Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Workshop -One week away!

Emails to workshop participants- sent.

Kick-off jam session scheduled for Friday with Susan Burke: 4:45 -check!

Rooms for all the campers-check!

Delicious food ordered -check!

Ceilidh theme: Winter is Coming -check!  UGLY sweater??-check!

Sunday concert ticketsselling strong– check!

ARE YOU READY? Be sure to review the details either on the workshop page, or dig that old email out of the trash, and look it over.

Looking forward to seeing everyone soon – check, CHECK!

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays to everyone!  And, for those signed up for the Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas workshop, you’ll be hearing from us December 26th so you can start making those plans.

Speaking of plans- all meeting dates and locations for 2017 are posted on the calendar section of the website!

Cheers, and see you next year!

Concert Tickets for Workshop Finale Available!

Grand finale - 2016 concert. Musicians mix with the crowd.

Grand finale – 2016 concert. Musicians mix with the crowd.

Take heart- if you missed your chance to attend the Scottish Fiddle and Cello workshop in January, you can still enjoy the concert on Sunday, January 15th!

The concert will be held at the Camp Casey Auditorium A, in Coupeville. Doors open at 1:30 and the concert will start at 2:00.  Tickets are available at the door, if we are not sold out.

Prices: $18 (18 years and younger), $20 (seniors), and $23 (adults).

You can also order tickets through Brown Paper Tickets.

Scottish Fiddle and Cello Workshop Full!


We are pleased to announce that the workshop is officially full. We regret having to put anyone on a waitlist, but we must.  The waitlist will be used to admit people to the workshop in the event that we a have a cancellation. It will be first come first serve.

To get on the waitlist, write to email.

Please provide the following: name, number of participants you are registering for, and whether you need lodging and meals. Your request will be confirmed by email.      Thank you!

Audio Recordings of October Tunes in Library!

October meeting with Susan Burke teaching a Cape Breton set.

October meeting with Susan Burke teaching a Cape Breton set.

The audio files that were sent to members in early October are now in the library section of our website. Just go to the Tunes and Sets tab, remember to enter the password. Type in “Susan Burke”  in the search box if you wish, and you’ll find it easily. Look in the “Recording” column and you’ll see Audio 1 (Dan Rory MacDonald),and Audio 2 (Christy Campbell, Lord MacDonald, Caber Feidh).  Sorry, we can’t name the audios to make it easier to figure out which one is which due to limitations of the specialized program we’re using!


….Remember this month’s meeting is the Sunday, same place, 725 Driftwood Lane, Edmonds. Meeting starts at 2:00 with a brief annual group meeting- to elect officers, etc..Then we’ll review The New Shetland Set and the Helen N Robertson set. After we play through our new set we learned last month, to our heart’s content, it’s jam session time!

Get Your Registration In Soon!

Heads up!!! If you’re planning on signing up for the workshop, sooner is better than later! We are quickly filling up, and those needing lodging on-site should register even sooner!

Deadline for registration is December 13th (must be postmarked by then.), but we will have a waitlist before then, most likely!

Remember, payments are due in full by  December 13th, as well!


Youth Band Leader – 3rd at Nationals

Vienna places 3rd at Nationals!!!

Vienna places 3rd at Nationals!!!

Congratulations to Vienna Scheyer, long time member of NW Scottish Fiddlers, and leader of the Youth Band, for earning 3rd place at the national Scottish Fiddle Championship this past weekend!!! Vienna competed in the Open division, at the Edinboro U. Highland Games in Edinburg, PA.   Here’s the open class competitors having a friendly jam session..

She played: Lament for the Death of King George V, Major Manson at Clachantrushal, Earl Grey, and the Forth Bridge. Calum MacKinnon, her teacher said she worked hard to get there, and did everything at every lesson he asked her to do, to make those pieces absolutely amazing.

She also won best march! (Could the bagpipe experience have helped out there? Quite possibly!)

Three cheers for Vienna!

Meeting Location Changed!

Please note there’s a change for the September meeting only!  It will be at the Lynnwood Public Library, in the large meeting room. The address is 19200 44th Ave.W, Lynnwood, 98036.  

Three other things you need to know!

  1. Meeting will start at 1:30.This will be a planning meeting, and we will encourage membership involvement.
  2. No Youth band at 1:00.
  3. Please bring your own travel mug/coffee cup, and food to share if you’re inclined. We’ll provide some coffee and hot water for tea.

See you soon!

Meeting Dates and Locations Set!

Club meeting 2011 - Calum reviewing tunes.

Club meeting 2011 – Calum reviewing tunes.

Starting this fall, we will meet in members’ homes, like we used to a few years back. Please let any member of the board know if you would like to host a meeting!

Here are the dates and meeting locations for 2016. Click on the names to see where they live. We’ll also give you a sneak preview of what we’ll be doing that month.. Note! We have a couple of great guest fiddle instructors visiting!!

As usual, we will also make this a pot-luck event, so members can share favorite foods, recipes, and stories.

2017 will be posted as soon as possible.

  • September 11 – Calum MacKinnon hosting – Calum will teach tunes/jam session
  • October 9 –Donna Varnau hosting- Mini concert and tune teaching by Susan Burke of Bothell/jam session
  • November 13 – Donna Varnau hosting – Set rehearsals for Alasdair Workshop, then JAM session
  • December 11 – Bill Boyd hosting – Calum MacKinnon will teach tunes, lead review of sets for Alasdair workshop, and jam session

***Meetings will begin at their normal time – 2:00 p.m. Board meetings and youth band at 1:00 p.m.

Folklife 2016 Highlights

May 29, 2016 started out like any other typical day in Seattle. Clouds, drizzle, temps in the 50’s. What’s not to like about that? It’s Folklife weather! We took the stage shortly before noon, and the chilly breeze and drizzle had our attention, but it didn’t hold us back.

Luckily, there was some warmth to be had from the bright overhead lights, and the drizzle vanished. A great crowd showed up and stood for our show, thanks to the wet grass.

We were also happy to present graduating senior, Elise Snoey, with a few tokens of our appreciation for her past involvement with the club. Best wishes Elise!

A truly wonderful time was had by all!

Click on any picture below for a closer look. Photos by Anna Aldrich. Thanks Anna!