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Enthusiastic Fèis Rois participants
On behalf of the Steering Group for Scotland’s Global Impact, I am writing to thank you and the young people you work with for the fantastic performances that helped make this major conference such a success. We would like to convey our sincere appreciation for your help and to say quite simply that the event was much enhanced with your input.
Jean Urquhart, Chair of Highland Homecoming 2009
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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2016


Angus Binnie Angus Binnie
Born and raised in Cromarty and now living and teaching Bagpipes in Fort William, Angus began piping through the Feis movement, and was later taught by legendary piper Rona Lightfoot. He then went on to study music at Strathclyde University and Lews Castle College, Benbecula. With a few Ceilidhs under his belt, Angus also brings a great passion for electronic music to the band.Under the dj partnership of “Binnie and Hogg”, Angus has been organizing and playing at club nights up and down the country for years, including a dj slot at Glasgow’s infamous night club The Arches.
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.
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.
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.
Ali Levack Ali Levack
Ali specialises in piping and whistles and has been immersed in Scottish traditional music since the age of nine when a family friend started teaching him the pipes. At the age of 14 Ali moved to the Plockton National Centre of Excellence for Traditional Music where he spent the next four years under the guidance of the country's best tutors, developing his skills on the Highland bagpipes, various types of small pipes and also gained incredible proficiency on whistles. He then attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and gained from the extraordinary tutelage there while maintaining close links with the best of the country's young musicians including through the Feis movement. Ali has used his skills recently accompanying a wide range of singers and musicians including Mischa MacPherson, Dougie Maclean and - he likes to drop this one in - Kylie Minogue! (He accompanied the final ensemble at the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.)
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.
Norrie MacIver Norrie MacIver
Originally from Carloway on Lewis, Norrie MacIver’s songwriting has enabled him to meld the traditions of his home and language with modern folk and country music. His efforts have proved very popular - in fact, with previous band Manran, his song Latha Math was downloaded more than 500 times in the first week of being released on iTunes. In 2014 Norrie released his first solo album ‘Danns an Rathaid’ and was joined on the album by some of Scotland’s finest musicians including Brian McAlpine and Julie Fowlis. In February of this year Norrie joined Skippinish as their new singer and has been very busy gigging with them this summer.
Debbie MacKay Debbie MacKay
For the past 3 years Debbie has worked as a Gaelic Drama Worker at Eden Court Theatre, Inverness. She is based in Kyle and works in Skye, Lochalsh and Lochaber visiting primary schools, secondary schools, and some community groups, doing anything from drama workshops to plays and productions, as well as the odd film. Current projects with primary school children range from entering a local drama festival to making a Bollywood style film!
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).
Rona Wilkie Rona Wilkie
Having grown up in a musical family at home in Oban, Rona was introduced to traditional music as a baby, and grew up being simultaneously trained in both Highland fiddle style and classical music. She became interested in singing when she attended Gaelic Medium Primary School. Rona led fiddle group Gizzen Briggs for several years performing at the opening of the Scottish Parliament in front of the Queen and First Minister. Rona won the coveted title of BBC Radio Scotland Traditional Musician of the Year in 2012.
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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