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Wednesday, 9 January 2013

Inshriach Music - The Charlie McKerron Fiddle School.

As we put our heads together to organise the 5th Insider festival (21st - 23rd June this year) we realised we were in a pretty unique position. We have some of the finest musicians in Scotland at our fingertips, a super musical community living and teaching at Inshriach and a beautiful and conducive part of the world in which to operate and yet each year we throw all our resources at a mighty weekend long crescendo of musicality.

We thought maybe it was time to start a music school. And why not start one in style.

So this year we are getting the festival infrastructure in early and from Monday 17th June until the festival opens on the 21st our very own fiddle superstar Charlie McKerron is putting together the first music school. With the help of Tim Edey and Ross Ainslie and a further two fiddle tutors still to be confirmed, plus visiting tutors and masterclasses, the school will have a maximum capacity of 80, includes food and camping and will cost £350 per head or £400 with a full weekend festival ticket (that's half price).

This one is not really aimed at beginners but we have more in the pipeline and have already had requests to put together programmes focused on the harp, pipes and guitar, covering both weekend and week long courses and for various different abilities. We have also been approached by two or three superstar bands who would like to run their own courses here.

Not only that but plans are in the pipeline to convert some of the buildings down on the farm to provide acccommodation, studio, rehearsal and recording facilities to cater for smaller, more specialised groups, year round, without sleeping in a field and without going to the expense of using Inshriach House.

It's early doors for this scheme so we would very much appreciated your feedback and ideas. We are getting a website together over at but for the time being if you want to know more please email

Watch this space.


Anonymous said...

Nice one! Will there be a price for folk that live locally that don't need food and accommodation?

Walter said...

we are including the camping for nothing so there isn't really a saving on that and we have worked out that bringing your own sarnies will probably save you £50 over the week. Good point though, another tier covering locals makes sense.

Trish S said...

Will Tim Edey be doing any melodeon or guitar only? he's a wiz on both! Can't remember what tuning melodeon he plays anyway.

Walter said...

probably a bit of both, the idea is that its fiddle led and accompanied but having tim and ross in opens us up for day courses as well in both guitar, melodion, pipe and whistle. It just makes for a more complicated but ultimately more varied program. Wait till you see the other tutors...

Anonymous said...

Jaysis now boys...whistle and guitar classes certainly of interest ... Did yese think of having any piano or keyboard classes to add to the equation ?
Saw yese in action at Alvie yestreen fair play to be sure !