Catriona Parsons Presents at Fèis Seattle


Catriona Parsons will be one of four language presenters at Fèis Seattle 2019. She is a native Gaelic speaker from the Isle of Lewis. She was a professor in the Celtic Studies Department at St. Francis Xavier University, Antigonish, N.S. for many years.

In addition, she regularly teaches the language at immersions and workshops throughout North America. Catriona is an accomplished Gaelic singer, and has produced a Gaelic course for students learning the language.

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Archie Campbell Joins Presenters at Fèis Seattle

We’re proud to welcome Archie Campbell to Féis 2019 as one of four Gaidhlig language presenters. You’re going to love learning with him.


Archie was born and raised on Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides and Gaelic was his main language. He studied Gaelic through his school years on into college at Glasgow University. He started tutoring Gaelic almost thirty years ago. Currently he has a busy tutoring schedule and enjoys watching his students progress with the language. As Archie puts it, “My Gaelic has provided me with fellowship, income, and has taken me places.”

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Gary Innes Comes to Fèis Seattle 2019

Accordion and shinty! Add in his very entertaining personality and you’ll see that Gary Innes brings new meaning to the concept of a triple threat. We’re excited that he’s joining out team of presenters for Féis 2019.


Born in the village of Spean Bridge in the North of Scotland, Gary first picked up an accordion at the age of 8. He has been performing and composing music for over 16 years. Gary Innes and Ewen Henderson are co-founders of the Scottish super-group Mànran.

Gary boasts an impressive Shinty career as well. He is still involved within the sport and covers the live televised games for the BBC.

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Ingrid Henderson at Fèis Seattle 2019

Attention all harpers! We are so excited to welcome the charming and talented Ingrid Henderson as our clarsach presenter at Feis 2019.


Involved in many aspects of traditional music, Lochaber based harper and pianist Ingrid Henderson is a “musician of quite outstanding calibre, a virtuoso in terms of sensibility....”

Ingrid has over twenty years experience performing, teaching and recording traditional music appearing with the likes of Cliar, Glenfinnan Ceilidh Band, Blazin Fiddles & singers, Anne Martin & Margaret Stewart.

She is principal harp tutor at the National Centre of Excellence in Traditional Music and lectures on the BA Gaelic and Music course at Sabhal Mòr Ostaig, Isle of Skye. Ingrid also runs Old Laundry Productions, a studio/ music production company based in Glenfinnan.

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Announcing Rona Lightfoot at Fèis Seattle 2019

Rona MacDonald Lightfoot

We are excited to announce that Rona MacDonald Lightfoot will be joining us as a presenter at Fèis Seattle this August.


Born and raised on the island of South Uist amidst a wealth of gaelic music and culture, Rona learned piping at an early age from her father whilst at the same time absorbing traditional gaelic songs from her mother (bean earsaidh ragnaill) who has been recognised as a fountain of knowledge as well as a particularly gifted exponent of gaelic music in the oral tradition.

As a consequence Rona became an accomplished piper as well as a fine singer of traditional gaelic song, with a wide repertoire and a full knowledge and understanding of the connections and interaction between the two.

Rona now lives in Inverness and is much in demand at Feisan and Ceolas, and has taught her music throughout the Highlands of Scotland as well as in the United States of America and Canada.

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A New Year, A New Look

Bliadhna mhath ùr!

It’s a new year and we are excited to announce the release of a new look for Slighe nan Gàidheal. The update includes a new logo, font, colors, and a new website. After 20 years we decided to bring a fresh look that reflects our traditions and looks to continued growth as we move forward.

Our new logo, with its elegant typeface, simpler logo mark, and the more subdued colors serves to reflect the idea of heritage and tradition, while still representing a modern and professional society. The thistle symbolism also nods to Scotland. The new logo will be more easily used in different media such as web and various print applications.

The website will feature new branding, pages, and navigation, but you will still be able to find events, register for classes, and contact us. There is also be a new Fèis page with an option to register online, and more content will be added as it develops. You will begin seeing the new logo in other applications as the year progresses.

We look forward to continuing to share our love of Scottish Gaelic language, music, and culture with you in the coming year.

-The Board of Directors