Festival Workshops & Lectures

The Austin Celtic Festival is proud to offer students and interested parties the chance to be directed and counseled by some of today's leading experts in Celtic music. In general our paid workshops, led by our headliners are casual, question and answer arenas for persons already familiar with the subject instrument and are looking for progressive instruction or a chance to ask more complex questions. You should also be prepared for practical application of a particular technique or style favored by the headlining instructor.

Direction and focus of the workshops can be fluid and develop based on the needs of the attending students. Although, they might not necessarily be needed, a well prepared student will have their instrument, pen and paper and a recorder with them. These workshops are limited to a smaller number to be more effective. Novice or beginners may purchase tickets and attend as observers.

Reminders

  • You must purchase a ticket to the festival in addition to the workshop fee.
  • Print out the email confirmation page from paypal as proof of payment for the workshop.
  • No unattended children at the workshops or on the festival grounds.
  • Please refrain from trafficking in and out of the workshops out of respect for the instructors.



Saturday Schedule

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Beginning Irish Flutes and Whistles with John Williams

Austin Celtic Festival Beginning Irish Flutes and Whistles with John Williams

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: FREE

John Williams is internationally regarded as one of the foremost players of Irish music today. With five All-Ireland titles to his credit, John is the only American-born competitor ever to win first place in the Senior Concertina category. His additional talents on flute, button accordion, bodhran, and piano distinguish him as a much sought after multi-instrumentalist in the acoustic scene around the world.

Inishfree Irish Dance for all ages

Austin Celtic Festival Inishfree Irish Dance

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

With intricate and exciting choreography, rhythms, beautiful costumes and music, Inishfree Irish Dance showcases a brilliant mix between traditional style and modern athleticism that has made Irish dancing one of the most respected and exciting dance forms in the world.

Beginning Scottish Piping with Silver Thistle

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Orsay House
Fee: FREE

Does your heart quicken to the sound of the bagpipes? Do the pipes and drums give you a thrill? Have you ever wondered about how bagpipes work and where they came from? Come join us for a workshop on the history and workings of the Great Highland Bagpipes and a year in the life of a Pipe and Drum band!

Intro to Scottish Fiddle with Mari Black

Austin Celtic Festival Intro to Scottish Fiddle with Mari Black

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: FREE

Multistyle violinist and champion fiddler Mari Black is rapidly building a reputation as one of the most dynamic young artists of her generation. Her energetic playing, engaging stage presence, and commitment to bringing people together through music have made her a favorite with audiences across the country and around the world.

Scottish Country Dance Alliance Workshop For All Ages

Austin Celtic Festival SCDA

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

Scottish country dance challenges both the body and the mind. The moves are known in advance, so you don't have to worry about making them up as you go along. Also, you get to meet new people and make new friends! No partner is needed because everyone dances with everyone else. So, come alone or bring a friend.

Macallan Scotch Tasting with Kieron Elliott

Macallan Scotch Tasting with Kieron Elliott

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Kelpie Tent Stage
Fee: $25 (age 21 and up)

Join Kieron Elliott, the National Brand Ambassador for Macallan Scotch Whisky, as he takes you through the taste and treasures of one of the world's great Scotch brands. All proceeds benefitting the Celtic Cultural Center.

Advanced Irish Flute/Whistle With Hanz Araki

Advanced Irish Flute/Whistle With Hanz Araki<

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10

Considered one of the most talented Irish musicians in America today, flautist, whistle player, singer, and Juno Award-winner Hanz Araki has been lauded by publications and audiences alike. Join Hanz in an advanced workshop for the Irish flute and learn from one of the World's finest flautists

Beginning Irish Guitar with Jeff Moore

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:45 p.m., Orsay House
Fee: FREE

Jeff Moore is a highly sought-after accompanist living in Austin, Texas and has performed with many of the foremost Irish and Scottish music ensembles and musicians in the Southwest. An accomplished guitarist and singer, Jeff has also accompanied international touring musicians such as Cape Breton fiddler Jerry Holland, Dublin-born Irish accordion legend James Keane, master Irish fiddler James Kelly and most recently Irish music icon Joe Burke.

Celtic Song Circle with Shannon Lambert-Ryan

Austin Celtic Festival Celtic Song Circle with Shannon Lambert-Ryan

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 4:15 p.m.-5:15 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

Coming from a variety of musical backgrounds including Celtic, folk, classical, and musical theatre, Shannon Lambert-Ryan, of Philadelphia, fronts RUNA with rich, vibrant vocals. Join Shannon for an intimate ssong circle and sing along.

Intermediate Irish Irish Fiddle with Finn Magill

Intermediate Irish Fiddle with Finn Magill

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10 (limited to 12 attendees)

Join Andrew Finn Magill for this workshop for intermediate to advanced players which will be a crash course in Irish fiddle technique and how to play sensitively and sensibly with another musician. You will learn a few tunes by ear and unpack them a little to discuss ornaments, bowings, and rhythm. The goal is to get you more confident in your fiddling and to strengthen your ear in recognizing subtleties in the music.

