Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Scottish Music Workshops, July 17

10:30am - 5:30pm, All day tuition: $30. Register here

The Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games is sponsoring a day of Scottish Music Workshops, to be held at Celtic Junction on July 17, 2015. Those interested in workshop attendance should register as soon as possible to assure a spot. Audit attendance is also offered.



Workshop instructors include:

Hanneke Cassel is a 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, and renowned teacher of Scottish Fiddle. She has appeared at venues around the world. 

Mike Block is a member of the Silk Road Ensemble with Yoyo Ma, holds a summer music camp each year, and is the inventor of a strap that enables playing the cello standing up, as well as being an acclaimed performer and teacher. 

Hanneke and Mike will give workshops on learning to play by ear, understanding and performing idiomatic bowing and ornamentation, chord progressions, and creating rhythmic accompaniments. These workshops will focus on the fiddle (Hanneke) and cello (Mike) and will be built around the needs of the learners who register for the workshops. Some of the workshops may be combined, with fiddles and cellos together.

Participants in the Cassel/Block workshops will be invited to play a tune or two with Hanneke and Mike at the Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games on July 18, 2015.

Laura MacKenzie currently performs solo and in duos with Gary Rue, Ross Sutter (as Ross & MacKenzie), Dáithí Sproule, and with harpist Andrea Stern (as Willow Brae). Laura also appears with the trio Laura and the Lads, and with the ensemble Northern Gael. In St. Paul and in Northfield (Minnesota) she teaches students of Irish and Scottish music on whistle, flute, Scottish smallpipes and English concertina. 

Dáithí Sproule, a native of Derry in the North of Ireland, has spent a life-time accompanying traditional musicians and has recorded more that fifty CDs, including several with Laura MacKenzie and Ross Sutter, and nine with Irish band Altan, with whom he tours internationally. He also teaches at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul.

After the workshops conclude, the evening will see short performances by each of these artists, as well as from Celtic Harpists who will also be holding workshops at Celtic Junction on July 17. The party is free to workshop attendees.