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Upcoming Events

10 Dec

people standing at the front of a church singing, Man playing small red harp and singing

Guest at Vancouver Gaelic Choir Holiday Concert

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
25 Feb


Spilling the Tea on the Sìth at Concentric Circles

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.

To be announced
3 Aug to 6 Aug

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Camping Cèilidh 2023

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 Camping Cèilidh! The group brings a wealth of knowledge of Irish dance tunes, Scottish Gaelic songs, and traditional Irish and Scottish songs in English that guarantee 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.

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.


There are two collections of material available for purchase along with your registration; The Book of Common Tunes, and Leabhar nan Oran Cumanta (book of common songs). The Book of Common Tunes was compiled by Suzanne and Christine from the Leabhar nan Oran Cumanta is a collection of Scottish Gaelic songs compiled by Seumas. If you would like to receive your copy in advance, please get in touch after registering and we will make arrangements to get it to you.

Both will be available in print and PDF forms.


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 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.

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

8 Jun


I'm pleased to have been asked back to appear in the choir's next concert. Visit their web site for more information.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
7 Sep


My dear friend Jo Morrison and I will be the distinguished judges for the Scottish Harp Society of America's national competition.

Edinboro Unveristy
Edinboro, PA
23 Jun to 28 Jun


For some unknown reason I've been invite back to be inappropriate in front of young people.

presented by:
Scottish-American Cultural Society of Ohio
Oberlin College
Oberlin, OH
23 Jun


Seumas will be judging the harp competitions at the Ohio Scottish Games sponsored by the Scottish Harp Society of America.

Lorain County Fairgrounds
Wellingtom, OH
2 Jun


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 (subject 35)

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
20 Feb


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


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


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


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


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

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA