Celtic Week – July 10-16, 2022



The Covid-19 pandemic has presented unique challenges to the safe presentation of in-person gatherings of all types. For next summer, our safety protocols will be guided by the recommendations of the national Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Buncombe County Health Department and those of Warren Wilson College. We anticipate that these measures will continue to evolve in response to the progress of the virus, but as of this writing:
All participants, including children, must provide documentation, verified with a photo ID, that they have been fully vaccinated. Following the recommendations of both the NC Department of Health & Human Services and the Buncombe County Health Department, this includes a booster shot.
All participants must be masked and practice physical distancing while indoors.
Social dancing such as contra-, square- and ceili dancing will not be possible next summer due to physical distancing requirements.
Since we will attempt to create a ‘bubble of the vaccinated’ on our campus during the workshops, there will be no events open to the public, and we suggest that Gathering participants remain on campus throughout the week.
Participants will be updated throughout the spring of any changes or additions to these safety measures.


The musical traditions of Scotland and Ireland, possessing separate, distinctive personalities, nonetheless share a common heritage. Many of western North Carolina’s early white settlers were either Highlanders or ‘Ulster Scots’ – the Scots-Irish. Our Celtic Week acknowledges that varied heritage with a program that features some of the best from those traditions.

Celtic Week welcomes a new staff member, several old friends we haven’t seen in a while, and a lineup that features present or former members of the supergroups Lúnasa, Ossian, Solas, Altan, The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, Slide, Runa, The House Band, Skylark, Moving Cloud, Comas, and the Alt, plus the return of an outstanding group of veteran staff members.

The week will feature classes, potluck sessions, concerts, and jams. For those taking any of the style classes for fiddle, it is recommended that students should play at an Intermediate level: students should have mastered beginning skills, be able to tune their instruments, keep time, play the principal scales cleanly, and know how to play a few tunes with confidence. Fiddle classes are double-length, and students may take either intermediate or advanced classes, but not both. The uilleann pipes class is also double-length. Fiddlers who plan on taking both Irish and Scottish fiddle should consider their stamina and the available practice time before registering for two daily 2 1⁄2 hour classes.

For novices, “Fiddle for Complete Beginners” will cover the basics and two sections of“FiddleTechnique”will address technical problems for all players, while“Tinwhistle for CompleteBeginners” will provide new whistle players with a repertoire of simple tunes.

In addition, this year, folk legend Janis Ian will offer her “Master Class in Artistry” during all five of our weeks.