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Adult Fèis

After being hugely disappointed at having to cancel the Adult Fèis in both May 2020 and May 2021, we are so excited to hold a one-off Winter edition of this event in Ullapool from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th November 2021 with the annual event returning in May 2022. 

Workshops will take place on Saturday and Sunday – unlike the May Adult Fèis, there will be no workshops or events on Monday.

How to book:

Booking opens on Sunday, 31st October 2021 at 6pm at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feis-rois-nan-inbheach-adult-feis-rois-tickets-188252005817

To order your tickets, please first select your Workshop 1. Once you have selected your Workshop 1, please add your Workshop 2 through the Add-on function. Please also add the Sunday session you would like to attend from the add-ons, or add No Session.

If you would like to purchase a Concession Ticket, please add Promo Code CONCESSION during checkout.

Ticket sales open on Sunday, 31st October at 6pm. If tickets do not become available straight away, please refresh your browser.

I felt the teaching was very intuitive and geared for each person in the class.

2017 participant

All in all an excellent weekend, and a highly professional and successful learning opportunity.

2017 participant

I enjoyed the Adult Feis immensely, I always have done, for the past 10 years.

2017 participant

This year’s tutors are:

John Carmichael


John is one of the great characters of the Scottish music scene and one of the music’s most dedicated advocates through his work as a musician, performer, bandleader, television producer, accordion teacher and competition adjudicator.

Ian Lowthian


Ian Lowthian was born and bred in the Scottish Borders, learning the piano accordion, mostly continental music, French musettes and Italian Polkas but also some light classical pieces arranged for standard bass accordion and of course some Scottish music. He is a prolific composer of mainly traditional music and has composed many pieces for children’s ensembles and folk orchestra. He is constantly making arrangements for Folk bands in the schools and now has the most wonderful job working in the schools doing creative projects with children. Song writing, composition, recordings etc. He also works with children with additional learning needs using technology and instruments especially created to facilitate music making for them.

Val Bryan

Introduction to Music Theory / Gentle Beginners Class

Val Bryan has worked with Fèis Rois in a variety of roles, including committee member in the early days and as a tutor at many events, since 1987. She is a retired secondary school music teacher and now spends much of her time singing, including with the Edinburgh Festival Chorus.

Wendy Weatherby

Cello / Scots Song

Wendy Weatherby is a cellist, singer and composer from Edinburgh, Scotland. After graduating from The Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama in 1983, she embarked on a career involving performing and teaching, singing and playing in both traditional Scottish and Jazz bands.

Wendy Stewart


Wendy Stewart is a leading Scottish harper, a critically acclaimed, world class performer who connects with the listener at a deep musical level and a renowned teacher who coaxes the budding musician out of the hesitant beginner. Her musical commitment is both to make traditional harp accessible to all and to explore her own musical ideas through arrangement and composition. As a player and singer, she re-interprets traditional material in a historically informed yet refreshing way. Her compositions are melodically sinuous, rooted in the tradition but seeking out the creative.

Gordon Gunn


Gordon Gunn has been described as “one of the most exciting and innovative fiddle players of the times. Born & brought up in Wick, Caithness, Gordon was taught by the highly respected violin teacher Margaret Henderson who taught many pupils in the north of Scotland. Gordon is also a founding member of Scottish group Session A9 who were voted best live act at the 2012 Trad Awards. Whilst working with Session A9, Gordon also tours with Session A9’s Brian McAlpine on keyboards and include a variety of musicians including Marc Clement and Phil Anderson on guitar and vocals.

Lauren MacColl


Lauren is a member of the chamber-folk quartet RANT, plays on viola and fiddle with Salt House, is a member of the Rachel Newton Band and is in a duo with flautist Calum Stewart. She’s also considered one of Scotland’s most expressive fiddle players whose solo work is steeped in the rich culture of the Highlands. One of her most celebrated works was a new commission for Feis Rois in 2017 titled ‘The Seer’ which followed with an album in 2018 featuring 40 minutes of music based on the life and prophecies of the Brahan Seer.

