Junior Fèis

Dates for 2020
Monday 30th March – Friday 3rd April

Fèis Rois Oigridh is a fun five-day residential event for young people who are in P4 – S1. Taking place in the first week of the Easter holidays, you can choose three different classes from a huge list, including various musical instruments, Gaelic song, Highland dancing, drama and art.

Everyone takes part in Gaelic language activities each morning, including the whole Fèis song. Every year, we choose a different Gaelic song for everyone to learn together – this is the finale of the participants’ concert. You have two hours of your first choice class, and one hour of your second and third choice classes each day.

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 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 great fun. The tutors were kind and I made lots of friends.

2017 participant

Tutors for 2020 will be announced nearer the time.

The tutor team for 2019 included:

Amy Henderson (accordion), Robert Menzies (art), Cameron MacDougall (pipes), Mischa Macpherson (clarsach), Finn Macgill (guest fiddle tutor from America!), Rona Wilkie (fiddle), Mike Vass (fiddle), Kim Carnie (Gaelic song), Sean Gray (guitar), Barry Reid (guitar and sound engineering), James Ross (piano), Dave Martin (percussion), Caroline Reagh (dance) and Kim Richards (tin whistle and ukulele). 

It is my favourite part of the year.

2017 participant
Fèis Rois Oigridh Class List

The class options for 2020 will be available around the end of January 2020 .

The music tuition is based in Ullapool High School and the residential accommodation will be in various bed and breakfasts in Ullapool.

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.

In addition to daily tuition from 9.30am – 4pm, there is a packed programme of fun evening activities, including sessions, a concert from your tutors, a ceilidh and a finale concert in the Macphail Centre when you can show off what you have learned throughout the week to friends and family.

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

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.

If you wish to pay in instalments please make your booking, choose pay by cheque, and then contact “mailto:fios@feisrois.org” to discuss a payment schedule.

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