Cascadia Irish Music Week

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Registration is now open for Cascadia Irish Music Week 2022, to be held August 7-13, 2022 on the campus of The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington.


Please note that some classes have reached capacity and are closed to further registrations. If a class appears in the schedule but not on the registration page, the class is full. To be placed on the waiting list for a class please email joe@cascadiairish.org


Everything depends on what happens with the pandemic, and COVID protocols will be in place, of course, but we are moving ahead with plans for another great week of music. We will post updates here, on our Facebook page, and by email.

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. We are 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.

The 2022 teaching staff will include:

  • Randal Bays - Fiddle

  • Antoin MacGabhann - Fiddle

  • James Kelly - Fiddle

  • Nathan Gourley - Fiddle

  • Eamonn Cotter - Flute

  • Catherine McEvoy - Flute

  • Tim Collins - Anglo Concertina

  • Flo Fahy - Anglo Concertina

  • Frank Kilkelly - Guitar Accompaniment

  • Johnny Og Connolly - Button Accordion

  • Mick O'Brien - Uilleann Pipes

  • Pauline Conneely - Banjo/Mandolin

We also sponsor 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 April. 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 in August.

Many thanks for the generous support of the Irish Consulate and the Irish Heritage Club of Seattle.

Presented by Ceol Cascadia

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