Fèis Spè Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail Informal Concert
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is one of nine Cèilidh Trails organised by local Fèisean under the umbrella of Fèisean nan Gàidheal. In all over 160 Cèilidhs will take place in the summer through the various Cèilidh Trails.
The first Cèilidh Trail project, established by Fèis Rois in 1999, was designed to help teenage musicians develop their performance skills and to create a vibrant traditional music entertainment programme in the Highlands and now beyond. Over the last eighteen years, the project has been replicated in other areas and has proved to be an over-whelming success.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail, now in its twelfth year, offers training and performance opportunities to musicians aged 16 to 22yrs. Some of them may be considering a career in traditional music and the tour gives them a supported taste of life on the road at the same time as sharing their skills and enthusiasm with a wide audience. Working with local businesses and promoters to develop cultural tourism throughout the National Park, the Cèilidh Trail offers a unique experience. The band plays in local village venues as well as a number of tourist venues, attracting visitors and local people alike and due to their success they have been asked to play at the same venues each year.
Auditions are held in February and the successful musicians attend a training weekend at the beginning of June, then a further week, Fèis Alba, in Plockton at the beginning of July. As CCT is a developmental project, to ensure maximum benefit to participants, two years is the maximum ‘stay' in the band.
The band tours the National Park and surrounding area for two weeks in July / August and is co-ordinated by Fèis Spè and accompanied on tour by a Supervisor and a driver.
The Cairngorms Cèilidh Trail is funded by a number of organisations including Fèisean nan Gàidheal, Creative Scotland and Highlands and Islands Enterprise.