Strathpeffer has a history of music and the arts going back to Victorian period but now has a modern, vibrant music scene to rival many locations in the United Kingdom.
The Pavilion was built in 1881, was the place for dances and concerts over a long period particularly in the 50s and 60. Since being renovated in the early 2000s it has re-emerged as an internationally acclaimed venue for a wide range of events: rock concerts, orchestras, Shakespeare, traditional music, theatre performances art exhibitions and much more.
The village is definitely on the map as a hub for acoustic music. There are regular acoustic gigs and open mic sessions at the Coffee Shop, and popular house concerts take place at Mackenzie House with many well-known artists now asking to play in the village.
As we are in the Scottish Highlands our music would not be complete without bagpipe music. Children have regular lessons from Trevor at the Primary School, and each Saturday night from May to October the Strathpeffer and District Pipe Band performs in the Square. If you are visiting us this is not to be missed.
For more information about music and the arts in the village, click on the links on the right.
|Scottish Chamber Orchestra|
|5 Minute Shakespeare|
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As the name would indicate these are intimate listening room shows for a maximum of 30 music lovers, in the friendliest and most comfortable surrounds possible. The Coffee Shop is decorated in a Art Deco style which compliments superbly the genuine roots stylings of an eclectic mix of performers.
At the heart of The Coffee Shop sessions is a regular twice monthly Thursday Night Open Mic Session "Acoustic Thursday Coffee Shop Sessions" hosted by local blues tinged Chanteuse Emma Shearer and feature guest floor spots from local (and not so local) musicians. If you're an artist and fancy playing you need 20 minutes of prepared repertoire. If you're coming from far a field we recommend you book your spot in advance, such is the clubs popularity however we always try to accommodate anyone turning up with a guitar if at all possible. Entry is by donation with all monies going to artists' expenses.