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I just wanted to email and say a huge thank you for all your work to make the Fèis the magic that is. It remains my favourite weekend of the year after my eighth attendance!
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2013


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.
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!
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.
Anna Massie Anna Massie
Anna Massie was the winner of the BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2003 Award. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she excels in playing the fiddle, mandolin and tenor banjo. As well as solo performances, Anna played in a trio featuring Jenn Butterworth and Mairearad Green, which earned nominations as Best Up and Coming Band at the 2004 Scots Trad Music Awards and the Horizon Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. In 2005 Anna was nominated as Best Instrumentalist at the Trad Music Awards. As well as live performances Anna is a busy recording artist with, most notably, an appearance on Michael McGoldrick’s "Wired," and Phil Cunningham and Aly Bain's "Roads Not Travelled."
Catriona McKay Catriona McKay
Catriona McKay is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp. She has a love and vision for the harp and is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative style. A diverse Scottish musician who has a unique sound fused with a daring rhythmic style. She has a long standing duo with fiddle genius Chris Stout. They explore sounds that connect and challenge through a bold and adventurous dialogue of their native Scottish music. Catriona plays in Shetland band FiddLers' Bid, with Swedish nyckelharper, Olov Johansson, improvising duo Strange Rainbow and the Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra. Her exceptional inventiveness and unique rhythm harp playing combined with imagination and skill keep her at the forefront of harp playing.
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.
Paul Murray Paul Murray
Paul has been singing and playing fiddle since the age of 9. He was taught fiddle by Anna Dagg (now of the Whistlebinkies) and developed his playing and singing throughout his teens as a member of Penicuik Folk Club. He's now immersed in the Scottish folk scene as a session player and a member of Off Centre Ceilidh Band. Paul is committed to encouraging young people to get interested in Folk and Traditional music and has been a major player in the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, the Edinburgh University Folk Society (Folksoc) and to Tinto Summer School for young folkies. He is also the Fèis Rois webmaster! For many years Paul was part of the Fresh Air student radio DJ team and has presented "Fresh Folk" every Sunday. In his spare time, Paul is a teacher of Chemistry at Kirkcaldy High School.
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.
Patsy Reid Patsy Reid
Patsy comes from Knapp in Perthshire where she grew up playing both traditional Scottish fiddle and classical violin. Competing around Scotland culminated in her double win of the Glenfiddich Fiddle Championship at just 15 and 16 years of age. Patsy remains one of the youngest ever finalists in the BBC Young Traditional Musician of the Year competition, where she competed at just 17. In 2004, she gained a first class honours BA Applied Music degree from Strathclyde University, specialising in performance and album production. In June 2006, Patsy graduated from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester with a Post Graduate Diploma in violin performance as well as a Post Graduate Certificate of Education with specialist string teaching. Patsy is an experienced fiddle teacher and is a popular tutor at both the award winning Taransay Fiddle Camp and Alasdair Fraser's Fiddle course at Sabhal Mor Ostaig. At Celtic Connections 2007, Patsy performed with Breabach, the Karen Matheson Band, Maeve Mackinnon and more recently, her 'New Voices' commission Bridging the Gap was well received @ Celtic Connections 2008.
Chris Stout Chris Stout
Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands, Chris Stout has, over the last few years, become nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic fiddle players and composers of his generation. Whether as a solo artist, a member of Fiddlers Bid, leading his own quintet or as one half of his duo with long time musical associate Catriona McKay, Chris continues to innovate within traditional and contemporary musical circles, delivering performances which excite and inspire audiences all over the world.Chris’s restless ambition to collaborate and discover music from around the world has taken him to countless countries such as Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Algeria and Norway to name but a few. As well as working in traditional line-ups Chris has had very memorable performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. 2011 saw the release of ‘Chris Stout’s Brazilian Theory Live’ a recording of an ambitious collaboration between Brazilian and Scottish musicians, which took to the stage in Glasgow during the Celtic Connections festival. The concert was described in the Scotsman as “a gloriously exuberant and at times emotionally glowing collaboration.”
Sarah-Jane Summers Sarah-Jane Summers
Sarah-Jane Summers is originally from Inverness, and was taught by the great Donald Riddell. As well as a lasting love of Highland fiddle music, Sarah-Jane is very interested in Scandinavian music, often performing with Fribo. She is in great demand as a fiddle teacher, working with Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and many other workshops and courses around Scotland. Sarah-Jane’s eagerly-awaited first solo CD was released in late 2008.
Andy Thorburn Andy Thorburn
Andy has for some years now been one of Scotland's busiest musicians, covering just about every musical genre imaginable (and a few that weren’t, until he got his hands on them). Having worked the circuit from classical to country, jazz to folk, easy listening to rock’n’roll, on both sides of the Atlantic, he has latterly carved out a niche as one of the most skilful, versatile and sought-after pianists on the contemporary Celtic scene. In addition to playing with bands such as Babelfish, Blazin’ Fiddles (Best Live Act, 2004 Scots Trad Music Award), The Loveboat Big Band, and The Ghillies, Andy has emerged in recent years as a composer of increasing note, whether writing traditional-style tunes, extended ensemble works, or music for theatre and dance productions. He has served as musical director on a string of high-profile projects; juggles numerous teaching commitments in schools, colleges and youth music festivals; is increasingly in demand as a creative manuscript typesetter, and advises the government on music curriculum development in schools.
Matheu Watson Matheu Watson
Matheu Watson is a multi-instrumentalist playing various Guitars, Fiddle and Whistles and has worked with a number of traditional and Celtic musicians including Anna Wendy Stevenson, Fred Morrison, Anxo Lorenzo, Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson, Salsa Celtica, Bagad Kemper, Paddy Keenan, Iain MacDonald and Siobhan Miller & Jeana Leslie. Matheu has toured extensively throughout Europe including Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Russia, Lithuania, Latvia and the UK. He is also a Gaelic speaker having gone through Gaelic Medium Education and studied at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig. Matheu is a composer writing in various styles.
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