Fèis Rois Oigridh is a lively five-day residential event for young people who are in P5 – S1. This event takes place in the first week of the Easter holidays and we can offer places to approximately 150 young people.
Young people choose three different classes. You have two hours of your first choice class and one hour of your second and third choice classes each day. Classes on offer include: accordion, bagpipes, chanter, fiddle, Gaelic song, group work, guitar, harp, percussion, piano, art, creative writing, drama, Highland dance and step dance! All participants take part in Gaelic language activities each morning, including the whole Fèis song. Every year, we ask the song tutor to choose a song for everyone to learn together – this is the finale of the participants’ concert.
Beginners are very welcome at all of our events, and those who already play an instrument or sing will also find the experience very rewarding. We aim to cater for all abilities, right up to accomplished musicians and singers. 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 a Fèis. Workshops are taught by ear with participants learning tunes and songs a phrase at a time. Tutors will give you the sheet music to take home.
Fèis Rois events are fun and friendly. We want to help you improve your playing, grow in confidence and learn more about the Gaelic language and culture.
In addition to daily tuition from 9.30am – 4.00pm, there is a packed programme of fun evening activities, including:
|Monday night||Session – an opportunity to jam with your favourite tutors|
|Tuesday night||Tutor Concert – be inspired by performances from your tutors, 7pm – 9pm, Ullapool Village Hall. This concert is free for participants.|
|Wednesday night||Activity night – choose from a range of exciting new activities, including song writing, sports, improvisation, horror make-up, choreography and more!|
|Thursday night||Ceilidh – your chance to dance the night away to one of the biggest and best ceilidh bands ever – the Fèis Rois tutors!|
|Friday night||Participants’ Concert – your opportunity to show off everything you have learned throughout the week to friends and family. The concert takes place in the MacPhail Centre and starts at 7.30pm.|