Adult Fèis

The next Fèis Rois nan Inbheach will take place between the 1st – 4th May 2020.

We are aware of the change to the 2020 bank holiday, but we are keeping this event as it always is over the first weekend in May.

Fèis Rois nan Inbheach caters for all abilities, and everyone from beginners right up to accomplished musicians will be welcomed. You don’t need to be able to read music and you don’t need to have any previous knowledge of traditional music to enjoy our Adult Fèis.

As our annual three-day festival, it is about more than just first-class tuition, we also have a growing range of fringe events including sessions, lunchtime and evening gigs, talks and an informal Gaelic conversation circle.

Daily classes take place from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday and are led by an amazing team of internationally renowned musicians. Classes are grouped into ability levels and we offer a first choice class in the morning and a second choice class in the afternoon. Immerse yourself in traditional music, song, dance, Gaelic language and culture in the beautiful setting of Ullapool.

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

2017 participant
Booking will open around March 2020

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

2017 participant

The tutor team in 2019 included the following:

Val Bryan
Beginners tutor / Music Theory

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.

Michelle Burke
Irish Songs

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.

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Ali Burns
Harmony singing

Ali is a songwriter and workshop leader based in South West Scotland. Ali writes songs and teaches at harmony singing workshops. She also publishes the songs and arrangements she writes.

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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.

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Maxim Cormier

Maxim is an award-winning guitarist and composer from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. He is trained in classical, jazz and world music with a B.Mus from Dalhousie University in guitar performance. He has performed across Canada and toured in Scotland, England, Australia, and France.

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Louise Douglas
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.

Gillian Frame
Core repertoire / String ensemble

Gillian is a professional Scottish fiddle player and educator based in Glasgow, Scotland. As a performer she has worked with many acts and was a founding member of the band Back of the Moon with whom she toured for seven years, seeing them win various accolades including Best Up and Coming Act then Best Folk Band at the Scots Trad Music Awards.

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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.

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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.

Aonghas Grant
Fiddle with Louise Douglas

Aonghas Grant is a Highland musical treasure, a superb natural fiddler, a born storyteller and a renowned and influential teacher.

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Ingrid Henderson
Piano / Clarsach

Lochaber based instrumentalist Ingrid Henderson has been steeped in traditional music all of her life. With early guidance from music tutors such as Savourna Stevenson, Angus Grant and strong family influences, Ingrid couldn’t help but fall into a musical career and began performing, touring and recording at a young age.

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Corrina Hewat

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.

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Sarah Hoy

Sarah was born into a family steeped in musical tradition. She took up the fiddle aged eight, learning from her father Derek, fiddler with classic Scots band, Jock Tamson’s Bairns, and later with Mairi Campbell, well-known fiddler, singer and step dancer.

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Rona Lightfoot
The Music and Song of Lewis

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.

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Iain Macfarlane

Iain has become one of the most sought-after fiddlers in Scotland. Best known for his role in the dynamic ‘Blazin’ Fiddles’, Iain grew up steeped in traditional music being influenced by ‘greats’ such as his father Charlie, Donald Riddell, Fearchar MacRae and Evan MacRae.

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Cathy Ann MacPhee
Gaelic Song

Cathy Ann, one of the most respected and beloved Gaelic singers of her generation, was born in 1959 on the island of Barra. Blessed with a beautiful, powerful voice and prodigious memory for lengthy traditional lyrics (which she learned from her mother and grandmother), even as a child, Cathy Ann was entertaining her neighbouring islanders at local Ceilidhs.

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Dave Martin
Sound engineering / Bodhran

Dave is a percussionist and electronic musician based in the Highlands. He regularly teaches for Fèis Rois and likes exploring new musical ideas.

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Fin Moore
Small Pipes

Fin is a piper, born and bred. He plays the Highland pipes, Border pipes and Scottish Small Pipes. For five years, he played in the Vale of Atholl Juvenile Band and is now working with his father, Hamish, as very successful pipe makers.

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Findlay Napier
Guitar / Accompanying singers

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing.

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Caroline Reagh
Step Dance / Ceilidh Dancing

Caroline Reagh lives in Newtonmore and Edinburgh. She began dancing at the age of 6 and is delighted to be still dancing now! Beginning with ballet, highland and modern dance as a child she went on to study contemporary dance professionally.

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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.

