We are so excited to host Seumas for 2017’s Minnesota Scottish Harp Weekend!
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About The Workshop: “Rocking the Background”
For Intermediate Harp Players : Guitar players can create tremendous energy and flow with the rhythms they strum when they accompany singers and tune players. We can do the same thing with our harps, and in this workshop Seumas will show you how without ever looking at a note of written music.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q : Should I bring my harp?
A : Yes! We will not have harps available for use. Please bring your own.
Q : Is lunch included in the workshop fee?
A : No. If you would like to attend the lunch, you need to RSVP by Friday, July 7, 2017. Bring $10 cash/check with you to pay for the lunch.
About Our Presenter, Seumas Gagne
Seumas Gagné has been playing the music of the Scottish and Irish Gaels on the Celtic harp for more than thirty years. After finishing his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Music at Cornish College of the Arts in Seattle, his attention returned to his first love, the traditional music of Scotland and Ireland. This music led him deeper into the world of the Gael until learning the Gaelic language became the natural next step. He began studying with Richard Hill in Seattle and along with his classmates helped found Slighe nan Gaidheal (say: SLEE-uh nun GAY-ull), Washington’s Gaelic language and cultural society.
Seumas was one of the founding members of the band Wicked Celts and recorded one CD with them, Prophecy and Blessing in 1997.
That same year, Seumas and five friends from Slighe nan Gaidheal journeyed to the Royal Scottish National Mòd (a Gaelic music competition) in Inverness, Scotland where he won the Elspeth Hyllestad Trophy for solo clàrsach performance. At the time, he was the only American to have won this award. In 2001, he returned to the Mòd in Scotland with a team of four friends and together they won the first-ever waulking song competition, sponsored by the Harris Tweed Authority.
Seumas’ first solo CD, Baile Àrd, was released in February 2012. It includes a mix of traditional and original songs in Scottish Gaelic, as well as traditional dance music. Lyrics, translations, and instructional videos to help fans learn the choruses of the songs on the CD are available at his web site.
Learn more about Seumas, read his bio.
About Our Venue, Celtic Junction
Address: 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104 | Get Directions »
Celtic Junction Arts Center is nestled in a warehouse district between Snelling Ave and Highway 280 in Saint Paul. The Celtic Junction is an arts and cultural center that provides a central gathering place to educate our audiences and preserve, promote and celebrate the Celtic cultural legacy for the benefit of all ages and future generations. This workshop will be in one of the second-floor conference rooms.
The Celtic Junction, is an ADA-compliant facility. Accessibility features include ADA-accessible bathrooms on the main and south first and side second floors, street-level ADA-entry doors at the front and rear of The Celtic Junction, handicap accessible parking in the rear of The Celtic Junction, and an internal ramp that leads from the large studio space (used for concerts, dances, and events) to the main lobby.
Parking for the building is in two adjacent, free parking lots to the north and south of the building. There is designated handicap parking in the rear. The Celtic Junction Arts Center is accessible to pedestrians with a drop off driveway in front of the ADA-compliant entry door, and a cut-in from the curb. On-street parking is also available; for everyone’s safety, please respect the “No Parking” signs.
Learn more about the Celtic Junction on their website.