Ceilidh Trail on way to Sutherland
Scottish Natural Heritage is partnering with Fèis Rois to provide live music performances at some of its national nature reserves (NNRs).
Over the coming weeks, the Fèis’ Ceilidh Trail will visit seven NNRs – including Loch Fleet in Golspie and the Forsinard Flows – as well as other venues in the north.
The Ceilidh Trail provides visitors to Scotland with the opportunity to experience authentic traditional Scottish music in a wide range of settings
Fifteen outstanding young musicians, including Beth Llewellyn from Ardgay on fiddle and James Bauld, Dornoch, on flute, from across Scotland have auditioned for a paid summer job touring on the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail.
These young people are aged between 16 and 25 and many of them are studying at some of the country’s leading music schools, including the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland and the University of the Highlands & Islands.
The tour provides a professional development opportunity and a stepping stone between studying and launching a career as a performing artist.
The first Ceilidh Trail was organised by Fèis Rois exactly 20 years ago, and the model has since been adapted by other organisations across Scotland.
Fans of traditional music will no doubt be familiar with many of the musicians who took part in the first Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail, amongst them Mairearad Green, Rachel Newton, John Somerville, Barry Reid, and Gaelic superstar Julie Fowlis, who also co-ordinated the project.
These musicians have become leading figures in Scotland’s music industry and it is hoped that this year’s talented new intake will follow in their footsteps.
The Sutherland dates are: Thursday July 25 – Knockan Crag, Elpin; Wednesday August 14 – Forsinard Flows and Halladale Hall; Friday, August 16 – Loch Fleet and Invershin Hotel.
The full programme is at: