Fèis Mhoireibh (Fèis Moray) first took place at Moray College in May 2008. It was a great success,attracting over 80 children from Moray and beyond. A wide variety of classes were offered ranging from the clarsach(harp), fiddle, accordian, chanter, bodhran, gaelic drama to shinty.
The primary aim of all Fèisean is to expose children to traditional Scottish music and culture in a participative fashion which allows them to perform what has been learned.
There is no doubt that attracting high quality tutors has been an essential part of the success of Fèis Mhoireibh.
Talents have included the late Ishbel McAskill (renowned Gaelic singer), Catriona Watt (Young Traditional Musician of the Year 2007), Andy Thorburn (Blazing Fiddles), Gary Innes (Manran), Maireared Green (Boxclub), Hugh Marwick (The Broch Inspectors), Mhairi Hall (The Mhairi hall Trio) and Charlie McKerron (Capercaillie).
The closing Ceilidh is a highlight for the children and their families, many of whom have never experienced the ethos of a traditional Ceilidh before.
Feedback received from children and relatives has been overwhelmingly positive with quotes such as “the tutors don’t treat you like kids”, “It’s great fun”, “there’s no competition” and “there should be a feis everyweek”.
As the years have gone by we have introduced Guitar, Keyboard, Line Dancing and Storytelling.
It has been heartening to see so many children return to the Fèis year on year becoming more committed and confident in participating in music and the traditional Scottish culture in general.
With this in mind 2013 sees the introduction of Groupwork for those children who have become more proficient in their instrument and are looking for more.