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Daimh Concert

Daimh Concert
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Daimh Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)   Sold Out

  • Daimh Concert
    February 21, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As of February 13th, tickets to Daimh are completely sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please call 360-416-4934 or email events@celticarts.org. We hope you’ll join us at another one of our events soon. Join our mailing list and receive advance notice of tickets sales! 

Join us for an evening of energetic Scottish tunes!

“Daimh have carved a reputation from the bedrock of Gaelic culture…authentic Gaelic music with a modern edge and a magnificent range of expression.”
Folkworld

Daimh is a Gaelic Supergroup and un-challenged champions of straight in the eye Highland music, based around West Lochaber and the Isle of Skye. Taking the name from the Gaelic word for “kinship” Daimh (pronounced Dive) have taken their contemporary take of Highland and Gaelic music to over 20 countries, setting audiences alight from Moscow to San Francisco. Recent accolades include last year’s award for the “Best Folk Band in Europe” at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and most recently winner of “Folk Band of the Year” at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards.

Angus MacKenzie (pipes/whistle) is a native Gaelic speaker from the musically rich area of Mabou, Cape Breton Island on Canada’s east coast.  Angus came to Scotland to study at Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic College on the Isle of Skye where he still lives today. Widely tipped as the most exciting thing to happen to Gaelic song since the invention of the Ceilidh, Ellen MacDonald (vocals) is fast finding a flock of fans and followers with her natural, smoky voice and individual interpretation of songs covering the full emotional spectrum of the Gael. Her acting skills have seen her nominated for ‘Best Performance’ at the FilmG awards for her role in a Gaelic short film ‘Briste’ and landing a key role in the BBC’s new Gaelic drama “Bannan.” Gabe McVarish (fiddle) arrived in Scotland at the age of 17 on a Fiddle scholarship with the legendary Aonghas Grant in Fort William. Deciding to stay in the area, he moved to Morar only to discover that it was the village his great-great-grandfather had departed for the New World. Murdo Cameron (Mandola/Mandolin/Accordion) comes from a long line of traditional Gaelic singers and was immersed in music growing up Glenelg. A member of the Mountain Rescue, Murdo started out as an accordion player and piper, who in the last few years has been a busy guitar accompanist and stringed things enthusiast. Ross Martin (guitar) is from Arisaig though now lives in neighbouring Morar. A fisherman from early teens until his twenties, Ross has gone on to tour most of Europe and the U.S. with Irish singer Karan Casey and Buille, featuring the Vallely brothers from Armagh.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew here.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

CAF members enjoy discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly at 360-428-5678 and let them know you are booking under the Celtic Arts Foundation rate.

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Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

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1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Introduction to Tin Whistle Workshop

Introduction to Tin Whistle Workshop
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Tin Whistle Workshop Ticketshow details + $80.00 (USD)   Sold Out

  • Tin Whistle Workshop
    March 8, 2018 - April 19, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

As of January 25th, tickets are completely sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please call 360-416-4934 or email events@celticarts.org. We hope you’ll join us at another one of our events soon. Join our mailing list and receive advance notice of tickets sales! 

The Celtic Arts Foundation is very pleased to announce a Beginners Workshop on Tin Whistles, starting up this spring at the Littlefield Celtic Center in Mount Vernon!  Tin whistles are mainstays of Celtic music groups, and our instructor, Becky Deryckx, is very active in the regional Irish Session music scene.  Becky regularly travels to Ireland to pursue her musical passion, and also helps recruit and present Irish musicians here at the Littlefield Celtic Center.  Class size is strictly limited to 15 and will fill quickly, so interested folks are encouraged to sign up right away.

This course is designed for beginners and will consist of four, two-hour evening classes, held every other week over an eight-week period: March 8 and 22, and April 5 and 19, from 7:00-9:00pm.  Registration requires non-refundable payment in advance for all four sessions at a total cost of $80 ($20 per two-hour session).  Please complete the registration form below to sign up.

Students do NOT need to read music, but a sense of rhythm and tone will be necessary. All tunes will be taught by ear, so the use of recording devices is strongly encouraged. Emphasis will be on having fun, and on helping students gain a general understanding of the instrument and its place in traditional music. In the process we will:

  • Learn one or more tunes each session
  • Work on intonation and breath control
  • Find out about basic ornamentation techniques and
  • Obtain an awareness of our responsibility as musicians

Participants are required to purchase a D Whistle to bring with them to all sessions.  Students may acquire a good quality Oak or Clarke metal D Whistle (Generation whistles are OK too) in the $10 to $15 range from local music stores or online.  Plastic (PVC) whistles are discouraged.  Low whistles are also not recommended for beginners, so please, for the purposes of the workshop, standard D Tin Whistles only.

