to Jul 27

Music, Arts, & Dance Week (MAD)

  • Washington Waldorf School (map)
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MAD Week (Musical Arts and Dance Week) is a nationally and internationally acclaimed program providing Irish traditional cultural arts instruction. It follows in the time-honored process of bringing authentic masters of the traditions together with aspiring musicians, singers, dancers, and Irish speakers for rich interaction and instruction.

For more information visit https://www.ccemadweek.com

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to Jul 7

New Bedford Folk Festival w/Bua, New Bedford MA

  • New Bedford Folk Festival (map)
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For more information visit http://www.newbedfordfolkfestival.com

New Bedford Folk Festival brings together over 70 renowned and emerging performers and 90 plus juried arts and crafts vendors in New Bedford’s authentic historic district in July. In 2018, we celebrated the 23rd New Bedford Folk Festival on July 7 & 8. In 2019 the festival will be held on July 6 & 7.

The two day family-oriented festival offers continuous folk music from 11 AM to 9 PM on seven sound stages in and around the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park ranging from the majestic 1200 seat Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater to the intimacy of the National Park Garden Stage.

The Artisans’ Marketplace showcases the handcrafted work of many local artists as well as artisans from Maine to California and the International Bazaar offers high-quality, imported handcrafts, many of them Fair Trade,  from around the globe.

Food is also a great part of the festival. From street carts, to the food court to the restaurants in and around the festival you can sample some of the tasty cuisine the area has to offer.

Presented by the Zeiterion Performing Arts Theater and hosted by the City of New Bedford, the New Bedford Whaling National Historical Park and the New Bedford Whaling Museum the New Bedford Folk Festival offers an exciting atmosphere with great music, beautiful arts and crafts and fun activities for the whole family.

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to Jun 29

Voice Works: A Workshop for Singers in Port Townsend, WA

To register visit: https://centrum.org/voice-works-a-workshop-for-singers/

Join us for Centrum’s latest gathering of singers! Led by Artistic Director Pharis Romero, this gathering figures to be a monumental extension of Pharis’ personality, energy, and artistry. The gathering is held at Fort Worden State Park, a venue unparalleled in beauty and facility. Expect four days and five nights of intense fun, singing instruction, repertoire building, and merry music making with some top drawer vocalists.

Singing is a natural human effort to communicate. Singing opens doors to other cultures and languages, and it makes you feel good. The combination of world-class artists and passionate singers at Voice Works creates a rare community, safe for participants of all levels to participate.

Day and night you’ll soak up styles, songs, and new techniques in a range of vocal traditions. Through close observation and personal experimentation you’ll learn about breathing, phrasing, dynamics, how to make your voice blend, and what makes your voice unique.

The workshop is open to everyone. Differing levels of ability are expected, and the faculty will respond to participant need accordingly. If you’re on the beginning end of the spectrum, you’ll find an ample slate of classes to address your needs; likewise, advanced singers will find plenty to challenge them. If you can’t help singing, or if you’ve always wanted to sing with people but for whatever reason you don’t, you should plan to be at this workshop.

Have questions? Need help deciding? Give Program Manager Peter McCracken a call at 360-385-3102 x127 or email at pmccracken@centrum.org.

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to Apr 14

Sean-nós Northwest Festival in Olympia WA

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Saturday: Macaronic Songs & Crooked Steps

Sunday: Beginning Level Irish Gaelic

See schedule for times & locations: https://www.seannos.org/schedule

The Sean-nós Northwest Festival celebrates and promotes three aspects of traditional Irish culture: sean-nós singing, sean-nós dancing, and the Irish language, otherwise known as Gaeilge. These cultural treasures are incredibly rare to find anywhere outside of Ireland. We aim to sustain a vibrant community for these and other Irish cultural arts (including storytelling, poetry, and decorative arts) throughout the Pacific Northwest.

The Festival offers a full weekend of classes and workshops as well a concert and social events. We don’t feature competitions or vendors - just fun classes on all things Irish. We encourage attendees to explore new topics in a safe and supporting environment. Ever wished you could dance a jig or cook a traditional Irish recipe? This festival is the place for you - we hope you’ll join us!

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to Aug 29

Summer Irish Song Workshops in Portland, OR

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Wednesdays* from July 25th to August 29th 7-8:30 p.m. 

A Renaissance School of Arts and Science

0234 SW Bancroft Street

Portland OR 97239

These stand-alone workshops will feature a variety of song types that span the breadth of human experience. Each class is thematically organized and will be taught “by ear” so be sure to bring a recording device. Lyric sheets will be supplied. No singing experience is required but students will be encouraged to sing out if moved! 

Each class is $25 or you may enroll for all six classes for $120. RSVP and advanced payment is required. A minimum enrollment of 5 people per class is required to avoid cancellation (students will be reimbursed). Be sure to invite your singing buddies! To RSVP and arrange payment contact Brian at ohairt@gmail.com or (314) 974-7073.  


1) Wednesday July 25th: Songs of merriment & devilment—courting songs, work songs, night visiting songs, and licentious songs that celebrate the more unlaced aspects of Irish life. Perhaps not suitable for the younger folk!

