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I’m delighted to say that our ceilidh event was an unprecedented success due in no small part to the fantastic music from the group. Unbelievably talented, friendly and warm individuals, who had the assembled dancers eating out of the palm of their hands… The Feis Rois movement is an unbelievable asset to the Highlands and will hopefully continue to play a big part in the harbour’s plans for community events in the future.
Kevin Peach, Chief Executive / Harbourmaster, Ullapool Harbour
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2014

Tutors

Ewen Henderson Ewen Henderson
The latest recruit to the Battlefield Band ranks, Ewen hails from the Scottish West Highland town of Fort William, and has been naturally steeped in the traditional music, Gaelic language and culture of the area. He started learning the fiddle at the age of five, and has since mastered an impressive array of instruments, having had the privilege of being taught by many of the true masters of West Highland traditional music.
 
Gary Innes Gary Innes
Gary Innes is from Spean Bridge and has been playing music professionally since 2003. He released his first album "How's the Craic" in 2005 and he and Ewan Robertson released the album "Shouts" in April 2009. Gary is also part of the acclaimed super group Box Club which has 4 of Scotland's finest young accordion players. The guys took out their debut album in 2008 and have been widely in demand ever since. Gary has been fortunate enough to travel the World since 2003 – America, China, Kazakhstan, Europe to name a few but some highlights would be performing for a World Peace concert in Amman, Jordan for the Royal Family and his stints with Scots Legend's Runrig. Outside of music Gary is a Scottish Internationalist at Shinty and plays for Camanachd Cup Champions Fort William. He is fortunate enough to hold every senior medal in Shinty and captained his side to a famous victory over local rivals Kilmallie in 2005. He has also been lucky enough when not playing in cup finals to help commentate for the BBC on their live matches usually featured on BBC2.
 
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.
 
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.
 
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).
 
Megan Henderson Megan Henderson
Megan Henderson hails from Fort William in Lochaber. Coming from a musical family, she first began playing violin at the age of four. As a multi-instrumentalist, she plays piano, accordion and is also a vocalist. From a young age, she has been involved with the Feisean movement, receiving invaluable experience playing with bands on a global scale at festivals including ‘Celtic Colours’, Canada, ‘Celtic Connections’, Scotland and ‘Blas’, Scotland. From this she also received tuition from some of the world’s most respected traditional musicians. Megan moved to Glasgow in 2007 to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama to undertake the strings Bmus Hons degree. She currently plays with “Salsa Celtica” and newly formed band “Kristan Harvey and the Sanna”. She is the most recent addition to Breabach bringing fiddle, vocals and step-dance.
 
Calum MacCrimmon Calum MacCrimmon
Calum’s piping began in Edmonton in Canada. He and his family moved to Scotland in 1991 where he made a name in the solo piping competition scene. In 2000, Calum attended the RSAMD in Glasgow, where he excelled not only in piping, but also in whistle, guitar and composition. Having gained his BA Honours degree in Scottish Music, Calum is presently pursuing a career as a tutor and performer across Scotland and is performing with such esteemed acts as The Unusual Suspects, Na Tri Seudan and The National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland. In 2007, he was a finalist in the high profile BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the year, which is held at Celtic Connections. Calum is also a talented composer and he successfully produced a New Voices commission for Celtic Connections 2007. Calum plays pipes and whistles with the fantastic young band Braebach, who won a Danny Award at Celtic Connections in 2005, and were nominated for Scottish Folk Band of the Year at the 2007 Scots Trad Music Awards.
 
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.
 
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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