This is the first of what we hope will be an ongoing series of instructional musical workshops, as we intend offering fiddle and bagpiping options in the not too distant future as well.  Finally, for inspiration, here’s one of the best (Mary Bergin) playing a set of whistle tunes:


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Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert

Event Phone: 360-416-4934

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Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert Ticketshow details + $30.00 (USD)  

  • Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas Concert
    March 13, 2018
    7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Only 15 tickets left!

Join us for an incredible night of Celtic music with the award-winning duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas!

“Alasdair Fraser is recognized throughout the world not only as one of the finest fiddle-players Scotland has ever produced, but also as someone whose name is synonymous with the vibrant cultural renaissance which is transforming the Scottish musical scene.”
—Bruce MacWilliam, Scots Magazine

The critically acclaimed duo of Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas are a must-see for Celtic music fans! Their debut recording together, Fire & Grace, won the Scots Trad Music “Album of the Year” Award, which is the Scottish equivalent of a Grammy. They have since gone on to create even more incredible music which blends thoughtful mastery of traditional Scottish music with the vibrancy of imaginative sounds.

Alasdair Fraser has enjoyed a recording career of over 30 years, receiving such honors as his 2011 induction into the Scottish Traditional Music Hall of Fame. His music has been featured in Hollywood box office hits as well, including Titanic and Last of the Mohicans. Natalie Haas, a graduate of the Julliard School of Music, is one of the most sought-after cellists in traditional music. Her talent and intuition on her instrument are extremely evident when playing and recording with Fraser.

This concert is sure to be an energetic and enchanting evening of Celtic sounds featuring two of the Celtic music world’s biggest names! Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation receive a $5 discount on their tickets, so be sure to join or renew before making your purchase in order to save on this concert and many others! Please email events@celticarts.org or call us at (360)416-4934 to receive the discount code.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 7:00PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

We are pleased to offer members and guests discounted lodging at the Burlington Hampton Inn & Suites, where they’ll save 15% on the best available rate and enjoy complimentary breakfast. The Hampton Inn is about a ten minute drive from the Littlefield Celtic Center. To make reservations, please use this link.

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh-bration

8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh-bration
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St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh-bration Ticketshow details + $35.00 (USD)  

  • 8th Annual St. Patrick's Day Ceilidh-bration
    March 16, 2018
    5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Tickets are almost halfway sold out!

Join us for an evening of Irish celebration on Friday, March 16th!

Please join us for our 8th Annual St. Patrick’s Day Ceilidh-bration on Friday, March 16th for traditional Irish food, Irish stepdancing, great music, and excellent company. We know St. Patrick’s Day is the 17th of March, however because such a large part of our program involves supporting musicians, we felt it best to not compete with other established events at the one time of year when local Celtic musicians are in such high demand!

Our menu features traditional Irish fare, including corned beef and colcannon. Doors will open at 5:30pm for social hour with dinner to follow at 6:00pm.

We encourage members to purchase tickets early, as meals at the Littlefield Celtic Center have historically been sold-out events, with ticket sales ending in increasingly record times!

Questions? Please contact us at events@celticarts.org or 360-416-4934.

Our meals regularly feature meat, dairy, eggs, wheat, and other known allergens. If you have dietary restrictions or concerns, please contact us at least 10 days before the event so we may make special accommodations with the chef.

We are pleased to offer members and guests discounted lodging at the Burlington Hampton Inn & Suites, where they’ll save 15% on the best available rate and enjoy complimentary breakfast. The Hampton Inn is about a ten minute drive from the Littlefield Celtic Center. To make reservations, please use this link.

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

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Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Andrew Wright Piobaireachd Workshop 2018

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Andrew Wright Workshopshow details + $335.00 (USD)  
Lunch option (includes 3; Friday, Saturday and Sunday)show details + $30.00 (USD)  
Ceilidh dinner guest (not participating in workshop)show details + $20.00 (USD)  

  • Andrew Wright Piobaireachd Workshop
    March 23, 2018 - March 25, 2018
    9:00 am - 4:00 pm

This weekend workshop is an incredible opportunity to learn from one of the world’s greatest!

