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Luchd-teagaisg Fèis Rois Inbhich 2012

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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.
 
Val Bryan Val Bryan
Valerie Bryan has worked with Fèis Rois and Fèisean nan Gàidheal since 1987 in a variety of roles, including committee member and tutor, on various instruments, at all three annual Fèisean. She is a full-time Music Teacher at Ullapool High School.
 
Michelle Burke Michelle Burke
Michelle Burke is an acclaimed singer from rural East Cork, Ireland. She has spent the best part of a decade living in Edinburgh where she has collaborated with many of the top artists working in the vibrant Scottish folk scene. Having spent two years as the lead singer with Irish American super group, Cherish the Ladies, Michelle is fast gaining a reputation as a solo artist. She is an impressive interpreter of songs with a timelessly expressive, exquisitely nuanced voice.
 
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.
 
Louise Douglas Louise Douglas
Louise was brought up in Nigg, Easter Ross and started to play the violin at an early age. As a teenager, she developed a keen interest in traditional music and was fortunate to have tuition from the late Dr Tom Anderson of Shetland, Aonghas Grant and Alasdair Fraser. As well as being a fiddle tutor, Louise is also a composer with tunes such as 'Newly Weds Waltz' and 'Iain Sinclair of Skaldister' to her name. She was also involved in various bands until 2000 when she decided to make music her full time job and moved to Skye, taking up the post of Traditional Music Co-ordinator for An Drochaid, the Skye & Lochalsh Traditional Music Project. Her role there was to promote and encourage traditional music in the area. She is presently a Strings Instructor for Highland Council and regularly teaches at Fèisean and other music courses. Louise is a former Fèis Rois participant who now teaches for the organisation.
 
Iain Fraser Iain Fraser
Iain is in constant demand as a performer, teacher & workshop leader. Iain grew up surrounded by music and now tours regularly throughout Scotland and North America with a large repertoire that ranges from older 18th century tunes to new compositions inspired by his family and surroundings in his adopted home in the Scottish Borders. His particular interests include exploring the great rhythmic & emotional capabilities of the fiddle as well as the relationship of the fiddler with dance & older styles of fiddle music. He has earned a reputation as a soloist with a large repertoire of fine Scottish tunes & is actively involved in promoting the learning & preservation of traditional music. Formerly Principle fiddle tutor at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama in Glasgow, Iain now is manager of musical programs in the schools in the Borders. He released his CD "Touchwood" with Christine Hanson in 2002 & has completed a tune book in 2006 entitled "Scottish Fiddle Tunes-60 Traditional Pieces for Violin".
 
Nigel Gatherer Nigel Gatherer
Nigel Gatherer is a professional musician: teacher, performer, composer, publisher and researcher. His classes, workshops and residential courses are popular throughout Scotland and the U.K. One of Nigel's missions in life is to get people playing music with one another, and this site provides resources to help, through education, tutorials, music and history.
 
Aonghas Grant Aonghas Grant
Aonghas’s fiddle career spans more than six decades, and he is still very active as a soloist, teacher, workshop leader, and session participant. His family hails from the Highlands of Glen Moriston and Aonghas is a Gaelic speaker and a natural-born storyteller. He plays a wide range of fiddle tunes, from ancient Gaelic airs to classic Niel Gow sets, to Irish reels, to Highland pipe tunes. Aonghas plays this wide and deep repertoire of tunes in a "pipey" style with a "Gaelic" touch, known as the West Highland Style. He is also a composer of great note, and is honored to have had many tunes written for him too.
 
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.
 
Christine Hanson Christine Hanson
Music has taken Christine from touring Canada's High Arctic with a tango trio, to playing traditional music in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. While classically trained, Christine in her many roles – cellist, composer and sound designer – is eclectic in her musical explorations. Her experiences include compositional commissions, arranging, studio work, theatre work, and performing as an ensemble musician with a variety of groups that play, Scottish Traditional, Classical, pop-jazz, and experimental music. She is also a very experienced instructor, teaching professional master classes in workshop settings on both sides of the Atlantic.
 
Corrina Hewat Corrina Hewat
In recent years, singer and harp player Corrina Hewat has emerged as one of the most distinctive, original and versatile artists on the contemporary Scottish scene. Synthesising the energies and idioms of traditional, jazz and classical music, in formats ranging from entirely solo to the 31-piece “folk orchestra” Unusual Suspects, Corrina's combined talents as a vocalist, instrumentalist, composer and arranger have won steadily increasing acclaim among critics, fellow musicians and audiences alike.
 
