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Events

Autumn Smallpipe & Fiddle Workshop 2017

Price Qty
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
    9:00 am - 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!  The scholarship criteria have been finalized as follows:

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.

Here is the Scholarship Form – Fred Morrison Scholarship to be saved to your computer, completed, and returned to Roberta@Celticarts.org (if clicking on the e-mail address doesn’t bring up a new blank e-mail, please copy and paste into your e-mail To: field.  Some computers have difficulty with PDF fill-in forms, so here is the Scholarship Form – manual fillin to be printed off, completed manually, and then scanned to be sent to us electronically via e-mail to Roberta@Celticarts.org (if clicking on the e-mail address doesn’t bring up a new blank e-mail, please copy and paste into your e-mail To: field.).

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
Price Qty
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!

Only 1 ticket left!

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 Workshop
    October 14, 2017
    10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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

Thank you for your interest in this event. As of August 14th, it is completely sold out. To be added to the waiting list, please email events@celticarts.org. We hope you can join us at another event at the Littlefield Celtic Center soon. 

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

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Tannahill Weavers Concert

Tannahill Weavers Concert
Price Qty
Tannahill Weavers Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)   Sold Out

  • Tannahill Weavers Concert
    October 21, 2017
    7:30 pm - 10:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, October 21st at 7:30PM to enjoy one of Scotland’s most beloved bands–the Tannahill Weavers!

Thank you for your interest in this event. As of September 22nd, it is completely sold out. To be added to a waiting list for tickets, please contact us at events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934. If you have not already, please join our mailing list or considering becoming a member for early notification of exciting events at the Littlefield Celtic Center!

“…the Tannies are the best that Scotland can aspire to (and believe me, that is THE BEST).”     
-The Living Tradition

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better…yet continue to do just that.

The Tannahills have turned their acoustic excitement loose on audiences with an electrifying effect. They have that unique combination of traditional melodies, driving rhythmic accompaniment, and rich vocals that make their performances unforgettable. As the Winnipeg Free Press noted, “The Tannahill Weavers – properly harnessed – could probably power an entire city for a year on the strength of last night’s concert alone. The music may be old time Celtic, but the drive and enthusiasm are akin to straight ahead rock and roll.”

Born of a session in Paisley, Scotland and named for the town’s historic weaving industry and local poet laureate Robert Tannahill, the group has made an international name for its special brand of Scottish music, blending the beauty of traditional melodies with the power of modern rhythms. Over the years the Tannies have been trailblazers for Scottish music, and their tight harmonies and powerful, inventive arrangements have won them fans from beyond the folk and Celtic music scenes. They are firmly established as one of the premier groups on the concert stage; from reflective ballads to footstomping reels and jigs, the variety and range of the material they perform is matched only by their enthusiasm and lively Celtic spirits.

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 7:00PM.

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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The Legend of King Arthur

The Legend of King Arthur
Price Qty
The Legend of King Arthur Ticketshow details + $15.00 (USD)  

  • The Legend of King Arthur
    October 26, 2017 - October 27, 2017
    6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

14th Century tapestry depicting Arthur as one of the Nine Worthies (MET Museum Collection).

If King Arthur lived–who was he really? Dig into these questions at this fun and fascinating lecture exploring the real Celtic history connected to the legend of King Arthur! 

Did King Arthur really exist? How can we tell? Does it really matter? This lecture will trace the myths, legends and historical fragments relating to this most famous British warrior-hero, made famous in medieval romance literature as the ruler of Camelot, but whom many believe was a real historical figure who fought the Saxon invaders in the late 5th and early 6th centuries. The question of Arthur’s historicity has provoked intense debate among historians, archaeologists and popular historians, raising important questions about historical methodology in general. Moreover, Arthur’s identification as a quintessentially Celtic hero has made him an iconic figure in the resurgence of native Welsh, Cornish and Scottish cultures, and the continued popularity of Arthurian books, movies, and TV shows testifies to his broad contemporary appeal. In this brief lecture, we will peel back through the layers of historical record, examining the earliest written sources we have for a possible living, breathing Arthur, exploring some of the scholarly arguments for and against his existence, and asking why his legend continues to define the cultural identity of many in Britain, America and beyond.

