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Littlefield Celtic Center

1124 Cleveland Ave., Mount Vernon, WA

Phone:
1-(360)-416-4934

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Upcoming Events

Searson Concert

Irish/Celtic

Join us on Saturday, June 1st for an evening of spirited fiddling, energetic dancing, and gorgeous harmonies. For over a decade now, Searson has toured the world with their unique blend of high energy fiddling, passionate vocals, and intricate dance step dancing. Touring across Canada, the US, and Europe, their passion for music and Celtic roots shine through and connects with audiences in a memorable way. Searson has maintained strong roots in the tradition they grew up in while reflecting eclectic states. They have released ten full length albums and in 2015 filmed a brand new national series for the Canadian Broadcasting Company called “Still Standing.” At the core of Searson are Colleen and Erin Searson, sisters who hail from the Ottawa Valley, Ontario, Canada. Their spirited live shows feature Colleen on fiddle and Erin on piano and tenor guitar, interspersed with the incomparably rich sounds of sibling vocal harmonies and both sisters “pounding the boards” with Ottawa Valley step dancing. Their talents are complimented by Kian Byrne, a multi-instrumentalist (acoustic & electric guitars, bass, mandolin, fiddle, percussion) and singer-songwriter from Kansas City. Formerly a member of The Elders, and heavily influenced by Celtic, reggae, soul and funk music, Kian rounds out the band in a way that makes it sound bigger than your typical trio and more eclectic than words can express. Together, this talented group performs sets that feature their original style of “Canadian Celtic Pop”, which includes a mix of traditional and original instrumental and vocal selections. Members of the Celtic Arts Foundation enjoy a 20% discount on concert tickets. Please email events@celticarts.org or call 360-416-4934 to receive the promotional code. Not a member? Join or renew at www.celticarts.org. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Doors open at 6:30PM.

Information:

• Sat 6/1/19 at 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Genealogy & DNA Info Session

Education

The Celtic Arts Foundation is pleased to partner with the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society for this exciting DNA Info Session. Have you had your DNA tested to learn more about your ancestry or are considering doing it? Join us on Saturday, June 8th 10:00AM-3:00PM and learn more about how to interpret your results, the differences in products, and investigating your results. Participants will enjoy a day structured in three different segments. First, we will begin with an Introduction to DNA, going over a brief scientific overview of DNA structure. Students will review reproduction and some important definitions that are helpful when taking DNA tests. Next, students will learn about the relationship between testing and ethnicity. Learn about the various testing companies and their approach to ethnicity estimates. Students will find out more about the differences and similarities among several companies and their methodologies. Finally, the day will conclude with information on how to interpret your results and where to go from there. Several resources popular in the genealogy community will be highlighted and students will learn how matching systems work, how to connect with your matches, and explore some interesting tools for ethnicity interpretation. This info session will be presented by Barbara Gorham Johnson of the Skagit Valley Genealogical Society. Barbara has been researching her family tree for over 20 years and has often traveled to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City as well as her ancestors’ homelands to continue her research, most recently to the British Isles and Eastern Europe. She speaks frequently to local genealogical societies about DNA and Genealogy. She has a degree in Microbiology, has done research at the University of Washington, taught science with the Pacific Science Center, and is a retired Park Ranger.

Information:

• Sat 6/8/19 at 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Gaelic Language & Song Workshop

Class/Workshop

Join us for our annual Gaelic Language & Song Workshops at the Littlefield Celtic Center! Instructors Stacey Giermann and Rich Hill from Seattle-based Slighe nan Gaidheal have a great workshop planned to help beginners speak–and sing!–in Gaelic before the end of the day. This is a wonderful continuation for those who have attended in the past, complete with new content and vocabulary as well as refreshers, but is also completely suitable for first-time visitors with no previous experience with Gaelic. Participants will start the day with a quick introduction to what Scottish Gaelic is and a bit of the language’s history. Background information will help students wrap their minds (and tongues) around words that look like a jumble of letters, focusing on pronunciation and basic vocabulary. Students will begin talking with basic, beginning conversational games. In addition to vocabulary and conversation, students will also learn about various types of Gaelic songs, including Puirt, waulking, laments, and more, as well as their purpose and significance in Celtic culture. Song sheets and pronunciation guides will be provided for students to sing along. Instructors will demonstrate each song and then teach it line-by-line. Recording devices are encouraged to assist students in later practice. Stacey Giermann is a Gaelic language coach and speech teacher, and Rich Hill has 25 years of experience teaching Gaelic. Both have studied with some of the best Gaelic teachers and singers in the industry. CAF members may recognize Stacey and Rich from some of the events they have sung at, including the Traditional Scottish Breakfast.

Information:

• Sun 6/9/19 at 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM