Oct
8
4:45pm 4:45pm

Harper Stone & the Cauldron of Plenty - Stories of Ireland 

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Harper Stone & the Cauldron of Plenty - Stories of Ireland 

Sunday, October 8th 4:45-5:45pm - $5

at the Bellingham Folk School  - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

Traditional folktales and myths from Ireland told with musical accompaniment by Jan Peters and Abigail Hobart. Tales of magic, humor, intrigue, and delight will pull back the wool that shrouds the world of dream and bring you on a mist-covered path through a thousand years of Irish legend. Come wander in a land filled with Gods and fighting men, sea people and strange beasts, fairies, tramps and thieves who linger in the long hours between midnight and day.

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Oct
8
2:30pm 2:30pm

Music in the Town

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Aaron Malcomb - Music in the Town

Sunday, October 8th 2:30-3:30pm - free, all ages

at Third Planet - 200 W. Holly St.

Aaron Malcomb will be playing once again at Third Planet. Enjoy perusing the store while you are serenaded with pipe tunes!

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Oct
8
2:15pm 2:15pm

Ogham - The Celtic Tree Alphabet Workshop

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Ogham - The Celtic Tree Alphabet

Sunday, October 8th 2:15-3:15pm $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

Did you know that in the ancient Celtic alphabet, every letter was linked to a tree, and they were the keys to a whole body of hidden knowledge? Did you know that the bards and druids of old had a secret system of sign language that let them communicate without anyone noticing? In this class you'll learn how to write the Ogham runes, what they mean, and how to use the sign language.

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Oct
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Beginning & Intermediate Irish Harmonica Playing Workshop

Beginning & Intermediate Irish Harmonica Playing

Sunday, October 8th 1-2pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

Hi! If you come to this workshop I think the best thing will be for us all to have a ‘C’ harmonica. I will demonstrate some tunes on different harmonicas including some ‘Irish Tuned’ or ‘Paddy Richter’ ones. This will be to show and encourage the possibilities, but for this session we’ll concentrate on learning one tune, ‘The Chanter Song’, in D minor. Also we’ll talk about what are the three main keys most readily available on your ‘C’ harp ­ C major, D minor, and G blues key for the mouth organ we so love. I’ll have you all try what you can individually as well as we’ll find what we can do as a group. If we get through one tune, we’ll start another. It’s not especially easy as most tunes require you to play higher up on the instrument. So in preparation for the class you could practice getting your single notes all up and down sounding clear and strong. We’ll do a bit of rhythmic and chordal improvisation with a keen ear on keeping it within the Irish idiom, and work on one or two ornamentations.  Taught by Jan Peters.

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Oct
8
1:00pm 1:00pm

Na Rósaí Lunch Concert

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Na Rósaí Lunch Concert

Sunday, October 8th 1-3pm - free, all ages

at Culture Cafe at Kombucha Town - 210 E Chestnut St.

In 2010 Erik Killops returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon after receiving his bachelors degree in Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Shortly after he met recent New Jersey transplant Richie Rosencrans and California native Preston Howard at sessions around Portland. All three were eager to start a project and discovered common interests in regards to traditional music. After a few house gatherings, a weekly performance began at local watering hole. In the fall of 2012 flute player Conor O'Bryan moved to Portland from Chico, California and immediately joined the ranks of the group. In the Fall of 2014 Na Rósaí released their debut album featuring an eclectic mix of traditional Irish music, old time Appalachian tunes, and a set of French tunes. Na Rósaí's second album is currently in the works.

Click HERE for the Facebook event or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/130219034386578/

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Oct
8
12:00pm12:00pm

Matinee Movie: School Life

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Matinee Movie: School Life

Sunday, October 8th 12pm - $8 general + Students / $7.50 for PFC Members

at the Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St.

A year in the life of two passionate and inspirational teachers in the only primary-age boarding school in Ireland. Headfort School, housed in an 18th Century Hogwarts-like estate, embraces tradition and modernity, and this is John and Amanda Leyden's life. For John, rock music is just another subject alongside Maths, Scripture and Latin, taught in a collaborative and often hilarious fashion. For Amanda the key to connecting with children is the book and she uses all means to engage the minds of her young charges with literature. For nearly half a century these two have shaped thousands of minds but now they must start making preparations for their retirement? What will keep them young if they leave?

Click here for advance tickets.

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Oct
8
11:45am11:45am

Essential Albums of Irish Music Workshop

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Essential Albums of Irish Music 

Sunday, October 8th 11:45am-12:45pm - $5 no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

New to Irish music? Wondering what to listen to for inspiration and to get the feel of the music? From my collection of hundreds of albums, I've picked out a few We'll go over the top albums that anyone who plays or enjoys Irish music should hear. We'll cover both bands and solo artists, new and old. Top players of all the major instruments will be mentioned, so you can get some ideas specific to your instrument. We'll listen to a sampling of these in the class so you'll know which artists tickle your fancy. A burned CD sampler of different musicians that are talked about will be available to purchase for an additional $5. 

