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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2015

Tutors

Ally Forsyth Ally Forsyth
Originally from the North East, Ally Forsyth is a traditional musician based in Glasgow. He attended the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and graduated with BA (Hons) Scottish Music from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland in 2015. He is now building a freelance portfolio career working with some of the most in-demand musicians in the country, as well as teaching piano at Riverside Music Complex in Glasgow.
 
Ross Ainslie Ross Ainslie
Ross Ainslie is one of Scotland’s finest traditional musicians and composers, playing pipes, whistles and cittern. He is renowned for his highly acclaimed solo material, and as a skilled performer and prolific collaborator who performs regularly with bands Treacherous Orchestra – of which he is a founding member - Salsa Celtica, Dougie Maclean, Charlie Mckerron, India Alba, and with Jarlath Henderson. Born in Perthshire in 1983, Ross began his career with the Grade 1 Vale of Atholl Pipe Band, where he was mentored – and hugely influenced - by piper Gordon Duncan. Recent career highlights have included the release of his first solo record, Wide Open in 2013, and his Celtic Connections commission Remembering (2015). He was a finalist for BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year (2002), and has received various nominations for prestigious awards such as the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and Scots Trad Music Awards.
 
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.
 
Clive Carroll Clive Carroll
Clive Carroll grew up immersed in a diverse range of music, playing everything from the banjo and guitar in his family’s band to electric guitar in a soul and funk groups. He holds a 1st Class Honours degree in Classical Guitar & Composition from Trinity College of Music, London. Throughout his musical career, Clive has toured with guitar legends John Renbourn and Tommy Emmanuel, composed music for major films and has been awarded an array of awards and accolades, such as inclusion in Total Guitar Magazine’s “Top 10 Acoustic Guitarists of All Time”. Clive’s latest solo CD features original compositions as well as a duet with classical guitarist John Williams.
 
Gillian Frame Gillian Frame
Gillian Frame is a fiddle player and singer from the Isle of Arran with a passion for performing and teaching. She was the inaugural winner of the Young Scottish Traditional Musician of the Year Award and a founding member of the band Back of the Moon. She graduated in 2002 from The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with BA (Hons) Scottish Music. As a performer Gillian has worked with acts such as The Unusual Suspects, Deaf Shepherd, Breabach and is currently a member of Findlay Napier and the Barroom Mountaineers. Gillian is skilled and experienced teacher. She is currently a peripatetic teacher for North Ayrshire Council and, previously, she taught weekly lessons in Lomond School, Helensburgh for 10+ years. The list of other freelance work is extensive including working for the RCS, Celtic Connections, most traditional music organisations in Scotland and numerous festivals and music camps in North America and Europe.
 
Angus Lyon Angus Lyon
An accomplished pianist and accordionist, Angus is a member of Blazin’ Fiddles & The Halton Quartet. He has also worked as a session musician within many different musical genres. He has recorded & performed alongside some of the biggest names in the musical world, including Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Bobby McFerrin, Craig Armstrong, Paul McCartney, Eliza Carthy, Matt Costa, Bella Hardy, Scott Mathews & many more. He is increasingly in demand as a producer and he is currently recording and producing music from his studio Gran’s House.
 
Fiona J Mackenzie Fiona J Mackenzie
Fiona is an established Gaelic singer and an emerging song writer living in the Highlands. Solely a singer until recently when she began song writing and incorporating it into Gaelic drama. She is a member of the Kilmarnock Edition, a new band to come out of the prestigious Burnsong International Song writing Competition. She has recently completed her Masters Degree in Song writing and Performance at the University of the West of Scotland. 2013 saw Fiona begin her career in Gaelic music theatre with a chance to develop her own show for the National Theatre of Scotland. A Mòd gold medallist, Fiona is in demand as both a teacher and performer of Gaelic song. She is currently based on the Isle of Canna where she is working as Archivist/Manager of the Canna Collection.
 
Findlay Napier Findlay Napier
Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and truly energised with a heart-warming zing. He made his name touring and recording with multi-award winning traditional Scottish folk band Back of the Moon. In his more recent projects “Queen Anne’s Revenge” and “The Bar Room Mountaineers” his song-writing took centre stage and was described by The Sunday Herald as “Genuine songcraft and wit following in the Difford & Tilbrook tradition”. Findlay is also well-known as the host of Celtic Connections’ Late Night Sessions and for his Hazy Recollections concert series which showcases the very best in new roots music.His new album, VIP: Very Interesting Persons, contains ten songs about real life characters that have led very interesting lives. The album was co-written and produced by Boo Hewerdine and features performances from Admiral Fallow’s Louis Abbott, Gillian Frame, Roy Dodds, Hamish Napier and incredible Danish multi-instrumentalist Gustaf Ljunggren.
 
Lily Neill Lily Neill
Lily Neill began her career as a child and in her teens performed for the likes of US President Bill Clinton and alongside Irish super-group, The Chieftains. She earned a 1st Class Honours degree in Irish Music and Dance from the Irish World Academy at the University of Limerick, Ireland and a Master of Music degree from the prestigious Sibelius Academy in Helsinki, Finland. Lily's original compositions and interpretations of traditional music from the folk realm have taken the harp into broader spheres of experimentation, with Irish Music Magazine describing her as “…part of the new Harp revolution extolling aspects of harp music never previously heard”.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Innes Watson Innes Watson
Brought up in the Borders with an upbringing steeped in music, Innes Watson has become a well-established figure in the traditional music world. A graduate of the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, he has since gone on to become a leading tutor at the RCS. His teaching CV also includes The Glasgow Fiddle Workshop as well as numerous Fèisean. Innes plays with a number of groups and musicians including Ross Ainslie & Jarlath Henderson, the Fiona Hunter Band, Mike Vass and Man’s Ruin. Recently, his innovative style and creativity on the fiddle have been showcased as part of genre-breaking group Treacherous Orchestra, whose latest album Grind picked up ‘Album of the Year’ award at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards.
 
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