Iain Fraser

Fiddle / Group work

Iain Fraser is a Performer and Teacher. He’s fascinated by the fiddle’s rhythmic and emotional capabilities and draws upon the extensive repertoire of traditional music ranging from 18th Century Scottish tunes to new self-penned compositions and from the multiple regional music styles of the British Isles to those of North America and Europe. His teaching includes group workshops, helping people young and old pursue their musical dreams as well as making music a fun social experience available to all.

Innes Watson

Fiddle / Guitar

Innes Watson, from Glasgow, is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist with over ten years of contemporary and traditional Scottish music performance, recording, teaching and producing experience. He grew up in the Scottish Borders in very supportive musical surroundings encouraging an extremely eclectic mix of skills, abilities, interests and accolades that combine to make Innes one of the most highly regarded and sought-after musicians on the scene today.

Louise Mackenzie

Fiddle with Aonghas Grant

Louise was brought up in Nigg, Easter Ross and started to play violin when she was 11 years old. At school, she received tuition from Lydia Jackson and Christine Martin. As a teenager, she had fiddle tuition from the late Dr Tom Anderson of Shetland, Aonghas Grant and Alasdair Fraser. As well as being a fiddle tutor, Louise is also a composer and has composed such tunes as ‘Newly Weds Waltz’ and ‘Iain Sinclair of Skaldister’. She is presently a Strings Instructor for Highland Council and regularly teaches at Fèisean and other music courses.

Amy Geddes

Fiddle, Feet & Beat / Fiddle

Amy is at the forefront of contemporary Scottish Fiddle playing as a performer, teacher and composer. Her style has developed over the years through playing with musicians not just at home but in places such as Ireland, Norway, Canada & India. This results in an assured sound firmly rooted in Scotland but enhanced by an increasingly broad wealth of musical experience.

Alison Carlyle

Fiddle, Feet & Beat / Step dance

Alison Carlyle is an experienced teacher and performer who has taught for Scots Music Group, Ceòlas and Fèis Rois. The workshop will introduce the first steps for dancing to strathspeys and reels, and build these up into improvising to music, exploring the creativity and fun of step dance. Scottish stepdance is a cousin of Irish dance and tapdance. She has been teaching and performing for over 20 years, sharing her traditional and creative dance.

Tom Oakes


Regarded as one of the UK’s most accomplished and versatile wooden flautists and as a leading DADGAD guitarist and composer. Edinburgh based Tom Oakes (Bmus) has spent the last decade ploughing many different furrows as an Irish traditional musician, composer, producer, contemporary artist, collaborator, teacher, event organiser and special needs facilitator. Playing, touring and collaborating with musicians in Australia, India, Morocco, Norway, Finland, Denmark, Sweden, France, Germany and across the UK.

Fiona Mackenzie

Gaelic song

Fiona Mackenzie, from the Isle of Lewis, began singing at an early age – at home with her family and in her local Gaelic choirs. After leaving the island to study in Glasgow, she joined the Edinburgh-based Celtic band, Seelyhoo, with whom she recorded two albums. She then went on to join, and record with, the internationally acclaimed band, Anam, whilst continuing to sing in the trio Mackenzie, with two of her sisters, Eilidh and Gillian. Mackenzie have released two albums and are still doing various recording and performance projects.

Brian O hEadhra

Gaelic language / Irish song

Brian Ó hEadhra is an established and highly acclaimed musician & singer based in Inverness in the Highlands of Scotland. He performs with the Gaelic quartet Cruinn as well as with the trio Charlie McKerron (fiddle) and Sandy Brechin (accordion) in the trio MacKerron, Brechin & Ó hEadhra. Brian also performs in the duo Brian Ó hEadhra and Fiona Mackenzie. His music is possibly best known across the folk world through the band Anam which he established in Dublin in 1994.

Graeme Armstrong

Guitar / Groupwork

For the past three years Graeme Armstrong, a singer and guitarist from the Scottish Borders, has been performing at world leading festivals including, Cambridge Folk Fesitval, Denmark’s Tønder, WOMAD UK, Chile and Las Palmas, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Celtic Colours, Milwaukee Irish Festival and 3 successive outings at Glasgow’s Celtic Connections with the band Talisk. During the Covid Pandemic, Graeme embarked on making his debut solo album which will be released in 2021.

