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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

7 Dec
3:00pm

2014

Start off the Holiday Season with Great Music for a Good Cause! Tina Larkin's HarpMobile is in dire need of some major repairs so come out and start the season right with good cheer, good music, and generous donations! With Special Guests: Seumas Gagne, Lil' Sara (of the Night Owls) and more to be announced. Cost: Sliding Scale $5 - $25 at the door but your generosity will be greatly appreciated.

presented by:
Standing Stone Healing Arts
Seattle, WA
6 Dec
10:00am

2014

Seumas appears with the Vancouver and District Gaelic Choir for their Christmas concert.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
9 Nov
11:00am

2014

A joint house concert with Emily Mitchell. Reservations are required, either by email or phone. Please let us know if you need directions. Donation: $15.00

presented by:
Stone Jug
Biglerville, PA
6 Nov to 8 Nov
8:00pm

2014

I have been invited to teach and perform for this first time here!

Wyndham Gettysburg
Gettysburg, PA
2 Nov
10:00am

2014

Each year near the Celtic New Year, Samhain (say: SAH-veen) , harpers have gathered at Galway Traders to welcome the turning of the wheel. I'm very happy to have been accepted to participate again this year. Free.

Galway Traders
Seattle, WA
9 Aug
2:00pm

2014

Details to be determined!

Kitsap Golf and Country Club
Bremerton, WA
13 Jul
10:45am

2014

What does the 'Celtic' in 'Celtic Music' Really Mean? Description: Probably not what you think it does! Join this presentation and discussion about the origin of the term 'Celtic Music' and some of its positive and negative impacts on our understanding of the cultures.

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

2014

A short set of songs and tunes. Some old and some new!

presented by:
Edgewater Park
Mount Vernon, WA
31 May
10:00am

2014

Seumas appears with the Vancouver and District Gaelic Choir for their Spring concert. Tickets: $15 General, $10 Seniors & students. Contact Roberta 604-433-3326 or email bikerider@telus.net to book tickets To Whom It May Concern; I am performing without compensation of any kind and will not be selling CDs.

All Saints Anglican Church
Burnaby, BC
23 Jan to 25 Jan
8:00pm

2014

After a two-year hiatus, I'll be returning to teach at this time-honoured event.

Cascadian Center at Camp Brotherhood
Mount Vernon, WA