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Oct
8
11:00am11:00am

Pickford Reception and Social Hour

Pickford Reception and Social Hour

Sunday, October 8th 11am-12pm - free, all ages

at the Pickford Film Center 1318 Bay St.

Join us for a social gathering and reception before the 1pm movie! Tea and soda bread will be provided as well as live tunes (session led by Flattery). Western Washington University Library will display a wonderful collection of old and rare books, many from Irish authors. New this year, the exhibit will also feature many Irish children's books.

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Oct
8
10:30am10:30am

Beginning Flute Workshop

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Beginning Flute Workshop

Sunday, October 8th 10:30-11:30am $10, no registration required

at Allegro Strings Violin Shop - 1210 Cornwall Ave.

In this workshop will demystify the sometimes daunting elements of the Irish flute. We will discuss tone production procedures, best breathing practices, and an ornament or two. We will also cover methods of learning tunes by ear, and some of the history of this mighty instrument. Taught by Conor O'Bryan.

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Oct
8
10:30am10:30am

Backing Tunes with Irish Bouzouki for Beginners Workshop

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Backing Tunes with Irish Bouzouki for Beginners

Sunday, October 8th 10:30-11:30am $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

This workshop will focus on using the instrument for backing up melody players. Richie will cover beginner concepts like getting a good tone from your instrument, simple rhythms, bouzouki friendly chords, and effective use of the capo.  Some experience on guitar or bouzouki is helpful but not needed. Taught by Richie Rosencrans.

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Oct
7
8:30pm 8:30pm

Gallowglass Evening Concert

Gallowglass Evening Concert

Saturday, October 7th 8:30-10:30pm $3, all ages

at Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (in the alley behind the Pepper Sisters)

St. Patrick's Day Night 2014. Four musicians had played in various combinations all around the town all throughout the day and night the Irish music they all love. They'd all jammed with each other a bit here and there, but that night in a late after hours affair, they finally all played together, and Gallowglass was born. Zach Bauman on mandolin, guitar, and vocals, Brit Keeton on fiddle, Jan Peters on bouzouki, harmonica, and vocals, and David Lofgren on the traditional Irish frame drum, the bodhran. We found we share a love of the same kinds tunes - the modal and haunting, the peculiarly compelling, as well as certain super sprightly upbeat jigs, reels, and polkas. We play and sing songs we all share an affinity for, and taking great pleasure in making each piece our own. Summer 2016 - Brit Keeton has gone on tour of summer music camps and Margaret Inez Driscoll as join our efforts. Margaret is a championship Scottish/Cape Breton fiddler who, fortunately for us, happens to enjoy playing Irish tunes with us! 

Click HERE for the Facebook event or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365515416909937/

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Oct
7
7:00pm 7:00pm

Na Rósaí Evening Concert

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Na Rósaí Evening Concert

Saturday, October 7th 7-9pm - free, all ages

at Vinostrology Wine Bar - 120 W Holly St.

In 2010 Erik Killops returned to his hometown of Portland, Oregon after receiving his bachelors degree in Irish Music & Dance at the University of Limerick in Ireland. Shortly after he met recent New Jersey transplant Richie Rosencrans and California native Preston Howard at sessions around Portland. All three were eager to start a project and discovered common interests in regards to traditional music. After a few house gatherings, a weekly performance began at local watering hole. In the fall of 2012 flute player Conor O'Bryan moved to Portland from Chico, California and immediately joined the ranks of the group. In the Fall of 2014 Na Rósaí released their debut album featuring an eclectic mix of traditional Irish music, old time Appalachian tunes, and a set of French tunes. Na Rósaí's second album is currently in the works.

Click HERE for the Facebook event or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/223843234815827/

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Oct
7
6:30pm 6:30pm

Derek Duffy Evening Concert

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Derek Duffy Evening Concert

Saturday, October 7th 6:30-8pm - $3, all ages

at Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (in the alley behind the Pepper Sisters)

Born in Kilkenny Ireland, and having emigrated to the UK where he was educated, Derek moved to Canada in the 90's where he lived and worked for some 20 years, immigrating once more to the US in 2012. Derek has written music since his teens and has performed worldwide for nearly 40 years playing in a variety of bands. Many of the songs he will be performing are of the immigrant experience, and what it is like to be from back there. The storytelling and songs will be a unique perspective known only to those who have shared this experience of always having been an immigrant in a foreign land.

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Oct
7
5:15pm 5:15pm

Uilleann Pipe Tunes Workshop

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Uilleann Pipe Tunes Workshop

Saturday, October 7th 5:15-6:15pm $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

This workshop will take an in depth look at a few uilleann pipe centered tunes as played by master pipers from the mid 20th century, such as Seamus Ennis and Tommy Reck.  Various elements of uilleann pipe technique and ornamentation will be highlighted along the way.  All intermediate/advanced instruments are welcome.  This will be of particular interest to pipers, flute players, and fiddlers. Taught by Preston Howard.

