Registration is now open for
Cascadia Irish Music Week 2014
Update July 30.. there's still room in all classes and lodgings.
It's almost here... Cascadia Irish Music Week, August 10-16, 2014 at beautiful Camp Casey Conference Center on Whidbey Island, Washington. Once again we have an amazing teaching staff, with some familiar faces plus a number of new ones. The format will be roughly the same as last year, but we're adding more session times plus a series of intimate concerts by the teaching staff.
We have worked hard to keep tuition costs down and have also added some lower cost options for lodging and meals. Details can be found on our registration page.
We're once again grateful for the support of the Seattle Irish Heritage Club, our parent organization.
Tickets are on sale now for the Friday night Instructors' Concert. Purchase here..
Class schedules for 2014 are now available on our "Classes" page.
New Class Basic Ear Training for Folk Musicians information and signup here page.
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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, Randal has assembled a teaching staff for Cascadia Irish Music Week comprised of some of the finest Irish musicians alive today.
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.
(see our Faculty page for information on our teachers.)
Randal Bays - Fiddle
John McEvoy - Fiddle
John Blake - Guitar accompaniment
Sean Gavin - Flute
Johnny Og Connolly - Button accordion
Mick Mulcahy - Button accordion
Louise Mulcahy - Flute and uilleann pipes
Michelle Mulcahy - Concertina and fiddle
Miray Campbell - Intro tinwhistle
Laura Flanagan - Intro fiddle
Eileen Sullivan - Intro fiddle
Tom Lawrence - Intro concertina
We are delighted to have Whidbey Island's beautiful Camp Casey Conference Center as the venue for our music week. The camp is located on the west side of the island, right next to Admiralty Inlet on the Salish Sea, and a couple of miles from the quaint seaside village of Coupeville, WA. Walking, hiking, birding and other recreational opportunities abound, including the Ebey's Landing National Historic Preserve, the magnificent Fort Casey State Park, and much more. The Keystone ferry is within walking distance, which takes you directly across Admiralty Inlet to Port Townsend.
Camp Casey offers a variety of lodging types, all of which are very reasonably priced, and excellent meals are served in the camp dining hall. Visit the Camp Casey website for more information on the facilities, and go to our registration page to register for classes and book lodging and meals.
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 - Treasurer
Diane Murphy - Secretary
Randal Bays - Program Director