On this page you can find information about traditional music opportunities for young people (25 and under). If you have something to add or a correction please contact us.
Aberdeenshire & Moray
Fèis Mhoireibh – tuition in traditional Gaelic music, song, dance & drama for young people in Moray. In addition to an annual Fèis weekend in May which takes place in Moray College, they also offer regular year-round classes in Clarsach, Guitar, Chanter and Bodhran.
Gadie Music – year-round community projects, workshops and tuition, schools partnerships, concerts and ceilidhs, open traditional music sessions
The Gaitherin – music weeks in Gordon for P4-7 pupils (Easter) and secondary pupils (October). They also run various year-round workshops.
Ceòl Mòr and The Splore (residential, Aberdeen) – intensive music weeks as part of the Aberdeen International Youth Festival in August focusing on playing as a Big Band (Ceòl Mòr, 16-25) and learning to play together (The Splore, 12-16).
Argyll & The Isles
Fèis Cheann Loch Goibhle – year-round workshops in Lochgoilhead.
Ayrshire & Arran
Dumfries & Galloway
Dundee & Angus
Tayside Young Fiddlers – year-round fiddle group meeting weekly in Dundee during term-time.
Edinburgh & Lothians
Edinburgh Youth Gaitherin – a year-round programme of community projects and workshops and classes, including main events at the Scots Fiddle Festival in November and an intensive week of workshops in the Easter holidays (Edinburgh)
Fèis Dhùn Eideann – year-round Gaelic-based Saturday classes and a main event (intensive run of workshops) in the February holidays (Edinburgh)
Fun Fiddle – year-round fiddle classes in Edinburgh
Pathhead Music Collective – year-round music lessons available in Pathhead, Midlothian
Glasgow & Clyde Valley
Fèis Ghlaschu – a week-long programme of musical and sports classes for children between the ages of 3 and 14 in Glasgow in April.
Fèis Lannraig a Tuath – a four-day event of classes in Cumbernauld for children throughout Lanarkshire (August).
Glasgow Fiddle Workshop – offering year-round classes in various instruments on Wednesday evenings, as well as a 3-day event of intensive classes in October.
Royal Conservatoire of Scotland Junior Conservatoire (formerly RSAMD) – year-round weekend courses in traditional music as well as a summer school in July (13-17s).
Irish Minstrels – weekly meet up of musicians learning Irish music. Great community with lots of performance opportunities. http://www.glasgowirishminstrels.com
Ceòlas (South Uist) – Gaelic music summer school in July (residential, although accommodation is privately organised)
Coisir G – youth Gaelic choir in Inverness.
Fèis Air An Oir – year-round fortnightly classes in Sutherland.
Fèis an Iar Thuath – a weekend of Gaelic-focussed tuition in Sutherland in February.
Fèis Chataibh – a week of Gaelic-focussed tuition in Golspie in July. As well as this, Fèis Chataibh are involved in a number of year-round activities, including Saturday workshops over the winter months and a Ceilidh Trail during the summer holidays.
Fèis an Earraich – an intensive week of tuition in Skye and Lochalsh in April (semi-residential).
Fèis Eige – annual event of Gaelic-focussed tuition in July, Eigg.
Fèis nan Garbh Chrìochan – annual Gaelic-focussed week of tuiton in July, and year-round classes (Moidart).
Fèis Gleann Albainn – year-round weekly classes and a week-long event in July (Fort Augustus).
Fèis Inbhir Narainn – year-round Gaelic-focussed classes in fiddle, guitar, accordion, whistle, keyboard and chanter, as well as a weekend event in February (Nairn).
Fèis Lochabair – year-round classes and an intensive week of classes in the Easter holidays.
Fèis na h-Òige – a week of Gaelic-focussed tuition in Inverness in July.
Fèis Òigridh na Mara – full day of workshops in October (Mallaig).
Fèis Rois – offering year-round Gaelic-focussed tuition in schools and communities, a residential music week for 12-18s in October, a residential music week for P5-S1 at Easter, and the opportunity to earn as a musician during the summer Ceilidh Trail (16-25s).
Fèis Spè – tuition for young people in Badenoch and Strathspey including year-round one-off workshop days, a week-long event in October, year-round opportunities with the ceilidh band, and a Ceilidh Trail (paid work for young musicians) in the summer.
Blazin’ in Beauly (Highlands) – week of fiddle and groupwork classes with band members of Blazin’ Fiddles in October (residential, although accommodation is privately organised)
Royal National Mòd (location changes) – a competitive festival for the Gaelic arts in October. You will also find local Mods throughout the year.
Fèis Rois nan Oileanach Gàidhlig (residential, Highlands) – a residential weekend for Gaelic-speaking matriculated students from across Scotland to come together to use their Gaelic in an informal setting and to learn skills in traditional music, song, dance and drama.
Tinto Summer Schools (residential, South Lanarkshire) – residential summer schools in July for 12-18s, and a weekend in August for 18-25s
Loch Lomond, The Trossachs & The Forth Valley
Fèis Fhoirt -Gaelic-focussed year-round Saturday classes, a weekend event in September, and a summer Ceilidh Trail for 16-25s to earn money as musicians.
Riverside Music Project – year-round family music sessions in Stirling
Fèis Bharraigh – a Gaelic-focussed week of tuition in July (Barra)
Fèis Eilean an Fhraoich – a Gaelic-focussed week of tuition in July (Lewis) as well as year-round weekly groupwork sessions.
Fèis Eilean na Hearadh – a Gaelic-focussed week of tuition in July (Harris)
Fèis Tìr an Eòrna – a Gaelic-focussed week of tuition in July (North Uist)
Horsecross Arts – year-round Celtic big band, The Gordon Duncan Experience, and monthly youth sessions
Fiddle Frenzy. August teaching week with top Shetland fiddle tutors http://www.shetlandarts.org/whats-on/festivals/fiddle-frenzy/
The Scottish Borders
The Border Gaitherin – a music festival weekend in Coldstream in May/June including workshops for young people
Merlin Music Academy – year-round tuition in fiddle, accordion and guitar (Melrose).
Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd (Plockton) – Specialist music school in the Highlands
Lewes Castle College – Part of University of the Highlands and Islands, a college based in the Hebrides offering (among others) qualifications in traditional music and Gaelic.