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Just to say I loved the weekend in Ullapool, everything about it! The harmony singing was something else! With so many different singing options, it is a great for people to be able to take part who don't play an instrument. Roll on next year!
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Adult Fèis Tutors for 2013


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.
Michelle Burke Michelle Burke
Michelle Burke is an acclaimed singer from rural East Cork, Ireland. She has spent the best part of a decade living in Edinburgh where she has collaborated with many of the top artists working in the vibrant Scottish folk scene. Having spent two years as the lead singer with Irish American super group, Cherish the Ladies, Michelle is fast gaining a reputation as a solo artist. She is an impressive interpreter of songs with a timelessly expressive, exquisitely nuanced voice.
John Carmichael John Carmichael
John Carmichael is one of the great characters of the Scottish music scene and one of the music’s most dedicated advocates. Former Scottish accordion champion, he has been musical director for and toured with many of Scotland's top artists including Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth MacKellar, Calum Kennedy and others. He has produced, presented and performed many times on STV, BBC Radio and Television, CBC Canada and many others (over 200 TV shows with his band and as a solo artist). John's long and illustrious career was marked in 2008 when he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. This accolade is reserved for the small number of outstanding performers which have truly shaped the profile of Scottish music over the decades. John was recognised for his wide-ranging expertise as a musician, performer, bandleader, television producer, accordion teacher and competition adjudicator. John continues to be one of the busiest and most popular band leaders and entertainers in the country for all things Scottish. John's reputation for being able to 'call' dances is second to none.
Iain Fraser Iain Fraser
Iain is in constant demand as a performer, teacher & workshop leader. Iain grew up surrounded by music and now tours regularly throughout Scotland and North America with a large repertoire that ranges from older 18th century tunes to new compositions inspired by his family and surroundings in his adopted home in the Scottish Borders. His particular interests include exploring the great rhythmic & emotional capabilities of the fiddle as well as the relationship of the fiddler with dance & older styles of fiddle music. He has earned a reputation as a soloist with a large repertoire of fine Scottish tunes & is actively involved in promoting the learning & preservation of traditional music. Formerly Principle fiddle tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, Iain now is manager of musical programs in the schools in the Borders. He released his CD "Touchwood" with Christine Hanson in 2002 & has completed a tune book in 2006 entitled "Scottish Fiddle Tunes-60 Traditional Pieces for Violin".
Nigel Gatherer Nigel Gatherer
Nigel Gatherer is a professional musician: teacher, performer, composer, publisher and researcher. His classes, workshops and residential courses are popular throughout Scotland and the U.K. One of Nigel's missions in life is to get people playing music with one another, and this site provides resources to help, through education, tutorials, music and history.
Annie Grace Annie Grace
Annie Grace from Fort William, began her musical career on the Highland pipes at the tender age of 10. She also plays Scottish Border pipes and Small Pipes. She is highly regarded singer, whistle player, actor and teacher. Annie was a founder member of the band Iron Horse, and has toured and recorded extensively. She has been involved in various musical projects including The Unusual Suspects and Grace Hewat and Polwart. She has recorded two solo albums Take me out Drinking tonight, (2004) and her most recent, The Bell (2012) As an actor, she has performed in numerous theatre projects, and has recently returned from a year-long world tour with National Theatre Scotland, and the award-winning production “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”.
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.
Allan Henderson Allan Henderson
Allan is originally from the West Highland fishing village of Mallaig. Primarily a fiddler, whose red-tassled fiddle bears witness to his years of study with the great Aonghas Grant, Allan is a founder member of popular band Blazin' Fiddles. He plays with the Fergie MacDonald Band and with Iain MacFarlane and was one of the first students to graduate from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Traditional Music. He also teaches, and has done a bit of writing, having recently been involved in shadow writing the autobiography of Highland music legend, Fergie MacDonald.
Ewen Henderson Ewen Henderson
The latest recruit to the Battlefield Band ranks, Ewen hails from the Scottish West Highland town of Fort William, and has been naturally steeped in the traditional music, Gaelic language and culture of the area. He started learning the fiddle at the age of five, and has since mastered an impressive array of instruments, having had the privilege of being taught by many of the true masters of West Highland traditional music.
Jarlath Henderson Jarlath Henderson
Jarlath is a three time all-Ireland Champion Uilleann Piper. In December 2003 he became the first Irish musician to win the prestigious BBC Young Folk Musician of the Year award. He regularly performs as part of a duo with Ross Ainslie. Ross and Jarlath are two of the most enigmatic musicians to emerge from Scotland in recent years. These young talents have created a sound that is bursting with energy. Dubbed ‘the new stars of Celtic Music,’ the duo continue to push the boundaries of what their instruments can achieve in a performance, which is a vibrant mix of new and original compositions along with traditional tunes.
