Alasdair Fraser Fiddle Camp competition


SEALL is offering the opportunity for one young musician to learn from a master at this year’s Alasdair Fraser’s Fiddle Camp.

SEALL will pay the fees and seven nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig in an easy to enter competition for young people between the ages of 18-26.

In 1986, world-renowned fiddle player Alasdair Fraser returned home to Scotland to host his first fiddle camp in the UK.

The Clackmannon musician, who is for most part of the year based in California, is an eager traditionalist with his roots firmly planted in the language and instruments of the Gaelic culture. He chose Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, the Gaelic College in the south of Skye, as the place where he could encourage musicians to learn to embrace the fiddle and cello in a creative and enjoyable way.

Over three decades later, the course has become a yearly feature on the traditional music calendar. It has aided the development of some of Scotland’s most prominent traditional musicians – such as Adam Sutherland, Allan Henderson and Patsy Reid – and each year attracts over a hundred players from all over the UK, the US and Europe to learn music in a fun, inclusive and completely non-judgmental way.

On Saturday, 20 July, Alasdair returns to Sabhal Mòr Ostaig with celebrated American cellist Natalie Haas to deliver another five days of intensive instruction to students of all levels and from all backgrounds who will learn the secrets of the craft.

The week is an energising and creative one, with several class levels supported by Alasdair, Natalie and their experienced and encouraging fellow tutors.

The camp includes classes and a range of unique workshops, lively performances and the opportunity to get to know other musicians and participate in group work for all abilities. Classes are held daily and sessions and concerts are enjoyed nightly.

The week plays out on Friday, 26 July at 7.30pm with a Mammoth Fiddle Night, part of the 2019 Fèis an Eilein – The Skye Festival, organised by SEALL. This exciting and entertaining extravaganza is accommodated in the college’s foyer and cafeteria beneath the dramatic backdrop of the Sound of Sleat and the mountains of the Scottish mainland.

Tickets to the final ceilidh from the Skye Festival office on 01471 844207 or online from


SEALL will pay the tuition fees and seven nights’ bed and breakfast accommodation at the college (worth up to £610) for one young person to attend Alasdair Fraser’s fiddle camp from between 20 and 26 July in our easy to enter competition.

For a chance to win this fantastic bursary, simply fill in the form below and press send.


  • Winners will be chosen from a random draw on Thursday 27 June 2019 and notified by email or phone.
  • Entrants must be 26 or under at time of attending the course.
  • Apart from breakfast, no food or travel costs will be offered.
  • Proof of age will be required from the winner.
  • The bursary is not transferable and no cash equivalent will be made.