Cascadia Irish Music Week

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. Students hear the music all week long, played by the teaching staff and by fellow students.  They play in sessions, attend classes, hear afternoon talks by the teachers plus intimate evening concerts.  By the end of the week, students 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!"

Cascadia Irish Music Week 2018 will be held from August 5 through 11, 2018 at The Evergreen College in Olympia, Washington ... we look forward to seeing you!

Just added:  Two Faculty Concerts, on Friday August 10 (Olympia) and Saturday August 11 (Seattle)
Tell your family and friends!

2018 Teaching Staff

Randal Bays - fiddle

Manus McGuire - fiddle

Nathan Gourley - fiddle

Kevin Crawford - flute

Frank Kilkelly - guitar

Patsy Hanly - flute

Angelina Carberry - banjo + mandolin

Josephine Marsh - button accordion

Liam O'Brien - concertina

Mairead Casey - sean-nos + step-dancing

Plus introductory classes in

Tin whistle
Button accordion

 (loaner instruments will be available for the concertina and accordion 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.


Scholarships are available for Cascadia Irish Music Week in 2018.  For deadline, criteria and how to apply, see the Scholarships page and good luck!

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