Rona Lightfoot Rona Lightfoot
Rona Lightfoot from South Uist has been described as a ceilidh personified. She is a great piper, a hugely talented singer, and a veritable treasury of traditional Gaelic songs. What's more, Rona is a terrific raconteur with a great sense of humour and an infectious laugh. As you listen to Eadarainn you will also get a sense of what a great character she is. Rona ’s most immediate musical in influences were her mother Kate, who was one of the most remarkable singers and tradition bearers of her age and Eairdsidh Raghnaill, her father, a piper and seanachaidh of renown. Rona ’s family cherished and fostered Gaelic traditional arts and Eadarainn is a distillation of the cultural legacy which she inherited.
 
Gillebride MacMillan Gillebride MacMillan
Gillebrìde MacMillan is from the Milton in South Uist. He comes from a family with a strong Gaelic background. Gaelic is his first language and Gaelic songs and traditions were always an important part of family life. Gillebrìde studied Celtic Studies at Glasgow University and he now works in the Celtic and Gaelic Department at Glasgow University. He is also a Gaelic translator as well as singing regularly at festivals and ceilidhs. He has sung and taught at many places in Scotland, Europe and the USA. ‘Air Fòrladh / On Leave’ is Gillebrìde’s second CD. His first ‘Thogainn Ort Fonn!’ was released in 2005 and he has also sung on CD with ‘Na Seòid’ and on ‘Home to Argyll’ – a collection of the songs of Ethel McCallum.
 
Aonghas MacNeacail Aonghas MacNeacail
Aonghas MacNeacail poet and songwriter, was born in Uig, on the Isle of Skye. He is also a broadcaster, journalist, scriptwriter, librettist and translator. A native Gael, he writes in Gaelic and English. His collections of poetry have been published in both languages, and his writing has appeared in literary journals all over the world. A vibrant communicator, he broadcasts regularly on radio and TV. He has given poetry readings at major literary festivals across the globe - in Russia, Japan, Poland, Israel, the U.S.A., Canada, and throughout Western Europe. His work has been published in many languages, including German, Italian, Irish Gaelic, French, Hebrew, Finnish and Serbo-Croat. As an established lyricist and librettist, Aonghas has collaborated, in both folk and classical idioms, with many of Scotland’s top composers, including Phil Cunningham, Donald Shaw, William Sweeney and Ronald Stevenson. He has also collaborated with major Scottish visual artists, including Calum Colvin and Will MacLean. He is an experienced tutor of writing, and regularly works in schools, colleges and universities, running writers’ workshops with pupils and students of all ages.
 
Claire Mann Claire Mann
Claire Mann (flute, fiddle, whistle and vocals) is highly regarded as a tutor of traditional music. In addition to teaching, she is an experienced performer and recording artist. She has toured extensively with bands Tabache, Craobh Rua and Christy O'Leary, and she has recorded with Aaron Jones and other musicians from across Europe.
 
Ross Martin Ross Martin
Ross Martin, from Arisaig, is man of great musical talents who is in constant demand as a session player. He was immersed in wild, west coast dances and sessions from an early age. His driving yet sensitive guitar playing has made him one of the highest regarded accompanists on the scene today. He learned his trade in Hebridean and west highland dance halls and has gone on to tour the world extensively with Tabache, Fred Morrison and Ceolas and has performed with Deaf Shepherd, Liz Doherty, Iain MacDonald, Bonnie Prince Billy, Julie Fowlis, Aonghas Grant snr, Roddy Woomble, Mary Smith, It's Jo and Danny, Fergie MacDonald and an Indian wedding band. He currently plays with the bands Cliar, Harum Scarum and Daimh, and has featured on numerous albums including Julie Fowlis’s solo work “Mar a tha mo chridhe”.
 
Bob Massie Bob Massie
One of the best-kent faces on the traditional music scene in the Highlands, Fortrose-based Bob Massie has been playing and teaching banjo, guitar and mandolin for more years than he cares to admit. He has played in various popular cèilidh bands in the north, such as the Lochinver Cèilidh Band, the Kerry Blues and Oldshoremore, alongside daughter Anna. For the past ten years he has played with the Scone Fairies. He also hosts a regular weekly session in Hootananny’s, and is a keen composer.
 
Cathal McConnell Cathal McConnell
County Fermanagh-born Cathal McConnell is a world-renowned musician and singer with “The Boys of the Lough", a group of which he is a founder member over 45 years ago. From his earliest day he has collected and shared songs of a diverse nature and continues to entertain and share his love of music and song, whether it be at the Carnegie Hall or amongst friends in a remote pub session in Ireland.
 
Frank McConnell Frank McConnell
Frank McConnell was born and brought up in Glasgow of a family with strong Hebridean ties and no interest in the arts. He trained as a PE teacher but found an escape route into dance from which he has never returned. After training with Royston Maldoom and the Arts in Fife, he cultivated at a deep interest in creativity and the Arts but has maintained and passion for education in its broadest sense. He moved to the Highlands in 1994 to work as dancer-in-residence for Ross and Cromarty District Council and to develop his growing love for Scottish step dancing and Scotland's earlier dance heritage. In May 2000, he was one of the first people in Britain to be awarded a Fellowship from the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts and is using this time to explore his own creativity within a Highland landscape. A founder-member of step dance group Dannsa, he is now principally known as a choreographer and is artistic director of Plan B.
 
