Fèis an Tairbeirt will be bringing piping and drumming tuition to pupils in Tarbert, thanks to funding from the Scottish Schools Pipes and Drum Trust.

Fèis an Tairbeirt has secured £6,000 from SSPDT to deliver a school tuition programme for pipes and drums, with the intention of forming a school ensemble or pipe band.

To kick off the programme, Argyllshire piper and composer, Lorne MacDougall, who has played and composed for the likes of How to Train Your Dragon, Brave and Doctor Who, visited Tarbert schools to speak to the pupils about playing the pipes and to give them a taster of what it’s like to learn them. The Fèis also held a Kick-Start day last month at Tarbert Academy, where young people had the opportunity to get their hands on the chanter, pipes and drums, and learn from some world class tutors.

Alison MacBride, Fèis an Tairbeirt, commented: “We had 17 young people attend our Kick-Start day and it was great to see their enthusiasm for learning the pipes and drums. We were lucky to have some fantastic tutors on the day including Radio 2 Young Folk Award winner, Bridghe Chaimbeul, and D2 Percussion founder and director, David Ross. There is a great desire for tuition in the area and the funding from SSPDT will allow us to deliver this to our eager, and talented, young people!”

Alexandra Duncan, chief executive, SSPDT, said: “The Trust is delighted to provide our Start Up package of funding and guidance to get this schools tuition programme off the ground.

“Learning the pipes and drums, and being part of a pipe band provides young people with a fantastic set of skills that stay with them for life. The dedication and discipline required to be part of something like this often match those skills needed to successful elsewhere in life so it is a great opportunity for these young people to experience this as early as possible.

“We welcome any organisers of local Fèisean or other parent groups and schools looking to provide tuition for young people in their area to get in touch to discuss how we could support them.”



Photo credit – Kevin MacKavaney