The Outside Track Music Summer School, 23-28 July 2017, UK


Event Date:

July 23, 2017 - July 28, 2017

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Welcome to a wonderful week of tuition, concerts, ceilidhs and craic in the Scottish Highlands, hosted by The Outside Track.

Participants will receive group and individual tuition in their chosen instrument (harp, fiddle, accordion, flute/whistle and guitar), plus enjoy group singing and stepdance workshops. By keeping the numbers very low – only max 6 participants per tutor, individual needs can be attended to, and personal focus given.

Teaching will be a combination of tradition and technique tailored to suit the participant level, with time to address both technical issues such as improving dexterity, left hand coordination, etc, alongside traditional elements - ornamentation, tempos, rhythm, and of course, lots of time to learn new tunes.

There will be intensive instrument classes every morning from 10am until 1pm. The afternoon will include classes in song, step dance composition, group work as well as afternoon activities. In the evenings we will have informal sessions, a ceilidh, a student concert and a concert by The Outside Track.

Residents will have accommodation, full board and all tuition and evening activities at Cromarty Brewery included in the course price.
Non residents will have all tuition and evening activities as well as lunch at the Cromarty Brewery included.

General info


The dates are:
July 23 - 28th 2017 (5 nights leaving Friday morning)

The course costs include all tuition, accommodation and meals.

Non-residential cost is £350. includes all tuition, evening activities and lunch

There is a £60 supplement for a single bedroom please look for the special booking link for this, these are available on first-come first-served basis.

Private lessons can also be arranged with any of the tutors each afternoon for £30/hr these are also first-come first-served.

Harp Hire- If you are travelling far, there are a small number of harps for hire for the week. These are £30 each.

Any participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
We sadly cannot accept beginner-level players, but all others are welcome.

Summer School Teaching and Workshop options.

Run down of the week:

Sunday - arrival at 4:30 - 5:30pm

Each day will include an intensive morning class of your chosen instrument and a choice of afternoon class and afternoon activity followed by various evening activities.
Afternoon classes will include- group-work, composition, song class, step dance class, playing for dancing...
Afternoon activities will include- slow session, song session, local folklore and history walk...
Evening activities will include- Outside Track Concert, participants in house concert, session with local musicians, ceilidh dance...

Departure on Friday after breakfast

Exact timetable to follow soon.


There are 2 ways to book.

You can reserve your space and pay online by clicking one of the options below

Alternatively, you can email directly to book, and send your payment by cheque or online banking: contact us for the required information -

50% refund if you cancel before one month in advance.

Accommodation and catering

Cromarty, with a population of 720 residents is located on the tip of the Black Isle at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth and is the Highlands' best preserved historic town with a wealth of attractions: 18th century architecture, bottlenose dolphins, award-winning museum, harbour and sandy beaches, beautiful countryside and wildlife, as well as comfortable accommodation, pubs with locally-brewed ale and high-quality restaurants.

Old Brewery

The Old Brewery in Cromarty was established in 1776 and operated as a brewery until the end of the 19th century. In the 1980’s it was renovated by the Cromarty Arts Trust and is now an arts centre providing accommodation, conference and meeting facilities.


Accommodation is in bright and airy rooms that sleep 2/3 people. If you would like to request sharing with someone specific please specify when booking. All single rooms are now fully booked.


Homemade, nutritious and delicious meals and home-baking will be served each day in the brewery kitchen. Catering can be tailored to requirements, including gluten free, dairy free, wholefood and vegetarian and vegan choices with advance warning.

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Publish Date
December 09, 2016
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