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Fèis Rois Inbhich – The Adult Fèis

Fèis Rois Inbhich – The Adult Fèis

The next Adult Fèis takes place in Ullapool from Saturday 2nd – Monday 4th May 2015 with additional Fringe events taking place on Friday 1st May. Full list of tutors here.

Beginners are very welcome at all of our events, and those who already play an instrument or sing will also find the experience very rewarding. We aim to cater for all abilities, right up to accomplished musicians and singers. You don’t need to be able to read music and you don’t need to have any previous knowledge of traditional music to enjoy a Fèis. Workshops are taught by ear with participants learning tunes and songs a phrase at a time. Tutors will give you the sheet music to take home.

Fèis Rois events are fun and friendly. We want to help you improve your playing, grow in confidence and learn more about the Gaelic language and culture.

Described by many previous participants as “the best weekend of the year”, the Adult Fèis is an annual 3-day festival offering first-class tuition in traditional music, song, dance, Gaelic language and culture in the beautiful setting of Ullapool.

Daily classes take place from 10am to 4pm on the Saturday, Sunday and Monday and are led by an amazing team of internationally renowned musicians. Classes are grouped into ability levels and we offer a 1st choice class all morning and a 2nd choice class all afternoon. Everyone from complete beginners to experienced players is very welcome at the Adult Fèis.

Classes are offered at a range of different levels. If you go onto book online, you will be asked to select which level you would like to participate at. The following abbreviations are used:

  • CB – complete beginner. You will never have tried this before.
  • IB – improving beginner. You will have been playing for a short while, probably less than a year.
  • I – intermediate.
  • LI – lower intermediate.
  • UI – upper intermediate. This is quite a fast paced class.
  • A – advanced.

The daily timetable for the Fèis is as follows:

  • 10.00am – 11.00am: First Choice Class
  • 11.00am – 11.30am: Coffee Break
  • 11.30am – 12.30am: First Choice Class
  • 12.30pm – 2.00pm: Lunch (programme of talks and recitals)
  • 2.00pm – 4.00pm: Second Choice Class
  • 4.00pm: Whole Fèis Song, talks and recitals
  • Saturday only 9.00pm – 11.00pm: Session with tutors
  • Sunday only 7.30pm – 10.00pm: Tutor concert

How much does it cost to attend the Adult Fèis?

Full price £165.00
Concession £135.00
Cost per day (for those only able to attend for one or two days) £55

The fee includes all tuition, access to a programme of Fringe events (concerts, recitals, talks, sessions and pub gigs) and complimentary tea/coffee at break times. Participants are expected to book their own accommodation. There is a fantastic range of accommodation available in Ullapool, you can download a detailed list of accommodation providers.

Over the past couple of years we have developed a programme of Fringe events around the Adult Fèis, which includes talks, recitals, concerts, ceilidhs and sessions. If you have a partner, family member or friend who would like to join you in Ullapool, they are very welcome to take part in the Fringe activities even if they are not participating in the Fèis workshops.

You can purchase tickets for Fringe events for family and friends when you arrive in Ullapool. Please keep an eye on the website as we release more details of these events in the run up to the Fèis. There will also free music provided by Fèis Rois in many pubs in the village.

We look forward to seeing you in Ullapool!

Check out the video below to get a first-hand glimpse at the Adult Fèis