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I really had a great time on the Ceilidh Trail this summer.  It was a fantastic experience!
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Fèis Rois launched its acclaimed Ceilidh Trail project in 2000. The first Ceilidh Trail was coordinated by Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis who spent three years working at Fèis Rois as an Education Officer. This first Ceilidh Trail gave 10 young musicians a summer job performing across Ross & Cromarty.

The Ceilidh Trail is a professional development opportunity for young people aged 16 – 25 who are considering a performance career in traditional Scottish music. It is also a cultural tourism project bringing high quality traditional music performances to communities across Scotland throughout the peak tourist period in July and August.

Since 2000, The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail model has been adopted by a number of other communities across Scotland. In addition to the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail which takes place across Ross & Cromarty, the organisation Fèisean nan Gàidheal now supports Ceilidh Trails in the following communities:

  • Argyll & Bute
  • Badenoch & Strathspey
  • Lochaber
  • Skye & Lochalsh
  • Stirling & The Trossachs
  • Sutherland

In 2012, Fèis Rois established an annual National Ceilidh Trail to provide opportunities for young musicians (and communities and visitors!) in other parts of Scotland. The National Ceilidh Trail has visited Orkney, Caithness, the Western Isles, Aberdeen, Dundee, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Fife, the Scottish Borders, Dumfries & Galloway, Lanarkshire, and Perth-Shire.

Are you aged 16 – 25 and interested in taking part in the Ceilidh Trail?

The Ceilidh Trail is a fantastic summer job! You will have the opportunity to develop a range of skills that will stand you in good stead for your future career in the music industry. You will also have the opportunity to visit new places, make new friends and have a lot of fun!

Through its Ceilidh Trail programme, Fèis Rois offers summer employment to 15 young musicians each year. The successful applicants are divided into 3 bands with 5 musicians in each band. One band will tour Ross & Cromarty and the other 2 bands will tour nationally across Scotland.

Timeline:

  • January – February: Fèis Rois accepts applications (via its website) from outstanding young musicians aged 16 – 25
  • February – March: Auditions take place in Ross-Shire
  • July: Training week takes place in Ross-Shire
  • July – August: Four week Ceilidh Trail tour takes place with 3 bands touring

What will I gain from taking part in The Ceilidh Trail?

Successful applicants will take part in a training week led by some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians before embarking on a four week performance tour.

By taking part in The Ceilidh Trail, you will:

  • Discover what it is like to be a touring artist – you will experience every kind of gig imaginable as you will play informal sessions, formal concerts, ceilidh dances, outdoor gigs, indoor gigs, background music, on big festival stages…!
  • Learn to use a PA system and do your own sound at gigs
  • Learn to play for ceilidh dancing and how to call the dances
  • Develop your stage presentation skills
  • Develop your Gaelic language skills and learn to introduce your sets bilingually
  • Learn about marketing your gigs and building an audience
  • Be paid a competitive weekly wage and have all reasonable expenses reimbursed.

Dates for applying to take part in the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail project in 2015

  • Friday 13th February: Deadline for applications (please note that only online applications are accepted)
  • Sat 28th February & Sun 1st March: Auditions take place in Cromarty (please note you must be available for the full weekend from 10am on Saturday to 3.30pm on Sunday)
  • Mon 13th – Fri 17th July: Training week takes place in Cromarty
  • Sat 18th July – Sat 15th August: Ceilidh Trail Tour

We understand that some applicants will want to apply for multiple Ceilidh Trails, e.g. perhaps the Fèis Rois Trails and the Fèis Spè Ceilidh Trail. This is absolutely fine! The staff at Fèis Rois work closely with the staff at Fèisean nan Gàidheal and the other individual Fèisean, e.g. Fèis Spè, Fèis Fhoirt, etc to ensure that we allocate successful applicants to the appropriate Ceilidh Trails depending on their audition performance.

Do you run a venue? Would you welcome a Ceilidh Trail performance?

Please contact Fiona Dalgetty to discuss a potential performance from the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail.

Previous Ceilidh Trails

Many previous participants of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail have gone onto carve out very successful careers in the Scottish music industry. These include Fraya Thomsen, Mairearad Green, Matheu Watson, Mischa MacPherson, and Rachel Newton to name but a few.

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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