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Kim Richards
Whistle / Ukelele

Kim is an artist, freelance illustrator, musician and art teacher from Ullapool, in the Scottish Highlands. She studied Visual Communication, specialising in Illustration, at the Glasgow School of Art receiving a BA (Hons) degree.

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Sandra Robertson
Step Dance

Sandra has danced since childhood. She trained in Highland Dancing for over 10 years gaining a teaching qualification with the BATD. She became interested in more traditional styles of dance on witnessing Fearchar MacNeil's revival of the Hebridean dances in Barra, her family home.

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Anna-Wendy Stevenson

A fiddler and composer, specialising in Scottish traditional music, Anna-Wendy has toured the world as a performer and teaching working with a range of artists and community groups. Anna-Wendy is currently Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Applied Music at the University of the Highlands and Islands.

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Adam Sutherland

Adam comes from Errogie on the south shores of Loch Ness in the Highlands of Scotland. In his late thirties, he is one of Scotland’s most exciting fiddle players, composers and teachers in a thriving scene, drenched with talent.

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Emma Tomlinson

Emma Tomlinson is a Glasgow based freelance Musician, tutor and researcher. Originally from Liverpool Emma moved to Scotland to pursue a career in Traditional music alongside her Classical playing. She plays Viola/Fiddle and Piano and is an award winning instrumental teacher (BBC Scotland Trad. Tutor of the Year 2017) teaching from beginners to advanced players of all ages.

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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.

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

2017 participant

Full details of the class timetable for the 2019 Adult Fèis is available here:

Workshop list 2019


The music tuition is based in Ullapool High School and Primary School.

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 and complimentary tea/coffee at break times.

Full price: £180
Concession: £150
Cost per day if you are attending for one or two days: £65

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. There is a fantastic range of accommodation available in Ullapool however, find out more on Tripadvisor.

If you have a partner, family member or friend who would like to join you in Ullapool, they are very welcome to take part in the Fringe activities even if they are not participating in the Fèis workshops and you can purchase tickets for them when you arrive in Ullapool.

What happens on each day?

We offer the opportunity to register for the weekend at Ullapool High School from 6-7pm on the Friday evening (you can also register from 9.15-10am on Saturday morning instead), and we have some informal free “Fringe” events for you to enjoy that night, including a session in The Ceilidh Place and a gig in The Argyll Hotel.

Classes take place from 10am – 4pm on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.

Morning classes are from 10am-12.30pm with a half hour coffee break and afternoon classes are from 2-4pm. Choose one morning class for the whole weekend and one afternoon class for the whole weekend.

On Monday, the afternoon class will finish at 3pm and we will come together in The Macphail Theatre for a Fèis Farewell from 3-4pm.

I have only registered for Saturday. If I enjoy it, can I then enrol for Sunday and Monday when I am in Ullapool?

Yes! But please speak to a member of staff on site to arrange. The Adult Fèis is a three-day course where the classes progress over the three days. We would encourage everyone to come for the full event if they can.

I am busy on the Saturday, but I would like to enrol for Sunday and Monday. Is that okay?

We are happy for people to enrol for part of the weekend but, as mentioned above, it is a progressive three-day course so, if you join a class on Sunday, you will need to catch up quickly with what was covered the previous day.

My partner / friend wants to come to the Ullapool for the weekend. They would prefer to go hill walking during the day rather than join in with the workshops. Can they still join in the events in the evening?

For this very reason, we started a “Fringe” programme a few years ago. There are two options for partners/family/friends:

  1. A £10 donation to Fèis Rois when you arrive in Ullapool gives you a wristband to gain entry to The Ceilidh Place (it is effectively closed to the public as a private event for the weekend) each evening, as well as to a programme of lunchtime talks and recitals. We also have free gigs in some local pubs over the course of the weekend.
  2. We offer a showcase concert in the Macphail Theatre in Ullapool High School on the Saturday night. This is not included in the workshop fee. You can buy tickets for this for yourself and your friends/family for £15 on the door.

Can I purchase additional tickets for the tutor showcase concert on Sunday evening?

Unfortunately, due to capacity, we can only offer those enrolled in the full weekend, or the Sunday, a ticket for the tutor showcase concert. This is included in the fee you pay when enrolling for the event. We are hugely fortunate that Ullapool has a well-equipped theatre, but we are limited to the 240 seats in that theatre! We cannot sell additional tickets for family / friends. However, we do put on a free gig in The Arch Inn on Sunday evening that you can enjoy with your family/friends later on that night.

I am entitled to the concession rate for over 65s, but it is not showing when I book online.
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