***For our 13th workshop, slated to be held January 15-17th, 2021, we will be Zooming tunes to you in the comfort and safety of your own home.  Please check back here for more updates on registration, and details regarding the workshop.                ( Updated July 25, 2020.)

12th Annual Trad Fiddles, Cellos (& More) Workshop

Join Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas when they make their annual return trip to Whidbey Island, Jan. 17-19, 2020, for yet another great workshop and a concert finale.  We’ll offer the optional 3rd night stay (for those who want to linger a bit longer- sorry, Natalie and Alasdair must be on their way, though). And, we will once again use the larger, Coupeville high school performing arts auditorium for the Sunday concert, just up the road from the workshop!

Fraser, our long time friend, and consummate Scottish fiddler and artist, has a deep understanding of traditional styles of music, with a strong focus Scotland’s music. He will co-lead and teach the gathering along with Natalie Haas on cello. Their skill and experience will have fiddlers, cellists, and guitarists, and other musician types will learning a handful of new tunes in no time. We pull it all together to create an exciting set for the Sunday concert finale.

Is accompanying and rhythm groove more your thing? Then Natalie Haas on cello, will provide fresh, exciting ideas to compliment these great tunes. Guaranteed to get everyone on their feet and dance with rhythmic groove and great harmonic support.

This workshop is recommended for intermediate fiddlers and up, but we offer help with the tunes. It is also recommended for folks that are comfortable learning tunes by ear. There are no separate classes for beginners. We are happy to announce fiddlers with years of teaching experience have volunteered to be available for breakout sessions and offer assistance getting those melodies taught by Alasdair and Natalie.

You’ll also enjoy Whidbey Island’s natural beauty, and the charm of Ft. Casey.

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Below is a summary. For more information, also visit the FAQs Page.

At a Glance…….


Who and What:
Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas Scottish/Trad Fiddle and Cello Workshop

Friday, January 17, through Sunday, January 19, 2020… (Attention all fans of sessions! We will have the early jam session before dinner again, on Friday- Classroom B.)

Camp Casey, Coupeville, WA (map and directions)

Basic costs: 

Registration & Workshop Fee: $180
(note:this includes participant ticket to concert!)  ***Parents and chaperones need to buy a ticket for the concert, if you’re not an attendee.

A minimum $50 deposit/registration will be required per registration.

NOTE: Registration opens August 1st! Save $25 per registration when signing up for the workshop, lodging and all meals, during the month of August, only!

Meals and Lodging:
Plans vary- depending upon you’re taking advantage of the extra night option, whether you want lodging, and how many meals you’ll be joining us for.

The basic cost is: $185 for 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 2 dinners and lodging
See the Meals and Lodging information to find the plan that suits you best!

Scholarships: Check this page out– you might qualify!

Need to rent linens? $10

Concert ticket: If you are a participant, your badge IS your concert pass!

Extra concert tickets- Same prices as always!

$18 for youth, $23 for adults, $20 for seniors.


For more information:
Read Frequently Asked Questions here.>