Cascadia Irish Music Week

July, 2021 at The Evergreen State College, Olympia, Washington

Dear friends,

We were holding out hope that we could still hold the 2020 Cascadia Irish Music Week in July, but sadly, we’ve come to the conclusion that we need to cancel now due to the pandemic and its effects.

We're hoping to reschedule Cascadia Irish Music Week for the same time next year, July 18-24, 2021. We’re inviting all of this year’s teachers and we hope you’ll be able to join us then.

If you've already registered and paid tuition, you can expect a complete refund within the next two weeks. Check your email for details.

From all of us, the board of directors of Cascadia Irish Music Week, we send warm wishes to you all and your families. We’re grateful for your support and understanding, stay safe and we hope to see you before too long.

Randal, Joe, Marcia, Brendan

Welcome to our website. If you love Irish traditional music, Cascadia Irish Music Week is a great opportunity to improve your playing and deepen your understanding of one of the world’s great musical traditions. Explore our website and let us know if you have questions not answered here. We’re delighted to once again welcome some of the world’s finest Irish traditional musicians and we hope you can join us this summer.

Think of Irish traditional music as a language, and Cascadia Irish Music Week as an immersion program. At Cascadia you’ll be surrounded by traditional music all week long, played by our excellent teachers 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 teachers. All that plus a week of great fun with wonderful people! 

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
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 will be offering both youth scholarships and adult financial assistance awards this year. Details here.

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