The joy of traditional music – for young people

Traditional fiddle styles are worlds of discovery! 

At Fiddlesticks we aim to inspire young musicians, whether for an enriching weekend or for a lifetime of learning, fun, and community. Kids and teens learn directly from master performers, right here in Seattle.


Whether you come from a fiddle or classical background, we're hoping to share the joy of traditional music with you.

After two successful workshop programs in 2022, we're now enrolling 2023 programs. Join the mailing list to hear about our offerings!

Here's who we met in May 2022 at our Irish Fiddle Weekend: 

Multi-instrumentalist Michael Thomas Connolly loves helping newcomers discover the beauty and drive of Irish music, whether he's teaching, playing for dances or informal sessions, or performing. You'll find him leading workshops at the Bellingham Irish Festival, playing with Rosin & Reed, and working as owner and lead audio engineer at Empty Sea Studios. (Shula's students may remember Michael from summer fiddle projects in past seasons!)

Alicia Guinn has twenty years of experience teaching Irish step dance to children and adults. Her mission is to help dancers of all levels develop rhythm, confidence, creativity, musicality, and joy in dancing—while maintaining connection to tradition and community. Alicia promotes the many mental and physical benefits of dance and believes that dance should be accessible to people of all ages, backgrounds, body types, skill levels, and socio-economic conditions.