Dear Center for Irish Music friends & supporters,

Winter is in full swing, and there are plenty of chances to support our talented student musicians this December!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Advanced Youth Ensemble concert at the Celtic Junction Arts Center this past Saturday - what a fabulous evening of music. This month's Celtic Music Showcase at the Underground Music Cafe will feature our Swallowtail, Starling and Young Adult Ensembles, and our youth recitals and adult student open mic are great opportunities to see what our students have been working on this fall.

See our upcoming event listing below for more opportunities to celebrate the season with Irish music, and visit the IMDA's online calendar for a comprehensive listing of Irish cultural events.

Tickets to Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event are now available online . We're thrilled to welcome back Corkman and entertainer extraordinaire Máirtín de Cógáin as our emcee. This event has sold out for the past few years, so if you'd like to sponsor a table or purchase multiple tickets, we recommend doing it soon!

Finally, I have started publishing a tune of the month in the IMDA newsletter with dots, chords, abc file and sound file (the latter two are coming soon). These tunes will become the CIM's next Common Repertoire, and there are two tunes published already making up a lovely set of reels called the Drogheda Lasses and Jack Coughlan's Fancy. Check them out on our site and/or sign up for the IMDA newsletter. Happy tune learning!

Wishing everyone a safe, warm, and happy winter season.

Norah Rendell
Executive Artistic Director
Center for Irish Music

*CIM students: The " students " webpage is updated on a weekly basis. We request that current students bookmark this page and check in regularly to find out about upcoming dates, deadlines, events and student-related announcements. Thank you!
Fall Youth Recitals & Adult Student Open Mic
We hope you'll join us for our student recitals! Invite your friends and family and enjoy the tunes and songs our students have learned this term. 

  • 7pm - 9pm - Adult Student Open Mic with emcee Todd Menton. Adult students: there are still a few spots available, so click here to sign up if you want to perform!

  • 1:00pm - Youth Recital 1* - for students under 12 and Tin Whistle Troupe.
  • 2:30pm - Youth Recital 2* - for students in Redwing, Swallowtail and Starling ensembles (including solo tunes) and students aged 12-13 (unless they are in the Starling ensemble).
  • 4:00pm - Youth Recital 3* - for students in the Wren and Advanced Youth Ensemble students (although the AYE will not perform as a group), plus students aged 14 and older.

There will be a potluck following the recitals and open mic, so  please bring a treat to share . CIM will provide the beverages!

We're looking for volunteers both Friday and Sunday for set up, clean up, and greeting. (Parents, please note that you will not miss your child's performance if you volunteer!) Click here to sign up for a shift online . Thank you for your help!

*Parents, please connect with your child's instructor(s) directly to confirm which recital your child is performing in. Programs will be printed by noon on Friday, December 7th. If there are changes after that, please come to the recital 30 minutes early and notify Norah Rendell in person. Thank you!
Tickets Now Available for Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event
Join the Center for Irish Music on Saturday, February 23rd for Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event, our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Don't miss this fabulous evening, including a traditional Irish dinner, a concert by celebrated CIM instructors, a silent auction, and more! Consider sponsoring a table of ten in support of the tradition.

This event has sold out for the past few years, so be sure to get your tickets early if you'd like to guarantee a seat at dinner.
Éigse Silent Auction Donations & Sponsorship
Eigse CIM Silent Auction
We are currently requesting donations for our Éigse CIM silent auction! Click here to for more information and to fill out our donation form. Contact Eileen Degnan , silent auction chair, with silent auction questions.

If you know of a business that might be interested in supporting Éigse through a silent auction donation or event sponsorship, please contact Aja McCullough Beers , Events & Communications Coordinator.
Holiday Wreath Fundraiser
Support CIM while decorating your home for the holidays! Lynch Creek Farms offers a wide selection of wreaths, garlands, and centerpieces, and will ship directly to your home for free. Best of all, 20% of all purchases made through this link will go directly to the Center for Irish Music.

Click here to visit the Lynch Creek Farms website and browse their inventory of holiday decor.
A Taste of the Concertina
Curious about the concertina? Wonder how the English Concertina is different from the Anglo? Join CIM instructors Charlie Heymann and Mattie Ernst for a free, fun exploration of this delightful, expressive and portable instrument. Current and past concertina students and players are encouraged to attend, and all are welcome.

For further information, contact Gabriel Ross at .
Save the Date! Cherish the Ladies Workshop
Save the date for a special workshop with Cherish the Ladies, presented by the Center for Irish Music in partnership with the Ordway.

Wednesday, March 20th
7:00-8:30 pm
at 836 Prior Avenue N.

See Cherish the Ladies in concert at the Ordway on Thursday, March 21st as part of their Music & Movement series. A limited number of $5 tickets are available to Center for Irish Music newsletter subscribers. Use discount code CAPLADIES **.

Cherish the Ladies Concert
Music & Movement Series, Ordway Concert Hall
Thursday, March 21st, 7:30pm

** Limit of 4 discounted tickets per person. Not valid on previously purchased tickets or in combination with other offers. Subject to availability. All tickets are subject to a facility fee and service charge per ticket. All sales are final with no refunds or price adjustments. Offer may be revoked or modified at any time without notice.
Save the Date! Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
June 14-16, 2019
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend (MIM)

Mark your calendars for this 3-day traditional Irish music festival, including workshops, lectures, sessions, and a concert with master artists from around the world.

Watch for artist announcements and updates, coming soon!
Upcoming Concerts & Events
THURSDAY, DEC. 6 | 8:00 - 10:00 PM
Boiled in Lead (Todd Menton)

THURSDAYS, DEC. 6, 13 and 20
Introductory old style Irish dance workshops with Danielle Enblom

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 | 7:00 PM
Hannah Flowers
Carúil Nollag - Carols of Christmas

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 | 7:30 PM
Yulefest, featuring Barra, the HiB's, Patsy O'Brien, and The Eddies.

SATURDAY, DEC. 8 | 7:30-11:00 PM
Danielle Enblom & Bob Walser play the weekly Contra Dance

THURSDAY, DEC. 13 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
CIM Ensembles at the Underground Music Cafe's Celtic Music Showcase
Swallowtail (7:00 pm), Starling (7:25 pm) and Young Adult Ensemble (8:00 pm)
DEC. 14, 15, 16, 21 & 22nd
Celtic Holiday Hooley
Featuring O'Shea Irish Dancers and music from Todd Menton, Norah Rendell, Dean McGraw, Cormac O'Shea, Dennis Curley & Kelsey Hannington. -Hosted by comedian Joshua Will and Natalie O'Shea.

Celtic Holiday Hooley
(see above for details)

FRIDAY, DEC. 21 | 7:30 PM
Katie McMahon Celtic Christmas

THURSDAY, DEC. 27 | 7:30 - 9:00 PM
Sister Nyck & The Bellows Brothers
(Tom Klein)

SATURDAY, DEC. 29 | 7:00 PM
The Frothy Band
(Tom Klein, Mary Vanorny)
This is not an exhaustive listing of all events within the Twin Cities Irish community. For more listings, please visit the  IMDA Event Calendar , and the  Celtic Junction Arts Center  concerts.   
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