Fèis Phàislig is an arts organisation that provides opportunities in traditional music and Gaelic culture for young people across Renfrewshire. 

Gaelic for Paisley Festival, Fèis Phàislig was established in 2015 and delivered our first ever ‘Fèis Week’, an intensive course of come-and-try workshops, that saw over 60 children take part in instrumental tuition, singing and drama with some of Scotland’s leading traditional musicians. We now provide a year-round programme of events that delivered to over 4500 in 2019.

What is a Fèis?

Fèis (plural Fèisean) is the Gaelic word for a festival or feast. However over the past thirty years the word has become synonomous with the Fèis movement; a group of Gaelic arts tuition festivals, mainly for young people, which now take place throughout Scotland.

A Fèis is an opportunity for individuals to come together to develop skills in the Gaelic arts – song, dance, drama, and traditional music on a wide range of instruments. Tuition is accessible and fun, but professional and effective.

Find out more about the history of Fèisean at feisean.org

Our Team

The Fèis is run by a committee of volunteers who meet throughout the year to ensure smooth running of our projects. Our Fèis Coordinator, Grant McFarlane, operates the day-to-day running of our programme of events and oversees all aspects of project managment. We are a registered charity in Scotland and work in partnership with our umbrella organisation, Fèisean nan Gàidheal.

If you are interested in volunteering as part of Fèis Phàislig, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. We are always looking for ideas, inspiration and support to give young people the best experiences we can.

Timeline

  • 2014

    Committee Formed

  • 2015

    Inaugural Fèis Week

  • 2016

    School Visits

  • 2016

    Weekly Lessons

  • 2017

    Introduction to Scottish Music

  • 2017

    Gaelic Choir

  • 2017

    MG ALBA Scots Trad Music Awards

  • 2018

    Cèilidh Trail