Dr. Rayne Allinson received her BA and MA from the University of Melbourne, and her PhD from the University of Oxford. She is currently Assistant Professor of History at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma. Her first book, “A Monarchy of Letters: Royal Correspondence and English Diplomacy in the Reign of Elizabeth I” (Palgrave MacMillan, 2012) explored the political and cultural history of Early Modern Europe, although her teaching also encompasses the Medieval and Ancient worlds. For several years she has taught an undergraduate course entitled “King Arthur: Myth, History or Legend?”. She is currently writing a biography of the Scottish politician William and Maitland, the Machiavellian secretary to Mary Queen of Scots.

Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 5:30PM.

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:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

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Standing Scones Traditional Scottish Breakfast

Standing Scones Traditional Scottish Breakfast
Price Qty
Standing Scone Breakfast/Brunch Ticketsshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Smoked British Baconshow details + $10.99 (USD)  
Un-Smoked British Baconshow details + $10.99 (USD)  
Lincolnshire Sausages/Bangershow details + $6.99 (USD)  

  • Standing Scones Breakfast
    November 5, 2017
    12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Traditional Scottish Breakfast/Brunch – Sunday, November 5th, 2017

Breakfast image

Please join us for our 5th annual traditional Scottish Breakfast/Brunch on Sunday, November 5th, 2017 at noon!  If you have ever traveled in Scotland and stayed in a bed and breakfast or hotel, you have no doubt experienced a traditional Scottish “power breakfast.”   This event is by invitation only, and offered to current Celtic Arts Foundation members and their guests.  Not a member?  Please consider joining (details on our Celtic Arts Foundation Membership page).

Tickets are $30 per person (additional donations are ALWAYS welcome!), and seating will be banquet festival style.  To purchase tickets, please complete the ticket order info below.  We especially appreciate the sponsorship support of Proper British Bacon of Auburn, Washington providing us with the traditional Scottish meats that you will enjoy at this breakfast.

We are pleased to once again offer you the opportunity to order some of the fabulous British-style bacon and/or sausages that has been so very popular at our past events.  Your order will be available for pickup only at the event on November 6, after the Breakfast/Brunch has been completed.  Because it’s being delivered to our event, you’ll also avoid shipping costs (which typically is about the price of the product again) – so this is a deal to put a smile on a Scot’s face for sure!

This lovely meal will include:

  • Traditional Scottish back bacon
  • Scottish sausage
  • Black pudding – back because of HUGE demand!
  • Specialty scones created just for this event
  • Beans
  • Mushrooms
  • Roasted tomato
  • Bloody “MacMary’s” and “Macmimosas” as well!

Question?  Please email events@celticarts.org or call the office at (360)416-4934.

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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Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Workshop

Price Qty
Guitar Workshopshow details + $25.00 (USD)  
Fiddle Workshopshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Workshop
    November 11, 2017
    11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Guitarists and fiddlers will want to join us for this workshop with Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald!
Note: Ryan and Eric will also be performing in concert. To register for the concert, please visit this page. 

Held at the beautiful and acoustically superb Littlefield Celtic Center in downtown Mount Vernon, students will enjoy both the high-level instruction and intimate, small class sizes the workshops have to offer. Students will appreciate instruction in guitar or fiddle with these talented musicians on Saturday, November 11th from 11:00AM-1:00PM. Space is limited, so we encourage students to sign up early.

Ryan McKasson has gained a strong reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator and teacher. In 1994, he began attending Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School (VOM), which led him deep into the world of traditional music. In 1996 he became the youngest ever to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and in 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Donald McInnes. Ryan’s professional career took a step forward when in 2004 he spearheaded the formation and development of “The McKassons”. This group released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie (2006). Over the years Ryan has recorded with a number of influential artists, namely his playing appears on fellow Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel’s three albums Silver (2006), For Reasons Unseen (2009), and Dot the Dragon’s Eyes (2013), as well as Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s recording Highlander’s Farewell (2011). In addition to McKasson & McDonald, other current projects include MACEnsemble Galilei and The Syncopaths.

