Fèis Rois
english Vertical Line gàidhlig
Horizontal Line
Banner image - clarsach strings
On behalf of the Steering Group for Scotland’s Global Impact, I am writing to thank you and the young people you work with for the fantastic performances that helped make this major conference such a success. We would like to convey our sincere appreciation for your help and to say quite simply that the event was much enhanced with your input.
Jean Urquhart, Chair of Highland Homecoming 2009
Horizontal Line

Link to Facebook  Link to Twitter  Link to YouTube  Link to Flickr  Link to Soundcloud

Adult Fèis Tutors for 2014


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.
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.
Jack Evans Jack Evans
Guitar pioneer and multi-instrumentalist Jack Evans has been a founder member of three highly influential and innovative Scottish bands - Jock Tamson's Bairns, The Easy Club, and The Cauld Blast Orchestra. He was a groundbreaking Director of the Edinburgh Folk Festival, introducing new acts like Tony McManus, Shooglenifty, Deaf Shepherd, Salsa Celtica and Martyn Bennett to trad music audiences, and also a regular producer for Greentrax and other Scottish labels, producing albums for Emily Smith, Anna Massie, and Bodega, among many others. For the past ten years he's been the guitar tutor at Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd (the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music), at Plockton. He also wrote the Traditional Guitar degree course for the RCS in Glasgow (having also taught there for a number of years). Jack has an impressive list of illustrious former students, including: Innes Watson (Treacherous Orchestra), Tia Files (Bodega), Paul McKenna and Sean Gray (Paul McKenna Band), Norrie MacIver (Mànran), Chris Waite (Rura), Ross Couper (Bodega, Peatbog Faeries), James Duncan Mackenzie (Breabach) and Innes White (Mischa MacPherson Trio - Radio 2 Young Folk Award winners 2014). Jack teaches everything from Peerie Willie style to Modal Funk - and all in glorious Standard Tuning! Why not come along and learn the guitar accompaniment secrets used by many of the finest young players on the scene today?
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.
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.
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.
Christine Hanson Christine Hanson
Music has taken Christine from touring Canada's High Arctic with a tango trio, to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. While classically trained, Christine in her many roles – cellist, composer and sound designer – is eclectic in her musical explorations. Her experiences include compositional commissions, arranging, studio work, theatre work, and performing as an ensemble musician with a variety of groups that play, Scottish Traditional, Classical, pop-jazz, and experimental music. She is also a very experienced instructor, teaching professional master classes in workshop settings on both sides of the Atlantic.
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.
Aaron Jones Aaron Jones
Aaron currently performs with Old Blind Dogs, Kate Rusby and the European collaboration 'Litha'. He has been making traditional music for nearly twenty five years and has recorded on over seventy traditional CD's, continuing to tour extensively, record and teach throughout the year. As well as being an official accompanist for the BBC Young Traditional Scottish Musician of the Year Awards for several years, Aaron was voted 'Instrumentalist of the Year' at the 2005 Scots Trad Music Awards and is a Regional Committee Member with the Musicians Union for Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Lauren MacColl Lauren MacColl
Since winning the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award in 2005, Lauren MacColl has gone from strength to strength fronting her trio The MacCollective. Their debut record was voted one of Celtic Connections 'Classic Albums' in 2008. The new album 'Strewn with Ribbons' was launched in January 2009. While completing her studies at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, Lauren received a Dewar Arts Award to fund the recording of her debut album, 'When Leaves Fall' released to critical acclaim on her own label in March 2007. Taught through the summer schools of the Fèisean movement in Ross-shire, Lauren was immersed in the rich and vibrant culture of her home area whilst brought up on a staple diet of Phil and Aly tapes.
Iain MacDonald Iain MacDonald
Iain was born and educated in Glenuig. He played and toured with Ossian for 9 years, was in the founding line-up of Wolfstone, and then joined the Battlefield Band until 1996. He has recorded with many of the well known traditional musicians working today and produced various albums of predominantly Gaelic traditional music. Iain’s teaching commitments include the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music, Sabhal Mor Ostaig, Limerick University and the RSAMD. He is currently Artistic director of Ceòlas, as well as keeping a busy performing schedule.
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.
Cathy Ann MacPhee Cathy Ann MacPhee
