Thanks to all our students, teachers, volunteers and TESC staff... it was an incredible week, thank you all. We've already booked next year's dates...


Cascadia Irish Music Week, July 17 - 23, 2016, at The Evergreen State College, Olympia WA

Randal Bays CIMW 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.

"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 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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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

Eileen Sullivan - intro fiddle

Jason Kies - intro concertina (loaners available)

Jim Chastain - intro button accordion (loaners available)

Sean Williams/Brendan Boyle - singing


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)