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Events

Ken Perlman Concert

Ken Perlman Concert
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Ken Perlman Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Ken Perlman Concert
    September 13, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Wednesday, September 13th 7:00PM for a lively evening of Celtic banjo with Ken Perlman!

Superb instrumentalist, acclaimed teacher of instrumental skills, gifted performer, award-winning folklorist, Ken Perlman a pioneer of the 5-string banjo style known as “melodic clawhammer” and a master of fingerstyle guitar. He is considered one of the top clawhammer players in the world, known in particular for his skillful adaptations of Celtic tunes to the style. On guitar, Ken’s sparkling finger-picked renditions of traditional Celtic and Southern fiddle tunes are simply not to be missed. He draws his material from traditional sources – the music of Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island and the American South. His approach to the music, however, is highly innovative. He has developed many new instrumental techniques, and much of his repertoire has never before been played on 5-string banjo or guitar.

Ken is an acclaimed teacher of folk-music instrumental skills. He has written some of the most widely respected banjo and guitar instruction books of modern times, and he has been on staff at prestigious teaching festivals around the world. He has also served as director or co-director for several banjo and music-instructional camps, including American Banjo Camp, Banjo Camp North, Bath Banjo Festival, Maryland Banjo Academy, Midwest Banjo Camp, Northeast Heritage Music Camp, and Suwannee Banjo Camp.

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.

Enjoy a sample below of Ken’s Celtic tunes on banjo!

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

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Celtic Genealogy Info Session

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Celtic Genealogy Info Sessionshow details + $25.00 (USD)  
Boxed Lunch provided by CAFshow details + $12.50 (USD)  

  • Celtic Genealogy Info Session
    September 16, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Barbara Gorham Johnson

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to partner with the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society for this exciting Celtic Genealogy Info Session!

Have you always wondered if you have Scottish or Irish ancestors? Perhaps you do but haven’t quite figured out how to go about researching your Celtic roots. Join us on Saturday, September 16th from 10:00AM-3:00PM and learn more about the resources that exist in our community and beyond for researching Celtic heritage, including understanding different website subscriptions, DNA testing, local research options, and more!

Participants will enjoy a day structured in five different segments. First, we will begin with an Introduction to Genealogy, going over the basics of how to do research, including recording information, questions to ask known relatives, and paper vs. digital record keeping. Next, we will transition into performing Celtic research in particular. Participants will learn about Irish and Scottish records and sources, some background on history and religion, and where to find online and “snail mail” records. After a one-hour lunch break, participants will receive information on websites, including what sites exist, free vs. paid subscriptions, and handouts on sites that are helpful for Celtic research. Finally, the day will conclude with information about DNA testing. Find out which DNA sites provide helpful information, which ones work best to find cousins, and how to interpret one’s ethnicity results.

This info session will be presented by Barbara Gorham Johnson of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. Barbara has been researching her family tree for over 20 years and has taught Beginning Genealogy classes, How to Organize One’s Research, and DNA And Genealogy for several genealogy societies and other programs. She has a degree in Microbiology, has done research at the University of Washington, taught science with the Pacific Science Center, and is a retired Park Ranger. She lives in Mount Vernon and is a member of the Celtic Arts Foundation.

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation save 20% on tickets to this event! To receive the discount code, please call 360-416-4934 or email events@celticarts.org. Not a member? Join or renew today!

Participants have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch to be brought to the Littlefield Celtic Center. Lunches include a generously sized deli sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie, and water bottle. For students who would like to take advantage of this option but have dietary restrictions, we ask that you please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org with your requests at least two weeks prior to the event. The Littlefield Celtic Center is conveniently located in downtown Mount Vernon and within walking distance to a number of restaurants for those who choose not to purchase a boxed lunch.

We are pleased to provide participants with discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For instructions on how to take advantage of this discounted rate, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org.