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to invite select Highland pipers to join us for a piobaireachd workshop with Andrew Wright, one of the recognized masters of ceol mor in the world. He won the Oban and Inverness Gold Medals for piobaireachd in 1970, was Piper to the Lord Provost of Glasgow, and is a judge for the RSPBA. This invitation-only workshop weekend is a unique opportunity to develop and refine skills while learning from an extraordinary talent.

This immersive workshop takes place Friday, March 23rd to Sunday, March 25th, 2018 from 9:00AM-4:00PM daily. We are pleased to be able to offer participants discounted lodging at a nearby hotel and flexible meal options. Discounted rates are available at the Burlington Hampton Inn & Suites, where you’ll save 15% on the best available rate and enjoy complimentary breakfast. The Hampton Inn is about a ten minute drive from the Littlefield Celtic Center. To make reservations, please use this link.

Participants also have the option to pre-purchase a lunch to be delivered to the Littlefield Celtic Center, or visit one of the many restaurants in downtown Mount Vernon, just a short walk from our facility. If you pre-purchase lunches and have dietary restrictions, please let us know by Wednesday, March 14th so we are able to make special arrangements for your meals.

Curriculum & Daily Schedule:

Intense group study of tunes set by the Piobaireachd Society for Senior, Gold, and Silver Medal Competitions. Also to be covered as time allows: tunes and subjects of study that may hold a special interest to individuals and the group.  The tentative schedule will be:

  • Check-in, Friday morning, 8:45
  • Group study, 9:00am until 12:00 noon
  • Lunch break from Noon until 1:00pm
  • Group study, 1:00pm until 4:00pm
  • Friday and Saturday evenings – optional piping performance (mini-Ceilidh) at the Littlefield Celtic Center
  • A more detailed schedule will be provided to registered attendees

Costs and what’s included:

$350 per person for the workshop tuition.  Breakfast is included at the hotel for those staying there, and we have arranged a lunch option for those who may be interested (1 lunch Friday, Saturday and Sunday for $30), otherwise workshop attendees are on their own for all meals.  The recommended hotel is not within easy walking distance, so carpools will be encouraged.

We’re also happy to host a dinner and Ceilidh for workshop attendees, included as part of the workshop for no extra charge.  Additional guests are welcome at a cost of $15 per person.  Dinner menu includes meat and vegetarian lasagna, salad, garlic bread and dessert.  Refreshments offered include beer, wine and soda.  Participants will be encouraged to play a tune for fun as well.  Saturday evening, social time starts at 6:00 pm, with dinner and tunes to follow.

What to bring:

Please bring a long low-pitched chanter and some spare reeds. Andrew insists chanters be in tune. Music books such as the Piobaireachd Society, Kilberry, Donald MacDonald’s, MacArthur/MacGregor, and any other manuscripts or collections you wish to share with the group. Be sure to have something to write with and to write on. Recording devices are optional.

Information about cancellation, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

Here is the Piobaireachd Tune List for 2018 that we’ll be reviewing at the workshop.


 

 

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Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Jocelyn Pettit Band Concert

Jocelyn Pettit Band Concert
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Jocelyn Pettit Band Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Jocelyn Pettit Band Concert
    March 31, 2018
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, March 31st for an evening of lively fiddling with Jocelyn Pettit!

“An incredible fiddle player, who blew away the audience with her expertise.”
-The Celtic Connection, Canada

With grace and passion, Jocelyn delivers an engaging and uplifting performance of original and traditional music inspired from the Canadian and Celtic cultures of Cape Breton, Quebec, Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Galicia. Jocelyn has been nominated for the Canadian Folk Music “World Artist of the Year” award as well as “Young Performer of the Year.” Since the debut of her self-titled album, Jocelyn has toured North America, Ireland, Scotland, and France. Jocelyn is joined on stage by her mother Siew Wan Khoo (piano, fiddle, vocals), father Joel Pettit (bodhran, cajon, vocals), and friends Colm MacCarthaigh (guitar, vocals) and Erik Musseau (whistles, pipes, vocals). In addition to performing, Jocelyn enjoys composing and arranging dynamic and expressive new music from her home studio in the Coastal Mountains, as well as teaching fiddle lessons and workshops.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation receive a $5 discount on their tickets, so be sure to join or renew before making your purchase in order to save on this concert and many others! Please email events@celticarts.org or call us at (360)416-4934 to receive the discount code.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information about cancellations, refunds, and exchanges can be found on our Ticket Policy page.

