Keep instrumental tuition free in Shetland

Keep instrumental tuition free in Shetland
A group set up to demonstrate public opposition to the SIC’s recent decision to charge for instrumental tuition in Shetland’s schools.

Earlier today (Wed 17th Feb, 2010), the Shetland Islands Council voted 9 to 11 in favour of charging for instrumental tuition in schools –

There’s been absolutely no consultation with teachers, parents or students! The first most people will have heard is…

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Hi there all,


Hoping you might be interested in coming along to a slightly different Fiddle Force weekend around Get Reel having an event on as part of the Rural Blend run by the Tolbooth in Stirling . Corran Raa are playing for us – featuring Jenny, Kath, Robbie and Janet in Balfron on Saturday 6th March – so yes we are asking you to come along to be groupies in the evening and hoping you can stretch to buying a ticket for the concert and family ceilidh!

The programme would be ;

Saturday 6th March

1pm – 5pm Fiddle Force, Get Reel and friends sessions in Killearn Village Hall – Soup, bread and cheese lunch provided by Get Reel ( there is a booking for the morning so we can’t get in any earlier!)

Travel to Balfron – via a pub for something to eat if you prefer or better still…

5.30 onwards Come to Balfron McLintock Hall ( 4 miles east of Killearn) for a Buffet supper in lesser hall – (for which we would all need to contribute – list to be sent out once get names of who can come)

7.30pm McLintock Hall Balfron – Corran Raa in concert with Get Reelers as support act. Family Ceilidh from 9.15-10.30/11pm. Bar, Raffle. Tickets £8/£5.

Accommodation – Get Reel would like to offer accommodation in family homes to those of you who need it so we need names as soon as possible.

Sunday 7th March

11am Dumgoyne Walk – either along pipetrack from Spar in village (add half and hour) or climb Dumgoyne from Distillery. ( will look into a tour after climb!)
Here is a wee blurb about it…
Dumgoyne Hill (427) on the Campsie Hills lies just behind the Glengoyne Distillery on the A81 just before Killearn if travelling from Glasgow. There is roadside parking opposite the distillery and walking about 50 yards from there on the distillery side of the road, you pick up a path near two cottages. Just follow the path through some forestry and you will reach a gate next to a field. Go through the gate (close it) and Dumgoyne comes into view about a quarter of a mile away. Climbing over a stile at the end of the field a path appears to take you onwards and upwards to the summit. The base of the hill can be very boggy, so waterproof shodding is essential. The climb and return should take about 2 hours, with the summit offering splendid views to the mountains in the north and Strathclyde to the south.

Hope to hear from you.


Sara J Melville 

11 Rowan Crescent


G63 9RZ

01360 550770


Mellor Brook Fiddle Day – Saturday 13th March 2010

Nick Wyke & Becki Driscoll will be heading north to join us for this year’s Fiddle Day. The third one we’ve held. They will be leading the ‘advanced’ and ‘intermediate’ workshop groups during the day and performing for us too in the evening concert. We look forward to meeting them. I’ll be leading the beginners workshop.

As you may know from previous years, we are limited to numbers so if you are interested in attending please return the booking form as soon as you can.

Click on the links below to find out more details, or you can email me back or call me on 07745 493135.

We’re looking forward to a good day and a great evening too. Why not come and join us?

Best wishes


Saturday 13th March 2010

A partnership event with ‘Folkus’ – the Northwest’s Folk Arts Network