2) Wednesday August 1st: Songs of emigration & transportation—songs that feature emigration from Ireland to places like Amerikay and Van Diemen’s Land due to famine, political dissent, poverty, or the search for a better life.  

3) Wednesday August 8th: Songs of love won & lost—the most widely-celebrated genre of songs of true love, false love, broken pledges, death of a loved one, unattainable lovers, and the occasional crossdresser or ghost!

4) Thursday* August 16th: Songs in translation—these songs were originally composed in Irish Gaelic and have been masterfully translated into English preserving aspects of the original composition. 

5) Wednesday August 22nd: Songs of the Ó Domhnaill’s—decades ago, Mícheál, Maighread, and Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill brought to Portland songs from their naive Dublin, beloved Donegal, and beyond in both the Irish and English languages. Explore their repertoire and importance to the Portland community. 

6) Wednesday August 29th: Songs of Joe Heaney—Seosamh Éinniú is widely accepted as the most influential singer of the sean-nós style. His repertoire is vast and spans both Irish and English languages. He lived several years in Seattle and has left an indelible mark on the singing community here in the Pacific Northwest.  

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to Aug 28

Summer Irish Language Workshops in Portland OR


Tuesdays July 24th to August 28th from 7-8:30 p.m.

A Renaissance School of Arts and Science

0234 SW Bancroft Street

Portland OR 97239

These stand alone workshops, taught by Brian Ó hAirt, are thematically organized to focus on key elements of Irish Gaelic and to accommodate specific skill levels. Handouts will be provided to accompany lessons and various exercises will be implemented in class to build skills in comprehension, pronunciation, and fluency. Please bring paper and a writing implement (feel free to bring a recording device as well). Be sure to invite your study buddies! 

Tuition for each workshop is $25. RSVP and advanced payment are required. A minimum enrollment of 5 people per workshop is also required to avoid cancellation (students will be reimbursed). To RSVP and arrange payment contact Brian at ohairt@gmail.com or (314) 974-7073.


1) TUESDAY JULY 24th: Features of the language—word order, prepositional pronouns, pronouns types, counting systems, niceties, remedial salutations, small talk, song. 

(Suitable for absolute beginners and novices)

2) TUESDAY JULY 31st: The two forms of the verb ‘BE’

Comparison of the two forms, tenses, basic sentence constructions, constructing questions, comparatives, and superlatives. 

(Suitable for beginners and novices)

3) TUESDAY AUGUST 7th: Pronunciation—concise guide, many examples, reading aloud & correction, grammatical situations for mutations, vocabulary building, song. 

(Suitable for everyone)

4) TUESDAY AUGUST 14th: Verbs—conjugating regular and irregular verbs in all common tenses plus autonomous forms, verbal noun forms, verbal adjectives.  

(Suitable for intermediates and improvers but novices may benefit)

5) TUESDAY AUGUST 21st: Synthetic verb forms—conjugating habitual past, conditional and subjunctive moods, translation practice, speaking practice, constructing blessings and curses. 

(Suitable for intermediates and improvers)

6) TUESDAY AUGUST 28th: Declension of nouns and adjective—Plurality, genitive case, irregularity of forms, extended vocabulary building. 

(Suitable for novices, intermediates, and improvers)



(If you're unsure, feel free to contact me for assessment.)

Beginner: You’ve had little or no exposure to the language. Essentially, you’re a clean slate. You should stick to the classes directed toward beginners. 

Novice: You’ve had modest exposure to the language and have lots of gaps in your abilities. You can make small talk but that’s about it. You may benefit from some of the intermediate/improver classes but be aware your level might not fully be accommodated. 

Intermediate: You’ve had moderate exposure to the language and know lots of grammar. You can have a basic conversation when prompted. Feel free sign up for any classes that interest you. Just be aware that your level might not be fully accommodated in lower skill levels. 

Improver: You’ve had lots of exposure to the language and are able to converse with relative ease but you’re returning after some time away. You need your skills dusted off. Feel free to sign up for any classes that interest you. Just be aware that your level might not be fully accommodated in lower skill levels. 


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to Aug 27

Sean-nós dance workshops at Stomptown Collective in Portland, OR

Sean-nós dancing with Brian Ó hAirt at The Stomptown Collective (AudioCinema)

Brian will be offering a six week summer term in sean-nós dance for both beginner and intermediate levels at the Stomptown Collective. Both series will focus on understanding the “timing step” and its various forms as well how to augment this timing to accommodate various dance tune types. Along with teaching tricks and steps—foot articulation, weight distribution, upper body posture, and tempo will also be focused on. Particular importance will be placed on improvisation, cultivating a personal style, and understanding the historical context of this dance form. No tap shoes or Irish step dancing hard shoes! Please bring a recording device. 

Mondays July 23rd through August 27th

6-7 p.m. intermediate

7-8 p.m. beginner

Drop in $15

Full six week term $60

RSVP a must! Please email ohairt@gmail.com to reserve your spot.

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