Sing, dance and hear Gaelic storytelling at a celebration for Abigail Washburn.
Carolina Performing Arts is collaborating with the UNC Visiting Lectureship in Scottish Gaelic Studies to host the cèilidh (pronounced kay-lee) to honor Abigail Washburn on March 7 at UNC’s Gerrard Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Washburn, an American clawhammer banjo player and a Grammy award-winning singer-songwriter, is an artist-in-residence under the CPA DisTIL Fellowship.
The cèilidh will be held on March 7 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.
Tiber F.M. Falzett, the UNC visiting lecturer in Scottish Gaelic studies, suggested hosting a cèilidh instead of a traditional American party because Gaelic social gatherings incorporate Scottish or Irish dancing, music and storytelling in addition to connecting with friends. He wanted to bring this traditional Gaelic party to UNC’s campus to join the community in a diverse way and to share cultures.
“It’s more of creating an occasion that’s rooted in that ethos of what the cèilidh is,” Falzett said. “It’s about sharing and creating a social context with sort of the raw ingredients we have in our own community here in Chapel Hill.”