Randal Bays - fiddle (Artistic Director)

"I've been involved with Irish music for most of my life. As a player, teacher and learner I've tried to get inside the music and understand what makes it sound the way it does. That quest took me into the history and culture of Ireland, and most importantly it introduced me to the people who play the music and carry on the tradition. When I assemble our teaching staff I look for musicians who are not only great players, but who also know how to communicate what they do, and who will be positive members of our week-long community. We've had some wonderful people share their music with us at Cascadia, and I'm very happy and proud to be bringing this year's teachers to the Pacific Northwest."


Patsy Hanly - flute

Patsy is one of the best known and loved musicians in Irish music today. He has a vast knowledge and experience in the music, and is one of the most distinctive and stylistic flute players in the northwest music style. He is a former senior all-Ireland flute winner, and has guested on many albums over the years including the Bridge Céilí Band and the Boys of the Lough to name but a few. To give you an idea of the wit and humour of the man himself, here is the biography he wrote for himself. “Write a bit for the CD” he said. “My mind flashed immediately to musical accomplishments, recordings etc. - Not worth writing about - Instead, maybe a word of appreciation for the characters with whom I stumbled, sped, shuffled, raced, hobbled and socialised through the chaotic world of traditional music, which runs - almost - parallel with reality. I thank them all for their influence which shaped my music and my personality.”


Angelina Carberry - tenor banjo, tenor guitar, mandolin

Angelina Carberry is from an Irish family well-known in traditional music circles. She began playing the tin whistle at a young age, and soon moved to the banjo, as did both her father Peter and her grandfather Kevin. She has the rare gift of playing the banjo in a fluid and expressive style, which combined with her large and interesting repertoire make her one of the most highly regarded musicians in Ireland today. Her style is measured but driven, giving tunes room to breathe while assuring that the lilt of the notes is heard. She's released several highly acclaimed recordings of traditional music and has toured and taught extensively.


Josephine Marsh - button accordion

From Ennis, Co. Clare, Josephine is a master of the two-row button accordion. One reviewer called her 'a truly great traditional accordion player of individual style, grace and spirit', and that accurately describes this outstanding musician. Josephine has performed for years in Ireland and Europe, both solo and with her band. Her self-titled CD is one of the finest accordion albums of modern times, described in one review as 'One of the most deeply satisfying instrumental album made in recent years'.


Liam O'Brien- concertina

Liam was brought up in a very musical family near Miltown Malbay in Co. Clare. After starting off on the tin whistle he went on to take up the concertina and attended classes with Noel Hill for many years. He studied Irish Music & Dance in The University of Limerick. Liam has travelled the world playing & teaching Irish traditional music, and has been all across Europe, Africa and spent the summer of 2012 touring Japan. He now teaches Concertina & Banjo with the Brid O’Donohue School of Music in Co. Clare.  In early 2017 Liam was awarded the TG4 Gradam Cheoil Young Musician of the Year, a major achievement and a well-deserved acknowledgement of his great musicianship and dedication to the tradition.


Kevin Crawford - flute

Kevin Crawford is widely regarded as one of the finest living Irish flute players. Born in Birmingham, UK, Kevin’s early life was one long journey into Irish music and Co. Clare, to where he eventually moved while in his 20’s. In the 90s Kevin recorded two solo albums that have become classics of the genre, ‘’D’Flute Album’ and ‘In Good Company’. He is a founding member of the famed Irish ensemble Lúnasá and has toured the world with that group, also with Moving Cloud and several other bands. Kevin also tours with Martin Hayes and John Doyle as The Teetotallers. For the last few years Kevin has made his home in New York City.

Manus McGuire - fiddle

Manus McGuire, renowned Sligo fiddle player, now resident in East Clare, grew up in the rich musical environment in the north west of Ireland. He was ideally placed to carry on a tradition made legend by Michael Coleman, James Morrison, Paddy Killoran and Lad O Beirne. He won the prestigious Fiddler of Dooney award in his native Sligo in 1970. Manus has been performing and recording for decades, both solo and with his brother Seamus, and with several famous ensembles including Buttons and Bows and Moving Cloud. 

Nathan Gourley - fiddle

A former member of Chulrua, the Doon Ceili Band, the Two Tap Trio, and the Máirtín de Cógáin Project, Nathan Gourley started playing music at age five. While living in Minnesota he had the opportunity to collaborate with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, Brian Miller of Bua, and Norah Rendell of The Outside Track. Now a resident of Boston, Nathan has recently released 'Life Is All Checkered' with Laura Feddersen, 'Copley Street' with Joey Abarta and 'The Truckley Howl' with Mairead Hurley and John Blake. He has taught and performed at festivals in Ireland, New Zealand, and throughout the United States.

Frank Kilkelly - guitar 

Frank Kilkelly is genuinely a guitarist who everyone wants to play with.. he’s a master at accompanying Irish music, in fact, he wrote the book!

Frank grew up in Castlebar Co.Mayo, and learnt his craft playing guitar in countless local sessions in the mid–seventies, as traditional music was enjoying a revival. In 1986 he moved to London, and while there toured and recorded with many musicians prominent on the English folk circuit, working regularly in Europe and the USA. In 1998, he moved back to Ireland. He’s worked with too many great musicians to list them all… they include Luke Daniels, Brendan Power, Maggie Boyle, the Boys of The Lough, Christy O’Leary, singer Sean Keane, Alan Kelly, Mairtín O’Connor, Cathal Hayden, Sharon Shannon, Finbar Furey, Charlie Lennon, Frankie Gavin’s De Danann, John McSherry, Dermot Byrne and Floriane Blancke, among others. This is a rare opportunity to learn from Frank outside of Ireland.

Mairead Casey - sean-nos and set-dancing

Mairead Casey is one of Ireland’s best-known and best-loved traditional dance teachers. She hails from Co. Longford and grew up in the midst of a very rich musical tradition. She has taught both sean-nos and set dancing at workshops and festivals all over Ireland, Europe and the US. Her very popular set dance instructional CD and book, Ón gCroí, is in use as a primary instructional manual in many dance schools.