Eilidh Shaw is originally from the Argyllshire village of Taynuilt. Throughout her teenage years she played in the family dance band and attended the famous Aonghas Grant Summer School in Stirling. She spent her twenties immersed in the musical melting pot of Edinburgh, where she joined The Poozies, formed eclectic alt-folk band Harem Scarem and prog-ceilidh innovators The Squashy Bag Dance Band, and was involved in a huge number of projects with musicians across the genres.
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Now living in West Lochaber, with a fiddling style which has remained firmly rooted in the West Coast of Scotland, she teaches at various local feisean, plays for many local dances and sessions, and runs the annual festival, Fèis na Mara, while regularly touring with The Poozies, Shooglenifty, and in a duo with husband Ross Martin.
Sarah-Jayne Shankland is a local musician who has played the fiddle from a very young age. She is a graduate of Newcastle University’s Traditional Music course.
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Amongst Sarah-Jayne’s tutors have been Catriona MacDonald, Shetland Fiddler and Angus Grant, ‘The Left Handed Fiddler of Lochaber’. Sarah-Jayne teaches fiddle locally, both privately and in schools and is involved in the local ceilidh band scene. We welcome Sarah-Jayne as a returning tutor to the Resipole Fiddle Fest.
Karin Schuler is one of the most dynamic fiddle players that Switzerland has produced in recent years. Her native country and her adopted countries of Scotland and Ireland have influenced her fiddle style. She loves to play Alpine music and has toured with a small Swiss Folk group all over Europe.
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Karin’s passion for teaching is only exceeded by her desire to be an inspiration especially for fiddle players beginning on their musical journey. She has many enthusiastic local students from 4 years up. “Music is a wonderful, universal language – anybody can learn it.” We welcome Karin as one of our resident tutors.