Eric McDonald found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in his hometown Boston. Nearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesene, he is now established as one of the USA’s premier accompanists in many styles. Eric cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include The Outside Track, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. In addition to McKasson & McDonald, he can currently be seen touring with the lively trio Daymark, Scottish powerhouse Cantrip, and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey. In addition to guitar accompaniment, Eric’s debut solo album Rove features his unique style and approach to tunes on the mandolin, as well as carefully crafted deliveries of traditional ballads on voice and guitar.

Lodging

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. Guests of the Best Western can enjoy a complimentary breakfast as part of their stay.

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 Pipes & Fiddle Workshop rate.

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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Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Concert

Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Concert
Price Qty
Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Concert Ticketshow details + $25.00 (USD)  

  • Ryan McKasson & Eric McDonald Concert
    November 11, 2017
    7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join us on Saturday, November 11th at 7:00PM
for a night of Scottish tunes!
Note: Ryan and Eric will also be offering a workshop for guitar and fiddle. To register for the workshop, please visit this page. 

“This duo really shows how two masterful musicians listen and play off each other.”
-Devon Leger, 
Hearth Music

Ryan McKasson and Eric McDonald are masters of tradition who purposefully explore the dark corners floating on its edges. Their individual artistry is enhanced when together; the result is an alluring complexity, full of spontaneous musicality. Pulling from parallel strands of influence, they create a swirling level of intensity that traverses darkness, light, and everywhere in between. An air of mystery pervades a sound compelling enough to transcend boundaries and appeal to music lovers of all stripes. The music this duo creates is to share, and live performance is the forte. Their live performances are full of organic banter and good humor to go along with the music. They create an environment of their own design, drawing in listeners without pretense.

Ryan McKasson has gained a strong reputation as a performer, composer, collaborator and teacher. In 1994, he began attending Alasdair Fraser’s Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School (VOM), which led him deep into the world of traditional music. In 1996 he became the youngest ever to win the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and in 1997 he was awarded a Merit Scholarship for Viola Performance from the University of Southern California, where he studied with Donald McInnes. Ryan’s professional career took a step forward when in 2004 he spearheaded the formation and development of “The McKassons”. This group released two critically acclaimed albums, Tall Tales (2004) and Tripping Maggie (2006). Over the years Ryan has recorded with a number of influential artists, namely his playing appears on fellow Scottish fiddle champion Hanneke Cassel’s three albums Silver (2006), For Reasons Unseen (2009), and Dot the Dragon’s Eyes (2013), as well as Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas’s recording Highlander’s Farewell (2011). In addition to McKasson & McDonald, other current projects include MACEnsemble Galilei and The Syncopaths.

Eric McDonald found his way to traditional music through the rich local music scene in his hometown Boston. Nearly a decade after studying at Berklee College of Music under world renowned musicians such as guitarist/mandolinist John McGann and cellist Eugene Friesene, he is now established as one of the USA’s premier accompanists in many styles. Eric cut his teeth playing for contra dances in New England, and can still often be seen from the dance floor. Nowadays he is an active session player, regularly recording and traveling with musicians of many stripes. Touring credits include The Outside Track, Andrea Beaton, Wendy MacIsaac and Katie McNally. In addition to McKasson & McDonald, he can currently be seen touring with the lively trio Daymark, Scottish powerhouse Cantrip, and award winning singer/songwriter Connor Garvey. In addition to guitar accompaniment, Eric’s debut solo album Rove features his unique style and approach to tunes on the mandolin, as well as carefully crafted deliveries of traditional ballads on voice and guitar.