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.
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.
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.
Louise MacKenzie Louise MacKenzie
Louise was brought up in Nigg, Easter Ross and started to play the violin at an early age. As a teenager, she developed a keen interest in traditional music and was fortunate to have tuition from the late Dr Tom Anderson of Shetland, Aonghas Grant and Alasdair Fraser. As well as being a fiddle tutor, Louise is also a composer with tunes such as 'Newly Weds Waltz' and 'Iain Sinclair of Skaldister' to her name. She was also involved in various bands until 2000 when she decided to make music her full time job and moved to Skye, taking up the post of Traditional Music Co-ordinator for An Drochaid, the Skye & Lochalsh Traditional Music Project. Her role there was to promote and encourage traditional music in the area. She is presently a Strings Instructor for Highland Council and regularly teaches at Fèisean and other music courses. Louise is a former Fèis Rois participant who now teaches for the organisation.
Gillebride MacMillan Gillebride MacMillan
Gillebrìde MacMillan is from the Milton in South Uist. He comes from a family with a strong Gaelic background. Gaelic is his first language and Gaelic songs and traditions were always an important part of family life. Gillebrìde studied Celtic Studies at Glasgow University and he now works in the Celtic and Gaelic Department at Glasgow University. He is also a Gaelic translator as well as singing regularly at festivals and ceilidhs. He has sung and taught at many places in Scotland, Europe and the USA. ‘Air Fòrladh / On Leave’ is Gillebrìde’s second CD. His first ‘Thogainn Ort Fonn!’ was released in 2005 and he has also sung on CD with ‘Na Seòid’ and on ‘Home to Argyll’ – a collection of the songs of Ethel McCallum.
Aonghas MacNeacail Aonghas MacNeacail
Aonghas MacNeacail poet and songwriter, was born in Uig, on the Isle of Skye. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, scriptwriter, librettist and translator. A native Gael, he writes in Gaelic and English. His collections of poetry have been published in both languages, and his writing has appeared in literary journals all over the world. A vibrant communicator, he broadcasts regularly on radio and TV. He has given poetry readings at major literary festivals across the globe - in Russia, Japan, Poland, Israel, the U.S.A., Canada, and throughout Western Europe. His work has been published in many languages, including German, Italian, Irish Gaelic, French, Hebrew, Finnish and Serbo-Croat. As an established lyricist and librettist, Aonghas has collaborated, in both folk and classical idioms, with many of Scotland’s top composers, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, William Sweeney and Ronald Stevenson. He has also collaborated with major Scottish visual artists, including Calum Colvin and Will MacLean. He is an experienced tutor of writing, and regularly works in schools, colleges and universities, running writers’ workshops with pupils and students of all ages.
Claire Mann Claire Mann
Claire Mann (flute, fiddle, whistle and vocals) is highly regarded as a tutor of traditional music. In addition to teaching, she is an experienced performer and recording artist. She has toured extensively with bands Tabache, Craobh Rua and Christy O'Leary, and she has recorded with Aaron Jones and other musicians from across Europe.
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.
Frank McConnell Frank McConnell
Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom and the Arts in Fife, he cultivated at a deep interest in creativity and the Arts but has maintained and passion for education in its broadest sense. He moved to the Highlands in 1994 to work as dancer-in-residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council and to develop his growing love for Scottish step dancing and Scotland's earlier dance heritage. In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and is using this time to explore his own creativity within a Highland landscape. A founder-member of step dance group Dannsa, he is now principally known as a choreographer and is artistic director of Plan B.
Kathleen McInnes Kathleen McInnes
Kathleen MacInnes has unique vocal colour and an ability to breathe dramatic life into her songs - she's also an actress and television presenter. Her first album (Og-mhadainn Shamhraidh) is a beauty and has accompaniments by some of Gaeldom's best singers, including Cathy Ann MacPhee and Julie Fowlis, and top folk instrumentalists from Capercaillie's Donald Shaw and Michael McGoldrick to fiddler John McCusker, this is a quality recording from top producer/musician Iain MacDonald. Kathleen won Album of the Year for her second album, Cille Bhrìde, at the Scots Trad Music Awards 2012.
Catriona McKay Catriona McKay
Catriona McKay is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp. She has a love and vision for the harp and is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative style. A diverse Scottish musician who has a unique sound fused with a daring rhythmic style. She has a long standing duo with fiddle genius Chris Stout. They explore sounds that connect and challenge through a bold and adventurous dialogue of their native Scottish music. Catriona plays in Shetland band FiddLers' Bid, with Swedish nyckelharper, Olov Johansson, improvising duo Strange Rainbow and the Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra. Her exceptional inventiveness and unique rhythm harp playing combined with imagination and skill keep her at the forefront of harp playing.
