Cascadia Irish Music Week

Cascadia Irish Music Week 2020 will be held from July 19 through 25, 2020 at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington ... we look forward to seeing you!

If you're interested in Irish traditional music you've come to the right place. Every summer we bring some of the world's finest Irish traditional musicians to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for an unforgettable week of music and good times. 

Think of Irish traditional music as a language, and Cascadia Irish Music Week as an immersion program. At Cascadia you will hear the music all week long, played by the teaching staff and by fellow students. You'll play in sessions, attend classes, hear afternoon talks by the teachers plus intimate evening concerts. By the end of the week you'll come away with some new tunes and a deeper sense of how the music feels and sounds, as well as advice on technique from excellent musicians. All that plus a week of great fun with wonderful people!

2019 Teaching Staff

Randal Bays - fiddle

Mairead Casey - sean-nos + step-dancing

Tim Collins - Anglo concertina

Pauline Conneely - banjo/mandolin

Johnny Og Connolly - button accordion

Eamonn Cotter - flute

Nathan Gourley - fiddle

Frank Kilkelly - guitar accompaniment

Antoin MacGabhann - fiddle

Catherine McEvoy - flute

Mick O'Brien - uilleann pipes

Plus introductory classes in

Fiddle (Eileen Sullivan)
Tin whistle (Miray Campbell)
Concertina (Jason Kies)
Uilleann pipes (Wally Charm)

 (loaner instruments will be available for the concertina and pipes intro classes)

Artistic Director

Randal Bays is well known in the worldwide Irish music community as a fiddler and guitarist. He's also famed as a teacher of Irish traditional music, who co-founded and served for ten years as Artistic Director of the Friday Harbor Irish Music Week in Washington's San Juan Islands. Calling on his knowledge of the music and the people in the traditional music world, each year Randal assembles a teaching staff for Cascadia Irish Music Week comprising some of the world's finest Irish musicians.


We have awarded this year's scholarships to....

Aidan Horowitz, 14, Seattle, Washington


Alisa Bright, 20, Monroe, Washington


Amelia Ryan, 10, Portland, Oregon

Button accordion

Cathal Mee, 14, St. Paul, Minnesota

Button accordion

Catherine Ryan, 13, Portland, Oregon


Grace Broadhead, 15, Sandia Park, New Mexico


For pics and bios, see the scholarships page

Many thanks for the generous support of 4Culture of King County, and the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle!