At this year’s 44th Annual Folk Life Festival at The Seattle Center, about 5,000 performers gathered together to participate in cultural events and activities. Each year, artists, musicians, dancers, and storytellers share their talents without compensation with communities from all over the Pacific Northwest. The 2015 Folk Life Focus was “Beats, Rhymes, and Rhythms: Traditional Roots – Today’s Branches”. Some highlights at Folk Life included a Saturday afternoon of Celtic-Irish festivities and dance.
Boeing Green hosted an open session of Irish traditional dance music. The session featured a core of competent players (recruited from established Seattle-area sessions) who share a goal of encouraging musicians who have limited or no experience playing this music with others to have an authentic session experience in a non-intimidating environment. (end)