Our Fèis Spè Bands
Còmhlan Fèis Spè | Fèis Spè Bands
Fèis Spè provides group playing experience and performance opportunities for young people who are keen to develop their skills. The Fèis Spè junior and senior bands are made up of musicians from the Badenoch and Strathspey area between the ages of 11 and 18. They rehearse every other week during term time with their mentor Charlie McKerron, expanding their repertoire and learning to work, play and listen as a team. They also take part in additional training days and several residential weekends during the year where they get tuition from visiting tutors.
Our senior band Monadh Ruadh, gets together for a few days at a residential weekend in July to prepare and rehearse to be ready for a week long Summer Tour in the first week of August. The summer tour is an opportunity for our young musicians to experience playing at a variety of venues in the Cairngorms and a natural progression rewarding them for their commitment to the band and the music.
Both bands have played at a number of public and private functions to great acclaim and are available to play at functions. Our senior Monadh Ruadh band is accomplished at playing ceilidhs. Please fill in a band enquiry form if you would like the band to play at our function.
"I've been involved with Ceilidh Band for about two years, I started of playing the accordion as the piano was my strongest instrument and it was easy to transfer my skills but now I concentrate on the fiddle. What I like most about the band is the residential weekends where we have tutors teach us new techniques and sometimes allow us to compose our own music. I also like attending the various local events such as the Insider Festival, the Cairngorm Ski Club Ceilidh and also the nature day that Cairngorm National Park organised. Most of all I like to meet and play with other like minded musicians." Amelia
"Being involved in Feis Spe is fun. We do some really cool stuff and it's an opportunity to get together with people who share the same interests, make new friends & play music. We also have weekend activity camps and play for the public at a wide variety of events, anything from up Cairngorm Mountain to Street Fetes and Ceilidhs."
Georgie, Junior Ceilidh Band musician.
We've got a new toy! A portable power station with a portable PA system, bought with funds from the Cairngorms Youth LAG Fund
"It is compact and will be a joy to the community."
"Now I can play my keyboard on top of a mountain!"
"We can bring music to anywhere in the Strath."
From all of us a BIG thank you!