October Celtic Events pg3 in the Pacific Northwest 


Oct 24th  Molly's Revenge CD Release Concert at Empty Sea Studios Seattle  7:00pm 

Tickets: $14 advance, $18 at the door  www.emptysea.com

Empty Sea Studios is located at 6300 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103.  Dynamic Celtic band  Molly’s Revenge announces the release of an all-instrumental collection titled Trio, their first album as a three-piece. The California-based group has performed since 2000 as a four and five-piece acoustic band, touring internationally, releasing ten CDs and working with producers John Doyle & Aaron Jones to release their last two  albums. 


 David Brewer has been playing whistle and four types of bagpipes for about 20 years. He studied in Scotland at the Ceolas Music School in South Uist under the tutelage of some of the best  pipers in the world. His authentic and unique style of  playing has  earned him the reputation of being one of the most  accomplished pipers  on the West Coast. David has composed close to 200 traditional style  tunes, many of which have appeared on recordings,  independent films, and television.
John Weed is a classically-trained violinist who  switched to playing Irish fiddle about 15 years ago. An accomplished  fiddler across genres, John Weed has lived in Ireland and  immersed himself in the traditional styles of Clare and Donegal. The  result is an old-time Irish fiddling style that compliments his forays  into  Scottish, Canadian, and American music.
Stuart Mason has been collecting and performing traditional music for over 30  years. He has appeared on stage from Ireland to China performing Celtic, old time bluegrass, and his original compositions, which have won  awards from the  West Coast Songwriters Association. He leads workshops and classes in  traditional music techniques at music festivals and  camps
   Youtube sample of Molly's Revenge 

Oct. 24-27 Galway Bay Irish Music Festival  in Ocean Shores WA 
featuring Young Dubliners, Molly’s Revenge, Tillers Folly, Ockham’s Razor, Stout Pounders, Whiskey Dicks, Beltain, Tallymoore, Seattle Irish Dancers, Maggie’s Fury - in total there will be 25 groups performing at various locations in Ocean Shores, WA during this wkend festival !!  This event is sponsored by the Galway Bay Irish Pub 880 Point Brown Avenue NE,  Ocean Shores WA. Tickets are onsale now 

An "All Venue Pass" ($70) offers the best option for the hardcore festival goer.  This pass allows unlimited access to all festival venues for the duration of the festival and includes a free festival-tee shirt! *While supplies last.  

The “Convention Center Pass” ($40) provides unlimited access to the Ocean Shores Convention Center events onlyk for the duration of the festival.

The “8th Street Ale House Pass” ($10) provides unlimited access to the 8th Street Ale House in Hoquiam for the duration of the festival.

"Day Passes" to venues will be available on a walk-up bases however, pricing and availability will vary through out each day of the festival. 

Must be 21 or older to attend festival at Galway Bay Restaurant, Pub and Gifts and 8th Street Ale House.  But the Ocean Shores Convention Center is Family Friendly where all ages are welcome.  Children under 12 are free.  Free Kids games and activities.  www.galwaybayirishpub.com/irishmusicfestival/


Their wkend festival schedule is online now

and here's a video from a previous year



Oct 25th Seattle Mass in Irish Gaelic at 7:30 PM 

The Mass of Remembrance in the Gaelic language will be celebrated at St. Patrick's Church, 2702 Broadway Ave E (just off I-5 at Roanoke St), Seattle. This Mass commemorates the deceased members of Seattle's Irish community, especially those who have passed away in the previous 12 months whose names are read out during the General Intercessions. To submit names to be remembered or for more information, contact GaelicMass@irishclub.org.


for more info you can also contact www.irishclub.org 



October 26th Leo MacNamara & Friends Concert Recording 8pm at Empty Sea Studios Seattle
Tickets: $15 advance, $18 at the door   Empty Sea Studios  6300 Phinney Ave N Seattle, WA 98103
Leo Mac Namara hails from Scariff, Co. Clare and for the last fifteen years has lived in Seattle, Washington. He began tin whistle aged five and flute at eight,greatly encouraged by his father Martin. He grew up learning from and playing with such great musicians as P.J. Hayes,  Paddy Canny, Martin Rochford, Martin Woods, Martin Hayes and Christy Barry. His expert playing blends the East Clare style with Sligo/Roscommon flute techniques and Leo has played in the masters of tradition festival in Ireland,and across the US. 

Dublin, Ireland-born multi-instrumentalist Colm MacCárthaigh writes tunes and songs, sings (in English and Irish) and performs a distinctive blend of driving accompaniment and melody. Colm has played Irish Music  in venues as varied as Ireland’s National Concert Hall, lazy cafés in Amsterdam’s Jordaan or the main stage at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann at two in the morning.   Click here to purchase advance tickets.

