The reviews are in, and the reinvented Camping Cèilidh experience is a big hit. The event reached capacity a week or so ahead of time, although there was plenty of room for more people, it turned out. Scottish Gaelic language hunts every morning were received enthusiastically, afternoon session times were casual and fun, and the evening cèilidhs around the fire pit were epic. On November 3rd Seumas will be making the reservation at Deception Pass State Park for Camping Cèilidh 2023, so expect registration to open soon after that!
20 Aug 2022 - Camping Cèilidh 2022 Exceeds All Expectations
OLOTEAS has invited me to give my lecture / workshop examining several pieces of literature and other original sources to see what the intact Gaelic traditional knowledge system actually says about The Good People. More details will be added as they become available.
Workshop and festival organizers! This is a list of my current topic-oriented workshops. I can also provide group instruction in level-based repertoire and style development in my area of expertise, Scottish Gaelic music.
Beginning Scottish Gaelic
Using the innovative Language Hunters teaching method, participants will be shocked and how much useful, conversational Gaelic they can acquire in just 90 minutes.
Four Great Gaelic Songs for Every Harper
In this workshop, participants will learn the melodies, suggested chords, and the words of the refrain to four great Scottish Gaelic songs. Prior attendance at Introduction to Scottish Gaelic For Singing Harpers would be very helpful.
Introduction to Scottish Gaelic for Singing Harpers
Scottish Gaelic song literature is one of the richest sources of material for both singers and harpers. The differences in the way Gaelic and English use letters to represent sounds, however, presents a barrier. In this workshop, Seumas will introduce you to pronouncing the Gaelic from the printed page. Participants will come away with a solid understanding of how Gaelic represents its sounds in writing, and will learn the refrain of a popular Gaelic song using their new knowledge.
Secrets of Classical Harp Technique
In the folk harp world we often hear pedal harpists talking about technique, but what does that really mean? In this workshop I teach just the basics of classical harp technique tailored for the folk harper. You'll learn about tone, hand and arm position, how to use a metronome to take your playing to the next level, no matter what level you are at now.
Spilling the Tea on the Sìth
In this workshop I share an in depth look at several pieces of literature and other original sources to examine what the intact Gaelic traditional knowledge system tells us about the Other People. It isn't all capes and wings, I'll give away that much!
What Kind of Song Is That?
There are many different kinds of Scottish Gaelic songs. Participants in this workshop will sample one of each and learn to tell the difference. Help and advice on arranging the different forms will also be presented.
Common Figures in Dance Tunes
In this workshop I teach a series of exercises that I developed to help harpers get some of the common melodic figures from Scottish and Irish dance tunes into their fingers. We'll progress slowly from a snail's pace toward performance tempo and see how far we get!
Rocking the Background
Guitar players can create tremendous energy and flow with the rhythms they strum when they accompany singers and tune players. We can do the same thing with our harps, and in this workshop I'll show you how without ever looking at a note of written music.
Waulking Songs on the Harp
The Scottish Gaelic song literature boasts several unique song forms; waulking songs among them. In this workshop, participants will learn a few of the traditions around this ancient tradition of wool milling and learn the refrains and melodies of several songs to take back to their harps.
Cape Breton Fiddle Tunes on the Harp
A great source of dance tunes that are playable on the harp is the literature of Cape Breton fiddlers. In this workshop, advanced players will learn several Cape Breton tunes of difference types that Seumas learned from the playing of Wendy MacIsaac.