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I thoroughly enjoyed my first Fèis at the weekend!!! It was a fantastic experience and I'll certainly be back again in future years. I was impressed by how well everything was organised and how friendly everyone was. The concerts, sessions and venues were great. Also the small pipe tuition by Fred Morrison was first class!
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Badaguish Residential 2016

Adult learners who regularly participate in the Fèis Rois weekly classes / session programme are welcome to sign up to a weekend of music making with acclaimed accordionist and composer, John Somerville.

The weekend will take place at Badaguish (just outside Aviemore) from Friday 25th November through to Sunday 27th November 2016.

The fee for the weekend will be as follows:

  • £70 for members of Fèis the Music
  • £100 for those who regularly attend the Tulloch Castle session or another weekly Fèis Rois class

The fee includes all accommodation, meals and tuition.


Friday 25th November
  • 4pm: Arrive at Badaguish and enjoy a pot luck supper (everyone brings a dish)
  • Evening: Informal session in the lodge after the pot luck supper
Saturday 26th November
  • 8.00am onwards: Breakfast
  • 10.00am– 1.00pm: Music Workshop (with a coffee break)
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch
  • 2pm – 4pm: Music Workshop
  • 4pm: Free time to go for a walk, etc
  • 6pm: Evening meal together provided by Badaguish staff
  • 8pm onwards: Informal session
Sunday 27th November
  • 8.00am onwards: Breakfast
  • 10.00am– 1.00pm: Music Workshop (with a coffee break)
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch
  • 2pm – 4pm: Music Workshop
  • 4pm: Home

In 2014, Fèis Rois commissioned John Somerville to write a new piece of music inspired by the voyage of The Hector, a ship that left Ross-Shire and sailed to Canada in 1773. You will have the chance to learn to play this suite of music.

The story of The Hector is one of human endeavour and hardship upon the seas.

In early July 1773, 207 passengers, mainly from Lochbroom in Wester Ross, boarded the ship in the small Scottish village of Ullapool. The ship, in the end carrying only 189 passengers, finally came to port in the town of Pictou, Nova Scotia in mid-September. The landing was several weeks later than planned. The journey between the two ports was one of great drama, hardship and suffering, but the passengers had remarkable strength of spirit and optimism for their future.

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