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This challenging musical explosion has resulted in creative and resilient responses. The sheer number of young people coming through the Fèis throughout the Highlands has resulted in entire communities holding workshops and ceilidhs. It is a very exciting time for traditional music.
Tom Bryan, The Living Tradition
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2011

Tutors

Corrina Hewat Corrina Hewat
In recent years, singer and harp player Corrina Hewat has emerged as one of the most distinctive, original and versatile artists on the contemporary Scottish scene. Synthesising the energies and idioms of traditional, jazz and classical music, in formats ranging from entirely solo to the 31-piece “folk orchestra” Unusual Suspects, Corrina's combined talents as a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and arranger have won steadily increasing acclaim among critics, fellow musicians and audiences alike.
 
Dave Milligan Dave Milligan
David Milligan is one of the highest regarded pianists in Scotland and is heavily involved in a wide variety of projects within the UK music scene. His principle reputation lies in his work as a jazz pianist, but in recent years he has been exploring and developing a unique crossover style of piano playing, merging jazz and improvisation with the traditional folk music of his native Scotland. He is a founder member of band Bachué alongside Corinna Hewat and both are musical directors of Scottish big band phenomenon The Unusual Suspects.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Mark Neal Mark Neal
Mark Neal grew up in East Kilbride and moved to Edinburgh to study, quickly getting involved with the music scene in Edinburgh. Also a multi instrumentalist, he focuses mainly on Guitar and Cittern but suffers from the shared complaint of playing anything that comes to hand. Mark also plays with the bands Teannaich and Heeliegoleerie and has played in a variety of different musical projects of different styles including jazz, blues, rock and gospel along the traditional folk music. These different styles can often be heard in his accompaniment as Mark has a love for blending these different types of music together. Mark has just finished an Acoustics PhD. If you're lucky he won't tell you about it.
 
Adam Sutherland Adam Sutherland
Adam is one of Scotland's top fiddler composers. His tunes are played all over the world and his playing career has seen him touring with some of the most popular trad music acts of the last 15 years; Treacherous Orchestra, Session A9, The Peatbog Faeries just to name a few. Adam is also equally in demand for his finely honed teaching skills and is regularly described as being a great source of inspiration for students young and old.
 
Marc Clement Marc Clement
It’s Marc Clement’s early experience learning piano that he credits for the intuitive accompaniment style he has developed on the guitar. Marc was born and brought up in Inverness to parents who were both professional entertainers. After abandoning the piano in favour of the guitar aged 12, he played with a variety of different groups before teaming up with fellow trad musician Bruce MacGregor to form successful ceilidh band Eat the Donkey. Marc currently plays and sings with traditional music super-group Session A9 of which fiddle tutor Gordon Gunn is also a member.
 
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.
 
Mhairi Hall Mhairi Hall
Pianist and composer Mhairi Hall was born and brought up in Aviemore. She began taking classical piano lessons but became interested in Scotland's music and history, and started developing her own style of playing, using the piano as a lead instrument. Mhairi went on to study Scottish Gaelic at college and university, and then went to the University of Limerick where she received guidance from many great musicians including pianist Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin. Mhairi worked as a lecturer in traditional music for Lews Castle College Benbecula for several years, before becoming a full time musician. She has performed and recorded with many leading musicians, bands and singers and is regarded as one of the finest and most creative pianists from Scotland.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Patsy Seddon Patsy Seddon
Patsy Seddon has been involved with the Scottish Harp for over forty years. She is one of Scotland’s most innovative harp players and is known for her work with the duo Sileas, the group The Poozies and other ensembles including Clan Alba. She was the first principal tutor of Scottish Harp at the RSAMD, helping to set up the Scottish music degree which began in 1986. She has also taught at numerous short courses including most years at the Edinburgh International Harp Festival and many Feisean including the very first one in Barra in 1981. She has an honours degree in Celtic Studies and was one of the first musicians in residence at the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. She has been training and working in Kodaly methods through The British Kodaly Academy and NYCoS, completing the course Sound Progressions. This popular method which respects folk music informs her harp teaching. Through all of this Patsy has inspired a generation of harp players.
 
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