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Young musicians from across Argyll continue to entertain audiences with the Fèis Latharna Cèilidh Trail.
The group of five talented young musicians and singers have been demonstrating their talents in traditional Gaelic music, song and dance over the last week at venues across the Argyll. And there is still time to see them before they finish their tour.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Cèilidh Trail which was pioneered by Fèis Rois but has now been adopted by other fèisean.
It gives young musicians and singers, aged 16 to 25 years, the chance to take part in a professional summer tour through their local fèis with support from musicians and specialist tutors. This offers participants training in the core skills required for a career in the creative industries, particularly music. Participants also 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 also Cèilidh Trails in Ross-shire, Lochaber, Skye, Nairn, Paisley and Stirling and Trossachs.
Kirsty Campbell, ceilidh trail co-ordinator, said: ‘Our Fèis Latharna Cèilidh Trail has enjoyed some fantastic gigs so far. 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 technical side of the tour. It is hard work but great fun and I’m sure people who come along to the gigs are never disappointed.’
This year’s Fèis Latharna Cèilidh Trail members are Emma Hill, whistles, smallpipes and bagpipes; Calum Garvin, accordion, bagpipes and vocals; Sheena Peteranna, whistles, smallpipes and bagpipes; Donal Bremner, whistles, border pipes, bagpipes; and Darren Brown, drums, guitar.
Remaining dates and venues for the Fèis Latharna Cèilidh Trail are: Thursday August 1 – An Talla, Isle of Tiree, family cèilidh, 7.30pm;
Friday August 2 – An Cridhe, Isle of Coll, Coll Show dance, 8pm and
Saturday August 3 – The View, Oban, family cèilidh, 7.30pm.