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WATCH: Children perform Gaelic music at the return of Fèis na h-Òige

By Imogen James

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GAELIC speaking children have been enjoying a week of traditional music as Fèis na h-Òige returns for the first time since covid.

More than 70 children have enjoyed sessions hosted at Inverness Gaelic Primary School teaching them a range of skills from guitar, fiddle and accordion to drama classes and shinty.

Fourteen tutors of all ages have been on hand to organise the chaos and teach the children a variety of songs that will be performed at the show tomorrow night.

Drama pupils will also perform a play that they wrote themselves.

Freelance drama teacher, Debbie Mackay, said she really enjoys teaching these classes as she gets to see more of the kids and their personalities.

Louise Holling, secretary for the music charity, is enjoying her first year helping plan the annual event.

Coronavirus made it harder to find tutors as there was a shortage, but the classes are full steam ahead.

She added: "It gives them a chance to keep up Gaelic during the summer. It's about tradition. A lot of the kids have island families to it's good for them to get immersed in the tradition of the music. It's all about being inclusive and letting them do what they can."

This year marks 30 years of Fèis na h-Òige.

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