Barry Reid

Guitar / Sound engineering

Since the humble beginnings of rehearsing with his first band in the family garage in the Highlands, Barry has gone on to perform with many successful bands from Scotland. Taught and inspired by his Dad Nigel, he then went on to learn Scottish folk music with Fèis Rois.

Corrina Hewat

Harmony Singing

Corrina Hewat is a Scottish singer and harper, composer, educator, director, big thinker. Widely regarded as one of Scotland’s most original musicians, she has been involved with a huge variety of bands and projects over the last 25 years.

Michelle Burke

Irish Songs (in English) / Harmony Singing

Michelle is an acclaimed singer from rural East Cork, Ireland. Having spent two years as the lead singer with Irish American super group, Cherish the Ladies, Michelle is fast gaining a reputation as a solo artist. She is an impressive interpreter of songs with a timelessly expressive, exquisitely nuanced voice.

Cathal McConnell

Irish Songs (in English)

Cathal McConnell is one of traditional music’s true legends. As a founder of Boys of the Lough he has taken Irish music round the world, touring the US countless times and entertaining audiences with his sweetly sung ballads, his lightly worn virtuosity on flute and tin whistle and his inimitable drolleries.

Dagger Gordon


Dagger Gordon is primarily known as a mandolin and guitar player based in the Scottish Highlands. He has released 2 solo CDs featuring his mandolin playing- ‘Highland Mandolin’ and ‘The Frozen River’. He regularly teaches for Fèiseans across the Highlands.

Signy Jakobsdottir


Scottish-Icelandic percussionist Signy Jakobsdottir is to be found regularly gigging, touring, recording and accompanying dance. She has been developing her unique style throughout her varied career, creating groove and using unusual percussion instruments for texture, atmosphere and melody. She has experience working with gamelan orchestra, contemporary dance and traditional folk music and has recently been developing her own compositional style and performing as a solo artist using drums, kalimba and loop pedals. She has toured the globe from Venezuela to Indonesia, and loves being part of Glasgow’s vibrant music scene.

James Ross


James Ross is a Scottish pianist, composer and educator. He graduated from the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama before going on to complete an MA in Traditional Music Performance at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, University of Limerick. Projects have included a commission from Highland music tuition project Fèis Rois, in partnership with Drake Music Scotland, involving school children with learning disabilities performing alongside professional musicians. James regularly works with Irish singer Michelle Burke and is musical director for her acclaimed show Step into my Parlour.

Rona Lightfoot

Songs and Stories of Uist

Singer, piper, storyteller, teacher and all-round tradition bearer, Rona Lightfoot is one of Gaeldom’s great characters, a one-woman ceilidh with a treasure trove of folklore and the spirit to take on authority and win.

Kim Richards


Ullapool based Kim Richards is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, artist and teacher whose debut album ‘Leaves that Fly’ received fantastic reviews. Inspired by folk tales, nature, journeys and her love of Scottish traditional and folk music, Kim Richards’ talent as a storyteller, accomplished musicianship and “crystal clear voice” shines through in her work.

Annie Grace

Bellows Blown Pipes / Whistle

From humble beginnings in the Lochaber Junior Pipe band, Annie has become a renowned piper, singer, actor and educator. Over the last few decades, she has been involved in an enormous variety of projects and performances, that have seen her travel worldwide, including performing with Sting in his musical ‘The last Ship’ and most recently the ‘Fisherman’s Friends’ musical.

Annie is a proud tradition bearer and is at her happiest as a teacher passing the tradition on.

The music tuition is based in Ullapool High School with the step dance class taking place in The Cèilidh Place Bunkhouse.

Click here to download a list of all classes and sessions: http://feisrois.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/FRnanI2021-Workshop-Choices-Final.pdf


Friday 26th November

4.00pm – 5.00pm – Registration for participants at Ullapool High School

7.30pm – Premiere of Iain Fraser’s Fèis Rois commission, Gneiss, at The Macphail Centre to celebrate 30 years of this event, Fèis Rois nan Inbheach.

