Learning to play,
Playing to learn
An t-ionnsachadh òg,
an t-ionnsachadh bòidheach
Dé th'ann am Feis? | What is a Fèis?
fèis, -ean, s.f. Feast, gathering, festival.
Fèis (plural Fèisean) is the Gaelic word for a festival or feast. However over the past thirty years the word has become synonymous with the Fèis movement; a group of Gaelic arts tuition festivals, mainly for young people, which now take place throughout Scotland.
A Fèis is an opportunity for individuals to come together to develop skills in the Gaelic arts – song, dance, drama, and traditional music on a wide range of instruments. Tuition is accessible and fun, but professional and effective. The focus of activity for most Fèisean is an annual, week-long festival, but increasingly Fèisean offer a full programme of year-round follow-on classes to ensure sustained provision.
Liz Jack has been a Fèis Spè member since 1986 and is currently tutoring fiddle for beginners. She has written a wonderful story about the Fèis 'Fergus goes to the Fèis'. You can purchase a copy here. Click the link for more information. All proceeds go to Fèis Spè.
Fèis Spè has been providing access to top quality tuition and performance opportunities in traditional music and Gaelic for young people throughout the Cairngorms National Park since 1990.
Fèis Spè acknowledges that very few of our regular participants are fluent Gaelic speakers but aims to provide opportunities for all to increase their awareness in local Gaelic culture and skills in the language.