People. Culture. Music.

Founded in 2013 in beautiful Downeast Maine, the Acadia Trad School evolved out of a growing traditional music and dance culture that has taken root in New England. We consider “traditional music and arts” to include all forms of music and arts that are deeply rooted in cultural expression and have stood the test of time. Focusing mainly on music and dance with origins in the Celtic traditions (Irish, Scottish, Cape Breton, Acadian, Quebeçois, Old-Time, etc), we promote both historical and modern adaptations of the arts that respectfully expand on the voices of the past while passing the voices of the present to the next generation. Acadia Trad School emphasizes technique, theory, and cultural understanding — not just learning tunes.

The Acadia Trad School offers a variety of concerts, sessions, workshops, school programs and dances across Downeast Maine throughout the year, but its flagship event is the week long Acadia Trad Festival, held each year in Bar Harbor during the last week in June. In the coming years, we hope to expand our programming as well as extend our reach regionally and beyond. Please read more about our future plans, and find out how you can help in the About Us section.

The Acadia Trad Festival

Every year, the last week in June (exact dates for 2019 to be announced soon!)

Join us for a jam-packed week of classesconcerts and jam sessions in the Irish, Scottish, Québecois, Acadian, Cajun, Old-Time and Cape Breton styles. Our world-class Faculty and instructors teach programs for fiddle, guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cello, piano, piano accordion, banjo, uilleann pipes, whistle, bodhran, dance, song, Celtic culture, and much, much more. Adults, teens, children, families — students of all ages and abilities are welcome!

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