Children all around Moray could be in line for some top quality traditional music lessons in the upcoming week, as the seventh annual Fochabers Fiddle Week kicks-off.
From amateur fiddle players to those with some experience, the four-day event offers tuition to young people aged 11-18.
It also offers the chance to play at a mass closing ceilidh at the end of the week.
Sessions will be hosted by three experienced musicians, Jack Smedley from folk band Rura, professional instructor Mairi Marwick and Ewen Henderson who plays in Manran.
The event was launched seven years ago by Mr Smedley and Miss Marwick and has gone from strength-to-strength.
It is also a chance for Mr Smedley to return to his roots and spend some time back at home, away from a busy touring career.
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Originally from Cullen, he hopes the event inspires more local young people to take up the traditional music the region is well known for.
He said: “This is our seventh year and another great opportunity for local kids to meet an established professional musician and learn from them.
“I helped to establish Fochabers Fiddle Week not long after I graduated from university as I noticed a lull in opportunities for young musicians in our neck of the woods.
“I wanted to create something that would give young people a chance to learn from some of the best, especially in an area that is well-known for its music.”
About 150 young people have been involved in Fochabers Fiddle Week over the past seven years and, for some of them, it has been their first exposure to playing a live concert in front of an audience.
Mr Smedley plays the fiddle in folk band Rura and tours a lot so he is excited to return home for the week.
He said: “I really enjoy coming back as I travel around quite a lot.
“It is good to have that one week in the diary where I can check in and do something nice in the area where I found my own opportunities.”
About 20-35 young fiddle players are expected to attend the classes, which will culminate in a concert in the Fochabers Institute on Thursday night.