Residential Traditional Music Summer Camp Scottish Borders / Scotland for Adults/Children/Kids

Welcome to our 8th Annual Residential Music Summer Camp which runs from Monday 5th – Friday 9th August 2019
Open to Adults/Children/Kids
All Instruments / All Abilities
Non-residential, motor-home & camping options available

We are excited to announce that The Haining House, Selkirk is our new venue for 2019!

About The Haining House

The Haining is a park and woodland estate landscape centred on an A-listed, classical house and loch, developed mainly in the late 18th to earlier 19th centuries. The house and grounds were used by the military during World War II and in 1944, the older house that had stood adjacent to the present mansion was mostly destroyed by fire. Having sold the estate, the core policy grounds of The Haining were repurchased by descendants of the same Pringle-Pattison family in 1959 and remained in the ownership of the last estate owner’s grandson, Andrew Nimmo-Smith, until his death in 2009. In his will, Nimmo-Smith gifted the house and immediate grounds to the town of Selkirk.

Selkirk is an attractive town extending from the hilltop location of its Market Place and High Street down steep slopes to the impressive old woollen mills and more modern industrial estates along the valley of the Ettrick Water.

The Merlin Academy Summer Camp will have exclusive use of The Haining House estate for the duration of the camp.
Motorhomes and tents are welcome!

Summer Camp Info

Adults and children/kids alike and all instruments are welcome including Fiddle, Voice, Guitars, Piano, Accordion, Drums/percussion (give us a call if you are not sure) for 5 days of great music, sessions, food and the opportunity to learn from some of Scotland’s finest musicians.

You will be learning and playing tunes, improving your technique and invited to come up with arrangement ideas. Teaching will be mainly in mixed instrument classes but with regular break out sessions for back line, melody players and voices.

As a general guide to levels, you will probably get more out of the experience if you are not a complete beginner. When you book you will be asked to confirm your level.

Improving Beginner: You’ve been playing for a short time but can feel you way around the instrument and can play a few tunes or chords.

Intermediate: You’ve been playing for a couple of years and know a dozen or so tunes or can play a few by ear, although not necessarily up to speed. Or you can accompany songs or tunes from chord charts given to you.

Intermediate/Advanced: You’ve been playing for longer, can play tunes more or less up to speed or accompany songs and tunes by ear. Can sight read tab or notation quite well.

It would help us plan classes if you can choose what you think is the closest mach to your current level.

Summer Camp Tutors

Mixed Instrument Tutors
Our Summer Camp is led by our Music Director Iain Fraser. Iain’s
teaching includes group workshops, helping people young and old to pursue their musical dreams, as well as making music a fun social experience available to all.
Iain has been our fiddle tutor and music director for the last 8 years and is very passionate about offering high quality tuition in a fun relaxed environment.

Iain will be leading classes in fiddle as well as leading our mixed instrument groups along with Andy Gray our resident Guitar Guru.

Singing Tutors
We are delighted to announce that this year’s Guest Tutor is Findlay Napier.

Findlay Napier is one of the most highly-regarded performers and creative forces on the Scottish music scene – thoroughly active and a truly energised with a heart-warming zing. Find out more about Findlay here.

Findlay joins our resident Harmony Belle and vocal genius Kathy Stewart-Kennedy to lead workshops in Traditional and Contemporary Ballads, Songwriting and Vocal Harmonies. 

(More Guest Tutors to be announced shortly)

Accommodation Options

We are delighted to be offering accommodation (including breakfast) at the Philipburn Hotel in Selkirk. The Philipburn Hotel is a 4 star House Hotel set in it’s own grounds, offering 12 individually styled rooms in the main hotel and 8 Garden rooms located within the grounds. The hotel is a short distance from The Haining House (approximately 10 minute walk).

Motorhomes and Tents also Welcome
We are very happy to welcome Motorhomes and Tents. Please be aware that this will be wild camping and no hook-ups are available.
To book a Motorhome or Tent space please select the relevant option from our Add On section when you book.
Motorhome and Tent spaces will be located at The Haining House.

Please note: Course only tickets available
Non-Participant Residential options available for accompanying parents.

All ticket options include lunch & evening meals*


To book a motor-home or camping space please book a Non-Residential Course Ticket and select Motor-home or Tent/Camping from the Add-On section

* Excluding Thursday Evening Trad Feast when you are invited to bring a dish to share.
No refunds will be available after May 31st 2019. Should a refund be requested administration charges will apply.