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Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail participants
We would like to thank you for bringing the Ceilidh Trail back to Kinlochewe again this year. We had a fantastic night last night and it was thoroughly enjoyed by everybody. We even had some customers who brought their own instruments and joined in.
Proprietor, Kinlochewe Hotel
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Senior Fèis Tutors for 2016

Tutors

Angus MacKenzie Angus MacKenzie
Angus Mackenzie was born in Mabou, Cape Breton, an area steeped in Gaelic language and culture. His mother was a descendent of settlers from Lochaber and his father had emigrated to Canada from South Uist. With this strong Celtic upbringing as a backdrop, Angus began learning pipes at 8 years old and as a teenager played competitively with the Gaelic College Pipe Band. He moved to Skye, planning spend a year at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig before going to university, but has been based there ever since, where he has become very involved in the traditional music scene of the West Highlands. Angus is a founding member of the band Dàimh with whom he has toured extensively and released four critically acclaimed albums, and is also a much sought-after music tutor and session musician.
 
Sandy Brechin Sandy Brechin
Already a weel-kent face at our Adult Fèisean, Sandy has an established reputation as a top class accordion tutor, having also taught at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music in Plockton, Celtic Connections and The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland to name but a few. Originally from Kirkliston in West Lothian, Sandy started learning accordion from the age of 8 and went on to join and found a number of ceilidh dance bands including Ceilidh Minogue, Bùrach, Seelyhoo and more recently, The Sensational Jimi Shandrix Experience. As a result he has become well known as one of Scotland’s leading ceilidh dance players. He now owns and manages his own record company, Brechin All Records, but still finds time for teaching and entertaining audiences with his excellent musicianship and hilarious on-stage antics.
 
Cheyenne Brown Cheyenne Brown
Originally from Alaska, Cheyenne Brown has been based in Scotland for the last 15 years after completing her Honours degree in Scottish music from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (RSAMD - now the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland). Since then, she has also completed an MSc in Scottish Ethnology at the University of Edinburgh, focussing on the development of the construction of the Scottish harp since its revival in the 1930s through to today’s modern builders. Alongside her academic endeavours, Cheyenne is also an experienced performing artist and teacher. She released an album earlier this year with Alaskan fiddler Tory Dugan and another with 7-piece band Homeland. Now based in the Highlands, Cheyenne is in high demand as a teacher and has taught at multiple events in the US, the Netherlands, Canada and Germany as well as in the UK.
 
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.
 
Maxim Cormier Maxim Cormier
Maxim Cormier is a young, talented musician from the Acadian village of Cheticamp, Cape Breton. Although still in his early twenties, Maxim has achieved a great deal in his short time as a professional musician, including winning the Instrumental Category at International Acoustic Music Awards in 2014, and well as “Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year” at Nova Scotia Music Week in both 2014 and 2015. Cormier is trained in classical, jazz and world music and plays with a style that is described as being “peaceful and yet extremely complex”. Most recently Maxim has been nominated in two Categories for the 2016 Music Nova Scotia Awards: Musician of the Year and Acadian/Francophone Artist of the Year. We are delighted to be hosting him as one of our International Tutors at this year’s Senior Fèis.
 
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.
 
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.
 
Gordon Gunn Gordon Gunn
Over the years, Gordon Gunn’s name has become synonymous with traditional music. Described as "one of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players of the times,” Gordon began playing aged only 6 years old under the tutelage of renowned violin teacher Miss Margaret Henderson of Wick. He is well known as founding member of the band Session A9 as well as his work with musicians such as Marc Clement, Brian McAlpine and Phil Anderson. Gordon has tutored at a huge number of workshops, courses and events in Scotland as well as many in the US and Canada. To date, he has appeared on a staggering 50 different albums, including those by Aidan O’ Rourke, Bruce MacGregor and Christine Hanson.
 
Suzanne Houston Suzanne Houston
Suzanne Houston is a Glasgow-based multi-instrumentalist and singer. She attended the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music for 3 years before moving on to the RSAMD where she graduated with 1st class honours in 2011. She has recorded albums with guitarist Adam Brown and fellow fiddler Rua Macmillan and currently plays for Gaorsach Rapper and Step, a traditional folk dance group from Aberdeenshire. Suzanne is much in demand as a tutor and is experienced with working with all ages and abilities.
 
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.
 
Kim Richards Kim Richards
Kim Richards is a visual artist and musician from Ullapool. She was a pupil at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton and whilst there she immersed herself in music with tuition on whistles, piano and singing. After completing a BA in Visual Communication and her Educational Diploma in Glasgow, Kim worked as an art teacher in both secondary and primary schools in the central belt. Now, having returned to the Highlands, Kim delivers music education in a number of schools as part of the YMI programme and continues to teach art as well as producing her own beautiful illustrations. She hopes to release an EP of her songs next year.
 
Chris Waite Chris Waite
Piper, guitarist, whistle player and recording engineer Chris Waite is originally from the Scottish Borders. His musical education was conducted at the National Centre for Excellence in Traditional Music and at Strathclyde University, where he graduated from the Applied Music course. However, latterly, Chris has been making a name for himself predominately as a recording engineer and producer. Working from Angus Lyon’s beautiful Grans House studio, he has recorded a number of up-and-coming traditional music acts, including the Elephant Sessions, Dallahan, Blair McMillan and Ally Forsyth.
 
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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