Fèis an Iar-Dheas, or Festival of the South West, is a day of Gaelic music and culture set to be held in Castle Douglas this June.
This is the second Fèis in Dumfries and Galloway, the first being in Wigtown in October and which was very well attended and this time around, the workshops on offer on Sunday 16 June at Castle Douglas Community Centre will be Gaelic for the ‘terrified’, Gaelic song, and step dance, all of which need no previous experience.
There will also be Gaelic còmhradh, Clarsach, piano accordion, fiddle and whistle.
All the music workshops require at least some experience, and people need to bring their own instrument, and Gaelic conversation is for those already learning.
Though true native speakers no longer exist, Gaelic (Scots and Irish) language is still evident in our place names, gaelic tunes are played by many local musicians and don`t forget, Robert Burns used Gaelic melodies for many of his best loved songs.
Gàidhlig Dumgal, the community-based group, was formed in February 2011 with an emphasis on the younger generation, and the atmosphere is non competitive and holistic. Tuition is accessible and fun, but professional and effective.
Tutors are either local tradition bearers, experts in their field or, increasingly professionals who have come through the Feis to pursue careers in the burgeoning traditional arts scene.
Bookings can be made to Andrew.Wilson3@dumgal.gov.uk Tel. 07722114518.