Gaelic Residential Weekend – May 2024 – Fluent speakers

Fèis Rois Gaelic Residential Weekend at Fairburn Activity Centre, Muir of Ord, Friday 17th May to Sunday 19th May. Open to all pupils, P7 – S4, who speak Gaelic.

Gaelic Song, Groupwork, Other
Advanced, Beginners, Intermediate

This Gaelic Residential Weekend will take place at Fairburn Activity Centre in Muir of Ord, from 5pm, Friday 17th May to 5pm, Sunday 19th May. The event is open to all pupils, P7 – S4, who speak Gaelic. There will be workshops in Gaelic Songs, Music and Group Work with the wonderful Deirdre Graham and Innes White, as well as workshops in Camera Skills and Video Making delivered by Calum MacLean, and outdoor activities led by Kenny Rankin from Spòrs Gàidhlig. It is a fantastic opportunity for young people to spend a weekend immersed in Gaelic, and there will also be a social time to make new friends as well as learn new skills.

We are grateful for the financial support from Bòrd na Gàidhlig, Screen Scotland agus Astar Media which allows us to make this event ‘Pay what you can’, meaning families are able to pay what they can afford.

On the booking site, you will see four payment options, starting with “I can’t pay anything and would like to get a free place.” If you can pay more, then you have options to pay £25, £50, £75, £100 or £125.

£125 represents the cost of accommodation, food, workshops (including materials used during the workshops) and evening activities. We want every child to be able to take advantage of this opportunity, so please choose the payment option that suits you. The weekend can also be paid for in instalments. If you would like to pay this way, please contact Lorraine.

Deirdre Graham

Growing up in a musical family on the Isle of Skye, Deirdre was steeped in Gaelic culture from an early age. She went on to study at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland before moving to China and Malaysia, where she embraced the local music and traditions. Since returning home Deirdre has been active in promoting Gaelic music. Since the release of her debut album, URRANTA in 2020, Deirdre has risen in prominence in the Scottish folk music scene. Deirdre’s passion for the story behind the songs resulted in her self-produced podcast series, Gaelic Song Stories (2021), in which she interviewed revered tradition bearers, historians, and local experts.

Innes White

Growing up in the Highlands of Scotland, Innes White has been immersed in traditional music from a young age. As well as being a native Gaelic speaker, his early experiences of music through his strong family heritage and the Fèis movement provided the bedrock for his professional career to flourish. White is one of the most sought-after multi-instrumentalists in the UK, having recorded on over 40 albums and toured extensively throughout the UK and abroad playing guitar and mandolin, with occasional appearances on piano, bouzouki and vocals.His nomination as ‘Instrumentalist of the Year’ at the MG Alba Scots Trad Music Awards in 2016 further solidified his reputation as one of Scotland’s most in demand musicians.

Calum MacLean

Broadcaster & presenter Calum Maclean was brought up in Gaelic, first in Skye and then in Inverness, where he was educated through the medium of Gaelic. He earned a Diploma in Gaelic Media from Shabal Mòr Ostaig OGE.

Known for films of outdoor activities, Calum is often seen on television and social media, and is one of the main presenters of the SpeakGaelic learning series.

Kenny Rankin

Kenny, from Kyle of Lochalsh, is an a keen climber and runner, among other outdoor pursuits. He is also a television presenter, a lecturer at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig and an outdoor instructor with, Gaelic development social enterprise, ‘Spòrs Gàidhlig’. “The things I love the most about this job are travelling all over Scotland getting to know new areas and communities, and providing truly memorable experiences to young people in Gaelic.”

Fairburn Activity Centre

Muir of Ord

17 May - 19 May 2024

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