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I really had a great time on the Ceilidh Trail this summer.  It was a fantastic experience!
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Ceilidh Trail

Applications for 2018 Cèilidh Trails are now open!

  • Aged 16-25?
  • Passionate about traditional music?
  • Interested in experiencing life as a touring musician?
  • Apply now!

The Fèis Rois Cèilidh Trail is a paid summer job touring for four weeks: 16th July – 11th August. Includes training week from 9th-13th July.

Auditions will be held in Cromarty. You must be available from 10am on Saturday, 17th February through to 3pm on Sunday, 18th February. This is a residential audition weekend. Closing date for applications: 10th January 2018.

Discover what it is like to be a touring artist – you will experience every kind of gig imaginable as you will play informal sessions, formal concerts, ceilidh dances, outdoor gigs, indoor gigs, background music, and big festival stages!

  • Learn to use a PA system and do your own sound at gigs
  • Learn to play for ceilidh dancing and how to call the dances
  • Develop your stage presentation skills
  • Develop your Gaelic language skills and learn to introduce your sets bilingually
  • Be paid a competitive weekly wage and have all reasonable expenses reimbursed.

We understand that some applicants will want to apply for multiple Ceilidh Trails, e.g. perhaps the Fèis Rois Trails and the Fèis Spè Ceilidh Trail. This is absolutely fine! The staff at Fèis Rois work closely with the staff at Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the other individual Fèisean to ensure that we allocate successful applicants to the appropriate Ceilidh Trails depending on their audition performance.

Fèis Rois established its successful Cèilidh Trail programme in Ross-Shire in 2000. Following the success of the Ross-Shire Cèilidh Trail, Fèis Rois started a National Cèilidh Trail for Scotland in 2012. This project has since gone from strength to strength and provides opportunities for young musicians from across Scotland to perform in locations across the country not covered by the smaller community Cèilidh Trails.

In 2017, as well as covering a significant area of the Highlands, Fèis Rois Cèilidh Trails visited Aberdeen City and Shire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and Angus, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh and East Lothian, Glasgow, Fife, Lanarkshire, Perthshire and the Scottish Borders.

The success of the Ceilidh Trail over the years has been well documented. The existing model provides a professional development opportunity for young musicians aged 16 – 25 who may be considering a career in traditional music, whilst also contributing to cultural tourism by ensuring that there is high quality traditional music on offer during the peak visitor season in July and August.

Many previous participants of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail have gone onto carve out very successful careers in the Scottish music industry. These include Fraya Thomsen, Mairearad Green, Matheu Watson, Mischa MacPherson, and Rachel Newton to name but a few.

Check out a performance from 2017’s National Ceilidh Trail at Eden Court

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