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Dingwall arts group ready to Fèis the music as eagerly anticipated virtual weekend gets under way

By Staff Reporter

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FOUR days of music and song from Scotland’s best folk musicians is the promise of the Virtual Fèis Rois Weekend.

With the Dingwall-based organisation having to cancel its usual spring events in Ullapool for the second year running, the success of last year’s inaugural online event showed the pandemic had dented nobody’s appetite for top-notch tuition and performance.

Running from Friday to Monday, Fèis Rois will host a variety of free workshops, concerts, lectures and sessions with musicians including Grammy-nominated Irish fiddler Liz Carroll, neo-trad trio Project Smok, Black Isle fiddler Lauren MacColl, Glenfinnan duo Iain MacFarlane and Ingrid Henderson, Kinnaris Quintet fiddler Laura Wilkie and Gaelic vocal harmony group, Sian.

Last year’s event attracted more than 2600 participants from 50 countries.

All workshops and the main tutor concert will take place on Facebook Live, while Friday and Saturday night concerts will be broadcast on BBC Alba.

The first will feature all tracks from Lauren MacColl’s The Seer, inspired by the life and prophecies of the Brahan Seer.

The second concert will showcase performances from top traditional and Gaelic music acts Sian, Mairearad and Anna and Project Smok.

Lunchtime Lectures and Sessions at Six, including a session with BBC Radio Scotland presenter Gary Innes, and accordion legend John Carmichael, will take place on Zoom and will require registration via the website in advance.

Fèis Rois chief executive Fiona Dalgetty said: “The Virtual Fèis Weekend will be one of our final purely online events, although we will likely take some of the learning from the past year into the future and have some blended online and in-person events going forward.”

A suggested minimum donation of £5 for each workshop or concert viewed can be made at


To find out more and to register for lectures and sessions visit www.feisrois.org

All workshops and the tutor’s concert take place on Facebook – www.facebook.com/feisrois

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