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Unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel Fèis Rois nan Deugairean in 2020. We will announce a digital offering nearer the time and we look forward to welcoming you to Ullapool from 18th to 22nd October 2021.

Fèis Rois nan Deugairean is a great week for young people in S1-S6.  You’ll choose two different classes, one for the morning and one for the afternoon and the evenings are jam-packed with fun activities. Classes include instrumental tuition, sound engineering, Gaelic song, songwriting, percussion and group work.  There is a focus on group work and if you’d like to, you have the opportunity to play as part of an ensemble.

All of our tutors are experienced, professional musicians, skilled in working with young people. We also have a pool of supervisors and volunteers who help our events run smoothly. Young people are supervised at all times and we work in accordance with Child Protection and Health & Safety Guidelines. Our staff are all members of the Protecting Vulnerable Groups Scheme administered by Disclosure Scotland.

We are committed to making traditional music accessible to all and to eliminate barriers for participation. If you would like to talk in confidence about support for learners with disabilities or specific access requirements for your child, please contact Fiona or let us know in the booking form.

It was fun and I loved the musical experience.

2017 participant

Book your place now for 2019

We are excited to announce that our tutor team for Fèis Rois nan Deugairean 2019 includes:

Amy Henderson (accordion), Lauren MacColl (fiddle), Iain Fraser (fiddle), Rona Wilkie (fiddle), Kim Carnie (Gaelic song), Innes Watson (guitar), Barry Reid (guitar), Mischa Macpherson (harp), Calum MacIntyre (percussion), Dave Milligan (piano), Mairearad Green (pipes), Kim Richards (an introduction to music making for beginners).

Read more about our 2019 tutors and workshops:

The daily timetable is as follows:

9.30am – 10.00am Warm up and song
10.00am – 11.00am Morning workshop (1st choice)
11.00am – 11.30am Break
11.30am – 12.30pm Morning workshop (1st choice) continues
12.30pm – 1.30pm Lunch
1.30pm – 2.30pm Afternoon workshop (2nd choice)
2.30pm – 2.45pm Break
2.45pm – 3.45pm Afternoon workshop (2nd choice) continues

The timetable is slightly different on Monday morning.  You will have half an hour from 12.00pm – 12.30pm to meet your first choice tutor after the Fèis welcome and then the timetable will continue as above.

In addition to daily tuition from 9.30am – 4:00pm, there is a packed programme of fun evening activities, including sessions, a concert from your tutors, a ceilidh and a finale concert on the Friday evening when you can show off what you have learned throughout the week to friends and family. Please note that we will leave Ullapool on coaches provided by Fèis Rois at lunchtime on Friday 25th October and your parents/carers will collect you after our final concert which will be held in Strathpeffer Pavilion.

We also provide lots of different lunchtime activities, including sports, arts and crafts, and, of course, music sessions!

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

There is a good atmosphere and you learn lots of tunes and meet new people.

2017 Participant

Book your place now for 2019

Residential: £330
Includes all accommodation, meals, 20 hours of professional tuition and five nights of evening activities.

Second child residential: £280
As above for additional child(ren) from the same family.

Non-residential: £190
Tuition, lunch and access to all evening activities.

You do not need to pay the full fee in one payment. It is possible to do this when you enrol online but, if you would prefer to pay in 6 monthly instalments between September 2019 and February 2020, please choose the “pay by cheque” option at the end of the online registration process. We will then email you to arrange a payment schedule by standing order.

Fèis Rois is fortunate to secure public funding to support our events. The real cost of each residential place is close to £500.

For families on low incomes, assistance with the cost of a child/children attending Fèis Rois courses may be available from the Highland Children’s Trust.

If you would like to chat in confidence about seeking financial assistance please contact Fiona.

© Fèis Rois 2021. Fèis Rois Ltd is a charity registered in Scotland SC017647. Company limited by guarantee SC123137.