Each year the Skagit County-based Celtic Arts Foundation brings around 20 award-winning pipers, drummers, dancers and fiddlers to perform in the Masters of Scottish Arts concert in Seattle. But this year, thanks to a scheduling conflict at Benaroya Hall, the 17th annual MSA show comes to Tacoma’s Pantages Theater, bringing virtuoso renditions of Scottish and Cape Breton music to South Sound audiences.
The concert brings together in one venue some of the world’s best Celtic musicians, drawing Celtic music lovers from all over the Northwest, said Skye Richendrfer, founder and director of the Celtic Arts Foundation in Mt. Vernon. It’s the biggest event for the foundation, which produces over ten Celtic events annually.
Before and after the concert the performers teach their skills to aspiring students from around the country in workshops at the Seabeck Conference Center. Among the prize-winning musicians are Scottish pipers Brian Donaldson, Roddy MacLeod, Stuart Liddell, Fred Morrison, Gary West, Willie McCallum, Bruce Gandy and Murray Henderson; drummers Michael Cole (Chicago), Tyler Fry and Blair Brown (Canada), John Scullion (Northern Ireland) and Arthur Cook (Scotland); and Canadian fiddlers Laura Risk, Andrea Beaton and Troy MacGillivray.