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Enthusiastic Fèis Rois participants
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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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2010


Steve Fivey Steve Fivey
Steve is originally from Denny near Falkirk and started playing snare drum in The Denny & Dunipace Pipe Band aged 12. He went on to start playing drum kit at 16 and studied percussion at the esteemed Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh. Since then he has played throughout Scotland with various bands and for a number of famous folk – including Prince Charles and at Billy Connolly’s birthday party! He has developed a reputation as an excellent tutor and as well as teaching at previous Fèisean he has also taught at the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin and at the Merlin Academy of Traditional Music.
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.
Mhairi Hall Mhairi Hall
Pianist and composer Mhairi Hall was born and brought up in Aviemore. She began taking classical piano lessons but became interested in Scotland's music and history, and started developing her own style of playing, using the piano as a lead instrument. Mhairi went on to study Scottish Gaelic at college and university, and then went to the University of Limerick where she received guidance from many great musicians including pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. Mhairi worked as a lecturer in traditional music for Lews Castle College Benbecula for several years, before becoming a full time musician. She has performed and recorded with many leading musicians, bands and singers and is regarded as one of the finest and most creative pianists from Scotland.
Angus Lyon Angus Lyon
An accomplished pianist and accordionist, Angus is a member of Blazin’ Fiddles & The Halton Quartet. He has also worked as a session musician within many different musical genres. He has recorded & performed alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world, including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Eliza Carthy, Matt Costa, Bella Hardy, Scott Mathews & many more. He is increasingly in demand as a producer and he is currently recording and producing music from his studio Gran’s House.
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.
Maggie MacDonald Maggie MacDonald
Maggie belongs to the Campbells of Greepe in the Isle of Skye, one of the foremost families of traditional Gaelic singers in Scotland. She has learned many of her songs from the family, especially the puirt-a-beul or mouth music for which they are renowned. She won her Mod Gold Medal in 1994 and is a member of the “Gaelic supergroup” Cliar, as well as being a highly experienced tutor.
Debbie MacKay Debbie MacKay
For the past 3 years Debbie has worked as a Gaelic Drama Worker at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. She is based in Kyle and works in Skye, Lochalsh and Lochaber visiting primary schools, secondary schools, and some community groups, doing anything from drama workshops to plays and productions, as well as the odd film. Current projects with primary school children range from entering a local drama festival to making a Bollywood style film!
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."
Linda McCann Linda McCann
Linda trained at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen. She has been highly acclaimed for her 3D plasticine models, which bring to sculptured life a large selection of the biggest names in traditional music, including Dougie MacLean, Phil Cunningham, Aly Bain, Kate Rusby and The Dubliners. She designed the Danny Kyle Awards for Celtic Connections, which led to an artist in residency post in 2001 and an exhibition in the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2002. Linda is also widely known for her unique model making workshops, aimed at children and adults alike. Linda regularly exhibits her work in galleries throughout East Lothian.
Grant Milne Grant Milne
Grant is a very skilled and talented piper who began playing at the age of nine in Maryburgh, under the instruction of ex Queen's Own Highlanders piper Hugh Chisholm. His natural aptitude soon saw him in the Black Isle Junior Pipe Band, before being invited at 13 to join a senior band, the Dingwall Royal British Legion, which introduced him to competition piping. Grant joined the newly formed Beauly Firth & Glens Pipe Band at the same time as he passed his HNC in traditional music which qualified him for the Scottish Music course at the RSAMD in Glasgow. Grant now plays in the 52nd Lowland Regt. Pipe Band, as well as playing in the ceilidh band Ceilidh Dana.
Simon Moran Simon Moran
Simon Moran is a professional fiddle player and tutor and is the fiddle player with the band Deoch ‘n’ Dorus. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Scottish Music, and has become much in demand as a tutor, session musician and performer. He has recorded with the likes of Stuart Cassells, Gary Innes, Sandy Meldrum and The Red Hot Chilli Pipers, and has played all over Scotland and Europe with Deoch ‘n’ Dorus, Stuart Cassells, Dougie Maclean, Canterach, Ross Kennedy and The Jura Ceilidh Band.
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.
Calum Stewart Calum Stewart
Traditional music has always been a big part of Calum's family in Garmouth. Despite the huge popularity of the fiddle in his native Moray, it was the whistle that took his fancy as there were always whistles lying around the house whilst growing up. He became hooked on the wooden flute when he picked it up at the Ullapool fèis. He is now a leading instrumentalist in contemporary traditional, British Isles, European and World music. He has a string of accolades under his belt and was a finalist in the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year contest. Calum has performed at several UK festivals as well as the 2003 Lorient festival in Brittany.
Fraya Thomsen Fraya Thomsen
Fraya is recognized as one of Scotland’s most promising young clarsach players. Introduced to Scottish Gaelic music through Fèis Rois, Fraya went on to learn clarsach with Corrina Hewat at Balnain House. Fraya later gained an honours degree in Scottish Music at the RSAMD, where she formed a duo with Scots singer/cellist Fiona Hunter, performing at Celtic Connections, and performing/teaching at the Celtic Colours festival. She is now one half of The Duplets, with harpist/singer Gillian Fleetwood. Fraya also gains much enjoyment from the teaching element of her career, as she is passionate about encouraging people and sharing music. She teaches clarsach at Gordonstoun, and has taught in schools as part of the government's Youth Music Initiative. She is also gaining recognition as a composer.
Mike Vass Mike Vass
Mike hails from Nairn and is widely regarded as one of Scotland's finest young fiddlers. He won two gold medals at the Royal National Mod as well as playing with HRYO and the National Youth Orchestra of Scotland. He and his sister Ali were nominated as 'Best Up and Coming Act' in the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards, and they both feature in the international ensemble Fiddle Rendezvous. Mike was a runner-up in the 2007 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, and in 2008 he won the International Neil Gow Fiddle Composition competition. He has led numerous workshops for the Fèis movement, and teaches at the Scots Music Group and Pilrig Fiddlers in Edinburgh, as well as the Get Reel traditional music project in Stirlingshire. He now leads the Midlothian Ceilidh Trail project.
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.
Aileen Wilson Aileen Wilson
A regular tutor at Fèis Rois Òigridh, Aileen started highland dancing at the age of 5 and has been teaching it since she was a teenager. She has danced locally and all over Europe, and currently runs highland dancing schools in Dingwall and Lochcarron.
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