Fèis Chataibh – Sutherland Festival. 1989.

Fèis Chataibh is an organisation based in Sutherland who aim to promote Gaelic song and culture to children and young people. Throughout the year, Fèis Chataibh hold workshops in traditional musical instruments as well as Gaelic song, arts and storytelling, drama and Gaelic language.

Fèis Chataibh’s main events include:

  • Annual Summer Week (first week of school summer holidays)
  • Winter/spring Weekend Workshops (various weekends throughout the year)
  • Ceilidh Trail (July/August tour of Sutherland and Caithness)

These events are carried out in the village of Golspie and usually take place in Golspie High School/Community Centre. At our events, we aim to get the best possible tutors. We seek local artists as well as getting tutors from all around Scotland. We offer tuition in the following:

  • fiddle
  • guitar
  • accordion
  • chanter & pipes
  • clarsach
  • tin whistle
  • mandolin
  • keyboard
  • Gaelic song
  • percussion
  • groupwork
  • arts & storytelling

Fèis Chataibh celebrated their 25th birthday in 2014. Throughout the 25 years the Fèis has gone from strength to strength.

The Fèis is a registered charity and has a group of volunteer committee members. Current committee members are:

  • Chair – Elma Mackay
  • Treasurer – Debbie Celli
  • Secretary – Christina MacDonald
  • Heather Shelley
  • Morven
  • Ian Murray
  • Mairi Murray
  • Fiona Thorpe
  • Magnus Celli
  • Wendy Mackay
  • Elspeth Ross
  • John Ross
  • Denise Mackay

We rely heavily on the committee members time and input into the Fèis, as well as funding from Fèisean nan Gaidheal and other bodies, which we are eternally grateful for. Without this funding, Fèis Chataibh would not be possible.