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Fèis Rois fiddle players
Apart from learning, there is an important social aspect. The warmth and hospitality and general sense of sharing and celebrating Gaelic culture is wonderful.
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2012

Tutors

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!
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Maeve MacKinnon Maeve MacKinnon
Even amid the wealth of gifted musicians thronging today’s Scottish folk scene, singer Maeve Mackinnon stands out as an exceptional young talent. With a repertoire spanning Gaelic and English-language material, both traditional and contemporary, she’s won acclaim equally for the eloquent emotional connection she forges with every song, communicated in a bewitchingly honeyed, husky yet vibrantly earthy voice, and for her music’s dynamic interplay of boldness and sensitivity.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Iain Fraser Iain Fraser
Iain is in constant demand as a performer, teacher & workshop leader. Iain grew up surrounded by music and now tours regularly throughout Scotland and North America with a large repertoire that ranges from older 18th century tunes to new compositions inspired by his family and surroundings in his adopted home in the Scottish Borders. His particular interests include exploring the great rhythmic & emotional capabilities of the fiddle as well as the relationship of the fiddler with dance & older styles of fiddle music. He has earned a reputation as a soloist with a large repertoire of fine Scottish tunes & is actively involved in promoting the learning & preservation of traditional music. Formerly Principle fiddle tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, Iain now is manager of musical programs in the schools in the Borders. He released his CD "Touchwood" with Christine Hanson in 2002 & has completed a tune book in 2006 entitled "Scottish Fiddle Tunes-60 Traditional Pieces for Violin".
 
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.
 
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.
 
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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