Seirm is Slighe nan Gaidheal’s céilidh band of singers and musicians who create traditional and innovative Scottish Gaelic music together. Seirm performs at various community events to promote interest and awareness of the Scottish Gaelic language, music and song tradition.
If you are interested in singing in Gaelic and/or playing an instrument, we welcome you to join Seirm. We meet on Monday evenings from 7 pm - 9 pm, September through May in the Lake City area of Northeast Seattle. Each new season begins on the first Monday after Labor Day.
A typical season includes a Spring Concert & Dance, performances at the Northwest Folklife Festival, Highland Games, and “waulking the tweed” at two or three community events.
Originally formed as a 4-part a cappella choir in 1996 to participate in Mòd Vancouver, Seirm transitioned to the current format following the conclusion of Mòd Vancouver in 2007. Seirm participated in the Royal National Mòd in Scotland in October 2017 and plans to return in October 2020.
Seirm at the 2017 Royal National Mòd (The Oban Times)
Seirm welcomes people regardless of their musical experience or knowledge of Gaelic. There are no auditions and no one will be asked to sing or play by themselves to join the group. Some people in the group read music while others learn by ear. The only prerequisites to join are a willingness to learn Gaelic songs or tunes and have fun!
No previous experience with Gaelic is necessary since we work on pronunciation as part of learning the songs and have recordings of each song for practicing at home. We learn about a dozen Gaelic songs each season, some of which we sing a cappella and others that are accompanied by our group of instrumentalists. The band also learns several Scottish dance tune sets to play for céilidh dancing.
Please contact Penny McLeod DeGraff if you would like to join or have any questions.
Upcoming Seirm & Music Events