Fèis Chataibh Summer Week: 6th -10th July 2015

Fèis Chataibh hold an annual summer week which usually falls on the first week of the summer holidays. The week is for children aged 8-18 and has some of Scotland’s top traditional musicians tutoring at it.

Attending the week long Fèis is a great way for children to try out a new instrumentdevelop their existing instrumental skillsenhance their Gaelic language skills and participate in other arts areas such as art & storytelling and drama.

Children from all over come to Fèis Chataibh and is therefore a fantastic way of meeting new friends and increasing the child’s confidence in new situations. Most of all the Fèis Chataibh summer week is packed full of fun which makes our participants eager to return the following year!

We accommodate all children between the ages of 8 and 18, regardless of their musical ability. We encourage complete beginners to attend and for children to try out new instruments. We try our best to accommodate for any additional support your children may need. If you have any queries about your child’s learning needs, please get in touch here.

Children pick 3 choices which they will attend lessons for throughout the week. Their first choice is usually their main instrument as they get 2 lessons a day on this. Groupwork (beginners and advanced) is available for 3rd choice only. It is highly recommended that children in primary 4-7 choose either art and storytelling or drama for their 3rd choice.

Instruments offered at Fèis Chataibh summer week:

  • Fiddle
  • Guitar
  • Accordion (1st & 2nd choice only)
  • Chanter & pipes
  • Mandolin
  • Clarsach
  • Keyboard
  • Gaelic song (1st & 2nd choice only)
  • Tin whistle
  • Percussion
  • Drama
  • Groupwork – beginners
  • Groupwork – advanced
  • Art & storytelling

Promoting Gaelic language and culture is the central focus of the Fèisean movement and therefore, all participants take part in ‘Gaelic for all’ classes throughout the week. These classes are a fun way of learning some basic Gaelic. Some years, there is a Fèis song where everyone learns a Gaelic song. You can see last years song here.

Fèis Chataibh Summer Week Timetable (liable to change from year to year);

  • 9:30 – 10:30 – 1st choice
  • 10:30  – 11:15 – 2nd choice
  • 11:15 – 11:30 – beak
  • 11:30 – 12:00 – Gaelic for all
  • 12:00 – 12:45 – 3rd choice
  • 12:45 – 1:30 – Lunch
  • 1:30 – 2:15 – 1st choice
  • 2:15 – 3:00 – 3rd choice

During the evenings, we hold activities which are optional for the children to attend. These activities are as follows;

  • Monday – Sports Night
  • Tuesday – Tutors Ceilidh
  • Wednesday – Activities Night
  • Thursday – Night off
  • Friday – Participants Concert

All participants, family and friends are invited to the tutors ceilidh. The tutors perform an evening of music for all to dance to and inspire the children, and possibly adults too, to persevere and develop their musical abilities. Teas, coffees and treats are available during the break. It’s always a fun-filled evening for everyone!

Friends and family are also invited to attend the participants ceilidh on the Friday night. Each instrument group perform something which they have been working on throughout the week. It is optional for the children to perform on this night if they really don’t want to. This is a fantastic evening of music from Sutherland’s, and further, future musicians.


  • 1st child = £85
  • 2nd child = £65
  • 3rd child = £50

Total costs for the week:

  • 1 child = £85
  • 2 children = £150
  • 3 children = £200

The Highland Children’s Trust helps families with education costs and may be able to help with Fèis fees. Please contact them directly for confidential advice and details on how to apply:
Website: www.hctrust.co.uk
Email: info@hctrust.co.uk
Tel: 01463 243872

Throughout the week, the children are to bring packed lunches. There is a tuck shop where children can take money and buy small snacks at.

There are Fèis Chataibh t-shirts, CDs etc. also on sale throughout the week.

If you have any further enquiries about the Fèis Chataibh summer week, visit our FAQ page, or get in touch here.