The 2016 Ceilidh Trail takes place from 11th July – 13th August. The project provides summer employment for 15 outstanding young musicians. You can see them perform at almost 100 gigs during this busy summer period in July and August. Download our 2016 Ceilidh Trail tour dates from our website at www.feisrois.org
Fèis Rois launched its acclaimed Ceilidh Trail project in 2000. The first Ceilidh Trail was coordinated by Gaelic singer Julie Fowlis who spent three years working at Fèis Rois as an Education Officer. This first Ceilidh Trail gave 10 young musicians a summer job performing across Ross & Cromarty.
The Ceilidh Trail is a paid summer job and a professional development opportunity for young people aged 16 – 25 who are considering a performance career in traditional Scottish music. It is also a cultural tourism project bringing high quality traditional music performances to communities across Scotland throughout the peak tourist period in July and August.
Through its Ceilidh Trail programme, Fèis Rois offers summer employment to 15 young musicians each year. The successful applicants are divided into 3 bands with 5 musicians in each band. One band will tour Ross & Cromarty and the other 2 bands will tour nationally across Scotland with one group focussing on Gaelic repertoire and the other group focussing on Scots repertoire.
Timeline for the 2016 Ceilidh Trail:
1 - 15 February: Fèis Rois accepts applications (via its website) from outstanding young musicians aged 16 – 25
Week commencing 22 February: Applicants will be notified if they have been successful in securing an audition
Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 February: Auditions take place in Cromarty. All applicants must be available from 10am on Saturday 27 February through to 3pm on Sunday 28 February. This is a residential audition weekend.
11 – 15 July: Training week takes place in Cromarty
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15 July – 13 August: Four week Ceilidh Trail tour takes place. There will be “down time” and days off, but applicants should be able to commit to all dates in this period.