Blazing a trail at Glenesk

THE CEILIDH Trail will make a welcome return to Glenesk next week to showcase some of the best Scottish music played by some of Scotland’s most talented young musicians.

Giving especially selected young musicians a chance to enjoy professional touring, the project was established in 1999 to support vibrant traditional music development in the Highlands and beyond. It is part of the Feis movement, the Feisean, started in the Hebridean island of Barra in 1981 and now seen as one of the most successful arts initiatives in Scotland.

It is supported by at least 12 funding bodies including Creative Scotland, and Highland, Aberdeenshire and Angus Councils.

The Feisean encompasses youth work in the arts together with employment opportunities and community work.

Next Thursday’s event will be held in The Retreat visitor centre and Glenesk Folk Museum with a free session from 2 to 4pm. From 7.30pm there is an evening ceilidh of music with tickets at £5 (children £1). The bar will be open with meals available until 7pm.

Anna Robson, Glenesk Retreat manager, said: “We are delighted to welcome The Ceilidh Trail back to our community-run centre in Glenesk. The museum has something for everyone including archive facilities, children’s dressing up and games. We have a nature trail and outdoor play area. Whatever the weather there is lots to do here. The Ceilidh Trail is always popular with people of all ages and we look forward to welcoming everyone on July 19, for a lively celebration of Scottish music and young musicians.”

Bookings for The Retreat’s restaurant can be made in advance by calling 01356 648 070.