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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2011

Tutors

Donal Brown Donal Brown
Donal hails from Huntly and is a 2002 graduate of the BA Scottish Music Course at the RSAMD. Donal has been heavily involved in the traditional music scene in Scotland from an early age. He grew up Highland Dancing and later went on to play pipes for some of Scotland’s top Highland Dancers at international competitions and festivals. His involvement in Scottish music and dance has enabled him to perform with many of Scotland’s most entertaining professional groups including: Breabach, The Unusual Suspects, Dannsa, The Battlefield Band, James Graham and The Scottish Stepdance Company. A former step dance tutor at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Donal enjoys teaching traditional Scottish stepdancing and his talents are widely regarded.
 
Rachael Duff Rachael Duff
Rachael was brought up playing traditional music and spent many years attending the Gordon Gaitherin in Aberdeenshire. After completing a BA in Theatre and Media Drama in Wales she went on to do an apprenticeship in youth work and tutored drama at the Gordon Gaitherin. Prior to taking up post at Fèis Rois in September 2010 Rachael worked for Firefly Arts as Artistic Director. Rachael has also tutored at the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin and loves the theatre and music.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Kathleen Graham Kathleen Graham
Kathleen was brought up on the beautiful Isle Of Skye on the North West Coast of Scotland immersed in her native Gaelic culture. From gigging with her mother, playing at local Ceilidhs, the family band and the local Feis an Earraich, she went on to further her musical interests and gained a BA Hons in Scottish Music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2003.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
John Somerville John Somerville
Originally from the Highlands of Scotland, John is one of a new breed of exciting and dynamic accordion players to recently emerge from the vibrant Scottish music scene. He has constantly been refining his unique style of accordion playing, performing and writing for a whole host of bands and artists.He started off as a founding member of electro-folk pioneering group Croft No. Five, with whom he toured extensively throughout the UK and Europe. He can be heard with Treacherous Orchestra, Halcyon, Cask Strength Ceilidh Band, and Feis Rois (Voyage of the Hector).
 
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.
 
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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