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I would like to say a huge thanks to everyone involved in the Junior Feis last week. My daughters enjoyed the whole week, learnt a lot, and made some great new friends. Thanks to all who helped look after and teach them. It's a fantastic opportunity for children!
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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2013

Tutors

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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson
Megan Henderson hails from Fort William in Lochaber. Coming from a musical family, she first began playing violin at the age of four. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, accordion and is also a vocalist. From a young age, she has been involved with the Feisean movement, receiving invaluable experience playing with bands on a global scale at festivals including ‘Celtic Colours’, Canada, ‘Celtic Connections’, Scotland and ‘Blas’, Scotland. From this she also received tuition from some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians. Megan moved to Glasgow in 2007 to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to undertake the strings Bmus Hons degree. She currently plays with “Salsa Celtica” and newly formed band “Kristan Harvey and the Sanna”. She is the most recent addition to Breabach bringing fiddle, vocals and step-dance.
 
Gary Innes Gary Innes
Gary Innes is from Spean Bridge and has been playing music professionally since 2003. He released his first album "How's the Craic" in 2005 and he and Ewan Robertson released the album "Shouts" in April 2009. Gary is also part of the acclaimed super group Box Club which has 4 of Scotland's finest young accordion players. The guys took out their debut album in 2008 and have been widely in demand ever since. Gary has been fortunate enough to travel the World since 2003 – America, China, Kazakhstan, Europe to name a few but some highlights would be performing for a World Peace concert in Amman, Jordan for the Royal Family and his stints with Scots Legend's Runrig. Outside of music Gary is a Scottish Internationalist at Shinty and plays for Camanachd Cup Champions Fort William. He is fortunate enough to hold every senior medal in Shinty and captained his side to a famous victory over local rivals Kilmallie in 2005. He has also been lucky enough when not playing in cup finals to help commentate for the BBC on their live matches usually featured on BBC2.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Ewan Robertson Ewan Robertson
Ewan Robertson hails from Carrbridge in Strathspey. He was introduced to traditional music at an early age and began learning fiddle and chanter at the age of seven, studying both at school and privately, and through the local Fèis movement which provided him with the opportunity to perform with other young musicians and learn from those who inspired him. Ewan was accepted into the National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music in Scotland in 2000 where he studied fiddle and pipes. A shortage of accompanists at the school, however, led Ewan to experimenting with the guitar. He then used the vibrant Glasgow session scene to develop a very driving style of guitar accompaniment. Ewan helped to form the band Breabach, who won a Danny Award at Celtic Connections in 2005, and were nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards. More recently Ewan became the first singer / guitarist to win the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year Award.
 
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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