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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2015

Tutors

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.
 
Annie Grace Annie Grace
Annie Grace from Fort William, began her musical career on the Highland pipes at the tender age of 10. She also plays Scottish Border pipes and Small Pipes. She is highly regarded singer, whistle player, actor and teacher. Annie was a founder member of the band Iron Horse, and has toured and recorded extensively. She has been involved in various musical projects including The Unusual Suspects and Grace Hewat and Polwart. She has recorded two solo albums Take me out Drinking tonight, (2004) and her most recent, The Bell (2012) As an actor, she has performed in numerous theatre projects, and has recently returned from a year-long world tour with National Theatre Scotland, and the award-winning production “The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart”.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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