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Ceilidh Trail

Ceilidh Trail 2021 – Postponed

In light of the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to postpone this year’s Ceilidh Trail for the second time in a row. We did not take this decision lightly; however the health and wellbeing of our participants, staff, audiences, and venue staff are most important.

The Ceilidh Trail will return in 2022 and we are looking forward to seeing you all on the road then.

The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and professional development opportunity for outstanding young traditional musicians. This year, we are looking for 10 musicians between 16 and 25 who will spend the summer playing music, travelling throughout Scotland and beyond, and gain experience playing for just about every kind of gig under the sun!  

For this year’s Ceilidh Trail, participants will have the opportunity to collaborate with musicians from Australia, Canada, England and Wales who will all be coming on an exchange with us this summer. Participants will also take part in a training week before the tour begins, where you will take part in workshops about live sound, performance skills and dance calling, and work in your groups to arrange a varied set of tunes and songs. 

We are working on a really exciting tour for this year and are looking forward to Ceilidh Trail performances throughout the Highlands and the rest of Scotland as well as performances at festivals in England and France

As part of this year’s Ceilidh Trail, we are offering some musicians another special opportunity: Three musicians from Scotland will travel to Australia for 3.5 weeks at the start of the summer and work with musicians from the National Celtic Festival as part of the Year of Scotland in Australia 2020. The musicians we choose for this tour must be available from May 27th to June 20th in addition to the rest of the Ceilidh Trail dates. 

Auditions will be held on February 22nd and 23rd in Cromarty on the Black Isle. Applications close on 12th February.  

You will be notified on 14th February if you have been selected for an audition. 


You should be available for all of the dates below.

22nd and 23rd February: Audition Weekend in Cromarty, Ross-Shire 

27th May to 20th June: Three of the Scottish Ceilidh Trail musicians will be selected to go on a trip to Australia* 

13th – 17th July: Training Week 

17th July – 15th August: Ceilidh Trail 

*If you are not available for the Australia opportunity, but you are interested in the core Ceilidh Trail project, please do apply as long as you can make the audition weekend and your diary is clear from 13th July to 15th August 2020. 

If you have any questions about the Ceilidh Trail or the audition process, or want to ask about any accessibility requirements, please get in touch with Christian Gamauf at projects@feisrois.org or phone the Fèis Rois office at 01349 862600. 

The contact with musicians from different parts of Scotland exposed me to a more varied repertoire of tunes and gave me an insight into some of the different stylistic aspects tied to place. Touring and travelling allowed a lot of down time to chat about experiences in the music industry and doing different sorts of gigs and playing to different sorts of audiences.

2017 participant
Check out an introduction to the Ceilidh Trail project filmed in 2018

Background to the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail

Fèis Rois established its successful Ceilidh Trail programme in Ross-shire in 2000. Following the success of the Ross-shire Ceilidh Trail, Fèis Rois started a National Ceilidh Trail for Scotland in 2012. This project has since gone from strength-to-strength and provides opportunities for young musicians from across Scotland to perform in locations across the country, not covered by the smaller community Ceilidh Trails. 

As well as covering a significant area of the Highlands, Fèis Rois’ Ceilidh Trails visit perform in venues across the whole of Scotland and further afield 

Many previous participants of the Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail have gone on to carve out successful careers in the Scottish music industry. These include Fraya Thomsen, Mairearad Green, Matheu Watson, Mischa Macpherson, and Rachel Newton. 

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