Feis Rois hit the right notes

The sound of Celtic music could be heard around Kincardine and Mearns this past week on the shores of St Cyrus Beach and in Stonehaven Town Hall.

The Feis Rois National Ceilidh Trail played a three hour set for visitors to St Cyrus National Nature Reserve last Thursday (July 31)., before playing to a packed Stonehaven Town Hall.

The musicians played at the beautiful venue as part of the Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray leg of the National Ceilidh Trail’s five-week tour across Scotland.

The National Celidih Trail is an opportunity for young musicians aged between 16 and 25 to develop their performance skills and learn what it is like to be a touring musician.

The musicians were successful at auditions before taking part in an intensive rehearsal week before embarking on the Scottish tour.

The Ceilidh Trail has three sectors - the local trail, the national trail and specially for this year the Commonwealth Trail, which features musicians from Scotland, Canada and Australia. Theresa Alampo, St Cyrus reserve manager, said: “This is the second time Feis Rois have played for us here at St Cyrus. They’re just magical. I’m so glad they came back.

“The events this summer are all about getting people to connect with nature in a different way. We want to link nature with music and art.

“This is where ceilidh music would have been played - outside. How can you not feel connected to nature when listening to music in a setting like this?”