From singing by candlelight before electricity arrived on Barra to racking up nearly 80,000 views on YouTube for her singing of Gaelic anthem Cànan Nan Gàidheal, Catherine-Ann MacPhee has sung through a world of change in establishing herself as one of Gaelic music’s favourite voices. Catherine-Ann was born into the Gaelic speaking community on Barra in 1959 and grew up in Eoligarry, a village full of singers who entertained each other at ceilidhs and social gatherings. Electricity didn’t become an everyday amenity on the island until Catherine-Ann was six, by which time she was already singing in local village halls, in the light given off by tilly lamps where necessary.
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.
Cathal McConnell Cathal McConnell
County Fermanagh-born Cathal McConnell is a world-renowned musician and singer with “The Boys of the Lough", a group of which he is a founder member over 45 years ago. From his earliest day he has collected and shared songs of a diverse nature and continues to entertain and share his love of music and song, whether it be at the Carnegie Hall or amongst friends in a remote pub session in Ireland.
Siobhan Miller Siobhan Miller
Siobhan Miller is one of the foremost singers in Scotland. Her range includes Scottish traditional, contemporary and self-penned material. In December 2011 she was voted ‘Scots Singer of the Year’ in the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards, and again in 2013. She is also an experienced singing tutor and works for Live Music Now. Most recently she has formed Salt House with Lauren MacColl, Ewan MacPherson and Euan Burton, and released their debut album, ‘Lay your Dark Low’. Her hotly anticipated solo album is due for release in 2014.
Dave Milligan Dave 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.
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.
Bethany Reid Bethany Reid
Born and brought up in Shetland, Bethany began playing the fiddle at the age of five and was taught throughout her school years by Willie Hunter and Margaret Scollay. She went onto study music at Strathclyde University and after graduating with a first class honours degree in Applied Music she continued her studies at Edinburgh University where she gained a Post Graduate diploma in Education. Bethany has performed widely with Shetland band Filska and also plays regularly with her sister Jenna. The sisters are currently busy curating Shetland’s Fiddle Frenzy Festival for a second year. Bethany is also a member of Shetland-Highland fiddle quartet RANT who released their debut album in August 2013.
Jenna Reid Jenna Reid
Hailing from Shetland, Jenna grew up immersed in the islands rich fiddle tradition. At the age of nine, she began to learn the fiddle, and was taught by Dr Tom Anderson. On leaving school, Jenna went on to study a BA in Traditional Scottish Music at the Royal Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow. She has played with Filska, Dochas and Deaf Shepherd and released her first solo album last year.
Patsy Seddon Patsy Seddon
Patsy Seddon has been involved with the Scottish Harp for over forty years. She is one of Scotland’s most innovative harp players and is known for her work with the duo Sileas, the group The Poozies and other ensembles including Clan Alba. She was the first principal tutor of Scottish Harp at the RSAMD, helping to set up the Scottish music degree which began in 1986. She has also taught at numerous short courses including most years at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and many Feisean including the very first one in Barra in 1981. She has an honours degree in Celtic Studies and was one of the first musicians in residence at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. She has been training and working in Kodaly methods through The British Kodaly Academy and NYCoS, completing the course Sound Progressions. This popular method which respects folk music informs her harp teaching. Through all of this Patsy has inspired a generation of harp players.
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.
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.
Wendy Stewart Wendy Stewart
Wendy Stewart has been playing the traditional harp for over 40 years, having learnt from the inspirational Jean Campbell in her native Edinburgh where she also took up the concertina in her teens. Over her years of performing, teaching, sessioning and singing, Wendy has gained a style and repertoire that encompasses the traditions of Scotland alongside the music of many other countries.She has toured widely, most notably with the band Ceolbeg, produced 3 solo recordings with Greentrax, several music books and the CD ‘Hinterlands’ with acclaimed piper Gary West.She was a harp tutor for 11 years on the degree course at the RSAMD and involved in the creation of the ABRSM Traditional Music exams. Wendy happily teaches all level of student, from beginner to graduate and from Lewis to Gretna. She is musical director of Moniaive Folk Festival and is currently working on several projects with other creative artists in Dumfries and Galloway.
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.
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.
Horizontal Line
email | t: +44 (0)1349 862 600| f: +44 (0)1349 862600
Horizontal Line
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
© Fèis Rois 2010
Creative Scotland Highlands and Islands Enterprise Highland Council Fisean nan Gidheal
Scots Trad Music Awards Winner Highland Youth Music Forum Traditional Music Forum
Time to Shine Highland Youth Arts Hub Creative Ullapool