Celtic Week - July 14-20, 2013
The musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland, possessing separate, distinctive personalities, nonetheless share a common heritage. Many of western North Carolina’s early white settlers were either Highlanders or ‘Ulster Scots’ – the Scots-Irish. Our Celtic Week acknowledges that varied heritage with a program that features some of the best from those traditions.
This year’s lineup features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Danú, Ossian, Solas, Battlefield Band, The House Band, and Cherish the Ladies, several other exciting new faces, and the return of some old friends. New this year are more song and flute classes, and sean-nós and set dancing. The week will feature classes, potluck sessions, concerts, jams, dances and a ‘Food Songs Night,’ with delicious fare provided by the Seasonal School of Culinary Arts. For those taking any of the style classes for fiddle, it is recommended that students should play at an Intermediate level: students should have mastered beginning skills, be able to tune their instruments, keep time, play the principal scales cleanly, and know how to play a few tunes with confidence. Fiddle classes are double-length, and students may take either intermediate or advanced classes, but not both. The uilleann pipes class is also double-length. Fiddlers who plan on taking both Irish and Scottish fiddle should consider their stamina and the available practice time before registering for two daily 2 ½ hour classes. For novices, “Fiddle for Complete Beginners” will cover the basics, two sections of “Fiddle Technique” will address technical problems for players of all levels, and “Intro to Celtic Fiddling” will provide beginners with a repertoire of simple tunes, while “Tinwhistle for Complete Beginners” will provide whistle players with a similar repertoire. For those students bringing their families, we also offer a program for kids, but space is limited. Our Children’s Program for ages 6-12 features kids’ activities scheduled during all daytime class sessions, and evening childcare for ages 3-12 is provided at no additional cost.