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.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-416-4934

Venue Website:

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

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Winter School 2018 Registration: Step 1 of 4

Winter School 2018 Registration: Step 1 of 4
Price Qty
Additional MSA Ticketsshow details + $30.00 (USD)  
Early Arrival for Pipes & Drumsshow details + $100.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, Single Roomshow details + $615.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, Shared Roomshow details + $565.00 (USD)  
Drums, Weekend Session, No Lodgingshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, Single Roomshow details + $1,360.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, Shared Roomshow details + $1,205.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, 5-Day Session, No Lodgingshow details + $825.00 (USD)  
Drums, Chaperone, Weekend Sessionshow details + $185.00 (USD)  
Pipes & Drums, Chaperone, 5-Day Sessionshow details + $435.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, Single Roomshow details + $615.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, Shared Roomshow details + $565.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Weekend Session, No Lodgingshow details + $315.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, Single Roomshow details + $1,360.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, Shared Roomshow details + $1,205.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, 5-Day Session, No Lodgingshow details + $825.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Chaperone, Weekend Sessionshow details + $185.00 (USD)  
Smallpipes & Fiddles, Chaperone, 5-Day Sessionshow details + $435.00 (USD)  

  • Winter School 2018
    February 4, 2018 - March 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 9:00 am

Welcome to Winter School 2018!

ATTENTION: Registration is completed in a series of four steps. This is Step 1 of 4. You will find a link to continue to Step 2 at the bottom of this page, above the ticket selections. You must complete all four steps in order to register for Winter School.

We are excited to have you join us for another spectacular year of Celtic Arts Winter School. This is an opportunity unlike any other to completely immerse yourself in Celtic music–learn from some of the world’s most talented Celtic musicians, meet and have fun with fellow musicians, and enjoy the scenic landscape of Seabeck Conference Center, a secluded retreat with sweeping views of the Hood Canal and Olympic Mountains.

INSTRUCTIONS: PLEASE READ

Below, you will find important information on the this year’s schedule, the scholarship application, and the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert. At the bottom of the page, you will see a range of tickets. Please add any needed tickets to your cart; this will include your Tuition & Housing package, the chaperone package (if applicable), Early Arrival (if applicable), and extra MSA tickets (if applicable). Once you add tickets to your cart, you will see this notification confirming your selection:


In order to continue to Steps 2-4, please exit out of this window by selecting the X in the upper right-hand corner. If you do not see this window after selecting your ticket, no items have been added to your cart. Only select “Proceed to Registration” after you have completed Step 4.

If you have any questions about registration or Winter School in general, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org.


Winter School Scholarships 

We are pleased to be able to offer a limited number of scholarships to help offset the costs of traveling to and participating in Winter School. Scholarship winners will be notified by November 15th. Please visit this page for the application and instructions. To donate to the scholarship fund, please visit this page.

Because the scholarship reduces the cost of tuition and housing found on the ticket items below, we ask that scholarship applicants select the “Invoice” option on the Registration Confirmation page of checkout (a screen capture is included below). All scholarship applicants must then pay their total balance due upon the November 15th award notification.

If you have already received a scholarship: Congratulations! Please select the invoice option as described above and notify Roberta Bjorling (Roberta@CelticArts.org or 360-416-4934) the amount and source of your scholarship so she can adjust your invoice accordingly.

invoice

Scholarship applicants should select “Invoice” even if planning on paying with credit or debit card. Payments will be due after winners have been selected on November 15th.

 

Payment Installments

Students have the option of paying for Winter School over three installments if preferred. All payments must be completed before the first day of Winter School; exact installment dates can be determined between the Celtic Arts Foundation and the student. If you would like to pay in installments, please follow the invoice instructions described above in the Scholarship section, and contact Roberta Bjorling (Roberta@celticarts.org or 360-416-4934) to arrange payment details.

