Fèis Rois started its innovative Ceilidh Trail project in Ross-Shire in 2000. This cultural tourism initiative gives aspiring young musicians the opportunity to develop their performance skills and to experience life as a touring artist. This successful model has now been adopted by six other communities acrossthe Highlands.
In 2012, in addition to running a local Ceilidh Trail across Ross & Cromarty, Fèis Rois also piloted a national Ceilidh Trail across Scotland. Fèis Rois offered summer employment to 17 young musicians who gave over 100 performances to almost 8,000 people in communities across Scotland. Throughout July and August 2012, Fèis Rois Ceilidh Trails visited venues in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire, Moray, Caithness, Orkney, Dumfries & Galloway, Ayrshire, Lanarkshire, Dundee, Angus, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scottish Borders, Fife, Perth & Kinross, Glasgow, Stirling, Falkirk, Western Isles and the Highlands! The project enhanced the visitor experience to Scotland with performances taking place everywhere from Stirling Castle to Skara Brae and the Callanish Stones to Kellie Castle.
The project brought traditional music to the heart of many communities throughout the peak tourist season.
Feis Rois are nominated in the Community Award at the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards alongside Scots Music Group Inspire Project, Glasgow Irish Minstrels Branch of Comhaltas and Tiree Music Festival. Vote now in the MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards 2012