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The main reason for sending you this short letter is to say a huge Thank You to you all for not just making me very proud to promote the music and musicians of Scotland, which I am privileged to do all around the world, but to make me equally proud to be part of such a vibrant music scene within Scotland within which organisations such as Fèis Rois play such an important role, especially for young people.
Ian Smith, Portfolio Manager for Music and IP at Creative Scotland referring to a group of Fèis Rois musicians who performed at Cambridge Folk Festival
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Badaguish Residential 2017

Our residential weekend is designed primarily for our Fèis the Music group, however adult learners that regularly participate in our weekly classes or session programme are welcome to join us. If you are not involved in any of our activities, then please contact Alison on 01349 862600 to discuss whether a place might be available.

The weekend will take place at Badaguish (just outside Aviemore) from Friday 8th December through to Sunday 10th December 2017 and is for over 18s only.

This year the focus will be on our most recent commission, The Seer, and we will welcome acclaimed fiddler and composer, Lauren MacColl.

The fee for the weekend will be as follows:

  • £80 for members of Fèis the Music
  • £110 for those who regularly attend the Tulloch Castle session or another weekly Fèis Rois class
  • £160 standard price

The fee includes all accommodation, meals and tuition.


Friday 8th December
  • 5pm: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 9th December
  • 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 or relax
  • 6pm: Evening meal together provided by Badaguish staff
  • 8pm onwards: Informal session
Sunday 10th December
  • 8.00am onwards: Breakfast
  • 10.00am– 1.00pm: Music Workshop (with a coffee break)
  • 1pm – 2pm: Lunch
  • 2pm – 4pm: Music Workshop
  • 4pm: Home

In 2016, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, we were delighted to commission Lauren MacColl to write a new suite of music inspired by the life and prophecies of The Brahan Seer.

The inspiration for this music is drawn firstly from stories I remember from my childhood growing up in the Black Isle, and latterly by the writing of Alexander Mackenzie*, Elizabeth Sutherland** and Rev. Wm. Morrison***. I am enthralled by the words and imagery contained in the Brahan Seer’s prophecies, and it has been an honour to be asked to write this collection of music for an organisation dear to my heart. Lauren MacColl

*The Prophecies of the Brahan Seer - Alexander Mackenzie pub. 1877
** Ravens and Black Rain - Elizabeth Sutherland pub. 1985
*** Highland Second Sight - Rev. Wm. Morrison pub. 1908

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