We are pleased to offer members and guests discounted lodging at the Burlington Hampton Inn & Suites, where they’ll save 15% on the best available rate and enjoy complimentary breakfast. The Hampton Inn is about a ten minute drive from the Littlefield Celtic Center. To make reservations, please use this link.

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

Address:
1124 Cleveland Avenue, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98273, United States

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Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2018

Clans and Vending at Skagit Valley Highland Games – 2018
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Scottish Clan or Association, 10 X 10 boothshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Information providing (non-selling) non-profit organizationshow details + $0.00 (USD)  
Food Vendor (power included - subject to review)show details + $700.00 (USD)  
Food Vendor (not-for-profit)show details + $200.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 10 boothshow details + $350.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 10 X 20 boothshow details + $500.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - 20 X 20 boothshow details + $700.00 (USD)  
Merchandise Vendor - needing power (subject to review)show details + $20.00 (USD)  
Tables to rent - 2 day rentalshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Additional 2 day pass for vendors (4 provided with application)show details + $7.00 (USD)  

  • 2018 Highland Games Vendor Applications
    July 14, 2018 - July 15, 2018
    8:00 am - 7:00 pm

Vending at the 2018 Skagit Valley Highland Games

IMG_1123The Skagit Valley Highland Games attracts approximately 15,000 people over the course of each second full weekend of July. Clans and vendors are an important part of our event, and we do everything we can to make it a fun and worthwhile experience. Our goal is for this to be a positive and profitable experience for you, and a truly win-win situation for us all.

If you are a new vendor who has not attended the Skagit Valley Highland Games in the past, we request that you please include pictures and descriptions of merchandise for review with your application. We make efforts to have merchandise that is generally “Celtic” in theme and to the extent possible try to not duplicate food selections especially. For that reason, we also request that all food vendors submit their food menus with their application.

Our process is to review applications and make the determination on including vendors before depositing an application payment (check or credit card). If an application is not approved for any reason, we’ll return the vendor fee payment as soon as possible with notification to the applicant. The Celtic Arts Foundation reserves the right to include or reject an application for any reason.

Important note for food vendors:  New Fire Code regulations have gone into effect as of January 1, 2018. Please see this link for details. Please keep in mind that this is the first year these new regulations are in effect; that being said, we encourage vendors to make preparations as far in advance as possible. We have been informed that the link does not contain information on food vendor trucks and trailers; however, food trucks/trailers (anything on wheels) must be certified by L&I before operating in Washington state. Food truck vendors are encouraged to begin this process as soon as possible in order to have approved inspection prior to the Skagit Valley Highland Games. Food trucks/trailers without proper L&I approval will not be allowed to operate at the Games.

Summary of total vendor charges for two-day event:

  • Clan, 10 X 10 booth $ 35
  • Food, not-for-profit $200 (power included as needed)
  • Food vendor $700 (power included as needed)

Merchandise vendors

  • 10 X 10 booth $350
  • 10 X 20 booth $500
  • 20 X 20 booth $700
  • Power connection $20

Table and chair rentals are available for $35.  Each approved vendor receives four complimentary weekend passes to the Highland Games; additional passes are available for $7 each.

ALL VENDORS MUST COMPLETE THE VENDOR “TICKET” PROCESS BELOW (including Clans). Please make checks payable to: Celtic Arts Foundation.

Deadline: We encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible; however, all applications need to be postmarked by June 8, 2018. Vendors who would like to mail in a hard copy of the application are able to access a copy to Copy and Print Vendor Application.

Questions? Please e-mail Lindsay@CelticArts.org or call us directly at 1-360-416-4934.

Program advertising: We are currently evaluating how best to complete the program for the Skagit Valley Highland Games; we’ll be in touch with updates.

Having a Clan or Vendor booth at the Skagit Valley Highland Games requires you to enter into a legal contract which entitles you to display/vend on Saturday and Sunday, July 14-15, 2018 from 9:00am to 6:00pm.  In return for the use of the space assigned to you by the Celtic Arts Foundation (CAF), you hereby agree to abide by all rules and regulations stipulated  in the 2018 Skagit Valley Highland Games Clan & Vendor terms with hold harmless.  Please review those rules and terms thoroughly before continuing. Please submit all required permits and certificates etc. to Roberta@CelticArts.org at the time of registration.

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Address:
600 Behrens Millet Road, Mount Vernon, Washington, 98274, United States

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