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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

12 Mar
3:30pm

2016

Please join me and an exciting line up of additional musicians for a full evening of Scottish Gaelic songs, tunes, and some new stories as well. Thank you to Seattle Folklore Society for supporting local musicians! Tickets: Brown Paper Tickets

presented by:
Phinney Neighborhood Center
Seattle, WA
12 Feb
3:30pm

2016

I'm honoured to have been invited to make a cameo appearance with this prestigious lineup of performers. Tickets are available through the Benaroya Ticket Booth only.

presented by:
Benaroya Hall
Seattle, WA
22 Jan to 24 Jan
2:00pm

2016

I'm thrilled to have been invited to be the Fear an Taighe for this year's festival céilidh. Going back to my roots!

Cascadian Center at Camp Brotherhood
Mount Vernon, WA
1 Nov
10:00am

2015

Each year near the Celtic New Year, Samhain (say: SAH-veen) , harpers have gathered at Galway Traders to welcome the turning of the wheel. I'm very happy to have been accepted to participate again this year. Free.

Galway Traders
Seattle, WA
16 Oct to 17 Oct
8:00pm

2015

I'll be helping to adjudicate the Nationals, teaching, and performing as a part of the Stone Mountain Highland Games and Scottish Festival. Competitions on Saturday afternoon, private lessons available on Sunday morning, and a lecture about Ruaidhri MacMhuirich, the blind harper who was the last harper to the MacLeods of Dunvegan.

Stone Mountain Park
Stone Mountain, GA
16 Oct
3:00pm

2015

My host for the Stone Mountain Highland Games is organizing a house concert for me on Friday evening. $15. Contact Kelly to make a reservation.

presented by:
Kelly Brzozowski
A private home
Seattle, WA
16 Aug to 21 Aug
8:00pm

2015

I will be teaching intermediate harp students and offering workshops to all at this prestigious event. I can't wait to spend the week with the students and my fellow presenters, Kim Robertson, Sharlene Wallace, and Brenda Dor-Groot.

presented by:
Island Mountain Arts Gallery
Wells, BC
12 Jul
12:00pm

2015

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

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

2015

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

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
11 Jul
9:05am

2015

What does the 'Celtic' in 'Celtic Music' Really Mean? Description: Probably not what you think it does! Join this presentation and discussion about the origin of the term 'Celtic Music' and some of its positive and negative impacts on our understanding of the cultures.

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA