This is your opportunity to learn from some of the very best musicians and artists from around the world. There are course levels for everyone from beginner to advanced, all are welcome to participate.  Unsure which level to sign up for? CLICK HERE

The Celtic College is a four-day immersive event the week before the Celtic Festival that teaches the ins and outs of many types of Celtic music, dance, and craft art, taught by the artists who will be appearing at the Festival on the weekend.  There are four 80 minute classes per day, which repeat throughout the week.  For example, you will have the same class from 9:00 to 10:20 every day.  Classes cover a broad range of instruments, styles, focuses, artistic mediums, and levels of experience: anything from beginner fiddle tunes to advanced Irish harp technique, from ceilidh dancing to Ontario step dance, or from blacksmithing to illuminated letters, and everything in between. 

The Celtic College takes place over a four day period - Monday, August 7th to Thursday, August 10th and is taught by the same musicians and artists brought to the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival to perform throughout the festival.  

After learning and growing as musicians throughout the college, all students are welcome to participate in our Friday Showcase. Taking place on Friday, August 11th at the Festival Grounds in Lions Harbour Park, this is a wonderful opportunity to show off your new skills. 

A college student’s day might look like this: 

1) 9:00-10:20 - Scottish Song 

2) 10:40-12:00 - Advanced Cape Breton Fiddle Style 

LUNCH 12:00-1:30 - at the College or at a local restaurant 

3) 1:30-2:50 - Irish Ensemble 

4) 3:10-4:30 - Quebec Style Dance 

In the evenings, the experience goes on to include evening teacher concerts in the town square, and everyone can put their skills to practice at the ceilidh dances and sessions that often run into the night at local venues.  The week wraps up with a Celtic College Showcase at the Festival on Friday afternoon, which kicks off the weekend!

Please Note: 

  • Students will be permitted into the Festival for free on Friday, August 11, but are encouraged to purchase a festival pass to enjoy the entire weekend of concerts. (tuition and ticket options below) 
  • Check-in sessions: students must pick up their registration materials (i.e. room assignments, maps, tickets) upon arrival during one of the following check-in sessions:   
    Sunday, August 6, 2023 between 2:00pm - 8:00pm @ The Livery Theatre  (35 South St.)
    Monday, August 7th, 2023 between 8:00am – 9:00 am @ TBA


Step 1: Fill out the registration form below.

Step 2: Purchase the Celtic College tuition (and the optional Celtic College Student Weekend Pass). 

Alternatively, payment is accepted by mailing in a cheque or by calling the office to process a credit card payment over the phone.
Please make cheques out to "Goderich Celtic Folk Society" and mail to:  
Goderich Celtic Roots Festival & College   
Box 171  
Goderich, ON, Canada  
N7A 3Z2  

Cancellations on or before July 31st, 2023 will be refunded in full minus a $50 administration fee.   
Cancellations between July 31st, 2023 and August 7th, 2023 will be refunded in half.   
Cancellations after August 7th, 2023 will not be refunded.

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