Feis Rois Fringe coming soon

Item Posted: Wednesday 14th April, 2010

This year sees the 20th Adult Fèis weekend take place in Ullapool from 1st – 3rd May and, to celebrate, Fèis Rois is launching an innovative new Fringe festival, Iomall na Fèise.

In recent years, Fèis Rois Inbhich, or the Adult Fèis, has seen over 250 people participate annually in workshops led by some of Scotland’s finest exponents of traditional music, song and dance. However, many more people will be able to join in this year as the new Fringe event offers local people, visitors and Fèis participants the opportunity to attend various concerts, ceilidhs, sessions, talks and recitals.

Download a full programme by going to the news box on the home page of www.feisrois.org

The headline act at Iomall na Fèise is popular Highland Band, Blazin’ Fiddles, who will perform at the MacPhail Centre in Ullapool from 7.30pm - 9.30/10.00pm on Saturday 1st May. Tickets costing £12, or £10 for a concessionary rate, are available from both the MacPhail Centre in Ullapool and the Fèis Rois office in Dingwall.

Fergie MacDonald and his dance band will also be playing for a dance in Ullapool Village Hall on Saturday 1st May from 8pm - 11.30pm. Tickets priced £10 and £8 are available from the Fèis Rois office.

There are lots of free events with live music til late in many pub venues in Ullapool over the weekend. Anna Massie and Mairearad Green kick the weekend off with a gig in The Argyll Hotel on Friday 30th April, whilst trio Bruce MacGregor, Sandy Brechin and Brian O hEadhra play in The Seaforth on the same night.

The following night sees the acclaimed Findlay Napier and the Bar Room Mountaineers play The Seaforth.

For only £10, members of the public and Fèis participants can purchase a weekend ticket to gain entry to a whole range of interesting and informative talks, as well as recitals and performances. Throughout the weekend, recitals will be given by Glenuig piper Iain MacDonald along with Iain MacFarlane of Blazin Fiddles renown; Mike Vass and Steve Byrne from the award-winning band, Malinky; Gaelic singer, Margaret Stewart will perform alongside the famous left-handed fiddler from Lochaber, Aonghas Grant; and father and daughter duo, Bob and Anna Massie will also perform. Charlie Webster from Abriachan will give a talk on fiddle maintenance, whilst Gaelic singers Mary Smith and Julie Fowlis will give a talk and sing from Mary’s recent collection of songs about ships, Sheòl mi ‘n Uiridh.

To reserve tickets for any of the above, please phone the Fèis Rois office on 01349 86 2600 or e-mail Allison.watson@feisrois.org

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