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The main reason for sending you this short letter is to say a huge Thank You to you all for not just making me very proud to promote the music and musicians of Scotland, which I am privileged to do all around the world, but to make me equally proud to be part of such a vibrant music scene within Scotland within which organisations such as Fèis Rois play such an important role, especially for young people.
Ian Smith, Portfolio Manager for Music and IP at Creative Scotland referring to a group of Fèis Rois musicians who performed at Cambridge Folk Festival
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Junior Fèis Tutors for 2018


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.
Cheyenne Brown Cheyenne Brown
Originally from Alaska, Cheyenne Brown has been based in Scotland for the last 15 years after completing her Honours degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD - now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Since then, she has also completed an MSc in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, focussing on the development of the construction of the Scottish harp since its revival in the 1930s through to today’s modern builders. Alongside her academic endeavours, Cheyenne is also an experienced performing artist and teacher. She released an album earlier this year with Alaskan fiddler Tory Dugan and another with 7-piece band Homeland. Now based in the Highlands, Cheyenne is in high demand as a teacher and has taught at multiple events in the US, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany as well as in the UK.
John Carmichael John Carmichael
John Carmichael is one of the great characters of the Scottish music scene and one of the music’s most dedicated advocates. Former Scottish accordion champion, he has been musical director for and toured with many of Scotland's top artists including Jimmy Shand, Andy Stewart, Kenneth MacKellar, Calum Kennedy and others. He has produced, presented and performed many times on STV, BBC Radio and Television, CBC Canada and many others (over 200 TV shows with his band and as a solo artist). John's long and illustrious career was marked in 2008 when he was inducted into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. This accolade is reserved for the small number of outstanding performers which have truly shaped the profile of Scottish music over the decades. John was recognised for his wide-ranging expertise as a musician, performer, bandleader, television producer, accordion teacher and competition adjudicator. John continues to be one of the busiest and most popular band leaders and entertainers in the country for all things Scottish. John's reputation for being able to 'call' dances is second to none.
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.
Suzanne Fivey Suzanne Fivey
Suzanne is a Glasgow-based pianist, whistle player and singer. She graduated with a 1st class honours in Scottish Music from RSAMD in 2011, and previous to that attended the National Centre Of Excellence In Traditional Music at Plockton High School for 3 years.
Amy Hall Gibson Amy Hall Gibson
Amy is a well-known freelance Scottish theatre practitioner and our drama tutor this year. She was lead tutor for Youth Theatre workshops at Horsecross in Perth and has also facilitated workshops for Angus Council for a number of years. She has a particular interest in working with young people and her strengths lie in devising and creating new pieces of theatre.
Katie Mackenzie Katie Mackenzie
Katie is a singer and harp player from Dingwall, Highlands. She attended the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland (formerly RSAMD) where she studied on the BA Scottish Music course, specialising in Gaelic song and clarsach. She released 'The Lassies Reply' with duo Pur in 2010. The album, which features the songs of Robert Burns in both Scots and Gaelic, was nominated for Album of the Year 2010 at the Scots Trad Awards. Katie is an experienced music tutor having taught a various Feisean throughout Scotland.
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.
Kim Richards Kim Richards
Kim Richards is a visual artist and musician from Ullapool. She was a pupil at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton and whilst there she immersed herself in music with tuition on whistles, piano and singing. After completing a BA in Visual Communication and her Educational Diploma in Glasgow, Kim worked as an art teacher in both secondary and primary schools in the central belt. Now, having returned to the Highlands, Kim delivers music education in a number of schools as part of the YMI programme and continues to teach art as well as producing her own beautiful illustrations. She hopes to release an EP of her songs next year.
Eilidh Scammell Eilidh Scammell
Our fiddle tutor Eilidh is also the project manager for Ainmean-Àite na h-Alba and is responsible for managing the national advisory partnership for Gaelic place-names in Scotland, providing correct and consistent forms of place-names for signage, maps and other published materials. With experience in the creative industries, including music, and the Gaelic language at her heart, Eilidh's career focus is ultimately in the development and preservation of the Gaelic language.
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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