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I just wanted to email and say a huge thank you for all your work to make the Fèis the magic that is. It remains my favourite weekend of the year after my eighth attendance!
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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2012

Tutors

Camanachd Association Camanachd Association
The Camanachd Association aims to foster, encourage, promote and develop the sport of shinty. Fèis Rois has been working in partnership with The Camanachd Association for a number of years now and we are delighted that one of their coaches will join us to lead the shinty sessions in Ullapool.
 
Amy Henderson Amy Henderson
Amy is a former pupil of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and a graduate of the BA Folk Music course at the University of Newcastle. She is from Kiltarlity and plays the accordion, whistle, a wee bit of the Irish wooden flute, and she can also turn her hand to backing vocals here and step dancing!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Sharon Hassan Sharon Hassan
Sharon was one of the first graduates from the BA Scottish Music degree course at the RSAMD (now Royal Conservatoire of Scotland) in Glasgow. She is an accomplished performer who is also much in demand for her teaching skills – many of her pupils have gone onto study traditional music at university. Sharon enjoys teaching groups of all ages and abilities and has also worked with people who have additional support needs. Her sense of humour and dedication to the music provide a relaxed atmosphere in which participants can learn more about the tunes they are playing as well as getting help with their technique, ornamentation, harmonies, improvisation and timing. She has been a groupwork and fiddle tutor at the ‘Gordon Gaitherin’ in Kemnay and ‘SCaT’ in Aberdeen for many years and has also taught at a number of Fèisean. She recently founded Gadie Music and The North East Folk Collective.
 
Ruairidh (Rua) MacMillan Ruairidh (Rua) MacMillan
Originally from Nairn, fiddler Rua Macmillan is quickly making a name for himself in the world of Scottish traditional music. Having graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 2008, he has already toured extensively throughout Europe and the U.S. In February 2009, Rua was awarded the prestigious title of BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year. His debut album ‘Tyro’ was released in May 2010 to great critical acclaim, being voted ‘Instrumental Album of the Year’ in the Fatea Awards, and picked as a ‘Top of The World’ album by Songlines Magazine.
 
Fiona J Mackenzie Fiona J Mackenzie
Fiona is an established Gaelic singer and an emerging song writer living in the Highlands. Solely a singer until recently when she began song writing and incorporating it into Gaelic drama. She is a member of the Kilmarnock Edition, a new band to come out of the prestigious Burnsong International Song writing Competition. She has recently completed her Masters Degree in Song writing and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. 2013 saw Fiona begin her career in Gaelic music theatre with a chance to develop her own show for the National Theatre of Scotland. A Mòd gold medallist, Fiona is in demand as both a teacher and performer of Gaelic song. She is currently based on the Isle of Canna where she is working as Archivist/Manager of the Canna Collection.
 
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.
 
Findlay Napier Findlay Napier
Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. Findlay is also well-known as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.His new album, VIP: Very Interesting Persons, contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives. The album was co-written and produced by Boo Hewerdine and features performances from Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, Gillian Frame, Roy Dodds, Hamish Napier and incredible Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren.
 
Barry Reid Barry Reid
A highly talented and experienced guitarist, both on electric and acoustic guitars, with years of gigging experience at festivals and venues all over the UK, Europe and the US. The list of bands include The ‘Treacherous Orchestra’, new electronic music band ‘Halcyon’, Lauren MacColl’s ‘The MacCollective’ and Scottish folk fusion group ‘Croft No. Five’. As well as his band performances, Barry works on his solo music career under the name of ‘Spad’ and mixes organic/electronic textures and beats with Scottish instruments and vocals, to create his own new musical style that is already becoming very popular. As well as being a performing musician, Barry also spends much of his time as a recording engineer and producer and has recorded many albums with the top musicians of the Scottish music scene.
 
Ailie Robertson Ailie Robertson
Ailie grew up in Edinburgh, Scotland, and was immersed in the harp world from an early age. Through her piano and clarsach lessons she developed a love for both classical and traditional music, and in 2005 gained a 1st-class MA in Irish Music Performance from the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance. Since graduating, Ailie has been going from strength to strength as a professional musician and has steadily gained recognition as a performer and composer. She works as a soloist for Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! programme, and has given recitals at events all over Scotland, including performing for HRH the Queen, and being invited to give a private concert to the Lord High Commissioner and his distinguished guests. She has played alongside many great Irish and Scottish musicians and has supported BBC award winner Karine Polwart. Notable festival appearances include Sidmouth, Cornwall, Whitby, The Edinburgh International Harp Festival, St Albans and many others. Ailie is a member of acclaimed band, The Outside Track. When she is not in the studio or on the road, Ailie is a much sought after teacher around the UK and Ireland. She has taught at various festivals, was co-founder and director of the highly successful Borders Harp Weekend and tutors regularly for Feisean nan Gaidheal, as well as teaching privately and in several schools.
 
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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