 

Winter School Instructors

We are proud to be able to offer students instruction with some of the finest Celtic musicians in the world. Our Winter School 2018 instructors include:

Brian Donaldson, Highland Pipes, Wisconsin, USA

  • Bruce Gandy, Highland Pipes, Nova Scotia, Canada
  •  Murray Henderson, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Jack Lee, Highland Pipes, Vancouver, Canada
  • Callum Beaumont, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Angus MacColl, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Roddy MacLeod, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Willie McCallum, Highland Pipes, Scotland
  • Blair Brown, Scottish Side Drumming, Canada
  • Steven McWhirter, Scottish Side Drumming, Scotland
  • Michael Cole, Bass Drumming, Illinois, USA
  • Tyler Fry, Tenor Drumming, Canada
  • Dr. Gary West, Smallpipes, Scotland
  • Finlay MacDonald, Smallpipes, Scotland
  • Mairi Rankin, Fiddle, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia
  • Ewen Henderson, Fiddle, Scotland
  • Ali Hutton, Guitar, Scotland

 

Winter School Schedule 

Highland Pipes & Drums

Weekend Session: Monday, February 5th – Wednesday, February 7th

  • Classes on Monday and Tuesday, departure on Wednesday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Monday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Tuesday
  • Breakfast included on Wednesday

5-Day Session: Monday, February 5th – Friday, February 9th

  • Classes on Monday-Thursday, departure on Friday morning (optional Transportation Package to Benaroya Hall for the MSA Concert at an additional fee)
  • Lunch and dinner included on Monday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Tuesday-Thursday
  • Breakfast included on Friday

Early Arrival: Early Arrival is available for for Session I participants only at an additional fee (limited space available). Those who wish to arrive at Seabeck early and get settled before the fun begins can check in beginning at 2:00PM. Dinner is not included for Sunday night; participants who choose Early Arrival may choose to drive to a nearby town for dinner or visit the pizza restaurant across the street from Seabeck (for those not bringing a car, please note that this is the only restaurant within walking distance of Seabeck). Breakfast on Saturday morning will be included. Please note that no instruction takes place during the Early Arrival stay.

Smallpipes & Fiddles (and Guitar Accompaniment)

Weekend Session: Saturday, February 10th – Monday, February 12th

  • Classes on Saturday and Sunday, departure on Monday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Sunday
  • Breakfast included on Monday

5-Day Session: Saturday, February 10th – Wednesday, February 14th

  • Classes on Saturday-Tuesday, departure on Wednesday morning
  • Lunch and dinner included on Saturday
  • Breakfast, lunch, and dinner included on Sunday-Tuesday
  • Breakfast included on Wednesday

 

Masters of Scottish Arts Concert

The sister program to Winter School is the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert at Benaroya Hall in downtown Seattle. This year’s performance will take place on Friday, February 9th. All Winter School students receive a complimentary ticket as part of their registration and have the option of purchasing additional tickets for family and friends at a deeply discounted rate. Winter School students and their guests also enjoy special seating. For more information on the MSA Concert, please visit this page. 

We are pleased to be able to offer Winter School students discounted lodging at the Radisson Hotel near SeaTac on the night of the Masters of Scottish Arts Concert. To make a reservation, please contact the hotel directly at 206-244-6666 and let them know you would like to book under the MSA rate.

 

Selecting Housing & Dining Options

Students have the option of selecting Single or Shared housing while at Seabeck. Roommate requests can be made during the check-out process, however, students do not need to have a pre-arranged roommate in order to select Shared Housing. Students can also make requests for specific houses and/or rooms at Seabeck. The Celtic Arts Foundation will do all we can to meet these requests, although we cannot guarantee them. Priority for housing requests is granted in order of student registration; early registration is encouraged for students with specific requests.

Seabeck can accommodate a limited number of specialty diets: vegetarian, vegan, dairy free, and non-Celtic gluten free. Please note that Seabeck is also a completely nut free facility. Students will indicate any dietary restrictions during the checkout process. For students with allergies or dietary restrictions not listed above, options exist for storage of food brought from home.

For additional information about Housing & Dining at Seabeck, please see our Winter School 2018 Housing & Dining Info Sheet.

