Concerts & Workshops
CAEG Events – Focus in the Celtic Arts and Culture
The Celtic Arts Educational Group (CAEG) is a committee of the Celtic Society that serves to provide a regular venue in which folks can gather – -“Air Ceilidh CÒmhla Riuthasan Caraidean” (translated – “A gathering among friends”). Among the Society’s members, there are many of all ages who travel routinely to the Baltimore area, Fredericksburg and Northern Virginia for quality instruction in Scottish highland and Irish step dancing, bagpiping, fiddling, and hammer dulcimer, to name but a few areas of interest.
The CAEG was formed as a CSSM committee in 2005 to address the growing need for such quality instruction in our local community. Our first event offered a workshop and evening concert with world famous Irish fiddler, Kevin Burke in July 2005. Since then, we have presented other world renowned professional performing artists, such as: Master Scottish fiddler Alasdair Fraser; Natalie Haas; Québécois groups, Genticorum, with Pascal Gemme, Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, and Yann Falquet; and Le Vent du Nord with Nicolas Boulerice, Olivier Demers, Réjean Brunet, and Simon Beaudry; SOLAS with Seamus Eagan, Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley, and Eamon McElholm; Fynesound; Mist-Covered Mountains trio with Donna Hebert, Max Cohen and Molly Hebert-Wilson; and HeartStrings Sessions Quartet with Arty McGlynn, Chris Newman, Nollaig Casey, and Máire Ní Chathasaigh. These artists have all become very interested in our efforts to promote the Celtic Arts and enjoy their visits to Southern Maryland, always leaving with anticipation for their next visit in the years to come. From the inception of CAEG, many community residents have enjoyed workshops in fiddling, blacksmithing, dancing and hammer dulcimer, as well as many sellout performances since our first annual Winter Celtic Music Festival in 2006.
In support of the Celtic culture, music and arts, our Society members have formed partnerships with community schools involving high school students (such as, Calvert High School, Northern High School, Huntingtown High School, and St. Mary’s Ryken) in many of our events. One of the most positive by-products of the Celtic Society’s participation with these students in the community, is that many of them become active members in the Celtic Society as young adults involved in Scottish and Irish dancing, bagpiping, fiddling, coordination, planning and management of the many aspects of our events, such as our annual Festival, Celtic Themed Dinners, etc. The Celtic Society offers scholarships for these and other educational experiences focused on the Celtic culture.
In addition to our Annual Celtic Festival, we offer events throughout the year to include two workshop/concert events (Winter/Summer), a Medieval Feast (February), members-only events (such as Christmas Ceilidh (party), Scotch tastings, Annual membership summer picnic) and a fall Celtic-themed dinner (such as the Robert Burns Supper’s offered in the past). Tickets to these events can be purchased online through www.cssm.org/tickets and will be available several weeks in advance of each event.
If you are interested in learning more about the CAEG and the events presented in the Celtic arts including, Highland dancing, Irish dancing, bagpiping, fiddling, Gaelic language, Gaelic song, folklore, Celtic crafts and design, then you’ll want to save this site in your favorites and check back often.
In the meantime, please send comments/inquiries to the Celtic Arts Education Group Head.
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