Ceilidh Trail winds its way to Glenesk

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THE Ceilidh Trail makes a welcome return to the Retreat visitor centre, Glenesk, on Thursday (tomorrow).

This enthusiastic group of talented young musicians will entertain all ages with a session (free) from 2 pm to 4 pm and a concert with stovies from 8 pm.

Over the last few years the Ceilidh Trail has developed a well earned reputation for excellence in Scottish music, presenting with verve and skill, a range of melodies, both traditional and recently composed.

With instruments ranging from bango to pipes, fiddle to guitar, flute and percussion, this young group organised by Feis Spe, is committed to playing throughout the Cairngorm National Park.

This year their lively tour includes Kingussie, Blair Atholl, Braemar and Carrbridge.

With support from a variety of funding bodies including Angus Council, Creative Scotland, Tayside Leader, The Robertson Trust, The Ceilidh Trail makes a significant sound in the landscape of Scottish culture, reviving melodies and skills once shared in so many Cairngorm communities.

The afternoon session 2 pm to 4 pm is free and tickets for the 8 pm concert can be booked by phoning The Retreat 01356 648 070.

A visit to hear the Ceildih Trail is also a great opportunity to hear the music of the glen river and burns and take part in the Glenesk Photographic Competition.

The theme is water. Open to all ages in two groups, 16-plus and 15 and under, the picture must have been taken in the glen during 2010/2011.

Entry is £3 and photos need to be no smaller than 8”x6” and no larger than 12” x 8”.

The closing date is August 14 and more details of the competition and its attractive prizes are available from Anne Taylor 01356 670 208.

“With our popular restaurant, gift shop, folk museum and arcvhive facilties, nature trail and children’s play area and its stunning views over the glen, The Retreat is a perfect place to enjoy the wonderful music of the Ceilidh Trail,” explains Anne Taylor, chair of the Glenesk Trust.

“We look forward to welcoming everyone on Thursday.”