Tutors at the first Fèis Thiriodh
Photograph of the tutors at the first Fèis Thiriodh outside Tiree High School in 1990.
Fèis Thiriodh (the Tiree Festival) started in 1990, following the success of the first Fèis on Barra in 1981. The Fèis is a means of celebrating and transmitting local culture by encouraging young people to sing, play and dance, using Gaelic wherever possible.
The Fèis takes place in the second week of July each year. Between sixty to eighty children from nine to sixteen years old take part in classes for accordion, fiddle, drums, singing, dancing, keyboard, pipes and whistle. Recently mouth organ has become popular. Shinty is also played on the school playing fields.
During the winter the Fèis committee organises instrumental classes at the school and winter ceilidhs. Over the years the island has produced a disproportionate number of musicians, particularly accordion players tutored by Gordon Connell, and pipers tutored by Robert Beck.
Black and white photograph of the tutors at the 1990 Feis Thiriodh.
The tutors at the 1990 Feis Thiriodh outside Tiree High School. L-R: (standing) Alistair Hunter, Tommy Johnston, Donald Iain Brown, Gordon Connell, Roddy Campbell, Don MacKenzie, (sitting) Florence Burns, Anne Johnstone, Mairi MacArthur, unknown, (kneeling) Mark Fallon, Arthur Donald.