. Synthesising the energies and idioms of traditional, jazz and classical music, in formats ranging from entirely solo to the 31-piece “folk orchestra” Unusual Suspects, Corrina's combined talents as a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and arranger have won steadily increasing acclaim among critics, fellow musicians and audiences alike.
Jim Hunter Jim Hunter
Born and raised in Edinburgh, Jim Hunter is one of Scotland's leading singer/songwriters, crafting strong lyrics and playing a fine guitar. In the tradition of the best, his voice is instantly recognisable, his lyrics can silence the most crowded room and his songs range from forceful ballads to more rock-orientated numbers. If there is one word to describe Jim and his music it is passion. Jim learned the Highland pipes as a child and in his early teens picked up the guitar and taught himself to play. Influenced by delta blues players, he developed his own style of playing with emphasis on slide and bottle-neck.
Mike Katz Mike Katz
Mike Katz is the fabulous piper with the Battlefield Band. He comes originally from LA and has been playing the pipes from an early age. Mike came to Scotland to study at the University of Edinburgh and has lived here ever since playing in various bands and combinations, including Scottish Gas Pipe Band, and Ceolbeg. Mike has written a number of fine pipe tunes and has also recorded a couple of albums with Ceolbeg. He joined the Battlefield Band in 1997 and has toured the world with them.
Niall Keegan Niall Keegan
Niall is one of the most exciting and innovative players on the scene today. He has an extensive performance history both at home and abroad and has played in the Royal Albert Hall, Barbican and The National Concert Hall in Dublin. He has performed Micheal O Suileabhain’s concerto for flute and chamber orchestra, Oilean, on several occasions in Ireland and Britain and as part of the jazz/trad fusion Hiberno Jazz. He is currently course director of the New Traditional Irish Music Performance Masters at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick.
Ian Lowthian Ian Lowthian
Ian, originally from Galashiels, studied for 6 years with Bill Sharp and went on to work with the legendary Chrissie Leatham and her famous son, Owen Murray, from the age of 15-22. He is one of the most progressive and innovative teachers and performers of the accordion in Britain - one could even say, in Europe and beyond. He is principal teacher of accordion at the Newcastle University.
Fergie MacDonald Fergie MacDonald
Fergie is a button accordion player and has been an extraordinary ceilidh band leader for over 40 years. Fergie is at the top of the ceilidh band music scene and has recorded over 23 albums. Fergie is a regular performer on B.B.C. Scottish dance music programmes and was the first Scottish band leader to broadcast ceildih music. He is a legend in the Scottish Highlands where he and his band are always in demand for ceilidhs and wherever there's a need for great dancing music.
Iain MacFarlane Iain MacFarlane
Iain MacFarlane is an internationally acclaimed player and teacher in the traditional music world. He was born and brought up in Glenfinnan and was taught by his father, Charlie, and also the late Donald Riddell. He has a BA in Traditional Music from the RSAMD, currently plays with Blazin' Fiddles and teaches regularly at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.
Anna Massie Anna Massie
Anna Massie was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003 Award. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she excels in playing the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo. As well as solo performances, Anna played in a trio featuring Jenn Butterworth and Mairearad Green, which earned nominations as Best Up and Coming Band at the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards and the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2005 Anna was nominated as Best Instrumentalist at the Trad Music Awards. As well as live performances Anna is a busy recording artist with, most notably, an appearance on Michael McGoldrick’s "Wired," and Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain's "Roads Not Travelled."
Bob Massie Bob Massie
One of the best-kent faces on the traditional music scene in the Highlands, Fortrose-based Bob Massie has been playing and teaching banjo, guitar and mandolin for more years than he cares to admit. He has played in various popular cèilidh bands in the north, such as the Lochinver Cèilidh Band, the Kerry Blues and Oldshoremore, alongside daughter Anna. For the past ten years he has played with the Scone Fairies. He also hosts a regular weekly session in Hootananny’s, and is a keen composer.
David Milligan David Milligan
David Milligan is one of the highest regarded pianists in Scotland and is heavily involved in a wide variety of projects within the UK music scene. His principle reputation lies in his work as a jazz pianist, but in recent years he has been exploring and developing a unique crossover style of piano playing, merging jazz and improvisation with the traditional folk music of his native Scotland. He is a founder member of band Bachué alongside Corinna Hewat and both are musical directors of Scottish big band phenomenon The Unusual Suspects.
Findlay Napier Findlay Napier
Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. Findlay is also well-known as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.His new album, VIP: Very Interesting Persons, contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives. The album was co-written and produced by Boo Hewerdine and features performances from Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, Gillian Frame, Roy Dodds, Hamish Napier and incredible Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren.
Sandra Robertson Sandra Robertson
Sandra is originally from Barra and has danced since childhood. She trained in Highland Dancing for over 10 years but became interested in more traditional styles of dance on witnessing Fearchar MacNeil's revival of the Hebridean dances. She has also studied older folk dances and styles with James MacDonald Reid as a member of 'Drumalban'. Latterly she has been hugely attracted to step-dancing which she has studied both here in Scotland and Cape Breton. A founder-member of step dance group Dannsa, Sandra has performed throughout Scotland as well as Ireland, Wales, France and Barbados. She has also taught extensively throughout Scotland.