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

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

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Autumn Smallpipe & Fiddle Workshop 2017

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Smallpipe Workshop Participant Registrationshow details + $295.00 (USD)  
Smallpipers Lunch option (3 lunches)show details + $30.00 (USD)  
Fiddle Workshop w/ Brandon Vanceshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Fiddle Workshop lunch option (1 lunch)show details + $10.00 (USD)  
Fred Morrison Concert (fiddlers, or additional Smallpipers)show details + $15.00 (USD)  

  • Smallpipes/Reelpipes Program - 2017
    September 29, 2017 - October 2, 2017
    7:00 pm - 1:00 pm

smallpipes 1July 20, 2017.  Here is the Smallpipe Schedule for the workshop.  Please note, for out-of-town travelers, we’ll be at the Littlefield Celtic Center on Thursday afternoon and into the evening if you want to stop by for an opportunity to spend a little time on pipe maintenance, tuning, etc.

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to present the 7th Annual Autumn Smallpipes Workshop from Friday, September 29th – Sunday, October 1st, with a workshop option for fiddlers! For the third year in a row, the piping workshop will be held at the beautiful Littlefield Celtic Center (LCC), enhancing the intimate and personal nature of this workshop. The fun begins at 9:00AM on Friday and concludes at 1:30PM on Sunday.  Across the street from the LCC we’re happy to offer a Scottish fiddle workshop on Saturday, September 30th as well.

For pipers, join us for an exciting workshop to learn more about smallpipes, reelpipes and whistle with none other than Fred Morrison!  This year we’re also pleased to welcome back our friend Iain MacHarg from Vermont who will be joining us as a second Smallpipe/reelpipe instructor.

For fiddlers, we’re pleased to present a one-day workshop on Saturday, September 30th with Scottish fiddler Brandon Vance.  Take in a four-hour workshop with Brandon from 10:00-3:00, and then finish up the workshop with some tunes with the Smallpipe/Reelpipe players at the LCC.

Both the smallpipes and fiddles workshops will include a lunch break from 12:00PM-1:00PM; participants have the option of pre-purchasing a lunch provided by the Celtic Arts Foundation. Lunches include a generously sized deli sandwich, chips, pickle, cookie, and water bottle. For students who would like to take advantage of this option but have dietary restrictions, we ask that you please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org with your requests at least two weeks prior to the event. The Littlefield Celtic Center is conveniently located in downtown Mount Vernon and within walking distance to a number of restaurants for those who choose not to purchase a boxed lunch.

Both the fiddle and weekend piping workshops feature instruction, sessions, and a special discounted ticket offer to attend Fred Morrison’s concert on Saturday evening, September 30th, at the LCC. Piping registrants receive one ticket for the Fred Morrison concert as part of the workshop price, and also have the option of purchasing additional tickets at a discounted rate. Fiddlers do not receive a concert ticket included in the price of the fiddle workshop, but do have the option of purchasing tickets while supplies last (this concert is typically sold out early, so we encourage you to purchase your ticket right away). We’re very mindful of the benefits of having access to accomplished and experienced instructors, and have designed the classes to allow participants to get the most out of this time with each other and the instructors.  We also know the value of learning to “play nicely, together,” and to that end present some quality “tune-time” sessions with both fiddlers and pipers participating.  Small seminar sizes are a hallmark of the program, which further cultivates relationships between participants and the instructors.

The Fred Morrison Scholarship

We are pleased to share that some scholarship funding will be available for a piping student this year! More information and the application form will be available soon. While the final details are still being approved, the scholarship will tentatively be awarded based on the following criteria:

The Fred Morrison Scholarship is a merit-based scholarship, recognizing players with outstanding performing ability and/or potential. We will evaluate your application based on your musicianship, participation in sessions and as a performer (either solo or as part of a group), mentoring and any teaching you do, participation in other CAF events, your history with piping, and, finally, how attending this workshop would affect your involvement in and further your piping ability for performances.

Please note that these are preliminary criteria and subject to change.

Students are encouraged to register now in order to hold their place in the workshop; any applicable reimbursement will be settled upon notice of the awarded scholarship.