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Oct
7
4:30pm 4:30pm

Flattery Happy Hour Concert

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Flattery Happy Hour Concert

Saturday, October 7th 4:30-6pm - $3, all ages

at Honey Moon Meadery - 1053 N. State St. (in the alley behind the Pepper Sisters)

Flattery plays mostly Celtic infused songs and tunes with a range of moods from sorrowful to foot-stomping. The band includes Don Sayegh on guitar and voice, Beth Fuller on vocals, penny whistle, and percussion, Eric Mickelson on fiddle, Kurt Yandell on mandolin and bouzouki, and Todd Citron on flute, voice, penny whistle, and percussion.

Click HERE for the Facebook event or visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1365515416909937/

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Oct
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Scottish Highland Dancing for Beginners Workshop

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Scottish Highland Dancing for Beginners

Saturday, October 7th 4pm-5pm - $10, no registration required

at Opus - 114 W. Holly St. 

All ages! All abilities! Come get a taste of the world of Scottish Highland dance. In this workshop, you will get a chance to learn the Highland Fling as well as the history and story that accompanies it. Come in comfortable and easy to move clothes, bare feet, water bottle in hand, and a willingness to try something new! Class taught by British Association of Teachers of Dancing (BATD) certified instructor Abby Dickmann.

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Oct
7
4:00pm 4:00pm

Bodhrán Basics for Beginners Workshop

Bodhrán Basics for Beginners

Saturday, October 7th 4pm-5pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

No experience? No Drum? No Problem! This class is suitable for beginners age 14+. We will cover the basic mechanics of playing the traditional Irish frame drum and learn a basic reel pattern, as well as drum & tipper selection, maintenance, and musicality. Bring your own drum or borrow one of ours! Taught by David Pender Lofgren.

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Oct
7
2:45pm 2:45pm

Irish Fiddle Basics Workshop

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Irish Fiddle Basics Workshop

Saturday, October 7th 2:45-3:45pm - $10, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave.

For newer fiddlers or fiddle players who are new to Irish music. In this class we will learn a tune or two (depending on time) by ear and discuss basic Irish fiddle technique, including rhythm, groove, and ornamentation. Please bring something to record with. Taught by Erik Killops.

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Oct
7
2:00pm 2:00pm

Songs in Irish for Beginners/Amhráin Gaeilge Workshop

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Songs in Irish for Beginners/Amhráin Gaeilge

Saturday, October 7th 2-3pm - $10, no registration required

Brandywine Kitchen, Mezzanine Level - 1319 Commercial St.

All ages. All abilities. Beginning singing or beginning Irish! Niall Ó Murchú and Peadar MacMahon will teach two classic songs in Irish featuring lots of repetition: Beidh Aonach Amárach (there's a fair tomorrow) about a young girl whose mother won't allow her go to the fair and Cúnla about a playful rogue who will stop at nothing to visit his friend's room. Peadar will play the tunes and lead the singing. Niall will break down the words and language and teach pronunciation. Singers will get a flavor for Munster Irish and Conamara Irish and a window on Irish songs we learned at school. Words and translations will be provided for everyone in the workshop. Fáilte roimh chách. All welcome.

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Oct
7
1:30pm 1:30pm

Plethora of Pipes!

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Plethora of Pipes!

Saturday, October 7th 1:30-2:30pm - $10 per person, no registration required

at Bellingham Folk School - 1208 Cornwall Ave

“Don’t all bagpipes play just one tune?” “Are those REAL bagpipes?” “Wait, why aren’t you blowing?” Get the answers to these questions and more as Elias Alexander, Preston Howard, and Aaron Malcomb demonstrate different bagpipes from the Irish and Scottish traditions and the tunes they play. Open to all ages, all levels, all instruments.

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Oct
7
12:30pm12:30pm

Beginning Irish Language Workshop

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Beginning Irish Language Workshop

Saturday, October 7th 12:30-1:30pm - $10, no registration required

Brandywine Kitchen, Mezzanine Level - 1319 Commercial St.

The aim of this workshop is to introduce people to some basic phrases in Irish. We will do basic verbs such as TO BE, and we will learn some useful vocabulary with pronunciation. If you choose visit Ireland you can use some of the language with the locals! I will also pass on useful websites and resources where you can continue to develop your skills. Taught by Denise Dalton.

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Oct
7
12:30pm12:30pm

Irish-Step Dance for the Absolute Beginner Workshop

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Irish-Step Dance for the Absolute Beginner!

Saturday, October 7th 12:30-1:30pm - $10 per person, no registration required

at Opus - 114 W. Holly St. 

Want to impress your friends and family? Be the star of every party? Make new friends and get a good workout? Come join us in learning a few basic Irish step dancing moves and group dances! This class will be open to all ages and levels. Bring dance shoes if you have them, but socks are fine, too. Taught by Lydia McClaran.

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