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Upcoming Events

4 Aug to 7 Aug

2022
overhead view of eight people around a campfire with a small harp

Do you play, sing, or just enjoy Irish, Scottish, or Cape Breton traditional music and camping? Pitch your tent at Deception Pass State Park for a casual weekend of tunes, songs, food, drink, and fun in the woods by the beach.

Your Hosts

Seumas Gagne and Christine Traxler, longtime colaborators in Irish and Scottish music, are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to this exciting new evolution of Camping Cèilidh! Christine's focus in Irish dance tunes is as deep as Seumas' in Scottish Gaelic songs so you're guaranteed a well rounded musical celebration.

Group Camp Site

We will be booking the group camp site at Deception Pass State Park (hopefully) which can host around 40 people. It is on the eastern shore of Cranberry lake, so a little further removed from the ocean, but also far removed from the rest of the camp sites. Read more about Deception Pass and the group camp site.

A Little Organization

Camping Cèilidh will include a little bit of gentle organization this time to go along with our group camp setting. Times and places will be set aside for specific sessions to be sure that tune players get to play lots of tunes and singers get to sing lots of songs. For sessions that are themed, we will provide a list of tunes or songs that will be included so you can be sure you will be able to participate. Immersive game-play Scottish Gaelic language sessions will also be presented.

There will be a potluck on Thursday evening and another on Sunday in the late morning that you can participate in if you like.

Registration

Along with a group camp site and some organizational work comes a registration process. Once the group site is secured (on November 4th, 2021) we will be creating an EventBrite event to collect registration information and fees. The cost will be calculated to cover our expenses and will kept as low as possible.

Registration is available to those 18 years or older. Kids are welcome to attend with their parents or guardians.

Arrival day will be Thursday, August 4th and departure day will be Sunday, August 7th. If you decide to arrive late or leave early that will not change what it costs us for the group site, so no change to your registration fee will be offered.

Cancelations

Cancelations received by July 20th 2022 will receive a full refund. Cancelations received between July 21st and August 3rd will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be available for cancelations received during the event.

Covid Safety

Camping is one of the safest things you can do in a global pandemic because the great outdoors has great air circulation! Of course, we will be following current CDC guidance for infection prevention.

Proof of vaccination will be required for those eligible to get it. Those who are unable to receive vaccination for medical reasons will be accommodated. Those who choose to not be vaccinated for any non-medical reason will not be permitted to attend.

presented by:
Deception Pass State Park
Oak Harbor, WA

Past Events

2 Jun
10:00am

2018

I will be a guest at the choir's 35th anniversary celebration, coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. I might be singing a Gaelic song composed in the trenches. Maybe.

Tickets $15
Seniors & Students $10
Reserve your tickets early by calling Roberta at 604-433-3326 or email bikerider@telus.net (subject 35)

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
20 Feb
3:00pm

2018

After you've seen Dàimh in concert on February 18, come and dance to their tunes at the historic Seattle Eagles Mother Aerie #1. Brandon Vance, Richard Hill, and I will be there to contribute a song or two at intermission. Tickets $15 at the door, more info at (206) 861-4530.

presented by:
Eagles Hall - Seattle
Seattle, WA
13 Jan
3:30pm

2017

Join me and the usual suspects for an evening of song and story in this intimate, acoustic setting. $10 suggested donation at the door.

Couth Buzzard Books
Seattle, WA
15 Aug to 19 Aug
5:00am

2016

I'm thrilled to have been invited back to this prestigious event. I will be teaching intermediate harp students and offering workshops to all and am looking forward to spending the week with the students and my fellow presenters, Sharlene Wallace, Caroline Mackay, and Phamie Gow. They've also added a cello workshop with Morag Northey. I'm also pretty excited to be able to dine at the Bear's Paw in Lower Wells again!

presented by:
Island Mountain Arts Gallery
Wells, BC
30 Jul
5:30am

2016

Using the innovative language teaching method pioneered by Willem Larsen and Brian O hAirt in Portland, Oregon called Language Hunters, Seumas will keep the participants speaking and listening to Gaelic for most of the day. The Language Hunters method relies on active learning, problem solving, and immersive game play to develop oral fluency. It is particularly well suited for mixed-level groups, so the full-day workshop will be suitable for anyone from a total beginner to an experienced teacher wanting to explore immersive learning techniques. We’ll sing, play, and laugh through our one-room Gaelic school day. $25 pre-registration required. $15 students and seniors.

presented by:
A private home
Seattle, WA
10 Jul
11:45am

2016

A set of songs and tunes; some old and some new!

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
10 Jul
8:00am

2016

When The Blind Harper Took On The Chief of MacLeod The life story of Ruaidhri MacMhuirich, the last harper to the MacLeods of Dunvegan, his patron Iain Breac and Iain’s son and heir, Ruaidhri who is the subject of the bitingly satirical song.

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
9 Jul
9:40am

2016

A set of songs and tunes; some old and some new!

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
4 Jun
10:00am

2016

Seumas appears with the Vancouver and District Gaelic Choir and other guests for their Spring concert. Tickets: $15 General, $10 Seniors & students. Contact Roberta 604-433-3326 or email bikerider@telus.net to book tickets.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
19 Mar
2:30pm

2016

Some of the Northwest's finest Celtic musicians will perform to raise money for financial aid and travel expenses for Feis students and faculty. Dance to the sounds of pipe, fiddle and clarsach and join in the singing.

Ticket prices: $25 for non-Slighe nan Gaidheal members, $20 for current Slighe members, $10 for Seniors and Students.

Our featured performers: Susan Burke and the Home Rulers - fiddle, pipes, guitar Puirt na Gael - fiddle, pipies, guitar, step dance Seumas Gagne - clarsach, fiddle, Gaelic song John Dally & Kat Eggleston - pipes, guitar, song John Cunningham - pipes Seirm - our own Gaelic choir and band Oran nan Car - Gaelic song and instrumentals Cronan - Gaelic song, instrumentals, and adorable, young dancers Giermann, Menzies and Hill - Gaelic song and guitar It's going to be a wonderful evening of Gaelic music and Highland Hospitality!

presented by:
Lake City Presbyterian Church
Seattle, WA