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13 Jul
1:45pm

2024

Skagit Valley Highland Games Performance

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

presented by:
Skagit County Fairgrounds
Mount Vernon, WA
14 Jul
3:00pm

2024

Skagit Valley Highland Games Performance

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

presented by:
Skagit County Fairgrounds
Mount Vernon, WA
22 Aug to 25 Aug

2024
Camping ceilidh logo, people around a campfire at night with a harp, people in camp chairs in the woods holding instruments

Camping Cèilidh 2024

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, Christine Traxler, Christian Hoffman, Suzanne Taylor, and Alicia Guinn, longtime colaborators in Irish and Scottish music and dance, are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to Camping Cèilidh! The group brings a wealth of knowledge of Irish dance tunes, Scottish Gaelic songs, traditional Irish and Scottish songs in English, and Irish social and sean-nós dance that guarantees a well rounded celebration!

Group Camp Site

We have booked the group camp site at Deception Pass State Park 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.

Gentle Organization

Camping Cèilidh includes a little bit of gentle organization. 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.

We will also be joining all together for a cèilidh each evening at which everyone is welcome to share.

Alicia Guinn will be facilitating Irish social dance sessions, so remember to pack a pair of leather-soled shoes! Learn more about Alicia here: aliciaguinn.com

Immersive game-play Scottish Gaelic language sessions will also be presented.

There will be a potluck on Friday evening that you can participate in if you like.

A full schedule of events and additional details will be sent to registrants in advance.

Books

The Camping Cèilidh team has so-far produced two books for participants: The Book of Common Tunes and Leabhar nan Òran Cumanta. The first is a collection of mostly Irish dance tunes selected by Suzanne from The Session website at thesession.org. The latter is a collection of leadsheets with melody, suggested chords, and lyrics for 16 well-known songs in Scottish Gaelic compiled and edited by Seumas.

PDF editions of both will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the event. Along with your registration, you can also purchase a printed copy which will be available for you to pick up at the event.

Registration

Registration is available to those 18 years or older. Registered parents and guardians can bring their kids with them for an additional charge.

Arrival day will be Thursday, August 22nd and departure day will be Sunday, August 25th. 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.

Register now on Eventbrite!

Registration Assistance

If you would like to make a donation to the Camping Cèilidh Assistance Fund, you can add it into your registration as an Add-on item. Donations will help your fellow Cèilidh Campers who might otherwise be unable to attend. Any remaining funds after the event registration closes will be donated to the Celtic Arts Foundation. Donations are NOT tax deductible.

If you are in need of help from the Assistance Fund, please email seumas@seumasgagne.com to let us know.

Cancelations

Cancelations received by July 30th 2024 will receive a full refund. Cancelations received between August 1st and the start of the event 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.

presented by:
Deception Pass State Park
Oak Harbor, WA
18 Jan
2:00pm

2025

Pender Harbour Music Society Concert

I'll be joined by my longtime music collaborator, Christine Traxler, and a cellist to be named later for an afternoon of sharing the riches of Gaelic music.

Pender Harbour Music School
Madeira Park, BC

Past Events

13 Jul
1:45pm

2024

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

presented by:
Skagit County Fairgrounds
Mount Vernon, WA
3 Aug to 6 Aug

2023
Camping ceilidh logo

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, Christine Traxler, Christian Hoffman, Suzanne Taylor, and Alicia Guinn, longtime colaborators in Irish and Scottish music and dance, are looking forward to welcoming friends old and new to Camping Cèilidh! The group brings a wealth of knowledge of Irish dance tunes, Scottish Gaelic songs, traditional Irish and Scottish songs in English, and Irish social and sean-nós dance that guarantees a well rounded celebration coinciding with the ancient holiday of Lughnasadh!

Group Camp Site

We have booked the group camp site at Deception Pass State Park 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.

Gentle Organization

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.

We will also be joining all together for a ceilidh each evening at which everyone is welcome to share. Evening cèilidhs will include Irish social dance opportunities.

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 Friday evening and another on Sunday in the late morning that you can participate in if you like.

A full schedule of events and additional details will be sent out in advance.

Books

The Camping Cèilidh team has so-far produced two books for participants: The Book of Common Tunes and Leabhar nan Òran Cumanta. The first is a collection of mostly Irish dance tunes selected by Suzanne from The Session website at thesession.org. The latter is a collection of leadsheets with melody, suggested chords, and lyrics for 16 well-known songs in Scottish Gaelic compiled and edited by Seumas.

PDF editions of both will be emailed to all registered participants prior to the event. Along with your registration, you can also purchase a printed copy which will be available for you to pick up at the event.

Registration

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 3rd and departure day will be Sunday, August 6th. 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.

Register now on Eventbrite!

Cancelations

Cancelations received by July 20th 2023 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.

presented by:
Deception Pass State Park
Oak Harbor, WA
9 Jul
2:00pm

2023

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

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
8 Jul
3:00pm

2023

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

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
25 Feb
1:00pm

2023

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.

The Long House
Redmond, WA
28 Jan

2023

Slighe nan Gaidheal has invited me to present my workshop on the Good People!

presented by:
Online
Everywhere, Earth
10 Dec
2:00pm

2022
people standing at the front of a church singing

I'll be joining my friends at the Vancouver Gaelic Choir's annual holiday concert in lovely Burnaby, BC. Sharing the festive season with them is always a treat.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
10 Dec
2:00pm

2022
Man playing small red harp and singing

I'll be joining my friends at the Vancouver Gaelic Choir's annual holiday concert in lovely Burnaby, BC. Sharing the festive season with them is always a treat.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
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, Christine Traxler, Christian Hoffman, and Suzanne Taylor, 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, Christian, Suzanne, and Seumas bring a wealth of knowledge of Irish dance tunes, Scottish Gaelic songs, and traditional Irish and Scottish songs in English that guarantees a well rounded musical celebration.

Group Camp Site

We have booked the group camp site at Deception Pass State Park 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.

We will also be joining all together for a ceilidh each evening at which everyone is welcome to share.

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 Friday evening and another on Sunday in the late morning that you can participate in if you like.

A full schedule of events and additional details will be sent out in advance.

Registration

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.

Register now on Eventbrite!

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
9 Jul
9:00am

2022

Celtic Arts Foundation brings back in-person Highland Games for one day only! Come and visit at the harp tent. I’ll be performing at 2:45pm.

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA