Bangor Celtic Crossroads Festival Workshops

Workshops are on Saturday September 29, 2018 at the Bangor Arts Exchange, 193 Exchange Street. Tickets are $10 each.

1-2. Gallery. Beginning Irish Whistle workshop Chuck Whitney and Cathy King Segee

[ Buy Tickets ] This workshop will introduce new players to whistle techniques and perhaps learn a simple tune or 2. We will use tin/penny whistles in the key of D, the commonly used whistle in Irish music. Previous playing experience is not a prerequisite. We will attempt to accommodate various ability levels. Whistles will be available for loan/purchase for those who don’t already have one. (10$ to purchase).

Chuck makes, plays and teaches Irish whistle, flute and Uilleann pipes. He leads Irish sessions in Bangor and lives in Ellsworth, Maine.

Cathy Segee is an Irish flute and whistle player who plays in sessions various places around the Bangor area including Paddys Murphy’s, Geaghan’s and Mason’s Brewery. She is also a musician with the Celtic group Doollaly. [ Buy Tickets ]

1-2 pm. Angela Szucs. Ballroom. Beginning Cape Breton step dance.

[ Buy Tickets ] In Cape Breton dance came with the music from the “old country” when the settlers from Scotland, Ireland, and France settled on the great Island at the northern end of Nova Scotia. Over the centuries, a distinctive dance style was established that is related to the styles of their ancestors, but is clearly different. In this workshop, students will be introduced to some basic strathspey and reel steps that can be combined into a complete performance in the Cape Breton style. Students are encouraged to wear leather or hard soled shoes or tap shoes, if they have them.

Angela Szucs has been studying Cape Breton style step dancing for a number of years and has studied at the St. Ann’s Gaelic College in Cape Breton. When she is not dancing, she is teaching math. [ Buy Tickets ]

2-3 Gallery. Sara Grey. Song migration. From Scotland and Ireland to North America.

[ Buy Tickets ] Scots and Ulster Scots have immigrated to North America in great numbers, bringing with them the song and ballad singing traditions of Scotland and Northern Ireland. I will trace the migration of songs by singing a song, or part of it, from its Celtic source and then singing the American or Canadian version illustrating both changes and similarities. Participants will be encouraged to ask questions, and to sing along on choruses and refrains.

Sara is a traditional musician who grew up in New Hampshire but lived in Scotland and England for 46 years. [ Buy Tickets ]

3-4 Gallery. Music of Cornwall. Chris Brin

[ Buy Tickets ] It could be said that the music of Cornwall, the smallest of the Celtic nations, is often overlooked, especially when measured alongside her powerhouse brethren. But Cornwall boasts a rich music and dance heritage both unadulterated in it’s Celtic nature, and one hundred percent it’s own. Sharing a love of song with it’s Welsh neighbor, the Cornish have a passion for communal singing, whether part of a male voice choirs, pilot gig crews, or in the bar of the local pub. Chris Brinn will explore some of the more popular songs from his home town of Padstow, as well as some of the dance tunes from the lesser known Celtic stronghold of Kernow.

Chris Brinn came to the U.S. almost eighteen years ago from the small fishing port of Padstow on the North Cornish coast, in the South West of Great Britain. He now lives in Searsmont with his wife Carol and their son Declan. [ Buy Tickets ]

3-4. Ballroom. Emily Kirkton. The sword dance (Scottish Highland dance).

[ Buy Tickets ] Modern Scottish Highland Dance is based on centuries-old traditions, the oldest of which is the Sword Dance. Highland dance at a competitive level is a highly technical and athletic form of dance. However, dances like the Sword Dance are also very accessible to people who want to learn the basics of this cultural treasure. In this workshop, participants will learn the fundamental steps that make up the dance. We’ll break down what look like complicated moves into basic repeating series of steps. Participants are invited to participate as much or as little as they would like, and no special equipment or materials are needed.

Emily Kirkton, has been involved in Scottish Highland Dance for over 30 years, first competing, then teaching, now running the dance competition at the annual Maine Highland Games. She has a deep pride for her Scottish heritage and is pleased to honor that heritage through her passion for Highland dance. [ Buy Tickets ]

4-5 Gallery. Dick Swain and Nancy Mattila. Maine and the Celtic World: In the Tradition

[ Buy Tickets ] From ballads to shanties, including sea songs, lumbering songs, and love songs: traditional songs and songs in traditional style from Maine and from the Celtic World.

Nancy and Dick have captivated audiences across North America with songs expressing their love of traditional. Their performances include materials gathered from research into the history and folklore of North America and the Anglo/Irish/Scottish tradition. They are featured together with Gordon Bok, Cindy Kallet, and Ann Dodson on So Bravely Dream: Songs of Jan Harmon, and they have sung with the Quasimodal Chorus on many of Gordon Bok’s recordings, including Schooners and Ensemble. [ Buy Tickets ]