This concert is in partnership with Blas Festival and needs to be booked separately. Book here: https://www.blas.scot/events/iain-fraser—gneiss—celebrating-30-years-of-f%C3%A8is-rois-nan-inbheach  

9.30pm – Informal (not tutor led) sessions in The Ceilidh Place and The Argyll Hotel

Saturday 27th September

9am – 10am – Registration for any participants who were unable to register the day before

10am – 11am – Workshop 1

11am – 11.30am – Coffee break

11.30am – 12.30pm – Return to workshop 1

12.30pm – 2.00pm – Lunch (no planned activity to allow people to catch up informally)

2.00pm – 4.00pm – Workshop 2

7.30pm – Tutor Concert in The Macphail Theatre

9.30pm – Informal (not tutor led) sessions in The Ceilidh Place and The Argyll Hotel

Sunday 28th September

10.00am – 11.00am Workshop 1

11.00am – 11.30am – Coffee break

11.30am – 12.30pm – Return to workshop 1

12.30pm – 2.00pm – Lunch

1.15pm – 2pm: Talk & Discussion on the impact of the pandemic on Fèis Rois and plans for the future

2.00pm – 4.00pm – Workshop 2 9.30pm Tutor-led sessions across the village for those able to stay on

We offer classes at the following levels:
CB = complete beginner – a chance to try something for the first time.
IB = improving beginner – you have been playing for less than 6 months / you already have some limited experience, for example some scales, a basic tune, a few chords
LI = lower intermediate – you have been playing for around 6-18 months / you have already learnt a few tunes/songs/chords and want to improve on your technique and repertoire
UI = upper Intermediate – you have been playing for longer than 18 months / you know common tunes/chords/songs and want to improve your playing
I = intermediate – any level of intermediate
A = advanced – you are fairly confident in your technique and repertoire and want to take your playing to the next level

The fee for the weekend includes all tuition, access to our programme of Fringe events (reduced for this November event due to the pandemic) and complimentary tea/coffee at break times. It does not include the Friday night concert which can be booked though the Blas Festival.

Full price: £130
Concession: £100

Our concession rate applies to students, pensioners receiving state pension, those receiving benefits, jobseekers / unemployed, unwaged (e.g. carer, stay-at-home parent).

Accommodation is not provided.

How to register:

Follow this link to Eventbrite to register for the event: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/feis-rois-nan-inbheach-adult-feis-rois-tickets-188252005817

To order your tickets, please first select your Workshop 1. Once you have selected your Workshop 1, please add your Workshop 2 through the Add-on function. Please also add the Sunday session you would like to attend from the add-ons, or add No Session.

If you would like to purchase a Concession Ticket (£100 for the weekend), please add Promo Code CONCESSION.

Ticket sales open on Sunday, 31st October at 6pm. If tickets do not become available straight away, please refresh your browser.

We take the safety of all participants, tutors, staff and volunteers very seriously. In light of the situation regarding Covid-19, we are putting in place the following measures to keep everyone as safe as possible.

  • Symptoms: You must not travel to Ullapool or take part in events if you experience symptoms of Covid-19. These include: High temperature or fever, a new continuous cough, loss of sense of smell or taste.
  • Testing: We advise all participants, tutors, volunteers and staff to take a lateral flow test or PCR test for Covid-19 before travelling to Ullapool or taking part in events. You can order free lateral flow test kits from https://www.gov.uk/order-coronavirus-rapid-lateral-flow-tests We also recommend getting vaccinated for the best protection against Covid-19 and to reduce your risk of catching and spreading Covid-19.
  • Face coverings: You will be expected to wear face coverings when moving around Ullapool High School premises and other venues unless exempt, but you can take your face covering off once seated during workshops
  • Everyone will be seated at least 1m apart during workshops, and all workshop spaces will be fully ventilated and windows opened during breaks. Hand sanitiser will be available through the workshop spaces and everyone will be encouraged to wash their hands regularly.
  • If you or anyone in your household develops Covid-19 symptoms during the weekend, please do not attend that day and inform Christian Gamauf immediately (you will receive his number after registration).
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