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There is such a great team around to support you, a great place to be in. The participants gained new music, an insight into the Highland traditions, new friends, technical advice and help, good socialising, meeting people “in the same boat”…
Corrina Hewat, Tutor and former participant
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Luchd-teagaisg Fèis Rois nan Deugairean 2012


Amy Henderson Amy Henderson
Amy is a former pupil of the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music at Plockton High School and a graduate of the BA Folk Music course at the University of Newcastle. She is from Kiltarlity and plays the accordion, whistle, a wee bit of the Irish wooden flute, and she can also turn her hand to backing vocals here and step dancing!
Grant Milne Grant Milne
‘S ann à Baile Màiri a tha Grant agus tha e a’ cluich le Còmhlan Pìoba Reiseamaid a’ 52nd.
Paul Murray Paul Murray
Paul has been singing and playing fiddle since the age of 9. He was taught fiddle by Anna Dagg (now of the Whistlebinkies) and developed his playing and singing throughout his teens as a member of Penicuik Folk Club. He's now immersed in the Scottish folk scene as a session player and a member of Off Centre Ceilidh Band. Paul is committed to encouraging young people to get interested in Folk and Traditional music and has been a major player in the Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin, the Edinburgh University Folk Society (Folksoc) and to Tinto Summer School for young folkies. He is also the Fèis Rois webmaster! For many years Paul was part of the Fresh Air student radio DJ team and has presented "Fresh Folk" every Sunday. In his spare time, Paul is a teacher of Chemistry at Kirkcaldy High School.
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.
Sarah-Jane Summers Sarah-Jane Summers
Sarah-Jane Summers is originally from Inverness, and was taught by the great Donald Riddell. As well as a lasting love of Highland fiddle music, Sarah-Jane is very interested in Scandinavian music, often performing with Fribo. She is in great demand as a fiddle teacher, working with Falkirk Fiddle Workshop, Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop and many other workshops and courses around Scotland. Sarah-Jane’s eagerly-awaited first solo CD was released in late 2008.
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.
Anna Massie Anna Massie
Bhuannaich Anna Duais Neach-ciùil Traidiseanta Òg BBC Alba ann an 2003. Tha i a’ cluich tòrr ionnstramaidean, an fhidheall, giotàr agus a’ bhaindseò nam measg.
Catriona McKay Catriona McKay
Catriona McKay is a fearless explorer of the Scottish harp. She has a love and vision for the harp and is widely recognised for her dynamic musicianship and innovative style. A diverse Scottish musician who has a unique sound fused with a daring rhythmic style. She has a long standing duo with fiddle genius Chris Stout. They explore sounds that connect and challenge through a bold and adventurous dialogue of their native Scottish music. Catriona plays in Shetland band FiddLers' Bid, with Swedish nyckelharper, Olov Johansson, improvising duo Strange Rainbow and the Glasgow Improvisers’ Orchestra. Her exceptional inventiveness and unique rhythm harp playing combined with imagination and skill keep her at the forefront of harp playing.
Chris Stout Chris Stout
Born and brought up in the Shetland Islands, Chris Stout has, over the last few years, become nationally and internationally recognised as one of the most exciting and dynamic fiddle players and composers of his generation. Whether as a solo artist, a member of Fiddlers Bid, leading his own quintet or as one half of his duo with long time musical associate Catriona McKay, Chris continues to innovate within traditional and contemporary musical circles, delivering performances which excite and inspire audiences all over the world.Chris’s restless ambition to collaborate and discover music from around the world has taken him to countless countries such as Brazil, Japan, Jordan, Algeria and Norway to name but a few. As well as working in traditional line-ups Chris has had very memorable performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, The Royal Scottish National Orchestra and the Singapore Chinese Orchestra. 2011 saw the release of ‘Chris Stout’s Brazilian Theory Live’ a recording of an ambitious collaboration between Brazilian and Scottish musicians, which took to the stage in Glasgow during the Celtic Connections festival. The concert was described in the Scotsman as “a gloriously exuberant and at times emotionally glowing collaboration.”
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.
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.
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