Sound Sample w/Finn & Dave

Oct 26th  Scottish Celtic Faire in Tacoma  
Note recent changes in times  
at St. Andrew's Episcopal Church, 7410 S. 12th St. Tacoma, WA and its  FREE TO ALL. 

Saturday's events 10am-4pm includes High Tea, Children's activities, vendors, goodies from our Bake Shoppe, lunch at the Lunch Shoppe, pipers, dancers, storytellers and musicians.

Sunday Oct 27th: Join us for Services at 8:00 a.m. & 10:00 a.m.  Pipers will be present, there will be a  "Call of the Clans" at both services.  At 3:00 p.m. join us for a Celtic Spirituality discussion. for more info phone: (253) 564-4402    www.saintandrewstacoma.org



Oct 27th Irish night with the Seattle Sounders  is being planned for Sunday evening for the Sounders vs. the LA Galaxy. The Galaxy's star player is Robbie Keane, captain of  the Irish international soccer team. Irish Night  tickets (expected to be about $30 and to include a special  Irish Night scarf!) are being reserved in the Hawk's  Nest section in the north end zone of CenturyLink Field.  More details later, but if interested, please email Sounders@irishclub.org.   or click on this flyer 

with the Seattle Irish Heritage Club


Oct 27th Samhain Harpers at Galway Traders 2-4pm Seattle WA
Each year near the Celtic New Year, Samhain (say: SAH-veen) , harpers have gather at Galway Traders to welcome the turning of the wheel.  Galway Traders is located at 518 15th Avenue Northwest Seattle, WA


Oct 27th The Young Dubliners at the Tractor Tavern Seattle, WA 8pm 
The Tractor is located at 5213 Ballard Ave , $15 tickets are available for purchase here   This show will sell out so don't delay. 

Dublin natives Keith Roberts (vocals, guitar) and Paul O'Toole (vocals, guitar, mandolin, harmonica) formed the Young Dubliners in the early 1990s after meeting one another in a Los Angeles pub. Roberts had been tweaking some Irish ballads of his own and  forming a band was in order. O'Toole obliged, as well as Brendan Holmes (bass).

Youtube sample 


Oct 30th Ceol Cascadia Irish  Music Association presents Irish band 
"Skara Brae" in concert
For their first "Northwest Traditions" concert, Ceol Cascadia is proud to present this historically important Irish ensemble in a rare US appearance. Seating is limited and this  concert may sellout, so please order your tickets soon. Skara Brae features Triona and Maighread Ni Domhnaill, Daithi Sproule.  Doors open at 7pm at Phinney Center  Community Hall (brick bldg.)Tickets available through BrownPaperTickets.com $25 General; $23  Seniors and IHC members; $21 Under 18; Well-behaved kids free

Famed  pioneering Irish vocal group Skara Brae was formed in the 1960s by the late Mícheál Ó Domhnaill, his sisters Maighread and Tríona, and Dáithí Sproule. If  these names seem familiar, it's because the original  members of this group went on to help found some of the world's best-known Irish bands, Altan and the Bothy Band, and Mícheál later had a successful touring and recording career in a duo with fiddler Kevin Burke.  Skara Brae existed for only a few years before breaking up, but during that time they recorded an album that has had a profound influence on the development  of Irish music, the eponymously titled "Skara Brae". On this album, and in their concerts,  the group was among the first to combine modern guitar and  keyboard arrangements with the rare repertoire of songs in Irish Gaelic from Donegal in the north of Ireland.  Micheal and Daithi also pioneered the use of DADGAD guitar tuning for Irish tradtional musi in this  group.  The original band broke up in 1972, but their recording has continued to inspire successive waves of singers and  musicians. Their reunions in 1997 and 2005 were met with rapturous acclaim in Ireland and Europe, as was a documentary on the band on TG4, the Irish language television network. Since Mícheál's tragic death in 2006 the group has continued to tour in Europe and North America.   Hurry & buy tickets now  - going fast !!!

for more info:


Video sample:   - An Cailin Rua
Maighread  and Triona Ni Domhnaill

and from 2010 - Cad é sin don té  sin

Sign up now for a New Beginners' Irish Language Class starting in November  in Seattle
Wednesdays November 6th, 13th, 20th and 27th ,from 6:30pm - 7:30pm at Edge of the Circle bookstore  701 E Pike St, Seattle WA
Caera and Charles are starting a new beginners' Irish
language class  at Edge of the Circle bookstore at 701 E Pike St, Seattle, WA (Capitol  Hill).

No book required (they provide materials), but you may wish to
bring a notebook, pen, and a binder to organize papers
passed out in class. $60/month

 Any questions, please write to caerasinger [at] gmail [dot]
 com , or call 206 495 8193. You can also contact them at  http://www.meetup.com/Western-WA-Gaeilge-Irish-Language/
and https://www.facebook.com/groups/349254928519024/


Email mjhoiland@ yahoo dot com  if you'd like your event listed here.