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Claire Gullan's Strathspey & Reel Weekend

A music making weekend open to all ages, brought to you by Claire Gullan & the HUFT Strathspey & Reel!

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Fri 14 May 7:00pm ‐ 16 May 2:00pm

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Claire Gullan's Strathspey & Reel Weekend

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7:00pm ‐ 2:00pm


A music making weekend open to all ages, brought to you by Claire Gullan & the HUFT Strathspey & Reel!

Featuring a mixture of Strathspey & Reel sessions, instrumental workshops and a Saturday evening ceilidh gig from Claire & Will.

This year, the weekend will be on Zoom.

All notated music is available from the website www.strathspeyandreel.co.uk.

Visit our HUFT Strathspey & Reel YouTube page to hear the sets

Friday 14th May 2021 – evening, to coincide with #worldplayastrathspeyday
Saturday 15th May 2021 – all day workshops & sessions with a ceilidh in the evening
Sunday 16th May 2021 – morning & late lunchtime

What’s involved?
A weekend of music making, learning new tunes, skills & techniques. All music for the Strathspey & Reel sessions are available to download for free at www.strathspeyandreel.co.uk

FRIDAY: It’s #worldplayastrathspeyday ! We’ll have a good going Strathspey & Reel session (music available for free on the website) followed by workshops & discussion led by both Claire & Will, focusing on different strathspey styles, strathspey bowing for string players & strathspey techniques for accordion & keyboard players.
SATURDAY/SUNDAY: There will be a warmup workshops looking at pulse & rhythm, body percussion, & instrument technique.

The workshops over the weekend will feature:

  • learning two strathspeys by ear (don’t worry, the music will be provided),
  • learning the theory to arrange the two new tunes, then putting chords to them,
  • playing our newly arranged set in our Strathspey & Reel sessions,
  • a Saturday evening ceilidh gig,
  • time for lunch & personal practice, meeting people & chatting, & coffee breaks.

Who is involved?

Claire Gullan – Fiddle & Mixed Instrument

Claire is a musician, music educator and podcaster living in Glasgow, Scotland. She has played music internationally and was a nominee in the Music Tutor Of The Year category at the 2019 Scots Trad Music Awards. Her online virtual HUFT Strathspey & Reel orchestra was nominated in Community Project Of The Year 2020. She is the author of the music tutor book “A Guide To Learning The Fiddle book 1”

Claire is a graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama (now The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland RCS) and she is now back at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland studying for a Masters In Education, Teaching & Learning In The Performing Arts.

Projects Claire is currently involved in include The Scots Trad Award nominated HUFT Virtual Strathspey and Reel, The Cowal Fiddle Workshop, The Lochgoilhead Fiddle Workshop, Glasgow Disability Alliance, and her own series of workshops How To Ceilidh, and the music podcast
– Claire’s Ceilidh.


Will Marshall – Accordion & Keyboard
Based in the Kingdom of Fife, Will Marshall is a freelance musical director, composer, musician and tutor.

With a diverse musical pedigree, Will has several different musical worlds he works in. For the past 9 years he has been arranger and musical director for Eden Court Theatre (Inverness) and their pantomime season. Will has also featured in lots of different musical theatre shows and resident musician for Hebridean Island Cruises.

Traditional music has been a massive part of his life since a young age after studying the accordion with Ian Muir. After success at a major accordion competition, a BBC studio session for “Take the Floor” followed.

Will continued to develop his musical skills and loved working on different studio, theatre, and live sessions. Highlights include BBC Radio 2 Live with Chris Evans, The arrival of the Olympic flame to the UK with the National Youth Choir of Scotland (ITV), This September, Channel 5. Several trips to London for Olympic events; including playing at Scotland house for Visit Scotland and The V and A with the Olympian of the century, Pele.


What you need:
Your instrument – Fiddle, Viola, Accordion, Whistle, Banjo, Keyboard – whatever.

A device with a camera such as a lap-top, PC, tablet and a decent internet connection. Wearing headphones & plugging your device directly into the internet router with an Ethernet cable are advised for the best quality experience but are not essential.

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