John Sikorski John Sikorski
John is a percussive dancer & musician specializing in Scottish/Cape Breton stepdance and Appalachian flatfooting styles. He has broad teaching experience, more recently teaching in the USA at the Swannanoa Gathering and in Colorado. John has attracted professional development funding from the Scottish Arts Council and Lisa Ullman trust for dance research trips to North Carolina, Ireland, Quebec, Cape Breton and Transylvania. As well as stepdance, he performs around the streets of Britain as a stiltwalking accordionist, and currently plays piano in a ceilidh band.
Mary Smith Mary Smith
Mairi Nic a’ Ghobhainn sings with a profound understanding of the Scottish Gaelic song tradition and with a deep respect for both the creator of the song and the tradition bearer who kept it alive and passed it on. Mairi was one of the elite band of singers who took part in the Hebridean Celtic Festival ‘Atlantic Movement’ commission, which brought together seven female voices from both sides of the Atlantic – Cape Breton, Ireland, Wales and the Hebrides with a small band of traditional musicians to make a piece that celebrated and explored the shared spoken and musical language of the pan-Atlantic Gael.
Anna-Wendy Stevenson Anna-Wendy Stevenson
Anna-Wendy's distinctive sound is a product of classical expertise and traditional passion. Her early family surroundings were exceptionally musical, embuing Anna-Wendy with a broad perspective and love of the arts. She is the third generation in a line of composer/performer, from her grandfather Ronald Stevenson through Savourna Stevenson to Anna-Wendy herself. After winning a scholarship to lead an orchestra in Texas, Anna-Wendy returned to her native Edinburgh to pursue her love for Scottish fiddling and has since travelled internationally with Anam, Calluna and Fine Friday. She has also played with the Bella McNab Ceilidh band and has appeared in Balamory! Anna-Wendy is currently lecturer in traditional music at Lews Castle College on Benbecula, and plays with the legendary Jock Tamson's Bairns.
Margaret Stewart Margaret Stewart
Margaret Stewart is a native Gaelic speaker and Mòd Gold Medal winner from Lewis. She has made several appearances at the Edinburgh Festival and guested at festivals and concerts all over the country and internationally. She has taught pupils at various summer-schools, passing on her songs and the tradition to students, and she has made many television appearances as well as recording songs for films including The St. Kilda Wedding and The Emigrants for BBC Scotland. She has recorded two acclaimed CDs with Allan MacDonald and released her solo CD “Togaidh Mi Mo Sheolta” in 2008. She was named Gaelic Singer of the Year at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2008. Most recently, Margaret has worked as one of the core cataloguers on the Tobar an Dualchais / Kist o’ Riches project. She is currently Musician in Residence at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig.
Sarah-Jane Summers Sarah-Jane Summers
Sarah-Jane Summers is originally from Inverness, and was taught by the great Donald Riddell. As well as a lasting love of Highland fiddle music, Sarah-Jane is very interested in Scandinavian music, often performing with Fribo. She is in great demand as a fiddle teacher, working with Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and many other workshops and courses around Scotland. Sarah-Jane’s eagerly-awaited first solo CD was released in late 2008.
Wendy Weatherby Wendy Weatherby
Since graduating from the RSAMD in 1983, Wendy’s interest in jazz and folk music has led her to play and sing at festivals throughout the UK, Europe, the USA and the former Soviet Union. She has worked and recorded with many top Scottish musicians including Hamish Moore, Billy Jackson, The Pearlfishers, Michael Marra and Phil Cunningham and has two solo albums to her credit. Wendy has hosted many workshops in both cello and singing. She is regularly featured in Dr Fred Freeman’s illustrated lectures on Robert Burns, performing alongside Marc Duff (ex-Capercaillie) and John Morran (Deaf Shepherd) and is in demand as singer and cellist at events worldwide
Finlay Wells Finlay Wells
Finlay Wells has been a professional guitarist, composer, producer and tutor of guitar, bass and sound engineering for nearly 20 years. he owns and runs the Nutshell Music Recording Studio and Production Company based in Oban, Argyll. Finlay is currently touring and recording with The Ivan Drever Band as well as with numerous other acts including The Shoes, Rachel Walker and Sorren MacLean.
Alasdair White Alasdair White
Alasdair comes from the Island of Lewis, one of the Gaelic speaking Outer Hebrides where music and culture remain strong daily forces. Alasdair has been an award-winning fiddler since he emerged at age thirteen. Still only in his early twenties he is already well known as Battlefield Band's virtuoso fiddle player where his musicianship and tune making have had a great influence on the bands repertoire and continuing success. He plays in what might be called a "North-west" Scottish style, heavily derived from the piping tradition. For those that love just good music, then Alasdair's playing and tune making offer a privileged panorama of the exciting traditional music of Scotland today. As well as fiddle, Alasdair also plays Whistle,Banjo, Bazouki, Highland and Small Pipes, Bodhran.
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