PADDLES, as well as bows of different kinds, will be in the hands of students at this year’s Blazin’ in Beauly music school.
Led by Highland band Blazin’ Fiddles and their special guests, this year’s event has added canoe trips along the River Aigas and archery to its musical attractions, which include classes, workshops and concerts which attract traditional music enthusiasts from across the globe.
Blazin’ in Beauly 2013 launches on Saturday 12th October with a free open air concert in the Village Square and the unveiling of the Hands up for Trad Hall of Fame Exhibition, which will be open all week.
Sunday offers the chance to get active with canoeing and archery at Aigas Gorge, followed in the evening by a takeover of Donald Fraser’s Bothy in the hills above Beauly for a very special experience reliving the horo-gheallaidhs of old.
Monday sees the start of the classes and workshops, as well as nightly sessions led by the Blazers’ special guests, but also the near legendary Blazin’ Variety Performance Night as the band and friends employ wigs, implants, makeup and costumes for an evening sketches, unscripted quips, organised chaos and plenty of music.
Wednesday 16th October will also see Blazin’ in Beauly host a concert featuring new all-star and all female fiddle group RANT, Skip Gorman and Angus Lyon and Ruaridh Campbell, and the week comes to an end on Friday 18th October with a community performance and the final concert with Blazin’ Fiddles, previewing sets from their forthcoming album, and the Donald Dhu Ceilidh Band.
Joining Blazin’ Fiddles own Jenna Reid, Bruce MacGregor, Allan Henderson, Iain Macfarlane, Anna Massie and Angus Lyon are guest tutors Christine Hanson (cello), Findlay Napier (songwriting/guitar), Lauren MacColl (fiddle), Rick Taylor (groupwork), Ruaridh Campbell (fiddle), Sarah-Jane Summers (fiddle) and Skip Gorman (fiddle).
To book for classes or individual courses, go to www.blazininbeauly.com