Dates and plans for 2019-2020!

Hope everyone is having a delightful summer!  It’s always great beginning to get ready for next year, even if the weather is a perfect 10 out there.  Plans are taking shape so that you’ll be sure to get some Scottish tunes and musical sunshine at least once a month!

BE sure to sign up for the Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas workshop on Whidbey Island, in January. (See the workshop section of the website.) Nothing beats the winter blahs like this workshop!

We are in the process of finding hosts and hostesses for the meetings. If you would like to host a meeting, just contact Marcia Thumma.

As for the dates–here’s what we have so far for sessions/workshops/meetings:

Sept. 15
Oct. 20- workshop with Brandon Vance
Nov. 17
Dec. 8th

2020 dates are:
Jan. 12- regular meeting
Jan. 17-19- Alasdair and Natalie Workshop,
Feb. 16
March 15
April 19
May 17


May 19th meeting- St. Andrew’s Bar and Grill

We are looking forward to trying out a new venue for our May session- the address is 7406 Aurora Ave. N, and we’ll start at 2:00. Plan on arriving early – parking can be a bit challenging due to it’s proximity to Greenlake! Check out their website.

We’ll meet in the Annex. We have been asked to not bring outside for or beverages. (Home made cookies, or cupcakes, brownie are okay though!)

See you there!?!

Stay tuned for workshop, fiddle club info, and more!

Anyone have a reasonable explanation to the picture? There are a lot of interesting elements – what do they all say? All reasonable answers welcome!

Well, important announcements are in the making!

We will have a May meeting- we are looking at two different places, and will make a decision as soon as possible to the “where” part.  We do know it will be Sunday, May 19th, at the usual time- 2 pm.   Most likely the meeting will be in Seattle, or Bothell..

The Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas workshop information for January 2020, is being updated.  If something doesn’t make sense in terms of dates, etc., that’s because the workshop information is getting updated, bit by bit!

Happy Easter!


Brandon Vance, Sunday, April 14th!

That’s right, Sunday, April 14th – sorry for the previous typo!

Northwest Scottish Fiddlers, in partnership in John Cunningham, will host Brandon Vance for an afternoon fiddle workshop, followed by a potluck dinner, and evening house concert.  Brandon will be joined by finger-style celtic guitarist, Dan Carollo, performing music from Brandon’s recently released solo album, “The Gentleman & Scholar.”

If you don’t know Brandon, he is an internationally-acclaimed, violinist, fiddler, singer, and composer. He is also an innovative performing artist with strong roots in the Scottish fiddling tradition.

The workshop and concert will be held in the Crown Hill/Ballard area of Seattle.  The specific address will be sent upon receiving your registration.

2:30p-5:00p Fiddle Workshop
5:00p-6:30p Potluck Dinner
7:00p-9:00p House Concert

Workshop Fee: $20
Concert Admission: $25
Workshop/Concert Combo: $40

Workshop Fee AFTER APRIL 1st: $25
Workshop/Concert Combo AFTER APRIL 1st: $45
Concert tickets at the door: $30

Concert Admission (pre-order): $25
Concert tickets at the door: $30 (based on availability)

RSVP to Brandon for registration and tickets, email:
Please indicate:
1. number of attendees, and specify for “workshop” “concert” or “combo”
2. whether not you want to be included in the Potluck Dinner.
3. indicate the email address associated with billing. That person will receive a PayPal Invoice.

John also encourages you to bring a bottle of your favorite beverage to share, and folding chair. Copies of their CD will be available for purchase at the event.

Hope to see you there!

Scenes from McMenamins

We had a solid turnout, with lots of new faces! Thank you Susan Burke for inviting some of your Cape Breton circle of friends and for the planning.

Tunes in the Thorndyke room- about 20 present- including two guitarist, a great piano player, and bass player. Many new faces!

Many locals came for the fun, and others traveled from Gig Harbor, and Oak Harbor.

It is our hope to do this again- and if you missed it, you’ll make it this time!

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

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.