Ceilidh Trail

Applications for our 2018 Ceilidh Trail are now closed. We will open applications for 2019 later this year.

Are you passionate about traditional Scottish music? Discover what it is like to be a touring artist by auditioning for our Ceilidh Trail – you will experience every kind of gig imaginable if you are successful, as you will play informal sessions, concerts, ceilidh dances, outdoor gigs, background music, and festival stages!

You must be aged between 16-25 in February and be available for:

  • An audition weekend in Cromarty from 10am on Saturday 17 February, to 3pm on Sunday 18 February 2017.
  • Our training week in Cromarty from 9-13 July 2017.
  • Touring for four weeks during the summer: 16 July to 11 August 2017.

You’ll learn how to use a PA system and do your own sound at gigs, play for ceilidh dancing and how to call the dances, develop your stage presentation skills and Gaelic language and be paid a competitive weekly wage and have all reasonable expenses reimbursed.

The Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and the closing date for applications is 10 January 2018.

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 a performance from 2017’s National Ceilidh Trail at Eden Court

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. In 2017 we also had an Up-and-coming Trail featuring Hecla and Charlie Grey and Joseph Peach. They travelled to perform at Festival Interceltique in Lorient and Cambridge Folk Festival.

As well as covering a significant area of the Highlands, Fèis Rois’ Ceilidh Trails visit Aberdeen City and Shire, Dumfries and Galloway, Dundee and Angus, Perth and Kinross, Edinburgh and East Lothian, Glasgow, Fife, Lanarkshire, Perthshire and the Scottish Borders.

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