@2019 | AUSTIN CELTIC FESTIVAL

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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.

  • Click on the "Buy Tickets" button and scroll down to the workshop you wish to attend and purchase ticket

  • If you have not already purchased a Festival ticket, you can do so at this time.

  • If you have already purchased a Festival Ticket, there is no need to purchase another.

  • Print out the email confirmation page from our ticketing system 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

 

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE ALLIANCE WORKSHOP FOR ALL AGES

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., Kelpie Tent
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 FLUTES AND WHISTLES WITH JOHN WILLIAMS

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Orsay 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.

FUN WITH THE IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS WITH GAELIC LEAGUE

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: FREE

 

Join the Gaelic League of Austin 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

INISHFREE IRISH DANCE FOR ALL AGES

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m., Kelpie Tent
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 IRISH GUITAR WITH JEFF MOORE

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 2:15 p.m.-3:30 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.

INTERMEDIATE CELTIC FIDDLE WITH MARI BLACK

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019

Time: 2:45 p.m.-4:05 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10

 

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.

MACALLAN SCOTCH TASTING WITH KIERON ELLIOTT

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019 (SATURDAY SOLD OUT -  CHECK AVAILABILITY FOR SUNDAY BELOW)  
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.

CELTIC SONG CIRCLE WITH COLLEEN RANEY

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., Kelpie Tent 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.

CAPE BRETON REPERTOIRE FOR MIXED INSTRUMENTS WITH ANITA MACDONALD AND BEN MILLER

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 4:30 p.m.-5:45 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $10

Ben Miller & Anita MacDonald have become renowned across Canada and further afield, for their synergistic approach to traditional Scottish music. Blending Scottish Lowland pipes with Cape Breton fiddle, Gaelic song and step-dance, Ben and Anita join together the threads of Old and New World traditions, while constantly exploring new ways to bring their instruments closer together. 

INTRODUCTION TO BODHRÁN (IRISH DRUM) WITH MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m., Kelpie Tent 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

 

SING-ALONG WITH MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN AND KIERON ELLIOTT

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1:05 p.m., Pooka Dancehall

Fee: FREE
 

Join Kieron and Máirtín for a few songs, some witty banter and some great craic. Audience participation is expected!

INISHFREE IRISH CEILI DANCE FOR ALL AGES

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 12:15 p.m.-1:15 p.m., Kelpie Tent
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.

MASTER IRISH FIDDLE WORKSHOP WITH FRANKIE GAVIN

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 12:45 p.m.-2:00 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: $15

 

Frankie Gavin is one of the finest and world renowned Fiddle players. This could be a once in a lifetime opportunity to learn from Frankie

HAUNTED CELTIC TALES WITH MÁIRTÍN DE CÓGÁIN

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 1:15 p.m. - 2 :15 p.m., Bell House (Back 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.

SCOTTISH COUNTRY DANCE WORKSHOP LEAD BY THE SCDA

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 1:30 p.m. - 2 :30 p.m., Kelpie
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.

FUN WITH THE IRISH LANGUAGE CLASS WITH GAELIC LEAGUE

Date: Saturday, November 2nd 2019
Time: 2:30 p.m.-3:45 p.m., Ainsworth House
Fee: FREE

 

Join the Gaelic League of Austin 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

MACALLAN SCOTCH TASTING WITH KIERON ELLIOTT

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 2.45 p.m-3.45 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.

INTRODUCTION TO IRISH FIDDLE WITH CHRIS BUCKLEY

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019

Time: 3:00 p.m.-4:15 p.m., Orsay House
Fee: FREE

 

Chris Buckley grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His Irish music roots came under the tutelage of Martin Dowling, Liz Carroll, Brendan Mulvhill and James Kelly. Christopher has received numerous awards and recognitions for this outstanding achievements in Irish music. He competed in three All-Ireland world competitions. In 2001, Christopher moved to Austin and has been a member of and recorded with Cluan, Blaggards and Tea Merchants. He is one of the founding members of the Tea Merchants and The Here and Now.

CAPE BRETON SOCIAL DANCING WITH ANITA MCDONALD & BEN MILLER

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 4
:00p.m.-5:15 p.m., Kelpie Tent

Fee: FREE
 

Anitia McDonald will lead this social dance class where she will teach everyone to dance while Ben Miller provides the music for the class.

INTERMEDIATE IRISH FLUTE AND WHISTLE WITH HANZ ARAKI

Date: Sunday, November 3rd 2019
Time: 4:00p.m.-5:15 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