Registration is now open for Cascadia Irish Music Week 2015
July 19 - 25, 2015, at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA
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.
"The basic idea of Cascadia Irish Music Week is to think of Irish traditional music as a language, and CIMW as an immersion program. Students hear the music all week long, played by the teaching staff and by fellow students. They participate in sessions, attend classes, hear talks by the teachers giving a wider context and historical background to the music. By the end of the week, students come away with some new tunes and a much deepened 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 great people!"
We're very happy to announce our first youth scholarship recipient for 2015, Niall Cooper of Lubbock, Texas. Niall is a sophomore at Lubbock High School and plays mandolin as well as several other instruments. Congratulations, Niall!
Click here for more information on scholarships to Cascadia 2015.
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Our 2015 Teaching Staff (see Faculty page for more information.)
Randal Bays - fiddle (and ear training)
Patsy Hanly - flute
Angelina Carberry - banjo & mandolin
Antoin MacGabhann - fiddle
Caitlín Nic Gabhann - concertina
Sean Gavin - flute
Josephine Marsh - button accordion
Josh Dukes - guitar accompaniment (and ceili band drumming)
Miray Campbell - intro tinwhistle and flute
Randy Vic - intro fiddle
Ceol Cascadia Organizing Committee
Ceol Cascadia is a project of the Seattle Irish Heritage Club. Our mission is to preserve and nurture the heritage of Irish traditional music in the Pacific Northwest, by organizing classes, concerts and other events; through public outreach; and by presenting the Cascadia Irish Music Week, a yearly weeklong gathering of learners and teachers of Irish traditional music.
Brendan Boyle, Diane Murphy, Randal Bays, Marcia Peterson (not in picture)