Celtic Community Instructor Biographies 2018.

Dawn Berg
Dawn Berg has been singing and sharing folk songs since 1991. She has helped lead several wool waulking classes in the past year, and will be performing in March at the Autism Resource Center Book Fair” at Barnes and Noble.

Matt Cacy
Matt Cacy has been an amateur Whisky enthusiast since purchasing his first bottle of scotch in 2002. He regularly holds whisky tastings at his home to teach people about whisky, and works constantly to try new whiskies.

Lisa Caress-Beu
Lisa Caress-Beu is the owner/operator of Celtic Treasures . She is a long-time supporter of fairy magic.

Kevin Hall
Kevin Hall is a graphic artist from Anchorage. His artwork has been a feature of the Scottish History exhibits and at the Alaska Scottish Highland Games.

Anne Freitag
Anne Freitag is a librarian with an interest in history. She also designs and makes costumes, and does many other crafty things.

Kyle Lindsey
Kyle Lindsey graduated UAA with a degree in music, emphasis in conducting. He has been playing fiddle with the Irish pub band "Rogues & Wenches" and has toured Ireland visiting and playing in sessions. He teaches classes in violin in his Eagle River studio.

Sean McGrane
Sean McGrane is a life-long Alaskan, an original member of the Irish Club of Alaska, and at one-time a jeweler and a gold miner in the gold rush area of Alaska and Yukon. He is currently the president of the Irish Club of Alaska, holds a BA in History and a graduate degree in Logistics and Supply Chain Management.

Natalie Novik
Natalie Novik has a History Master’s degree from the Sorbonne in Paris. Her interests revolve around Celtic arts, and in particular applied arts like drawing, painting, decorating and making jewelry inspired by ancient and medieval Celtic art.

Patrick Ryan
Patrick Ryan is a retired first grade teacher and a Master Gardener. As the Education Specialist for the Alaska Botanical Garden, he teaches gardening classes for children and adults. Pat views gardening as a big science experiment and has learned as much from botanical mistakes as successes. As a singer and guitartist, Pat fronts the Carhartt Brothers and the Silver Train bands.

Dixine Schiavi and the Midnight Sun Cloggers.
Dixine has over 40 years of performance & competitive clog dancing history. She is the founder of the all-female clog & percussive dance team in Anchorage, the Midnight Sun Cloggers. Dixine does not teach regular clog dance classes to the public, only this one annual workshop at Celtic Spring Festival. Some of the members of Midnight Sun Cloggers will be on hand to perform/demonstrate clog dancing and to help out during this very fun workshop.

Ellen Vande Visse, MS
Ellen Vande Visse, MS, is author of Ask Mother Nature, (Findhorn Press). For 28 years, Ellen has applied her spiritual work with nature to ecological land management, sustainable agriculture, and Earth healing.  

Hunter Woofter
Hunter Woofter has been playing bodhran since 2004 as the lead percussionist with the Irish pub band "Rogues & Wenches". In 2013 Hunter toured Ireland with his bodhran on his back, visiting and playing bodhran in sessions throughout Ireland. He has taught classes in bodhran at the Celtic Spring Festival in years past.

Rev. Amberle Wright
Rev. Amberle Wright is the principal minister of Light & Shadow Seminary here in the Anchorage area. She has been teaching, sharing, and serving the local spiritual alternative community since 2007 through lectures, gatherings, circles, celebrations, and volunteerism.

Linda Yarborough
Linda Yarborough is a harpist from Anchorage, with many years of performing and teaching experience. She often plays at Celtic Community events, and enjoys playing tunes from all the various Celtic traditions.


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