Introduction to Bodhrán (Irish Drum) with Máirtín de Cógáin

Introduction to Bodhran (Irish Drum) with Máirtín de Cógáin

Date: Saturday, November 3rd 2018
Time: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

Máirtín de Cógáin is a singing, dancing, story-telling bodhrán player who also is a noted playwright and actor. He performs in his native Ireland and all over the U.S. and between and beyond, too! An infectious personality, Máirtín pleasantly commands the attention of any collection of people, from a concert hall to an intimate porch. Feel free to bring your own bodhrán, but if you don't have one, you can join in anyway!

Sunday Schedule

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Inishfree Irish Ceili Dance for all ages

Austin Celtic Festival Inishfree Irish Dance

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

With intricate and exciting choreography, rhythms, beautiful costumes and music, Inishfree Irish Dance showcases a brilliant mix between traditional style and modern athleticism that has made Irish dancing one of the most respected and exciting dance forms in the world.

Beginning Drums with Silver Thistle

Austin Celtic Festival Beginning Drums with Silver Thistle

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:45 p.m., The Bell House, on the Porch
Fee: FREE

Join us for an introduction to modern, Scottish style drumming! Learn a little about the history of the music, instrumentation, comparison to american style drumming, technique, and a hands-on demonstration of Scottish drumming in action. Hope to see you there!

Intermediate Irish Guitar with Fionan de Barra

Austin Celtic Festival Intermediate Irish Guitar with Fionan de Barra

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10

Fionán started playing guitar professionally with Riverdance in the USA in 1999. Since then he has worked as musical director for Moya Brennan (of Clannad) and her band. Join him for some tips and tricks on how to be a successful Irish guitarist.

Scottish Country dance workshop lead by ASCDS Youth Team

Austin Celtic Festival Scottish Country dance workshop lead by ASCDS Youth Team

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

Scottish country dance challenges both the body and the mind. The moves are known in advance, so you don't have to worry about making them up as you go along. Also, you get to meet new people and make new friends! No partner is needed because everyone dances with everyone else. So, come alone or bring a friend.

Beginning Irish Language Class with Máirtín de Cógáin

Austin Celtic Festival Beginning Irish Language Class with Máirtín de Cógáin

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 2:15 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: FREE

Join Máirtín in the Ainsworth House for a casual romp through the beginning studies of the Irish language. Fun and for the whole family, take a dip in the charming and beautiful Gaelic language

John Williams - Talk on Session Ettiquette

Austin Celtic Festival John Williams - Talk on Session Ettiquette

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., The Bell House, on the Porch
Fee: FREE

If you happen upon a pub session you might find musicians gathered in a circle, sometimes around a table, engaged with each other in their music, almost oblivious to other bar patrons. The instruments might include fiddles, flutes, whistles, uilleann pipes, concertinas, accordions, mandolins, banjos, a guitar or bouzouki, and bodhran. Have you ever wondered how it all seemlessly fits together? Join John Williams in a talk to help put order to proceedings and give you an understanding of how it all works.

Celtic Song Circle with Colleen Raney

Austin Celtic Festival Celtic Song Circle with Colleen Raney

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m., Kelpie Dance Stage
Fee: FREE

Vocalist Colleen Raney has been referred to as "among the best in her genre," (Irish Music Magazine) and "one of America’s best traditional singers" (Tradconnect). This comes as little surprise given her dedication to the craft of performing and preserving the vibrant song tradition of Ireland. Raney is compelled by the beauty of traditional Irish songs and we invite you to join and sing with her in this once in a lifetime opportunity.

Advanced Irish Guitar with Dave Curley

Advanced Irish Guitar with Dave Curley

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 4:00 p.m-5:15 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10 (limited to 12 attendees)

Dave Curley, a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway, has been making big waves in the Irish music scene in Ireland, Europe and the USA in the last number of years. Join Dave for an Advanced Irish guitar workshop.

Haunted Celtic Tales with Máirtín de Cógáin

Máirtín de Cógáin

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 4:30 p.m.-6:00 p.m., The Bell House, on the Porch
Fee: FREE

Máirtín de Cógáin  has descended from a long line of storytellers and with two CCÉ All-Ireland’s for Storytelling under his belt, Máirtín gets no more joy out of life than the telling of stories. If you are lucky enough to catch him spinning a few yarns, you are in for a treat.

Macallan Scotch Tasting with Kieron Elliott

Macallan Scotch Tasting with Kieron Elliott

Date: Sunday, November 4th 2018
Time: 4:45 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Kelpie Tent Stage
Fee: $25 (age 21 and up)

Join Kieron Elliott, the National Brand Ambassador for Macallan Scotch Whisky, as he takes you through the taste and treasures of one of the world's great Scotch brands. All proceeds benefitting the Celtic Cultural Center.