The Céilí (Kay-lee) of the Valley Society hosted its inaugural Samhain (pronounced SOW-en) Celtic New Year Festival with an evening concert on October 22, 2016 in Salem, Oregon. The small, but mighty family-friendly festival highlighted crafts, music, dance and culture from the six Celtic Nations (Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cornwall, Brittany and Isle of Man). We hope to make this an annual Salem event.
Thanks to all the community members that attended, vendors, instructors, and demonstrators. We couldn’t have done it without our amazing volunteers. Special thanks to Marion-Polk Food Share in letting us use their wonderful kitchen to prepare our soups.
Céilí of the Valley Society received support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Samhain Festival was partially funded by the following Granters:
Fred W. Fields Fund of The Oregon Community Foundation
A small and mighty clan braved the elements on Salem’s 5th annual Saint Patrick’s Day walkabout through the park and Salem downtown. The event was a wee bit before St. Pat’s day, sponsored by Céili of the Valley Society on Saturday- March 12th. Even as the sky dumped liquid sunshine, The Willamette Valley Pipe and Drums (formerly Oregon Defense Force Pipe & Drum Band) led the crazy Green Bunch downtown from Riverfront Park.
Ceili (Kay-lee) of the Valley, with musicians Brad & Bob, popped up and surprised the shoppers and vendors at the Salem Saturday Market on October 10, 2015 with Walls of Limerick dance led by Elisa. It was quite the fun event and a beautiful day for dancing at the Market.
Maldon Meehan will be teaching a six-week session of Sean Nos (old style) Irish hard shoe dance classes at the VFW Hall, 630 Hood St. NE, beginning October 8.
Sean-nós literally meaning old-style is a highly improvisational, low to the ground, rhythmic dance form. Unlike Irish step dancers, Sean-nós dancers swing their hips and use their arms as forms of expressing the music. Traditionally a dancer danced solo on the hardwood of a half door or the round top of a barrel; as a result the steps are confined to a small space. In Sean-nós dance, the dancer is tied closely with the musician and the music. The dancer interprets the music.
Classes take place 7 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays. Oct. 8 – Nov. 12. Enough students have registered and class will begin October 8th.
Cost: $75 per person
Age: 9 and older
Pre-registration and payment is required. Deadline is Sept 30.
Ceili of the Valley Society will be performing on October 3rd at the McKenzie Highland Games & Celtic Gathering in Eugene at 10:50 am. Some of us may also stay for impromptu dancing during other sets (D’n’A at 2:30 and 5:20) and during the ceilidh. For more information, visit: http://www.mckenziehighlandgames.com/#!attractions/galleryPage.
Ceili of the Valley Society, along with our friend and caller Bruce Kenny, was proud to be a part of this community fundraiser event for Yamhill County Food Bank and other important community services. Right click to open the below video link.