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.
Fred Morrison Fred Morrison
Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, but it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes, or reelpipes – Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes. He was also one of the first Scottish artists to forge dynamic links with his Celtic cousins in Brittany and north-west Spain, adding further to his repertoire of influences and tunes, and has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer.
Martin O'Neill Martin O'Neill
Probably best known as a Bodhràn player, Martin has won All-Scotland, All-Ireland and All-Britain titles on the Bodhràn and is widely recognised as one of todays leading exponents of the instrument. A few of the artists/groups that Martin has played with include The Michael McGoldrick Band, Flook, John Doyle, Neil Yates, Stevie Wonder, Julie Fowlis, Dòchas and Brolum.
Sean O’ Donnell Sean O’ Donnell
A highly accomplished guitarist and singer who joined Battlefield Band in 2005, Sean was born in Derry, Northern Ireland. He moved to Scotland in 1996, and quickly became involved in the music scene, playing with the award winning Scots Irish band Bionic and The Emily Smith Band before joining Battlefield Band. Over the last ten years he has recorded & toured the world with the group, establishing himself as a core element of the band.
Jennifer Port Jennifer Port
Jennifer Port is originally from Golspie in Sutherland, but now married and living in Glasgow. In 2003, Jennifer graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama with an Honours Degree in Scottish Music. Jennifer has won numerous awards for her Clarsach playing and singing: winning Gold medals at the Royal National Mòd, reaching the final of the BBC Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, winning a Danny Kyle Award at Celtic Connections Festival and in 2013 winning 'Best Wedding Entertainment' at the Scottish Wedding Awards. Jennifer is in constant demand as a performer, composer and teacher.
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.
James Ross James Ross
James Ross, from Wick, Caithness, Scotland, began playing music at the age of eight, studying under respected musician and composer, the late Addie Harper. He then went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, from which he graduated with a BA in Scottish Music in July 2000. He next completed the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in June, 2001, studying under Professor Michael o Suilleabhain at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick. James has performed extensively throughout Britain, Ireland and America and currently teaches traditional piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since 2001 James has been part of the late Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! Scheme, which takes live performance to a wide range of community venues.
Chris Stout Chris Stout
Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands, Chris Stout has, over the last few years, become nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic fiddle players and composers of his generation. Whether as a solo artist, a member of Fiddlers Bid, leading his own quintet or as one half of his duo with long time musical associate Catriona McKay, Chris continues to innovate within traditional and contemporary musical circles, delivering performances which excite and inspire audiences all over the world.Chris’s restless ambition to collaborate and discover music from around the world has taken him to countless countries such as Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Algeria and Norway to name but a few. As well as working in traditional line-ups Chris has had very memorable performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. 2011 saw the release of ‘Chris Stout’s Brazilian Theory Live’ a recording of an ambitious collaboration between Brazilian and Scottish musicians, which took to the stage in Glasgow during the Celtic Connections festival. The concert was described in the Scotsman as “a gloriously exuberant and at times emotionally glowing collaboration.”
Matheu Watson Matheu Watson
Matheu Watson is a multi-instrumentalist playing various Guitars, Fiddle and Whistles and has worked with a number of traditional and Celtic musicians including Anna Wendy Stevenson, Fred Morrison, Anxo Lorenzo, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Salsa Celtica, Bagad Kemper, Paddy Keenan, Iain MacDonald and Siobhan Miller & Jeana Leslie. Matheu has toured extensively throughout Europe including Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK. He is also a Gaelic speaker having gone through Gaelic Medium Education and studied at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Matheu is a composer writing in various styles.
Sheena Wellington Sheena Wellington
Scotland's leading traditional singer, Sheena Wellington was born in Dundee into a family of singers and factory weavers. Sheena’s repertoire covers everything from Burns to ballads to the best of contemporary songwriting, drawing from the rich Scottish tradition passed from musician to musician through the ages. A passionate and articulate advocate for traditional music, she has played a leading role in the fight for recognition, status and improved funding for Scotland's traditional arts. Honours bestowed on her for her work include Doctorates from the Universities of St Andrews (2000) and Dundee (2006) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (2007), The Heritage Society of Scotland’s award for her outstanding contribution to Scotland's culture, the UK-wide Association of Speakers Clubs Speaker of the Year 2001 and the coveted Herald Archangel for her Edinburgh International Festival’s series of traditional song programmes “Work, Sex and Drink”. In November 2009 she was installed in the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame joining such luminaries as Jimmy Shand, Aly Bain, the Corries and Sheila Stewart.
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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