A group of young traditional musicians are blazing a ceilidh trail across Forth Valley.
Fèis Fhoirt, which provides traditional music tuition to young people year-round, has brought a talented group together for a three-week tour of the Falkirk and Stirling areas, playing concerts, ceilidhs and even doing a spot of busking along the way.
The young musicians’ busy schedule will take in a gig with Falkirk Folk Club, on July 23 at 8pm, then on July 28 there will be performances at Falkirk bandstand (1pm), Grangemouth Bandstand (3pm) and a gig in Stenhousemuir’s Forward at 7.30pm that evening.
Those are just a few local dates in the busy tour which will also see them perform in unusual venues such as the Steamship Sir Walter Scott on Loch Katrine.
The Cèilidh Trail project brings a group of these young traditional musicians together every year to go out on a paid, professional tour of the local area with support from a co-ordinator and training from top-level traditional musicians and singers.
This year’s trail features fiddles, accordion, piano, guitar and small pipes well as some beautiful Gaelic singing.
All of the participants are previous Fèis Fhoirt attendees and are aged between 16 and 22.
Cèilidh Trail co-ordinator and local musician Siobhan Anderson said, “This is the fourth year of the Fèis Fhoirt Cèilidh Trail and it’s great to see how the young musicians and singers take to the challenge of training, researching local material and performing for live audiences. We’ve got a great bunch of musicians this year which I think is testament to the fantastic year-round music programme at Fèis Fhoirt and I’m very much looking forward to supporting the group through their tour of some of the most scenic parts of Scotland.
For full information on the Fèisean nan Gàidheal Cèilidh Trail scheme please visit www.feisean.org/ceilidh.
Pictured are: Lewis Walker, guitar/percussion (Callander); Euan Meikle, accordion (Callander); Eilidh McIntyre, whistle/voice/Highland dance (Camelon); Ilona Kennedy, fiddle, pipes (Kincraig); Orla Stevens, fiddle, voice (Dunblane); Anna Michels, piano/fiddle (Denny).