Dave Milligan Dave Milligan
David Milligan is one of the highest regarded pianists in Scotland and is heavily involved in a wide variety of projects within the UK music scene. His principle reputation lies in his work as a jazz pianist, but in recent years he has been exploring and developing a unique crossover style of piano playing, merging jazz and improvisation with the traditional folk music of his native Scotland. He is a founder member of band Bachué alongside Corinna Hewat and both are musical directors of Scottish big band phenomenon The Unusual Suspects.
 
Fred Morrison Fred Morrison
Fred Morrison was born and raised near Glasgow, but it’s the celebrated Gaelic piping tradition of his father’s native South Uist, in the outer Hebrides, that forms the bedrock of his intensely expressive, uniquely adventurous style. His outstanding technical prowess saw him winning many top competition prizes while still at school, meanwhile being inspired by pioneering acts like the Bothy Band and the Tannahill Weavers. Although his first-love instrument remains the great Highland bagpipes, over the years his mastery has expanded to encompass whistles, Scottish smallpipes, or reelpipes – Morrison being a pivotal populariser of this once-rare variety – and Irish uilleann pipes. He was also one of the first Scottish artists to forge dynamic links with his Celtic cousins in Brittany and north-west Spain, adding further to his repertoire of influences and tunes, and has long been renowned as an outstanding tune composer.
 
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.
 
Sandra Robasdan Sandra Robasdan
‘S ann à Barraigh bho thùs a tha Sandra agus tha i air a bhith ri danns bho bha i glè òg. Tha i air a bhith an sàs anns a’ chòmhlan Dannsa bho thòisich e.
 
James Ross James Ross
James Ross, from Wick, Caithness, Scotland, began playing music at the age of eight, studying under respected musician and composer, the late Addie Harper. He then went on to study at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in Glasgow, from which he graduated with a BA in Scottish Music in July 2000. He next completed the MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance in June, 2001, studying under Professor Michael o Suilleabhain at the Irish World Music Centre, University of Limerick. James has performed extensively throughout Britain, Ireland and America and currently teaches traditional piano at the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama. Since 2001 James has been part of the late Yehudi Menuhin’s Live Music Now! Scheme, which takes live performance to a wide range of community venues.
 
Fraya Thomsen Fraya Thomsen
Fraya is recognized as one of Scotland’s most promising young clarsach players. Introduced to Scottish Gaelic music through Fèis Rois, Fraya went on to learn clarsach with Corrina Hewat at Balnain House. Fraya later gained an honours degree in Scottish Music at the RSAMD, where she formed a duo with Scots singer/cellist Fiona Hunter, performing at Celtic Connections, and performing/teaching at the Celtic Colours festival. She is now one half of The Duplets, with harpist/singer Gillian Fleetwood. Fraya also gains much enjoyment from the teaching element of her career, as she is passionate about encouraging people and sharing music. She teaches clarsach at Gordonstoun, and has taught in schools as part of the government's Youth Music Initiative. She is also gaining recognition as a composer.
 
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.
 
Mike Vass Mike Vass
‘S ann à Inbhir Narann a tha Mike bho thùs, agus bidh e daonnan a’ còrdadh ris na com-pàirtichean. Bhuannaich Mike co-fharpais eadar-nàiseanta Nìll Ghobha airson sgrìobhadh phort.
 
Matheu Watson Matheu Watson
Chaidh Matheu gu Fèis Rois mar chom-pàirtiche nuair a bha e fhèin òg, agus tha liut aige air iomadh ionnstramaid. Bidh Matheu gu tric ag obair còmhla ri iomadh neach-ciùil, nam measg Fred Moireasdan, Salsa Celtica, Ross Ainslie agus Jarlath Henderson.
 
Sheena Wellington Sheena Wellington
Scotland's leading traditional singer, Sheena Wellington was born in Dundee into a family of singers and factory weavers. Sheena’s repertoire covers everything from Burns to ballads to the best of contemporary songwriting, drawing from the rich Scottish tradition passed from musician to musician through the ages. A passionate and articulate advocate for traditional music, she has played a leading role in the fight for recognition, status and improved funding for Scotland's traditional arts. Honours bestowed on her for her work include Doctorates from the Universities of St Andrews (2000) and Dundee (2006) and the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama (2007), The Heritage Society of Scotland’s award for her outstanding contribution to Scotland's culture, the UK-wide Association of Speakers Clubs Speaker of the Year 2001 and the coveted Herald Archangel for her Edinburgh International Festival’s series of traditional song programmes “Work, Sex and Drink”. In November 2009 she was installed in the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame joining such luminaries as Jimmy Shand, Aly Bain, the Corries and Sheila Stewart.
 
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