Feis Fhoirt Gaelic music festival returns to Falkirk

Gaelic musicians visited St Margaret's Primary School in Polmont during the last Feis Fhoirt in Falkirk
Gaelic musicians visited St Margaret's Primary School in Polmont during the last Feis Fhoirt in Falkirk
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A celebration of Gaelic music is coming to Falkirk later this month.

The Feis Fhoirt, which translates as Forth Festival, is an opportunity for individuals to come together and develop skills in the Gaelic arts - song, dance and traditional music on a wide range of instruments.

It is coming to Falkirk for the fifth time on September 28, and will be based at Camelon Educaiton Centre.

There will be two days of teaching of traditional Scottish and Gaelic music for young people from aged eight to 18.

There are daytime classes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and a ceilidh on the Saturday evening.

The weekend finishes with a participants’ concert where the young people get the opportunity to show what they have learned over the two days.

John MacNeil, Fèis Fhoirt chairman said: “Through the Feis we aim to encourage young people to take an active part in enjoying the language, music, song and dance of the Scottish Gaelic Tradition.

“It is stressed that no prior knowledge of Gaelic language is expected and that all tuition is accessible and fun.

Young people can choose from a wide range of activities (subject to demand) and these include accordion, Gaelic Song, clarsach (Scottish Harp), whistle, fiddle, chanter, percussion, guitar, mixed instrument and cello, as well as drama and film making.

In addition to the music, all participants will take part in approximately 20 minutes of beginners Gaelic on each day (learning some phrases, a song or playing a game).

Some instruments will be available, but Feis participants should bring their own instruments if possible.

Sessions will take place at four levels – complete beginner, beginner (less than one years experience), intermediate (over one year’s experience) and advanced (for those that are already quite accomplished.)

Experienced tutors will be taking all sessions, with small groups in each class.

Feis Fhoirt is one of 48 members of Scotland’s ever growing Feis movement ‘Feisean nan Gaidheal’.

The cost is £38 for the weekend and £28 for each subsequent child from the same family.

Enrolment is via the website www.feisfhoirt.org.