Time for a Cape Breton Session!

You never know who will show up, but they won’t be crabby. Does anyone know a crabby fiddle tune??

Our February meeting promises to be exciting! Our friend Susan Burke is hosting- Here’s what you need to know:

This will be a session only!
When: Sunday, February 17, 2-5 pm

Where: McMenamins Anderson School, 18607 Bothell Way NE, Bothell, WA. Look for the Thorndike room in the Wood Shop!

What to bring: Instruments. Love of music. Dancing shoes.

Who: Susan Burke has invited some amazing Cape Breton style players from far away places, like Gig Harbor, and Oak Harbor.. She’s also invited dancers!
Food and drinks: Of course you can order anything you’re craving from McMenamins. We can also bring home-made finger foods to share (very important they’re home made, according to McMenamins). If you need to keep something warm, a crockpot is fine.

Cost: Free!
Questions: contact Marcia at m.thumma@mac.com

Alasdair Fraser – Natalie Haas Workshop and Concert Coming Soon!

Heading to Coupeville January 18-20!

The 11th Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas workshop has been sold out since early September. Don’t despair!!  Come to their concert on Sunday, January 20, 2019.

Concert starts at 2 PM, with doors opening at 1:30, at the Coupeville Performing Arts Center/Coupeville high school auditorium- 501 S. Main St., Coupeville, WA.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to see two world-class musicians who’ve been performing together for nearly 20 years. Then savor the sights and sounds of over 100 workshop musicians joining them for their grande finale, on stage.

Tickets prices: youth – $18, senior – $20, and adult – $23.  Available in advance through Brown Paper Tickets, or at the door.

Calum MacKinnon Visits in November

Calum caught having a good time at Folk Life a few years ago.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to get your haggis on in November, as Calum MacKinnon, our retired music director, will visit and teach some old tunes that he taught over 10 years ago, when the club first got started.  Plans are to visit a set of tunes in G minor (Ewie with the Crooked Horn, Le Chat Noir, Sir John Lockhart Ross, maybe more!) and perhaps we’ll get some technique tips as well..

The session with Calum will start at 2:00, so please arrive ahead of time to get yourself a good spot, and be ready for some tunes!  After our Calum teaches, we’ll have some time for a session and more great tunes, and of course, a potluck!

See you soon.  Address is 725 Driftwood Lane, Edmonds, 98020

Mark Your Calendar for the First Gathering!

The cool, cloudy, dampish weather can only mean one thing: Time to get some Scottish sessions going! Come join us Sept. 16, at 2:00 pm. Where? 7728 21st Ave. NW, Seattle, 98117.   It’s a pot-luck, and there’ll be plenty of tasty tunes and goodies for all.  Please feel free to come by and visit, share a few tunes, or just listen in!    See our calendar for other regular session/meeting dates.

Registration for 2019 Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Workshop Opens August 1

No matter what size instrument, or how many instruments you play, they’re welcome at the workshop!

Just a quick reminder, August 1st registration begins and you can save $25/registration on the lodging and all meals plans. This discount is only available through August, so don’t delay. Pricing details can be found here.

Also, there will be scholarships available to non club members this year– see the Scholarship Application page.

Also introducing our new registrar, Rachel Knight!  Many of you may remember her from a few years ago when she served on the board of NWSF, and her daughter, Niki was in the teen band. You can write to her at rachel_knight@comcast.net with questions regarding your registration, how to register, etc.

We are delighted to have Rachel Knight join us as Registrar this year!

Lots of great improvements, and plenty of the favorite things you look forward to every year!


NWSF 2017-18 Wrap-up and Concert

It was a great year, with guest instructors Calum MacKinnon and Susan Burke, and our 10th annual Alasdair Fraser/Natalie Haas workshop. Tunes and ideas learned throughout the year were part of the final concert of the year at the Everett Public Library on Mother’s Day.  We had a great turnout considering it was Mother’s Day.

We’ll be taking the summer off, but looking forward to meeting again in the fall.  Club meetings are generally on the third Sunday of the month: September 16, October 21, November 18, December 16.  2019 dates are: January 13 (second  Sunday), February 17, March 17, April 21, and May 19.  We will continue to invite and recruit guest instructors, and of course, have the annual Whidbey Island workshop with Alasdair and Natalie, on January 18-20, 2019.

Here’s some scenes from the library concert:


Mother’s Day Concert Coming Soon!

The Northwest Scottish Fiddlers will once again take the stage at the Everett Public Library on May 13th, Mother’s Day.  The concert will be dedicated to mothers, and we hope we’ll put a smile on mom’s in our audience, and get their toes to tapping!

The doors open at 1:30, but seating fills up quickly, so plan to arrive as early!  The club will feature many of their old favorites, along with some newer sets, including the set taught by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas at the past Whidbey Island Scottish Fiddle Workshop. Another new set, arranged by club members, will include tunes written by Calum MacKinnon, our former music director, combined with The Bloody Fields of Flanders/Freedom Come All Ye, The Ale is Dear and Clean Pea Strae.

Guinevere Saenger will have a solo set on piano, along with Flora Cummings who will be featured on a solo fiddle set as well. The Cumming’s family will also delight the crowd with singing and dancing by the Elinor and Flora.

Free admission and parking!  See you there!

Nordic Bloc Fiddlers Concert and Workshop- April 28 and 29!

Here’s a chance to see a great concert presented by an amazing Skandia band that’s making more and more trips to Seattle in recent times. Not only will they be in concert on Saturday,  April 28th, they will also teach workshops on Sunday (April 29th) morning.

WORKSHOPS: Start at 10 AM! All workshops are within a 5 minute walk from each other. Address information available by email, but will also be made public closer to the date of the workshops. 

10am – 11:15am   Kevin Henderson- Hosted by Bill Boyd

10am – 11:15am    Olav Luksengård Mjelva

11:30am – 12:45pm    Anders Hall

Location: North Seattle (Ballard / Loyal Heights)

Cost: $30 for Skandia and SFS members (for two workshops), $35 nonmembers

or $20 members for only one workshop, $25 nonmembers, 18 and under $10. Cash or checks, no cards. 

For address and info email:  music@skandia-folkdance.org

Also visit http://www.skandia-folkdance.org/special-events.html or  http://www.seafolklore.org/wp/concerts/