Fred Morrison

 A great musician AND story teller!

A great musician AND story teller!  A living legend in the Celtic music world, Morrison’s music is firmly rooted in the tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland while also boldly exploring the technical and creative boundaries of Celtic music. He has developed a distinct and renowned signature sound in the piping community, and has won nearly all of the international prizes in the piping world. His exceptional talents and expressive style are immediately evident in his adventurous music.  His performances feature mostly his own original compositions, and whether a haunting slow air or an incredibly difficult reel or jig played with breakneck speed and skilled precision, Fred’s mastery of his instruments is completely apparent!

Iain MacHarg

Iain MacHarg has been a familiar face at the highland games since very early in his life. As his father is one on the premier bagpipe builders in the world, it is no surprise that Iain developed into a well respected and accomplished player. He was promoted to the professional grade after earning the title of EUSPBA 2001 Grade One Season Champion. Throughout his life, he has received his instruction from a variety of teachers; the majority of his early instruction was provided by P.M. George F. Ritchie. More recently, Iain has studied with Bruce Gandy, Scott MacAulay, Jack Lee, Jack Taylor and Andrew Wright, but is currently studying with Donald Lindsay.

In addition to competing as a solo piper, Iain has also been involved in many other aspects of Celtic music.

After completing his Masters of Education at the University of Vermont in 1997, Iain began to develop the Vermont Institute of Celtic Arts. Iain’s goal is to develop this school into one similar to the College of Piping in Prince Edward Island. Iain holds the senior certificate and the teaching certificate from the College of Piping, PEI. He won 4 out of 9 categories in the 2008 EUSPBA composing contest. He currently works as Vermont’s only full-time piping instructor, and is also a music professor at Norwich University. In addition to his approximately 90 solo students, Iain also teaches group and band workshops.

Brandon Vance

Brandon Vance is one of the foremost exponents of Scottish fiddling in North America. In 1999, he became the youngest to win the National Open Scottish Fiddling Championship. This achievement, which he repeated in 2001, launched Vance into a decades-long performing, teaching, and composing career that has brought collaboration with some of the finest creative minds in 21st-century music making.  Vance has performed and taught internationally, serving as a guest lecturer at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy, as well as guest artist for the 50th Anniversary of the Armagh Piper’s Club at the William Kennedy Piping Festival.

With a M.M. from the Cleveland Institute of Music, one of the continent’s most distinguished conservatories, Vance performs with Pacific Music Works, Early Music Vancouver, Northwest Sinfonietta, mandolinist John Reischman, vocalist Nadia Tarnawsky, Alex Fedoriouk, uilleann piper Eliot Grasso, and composer Stephen Rice.

Brandon is also a composer with a distinctive melodic and harmonic vocabulary, having given the World Premiere of his original composition “Gael Storm” for fiddle and orchestra with the Cleveland Pops Orchestra at Severance Hall.

Special Note on Accommodations…

We are pleased to be able to offer our workshop participants special rates at the Best Western Skagit Valley Inn in order to allow for quick and convenient travel to and from the Littlefield Celtic Center and a comfortable place to relax after the workshop fun. Guests of the Best Western can enjoy a complimentary breakfast before departing in the morning for a quick drive to the Littlefield Celtic Center.

For those workshop participants who will be traveling to Mount Vernon who would like to take advantage of this special promotional rate, please call the hotel directly at 360-428-5678 and inform them you are booking under the Celtic Arts Foundation Autumn Smallpipes & Fiddles Workshop group rate.

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

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Fred Morrison in Concert

Fred Morrison in Concert
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Fred Morrison Concert Ticketshow details + $30.00 (USD)  

  • Fred Morrison Concert
    September 30, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
LCC Fred Morrison (61 of 194)

Fred Morrison, October 2015 (Photo courtesy of Melchor E. Berona)

Join us for a night of incredible piping with the world famous Fred Morrison!

