Cascadia Irish Music Week

If you're interested in Irish traditional music you've come to the right place. Every summer we bring some of the world's finest Irish traditional musicians to the beautiful Pacific Northwest, for an unforgettable week of music and good times

"Think of Irish traditional music as a language, and Cascadia Irish Music Week as an immersion program. Students hear the music all week long, played by the teaching staff and by fellow students.  They play in sessions, attend classes, hear afternoon talks by the teachers plus intimate evening concerts.  By the end of the week, students come away with some new tunes and a deeper sense of how the music feels and sounds, as well as advice on technique from excellent musicians. All that plus a week of great fun with wonderful people!"

Randal Bays

Program Director

Program Director Randal Bays is well known in the worldwide Irish music community as a fiddler and guitarist. He's also famed as a teacher of Irish traditional music, who co-founded and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in Washington's San Juan Islands. Calling on his knowledge of the music and the people in the traditional music world, each year Randal assembles a teaching staff for Cascadia Irish Music Week comprised of some of the world's finest Irish musicians.


We want to encourage young musicians who play Irish traditional music, and we can usually offer a few scholarships to Cascadia Irish Music Week, depending on funding. We're looking for talented musicians 21 and under who play or sing in the traditional style. Audition tapes are required and selections will be made beginning in April.

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