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Upcoming Events

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 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

Past Events

11 Jun
2:00pm

2022
man seated at small red harp singing

There's something poetic about my first live performance after the pandemic being back with my friends at the Vancouver and District Gaelic Choir. We always have a good time together. Come on along!

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
30 Jul to 1 Aug

2021

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

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 distancing protocols and wearing masks when away from our own campsites.

Make your reservation on November 2, 2020 to ensure that we fill the Lower Loop campground with folks friendly to the music traditions we love.

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

2021

I'm looking forward to presenting this concert for the Caledonian's. All this time in Seattle and I've never worked with them before. Contact them for more information about attending.

Online
Everywhere, Earth
16 Aug to 21 Aug

2020

Due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, this prestigious annual harp education event will be held online. I will certainly miss being in Wells, but we must all do our part and keep our heads up.

presented by:
Island Mountain Arts Gallery
Wells, BC
31 Jul to 2 Aug

2020

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

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 distancing protocols and wearing masks when away from our own campsites.

Make your reservation on November 2, 2019 to ensure that we fill the Lower Loop campground with folks friendly to the music traditions we love.

presented by:
Deception Pass State Park
Oak Harbor, WA
18 Aug to 24 Aug

2019

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, Marilyn Rummel, Sharlene Wallace, Morag Northey, and Tristan Legovic.

presented by:
Island Mountain Arts Gallery
Wells, BC
2 Aug to 4 Aug

2019

Do you play, sing, or just enjoy Irish, Scottish, or Cape Breton traditional music and camping?

Pitch your tent at Deception Pass State Park Lower Loop campground Friday, August 2 through Sunday, August 4, 2019 for a casual weekend of tunes, songs, food, drink, and fun in the woods by the beach.

Make your reservation on November 2, 2018 to ensure that we fill the Lower Loop campground with folks friendly to the music traditions we love.

presented by:
Deception Pass State Park
Oak Harbor, WA
8 Jun
2:00pm

2019

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
8:00pm

2018

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
8:00pm

2018

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