Cascadia Irish Music Week

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Dear friends,


After much talk, research, wishing and hoping, we’ve concluded that we’re unable to present even a shortened version of Cascadia Irish Music Week in 2021.


The good news is that we are laying plans for next year and going forward hopefully. Our plan is to hold Cascadia Irish Music Week August 7-13, 2022. Everything depends on what happens with the pandemic, of course, but we’ll move ahead and hope for the best. We’ll post updates on our website, Facebook page, and by email as things develop.


Meanwhile, over the coming year we will be sponsoring regional concerts and workshops, including the ongoing Irish tune learning classes taught by Randal Bays. Those classes have been going on for 10 years in Seattle, Olympia and online. The next round of tune classes starts in September and will be expanding to Portland. Details can be found at http://randalbays.com/classesandlessons.html


Best wishes to you all from the Cascadia team. We hope you’ll stay safe and hopeful over the coming months and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone next year.

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 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.

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

Presented by Ceol Cascadia

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