The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of seven Cèilidh Trails organised by local Fèisean under the umbrella of Fèisean nan Gàidheal.
The first Cèilidh Trail project, established by Fèis Rois in 1999, was designed to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and now beyond. Over the last eleven years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an over-whelming success.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail, now in its eight year, offers training and performance opportunities to musicians aged 16 to 22yrs. Some of them may be considering a career in traditional music and the tour gives them a supported taste of life on the road at the same time as sharing their skills and enthusiasm with a wide audience. Working with local businesses and promoters to develop cultural tourism throughout the National Park, the Cèilidh Trail offers a unique experience.
Auditions are held in February or March and the eight successful musicians attend a training weekend at the beginning of June, then a further week in Plockton at the beginning of July.
The band tours the National Park and surrounding area for two weeks in July then 4 days between Christmas and New Year. The tour is co-ordinated by Fèis Spè and the band is accompanied on tour by a Leader and a driver.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is funded by a number of organisations including Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Creative Scotland, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and The Robertson Trust.
Further details are available at http://www.feisean.org/ceilidh/fs.php