This event has historically sold out very quickly. We recommend purchasing tickets early!

Fred Morrison returns to the Littlefield Celtic Center on Saturday, September 30th at 7:00pm for another spectacular performance! One of the world’s most skilled and celebrated pipers, Morrison’s mastery of the great Highland bagpipes, reelpipes, Uillean pipes, and low whistle is evident through his technical virtuoso and captivating stage presence.

A living legend in the Celtic music world, Morrison’s music is firmly rooted in the tradition of the Hebridean islands of Scotland while also boldly exploring the technical and creative boundaries of Celtic music. He has developed a distinct and renowned signature sound in the piping community, and has won nearly all of the international prizes in the piping world. His exceptional talents and expressive style are immediately evident in his adventurous music.  His performances feature mostly his own original compositions, and whether a haunting slow air or an incredibly difficult reel or jig played with breakneck speed and skilled precision, Fred’s mastery of his instruments is completely apparent.

Celtic Arts Foundation members are offered a $5 discount per ticket from the regular purchase price of $30.  Not a member?  You can fix that easily enough on the membership page of our website (and help support all the things we do!). Please contact us at events@Celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional discount code.

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

Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For instructions on taking advantage of this discount, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at (360)416-4934 or events@celticarts.org.

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

Take a look at this video of Fred playing at the Littlefield Celtic Center in 2015 for a sample of his energetic playing!

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

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Gaelic Language & Song Workshop

Gaelic Language & Song Workshop
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Gaelic Language & Song Workshopshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
Boxed Lunchshow details + $10.00 (USD)  

  • Gaelic Language & Song Workshop
    October 14, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

The over-sold out inaugural Gaelic Language & Song Workshop in April 2017

Join us on Saturday, October 14th for our Gaelic Language and Song Workshop!

After the fantastic success of our first Gaelic Language and Song Workshop in April, we are pleased to announce that we will now have bi-annual Gaelic workshops at the Littlefield Celtic Center! Instructors Stacey Giermann and Rich Hill from Seattle-based Slighe nan Gaidheal have a great workshop planned to help beginners speak–and sing!–in Gaelic before the end of the day. This is a wonderful continuation for those who attended in April, complete with new content and vocabulary as well as refreshers, but is also completely suitable for first-time visitors with no previous experience with Gaelic. The workshop is designed as a beginning course for newcomers to the language; all levels of language learners are welcome, however.

Participants will start the day with a quick introduction to what Scottish Gaelic is and a bit of the language’s history. Background information will help students wrap their minds (and tongues) around words that look like a jumble of letters, focusing on pronunciation and basic vocabulary. Students will begin talking with basic, beginning conversational games.

After a lunch break, students will then learn about various types of Gaelic songs, including Puirt, waulking, laments, and more, as well as their purpose and significance in Celtic culture. Song sheets and pronunciation guides will be provided for students to sing along. Instructors will demonstrate each song and then teach it line-by-line. Recording devices are encouraged to assist students in later practice.

This is sure to be another fascinating and fun workshop for those who want to learn more about Celtic culture and the Gaelic language!

Stacey Giermann is a Gaelic language coach and speech teacher, and Rich Hill has 25 years of experience teaching Gaelic. Both have studied with some of the best Gaelic teachers and singers in the industry. CAF members may recognize Stacey and Rich from some of the events they have sung at, including the Traditional Scottish Breakfast.

Students have the option of purchasing a boxed lunch option provided at the Littlefield Celtic Center for convenience. Lunches include a generously sized deli sandwich, chips, cookie, and bottled water. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 at least 10 days before the event if you would like to take advantage of this option but have specific dietary restrictions in order for us to investigate alternatives and make special arrangements if possible. The Littlefield Celtic Center is within walking distance from several dining options in downtown Mount Vernon.

Workshop participants are able to take advantage of discounted lodging at the Best Western Plus Skagit Valley Inn. For more information on how to take advantage of this discount, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org.

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

 

 

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

Read more