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We attended a concert on the Ceilidh Trail three years ago so Googles Fèis Rois on the internet to find out about this year’s Trail in time for our holiday. I work in a school in England and we need to celebrate what young people do – long may the Ceilidh Trail continue!
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Cuairt Chèilidh 2009Fèis Rois is currently welcoming applications from young musicians and singers aged 16 – 25 to participate in its 2014 Ceilidh Trail programme. This is a hugely exciting opportunity to develop your skills as a performing artist whilst also contributing to a significant cultural tourism initiative in Scotland.

Apply online from 13th January to 10th February. The deadline for applications is 5pm on Monday 10th February and applications received after this time cannot be accepted.

A residential audition weekend will take place in Ross-Shire on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March.

The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail will take place across Ross-Shire from 14th July to 9th August 2014.

Fèis Rois is hopeful that it will secure funds to build on its highly successful National Ceilidh Trail. This project ran for the first time as part of the Year of Creative Scotland in 2012 and was further developed during the Year of Natural Scotland in 2013. Subject to funding, we hope to run a National Ceilidh Trail across Scotland from 14th July to 23rd August 2014.

The Ceilidh Trail is a fantastic summer job for any young musician! This is an opportunity for outstanding young musicians aged 16 – 25 to develop their performance skills and learn what it is like to be a touring musician. You will:

  • Spend a whole week learning from some of Scotland’s most acclaimed traditional musicians
  • Tour across Ross-Shire for three weeks where you will experience any kind of gig imaginable (background music, formal concerts, ceilidh dances, outdoor gigs, indoor gigs…)
  • Learn to use a PA system
  • Learn to play for dancing and call the dances
  • Develop your Gaelic language skills and learn to introduce your sets bilingually
  • Be paid a competitive weekly wage and have all reasonable expenses reimbursed

This innovative project has been adopted by several other communities in Scotland. In addition to providing excellent development opportunities for young musicians, the Ceilidh Trail enhances the visitor experience to Ross-Shire and builds links with a whole range of local businesses.

Find out where the Ceilidh Trail toured in Ross-Shire in 2013 and nationally across Scotland that year too. You can listen to a radio interview of the 2009 Ceilidh Trail participants. You can also listen to some tracks recorded by the 2011 Ceilidh Trail...

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