After adding all required tickets to your cart and selecting the X when the confirmation window appears, please click here to continue to Step 2.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-830-5010

Venue Website:

Address:
13395 Lagoon Drive NW, Seabeck, Washington, 98380, United States

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Winter School 2018 Registration: Step 2 of 4

Winter School 2018 Registration: Step 2 of 4
Price Qty
Winter School T-Shirt: Smallshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School T-Shirt: Mediumshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School T-Shirt: Largeshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School T-Shirt: Extra Largeshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School T-Shirt: 2XLshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School T-Shirt: 3XLshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: Smallshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: Mediumshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: Largeshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: Extra Largeshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: 2XLshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
Winter School Hoodie: 3XLshow details + $35.00 (USD)  
CAF Baseball Hat: Blackshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
CAF Baseball Hat: Beigeshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
CAF Mugshow details + $20.00 (USD)  
CAF Pinshow details + $3.00 (USD)  
Winter School Roast Coffee: Groundshow details + $15.00 (USD)  
Winter School Roast Coffee: Wholeshow details + $15.00 (USD)  

  • Winter School Merchandise
    February 4, 2018 - March 14, 2018
    2:00 pm - 10:00 am

Welcome to Winter School 2018!

ATTENTION: Registration is completed in a series of four steps. This page is step 2 of 4. You will find a link to continue to Step 3 at the bottom of this page. Please complete all steps in order.

 

INSTRUCTIONS: PLEASE READ

Below, you will find information on the this year’s optional merchandise. At the bottom of the page, you will see a range of tickets. Please add any desired tickets to your cart. Once you add tickets to your cart, you will see this notification confirming your selection:


In order to continue to Steps 3-4, please exit out of this window by selecting the X in the upper right-hand corner. If you do not see this window after selecting your ticket, no items have been added to your cart. Only select “Proceed to Registration” after you have completed Step 4.

If you have any questions about registration or Winter School in general, please contact the Celtic Arts Foundation at 360-416-4934 or events@celticarts.org.

 

Winter School Merchandise

Merchandise is completely optional and–while a fun part of your Winter School experience–by no means required. If you do not want to purchase any merchandise, please feel free to proceed to Step 3 (the link to continue is located at the bottom of this page). Please keep in mind that Winter School t-shirts and hoodies are only available by pre-purchase; no additional items will be available for sale during the program. Mugs and baseball hats are available in limited quantities and may sell out before the program. 

Cash, check, or card are accepted for any merchandise purchases made at Winter School.

Apparel

CAF pin

We are happy to offer students commemorative Winter School clothing items! We offer a long-sleeve T-shirt and–back by popular demand–a hoodie. Students can keep warm in either one (or both!) of these great items. Please indicate your desired size below.

CAF Merchandise

CAF mug

Students may enjoy a baseball hat (in black or beige), small gold pin, or coffee mug sporting the round CAF logo.

Each mug is individually handmade in the US, holds 14 ounces, and is safe in the dishwasher and microwave! It’s the perfect way to enjoy some coffee, tea, or cocoa with your meal–or perhaps a wee dram during an evening ceilidh!

Winter School Blend Coffee

Roasted at White Horse Coffee & Tea in Oregon, this specially prepared roast is just for Winter School students! Bring home great memories and delicious brew.

CAF baseball hat in beige

About White Horse Coffee & Tea: White Horse Coffee & Tea Company, LLC is a family owned and operated coffee roastery and tea merchant located in Sutherlin, Oregon – in the heart of the Umpqua Valley wine appellation.  We are small-batch roasters and consider our trade an art form. Being a small company, we are able to pick the best of the lots that our green coffee brokers have to offer. Like fine wine, premium coffee varies in characteristics based on climate and soil conditions from year to year. We don’t strive to achieve mass produced mediocre consistency. We strive to bring out the best that the beans have to offer. We start with green coffee suppliers who care about the quality of their offerings. We then bring the green coffee into our home and roast it with care and attention. We love to drink the coffee we produce. We hope you do, also.

 

After adding all required tickets to your cart and selecting the X when the confirmation window appears, please click here to continue to Step 3.

Location

Venue:  

Venue Phone: 360-830-5010

Venue Website:

Address:
13395 Lagoon Drive NW, Seabeck, Washington, 98380, United States

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