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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2014

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.
 
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.
 
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!
 
Ingrid Henderson Ingrid Henderson
Ingrid started learning clarsach at the age of 7, and during her early teenage years won the highly prestigious BBC Radio 2 Young Traditional award. As well as being a member of Cliar, Ingrid performs in a duo with singer Anne Martin, and released a solo CD “The Little Beauty” in 2005. Her musical sensibility means she is much in demand as a session musician and her name appears on many traditional recordings as a result. She has also worked as a musical director and composter, and has taught at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and the Irish World Music Centre.
 
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.
 
Iain MacFarlane Iain MacFarlane
Iain MacFarlane is an internationally acclaimed player and teacher in the traditional music world. He was born and brought up in Glenfinnan and was taught by his father, Charlie, and also the late Donald Riddell. He has a BA in Traditional Music from the RSAMD, currently plays with Blazin' Fiddles and teaches regularly at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music.
 
Eilidh MacKenzie Eilidh MacKenzie
Born into a family of singers, Eilidh Mackenzie was raised on the island of Lewis. Along with two of her sisters, Eilidh is a member of the vocal harmony group Mackenzie and in the 1990s was a founder member of the group Mac-talla. She won the ladies Gold Medal at the National Mod in 1987 and in Dec 2010 was awarded the MGAlba Scots trad music award - Gaelic Singer of the Year As well as performing traditional songs, Eilidh writes her own material, again primarily in Gaelic, and in 2009 released an album of entirely new songs based on the novel Bel Canto by American author Ann Patchett. A year later she was awarded a commission from the Blas festival and chose to write a collection of songs in Gaelic based on happy news stories. This - Saoghal Sona (Wonderful World) - was recorded for radio and will be available for commercial purchase in the near future. Eilidh is the regular music tutor at Bun-sgoil Ghàidhlig Inbhirnis and leads Còisir G, an inter-secondary school choir for Highland Council. In 2005 she co-wrote and produced the first ever Gaelic musical - Taigh Mairi Anndra - based on the life of the American folklorist Margaret Fay Shaw and performed by all 99 children of Central Primary GM unit alongside a band of professional musicians - in Eden Court to a sell-out audience. While studying Music and Celtic Studies at the University of Glasgow, Eilidh tutored at various fèisean through her summer holidays and it was at an early Fèis Rois in Gairloch that she devised the plan to introduce a whole fèis song.
 
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.
 
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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