Greetings Center for Irish Music supporters,

Thanks to all of our students for playing traditional music across the Twin Cities this St. Patrick's Day season, from the IMDA Landmark Center to Claddagh Coffee Cafe, from St. Alexander the Great's fish fry to St. Anthony Park Home.  

Welcome to new subscribers to the Center for Irish Music's mailing list! In addition to the monthly newsletters,  follow us on Facebook and  visit our website regularly at . We look forward to meeting you again soon!

Register now for three new classes starting in April:
  • Irish Pub Songs with Todd Menton, Tuesdays 7:30pm, 4/11-5/22, $109
  • Irish Language for Young Adults with Dáithí Sproule, Tuesdays 8-9pm, 4/10-5/22, $109
  • Poetry in Irish from the Earliest Times with Dáithí Sproule, Thursdays 7-8pm, 4/12-5/24, $109



Spring is around the corner and we are in organization mode as we prepare for the launch of a new registration system!  This new, more efficient online platform will streamline registration, volunteer coordination and donor management systems, and give our staff more time to focus on our students and programs!  We hope to launch the new system in time for summer term registration, in late April.  Thanks to our supporters who donated to this initiative at Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event!

Enjoy the St. Patrick's Day photos, and have a wonderful spring break!  Here's a reminder that the Center for Irish Music is closed from April 1-8.

Norah Rendell
CIM Executive Artistic Director

Volunteers Meg, Gary and Christine at the CIM booth at the Landmark Center.
The Starling Ensemble, directed by Mary Vanorny, playing some rollicking sets in the tea room.
The Swallowtail ensemble fiddlers with Derek on the tenor banjo.  
The Advanced Youth Ensemble played a great set on the main stage!
The Young Adult Ensemble enjoying the beautiful Tea Room acoustics.

The Swallowtail ensemble whistlers!
campsIrish music summer camps 
Registration opens soon for summer camps, group classes, and private lessons,! Summer term is 10 weeks long and runs from June 11th - August 19th.

Summer camps for children and teens

Exploring Irish Music
This camp is designed specifically for early music and movement development. Campers will be introduced to the wonderful world of Irish music and tradition through stories, song, dance and play. The week will be filled with activities that ignite imagination, foster creativity, and build skills for future musicians. With an opportunity to try real instruments, campers will showcase their new skills for parents at the end of the week. Ages 4-8.

Introduction to Irish Harp
Learn all about the harp, one of Ireland's oldest instruments! This camp is for new and current students with no prior harp experience. Students will learn to play tunes and accompany songs while learning about the history of the instrument. Music, games and other fun activities will provide an opportunity to learn basic technique as well and rhythm and ear-training skills valuable to any Irish musician!

Ensemble Summer Camp
For all CIM youth ensemble musicians, and other CIM students who would love to meet some other Irish music friends for the week! Join us for a week full of learning new tunes, playing together, sessions and instrument-specific instruction. Please bring a bag lunch and water as we will take a lunch break in Newell Park, weather permitting.

* Information on an Introduction to Irish Music summer camp for 11-14 year-olds with a focus on song, culture, history with Danielle Enblom is forthcoming! Check our website for updates.  

** Parents, contact us directly ( or 651-815-0083) if you need to drop off or pick up your children 15 minutes before or after the camp start times.  
Song workshop and concert with Máirín Uí Chéide 
Uilleann pipes and Irish fiddle workshops 
with David Power and Willie Kelly

Presented by the Center for Irish Music 
Saturday, April 28th
Questions? Email Hannah Carr-Murphy at or call the CIM office at 651-815-0083.

Workshops will take place at the Center for Irish Music, followed by a concert presented by the Celtic Junction Arts Center.

"David Power brings a breathtaking freshness to the set, his fluid, fluent playing as light as a feather."  - Irish Times

"...Willie Kelly is a refreshing example of all that is good in Irish culture..." - CCE mid Atlantic Region
The Irish Music and Dance Association is now accepting applications for their Educational Grants to help students of all ages pursue an interest in the traditional arts of Ireland. 

Grants may be used for classes, fees, travel expenses, equipment purchases or other purpose which supports the applicant's learning.  Grant recipients then bring their new skills back to the community by performing at an IMDA event in the Twin Cities. 

Since its start in 2006, the program has made grants to musicians, dancers, students of the Gaelic language, several of whom have been CIM students.

More information is available here. Applications are due April 16th. 
New Irish Trad Releases
 Check out these new releases from CIM instructors  
Dáithí Sproule (Altan), and Mary Vanorny.

The Gap of Dreams

Mary Vanorny
First Light of Day

Upcoming Concerts & Events

Visit the
"Gigs & Events" page of our blog  for an up-to-date calendar of concerts and events in the Twin Cities.

Be sure to check back regularly for newly added traditional music events throughout the month!
T he CIM blog's "Gigs & Events" calendar is not an exhaustive listing of all events withi n the Twin Cities Irish community. For more listings, please visit the IMDA Event Calendar, and the Celtic Junction Arts Center concerts.  
DonateNowThe Center for Irish Music is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we depend on donations to continue passing along the tradition of Irish music and song. Please consider making a gift to CIM today! 
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the 
arts and cultural 
heritage fund.