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Upcoming Events

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

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
23 Jun
5:00am

2018

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
10:00am

2018

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 bikerider@telus.net (subject 35)

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
20 Feb
3:00pm

2018

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
3:30pm

2017

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
5:00am

2016

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
5:30am

2016

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
11:45am

2016

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

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

2016

When The Blind Harper Took On The Chief of MacLeod The life story of Ruaidhri MacMhuirich, the last harper to the MacLeods of Dunvegan, his patron Iain Breac and Iain’s son and heir, Ruaidhri who is the subject of the bitingly satirical song.

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
9 Jul
9:40am

2016

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

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA