Young musicians from Nairn will take to the road next week as the Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail kick off their annual summer tour.
A group of five talented young musicians and singers will be entertaining audiences with traditional Gaelic music and song over the next couple of weeks at venues in Nairn and surrounding area.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cèilidh Trail programme which was pioneered by Fèis Rois but has now been adopted by a number of other Fèisean. It gives young musicians and singers, aged 16 to 25, the opportunity to take part in a professional summer tour through their local Fèis with support from a team of musicians and specialist tutors. This unique opportunity offers participants training in the core skills required for a career in the creative industries, particularly music. Participants have the opportunity to gain a PDA in Performance or Sound Production, through a collaboration with West Highland College.
With support from Creative Scotland and HIE, Fèisean nan Gàidheal Cèilidh Trails help young musicians develop their performance skills and provide a widespread traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and beyond. This year there are Cèilidh Trails in Ross-shire, Lochaber, Paisley, Skye, Stirling & Trossachs and Argyll with this year being the fourth time a Cèilidh Trail has hit the road in Nairn.
Rhona MacDonald, ceilidh trail co-ordinator, said: “Our Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail is absolutely raring to go and entertain audiences this summer! They’ve recently gone through a week of intensive training and preparation at Fèis Alba in Plockton with musicians from Cèilidh Trails around Scotland.”
“The Cèilidh Trail is a phenomenal opportunity for these young musicians to get a taste of what life as a professional touring musician can be like. Not only do they play the gigs but they are involved in the organisation, marketing and tech side of the tour – it’s hard work but great fun at the same time and I’m sure people who come along to the gigs won’t be disappointed. There is a mix of formal and informal concerts as well as family ceilidhs so there is something for everyone – you might even learn a song and dance or two!”
This year’s Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail members are Beth Cain (keyboard), Lena Mckechnie (fiddle), Alix Aburn (Gaelic song), Hamish Drennan (bagpipes and whistle) and Ross Clark (fiddle).
Dates and venues for Fèis Inbhir Narainn Cèilidh Trail are:
Saturday 27th July – Community & Arts Centre, Nairn (launch night with Assynt, 7.30pm)
Monday 29th July – Croy Village Hall, Croy (supporting Saltfishforty, 7.30pm)
Tuesday 30th July – The Gellions, Inverness (session, 5-7pm)
Wednesday 31st July – Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord (concert, 5pm)
Thursday 1st August – Black Isle Show, Muir of Ord (concerts/sessions throughout the day)
Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd August – Belladrum Tartan Heart Festival, Beauly (workshops throughout the day
Monday 5th August – The Havelock, Nairn (session, 2.30-4pm)
Monday 5th August – The Gellions, Inverness (session, 7-9pm)
Tuesday 6th August – St Columba’s Church, Nairn (Afternoon tea and concert, 3.30pm)
Tuesday 6th August – MacGregors Bar, Inverness (session, 7.30pm)
Wednesday 7th August – Croy Village Hall, Croy (TMSA Young Trad Tour 2019, 7.30pm)
Thursday 8th August – James’s @ the Putting Green, Marine Road, Nairn (Busking, 11.30am)
Thursday 8th August – Nairn Museum, Nairn (concert, 2pm)
Friday 9th August – Glenurquhart Public Hall, Drumnadrochit (family ceilidh, 7.30pm)
Saturday 10th August – The Invernairne, Nairn (concert, 7.30pm)
For further details of all Cèilidh Trail events across Scotland, visit https://www.feisean.org/events/ceilidh-trails/