The Ceilidh Trail scheme is a Fèisean nan Gàidheal showcase project which 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 in general and in music in particular.
The first Cèilidh Trail was established by Fèis Rois in 1999 to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands. Over the years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an overwhelming success.
Make sure you take the opportunity to see and hear some of the best young singers and musicians from fèisean across Scotland as they tour the following areas:
Ceilear – Skye and Lochalsh and the Western Isles
Fèis Chataibh – Sutherland & Caithness
Fèis Fhoirt – Stirling and The Trossachs
Fèis Inbhir Narainn – Nairnshire & Caledonian Canal
Fèis Latharna – Argyll
Fèisean Lochabair – Lochaber
Fèis Rois – Ross-shire & across Scotland
Fèis Spè – Cairngorms National Park
From the archive
Here is an example of the kind of bands you will see on the Cèilidh Trails – a group from Fèis Lochabair
You will find a range of useful phrases connected with presenting songs and music at cèilidhs here.