Greetings from the Center for Irish Music,

Spring term is off to a great start and we are thrilled to be welcoming many new students to the school!   I'm recently back from a music research trip to the Irish Traditional Music Archives in Dublin and happy to be back at CIM.

In the creative spirit of St. Bridget's Day (Imbolc), I wanted to bring to your attention to the many musical projects of our CIM instructors as we prepare for their concert at Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event on February 24th.  There is a great wave of productivity amongst our amazing teaching artists!
  • Altan (band of CIM instructor, Dáithí Sproule) is releasing a new album called Gap of Dreams on March 2nd.
  • Mary Vanorny is releasing a solo fiddle album called First Light of Day.
  • Rosa Wells, Ryan Bhenke and Buddy Ferrari just recorded an album. 
  • Chad McAnally is recording an album of O'Carolan songs (with guest appearances by Cory Froehlich and Mary Vanorny). 
  • Hannah Flowers is working on an album of Irish language songs and harp, with support and encouragement from Dáithí Sproule.  
  • Brass Lassie, headed up by Laura MacKenzie, and including Danielle Enblom and Ms. Vanorny (yes, she's busy!) will be recording soon.
  • Brian Miller and Sean Gavin are recording an album with Bua.  
  • Finally, CIM instructor, Brian Miller, was recently awarded an Arts Tour grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board to tour throughout the state with his duo, the Lost Forty, starting in June 2018.  The Lost Forty are also recording an album right now.

Google any of these names to find out more, and come to the Éigse concert to hear them perform live!  Advance tickets are only $25.

Our Events and Communications Coordinator, Aja McCullough Beers has prepared this newsletter for you while working with our incredible team of Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event volunteers to prepare for our annual fundraising event.  

We are all very much looking forward to spending the celebratory evening in support of Irish traditional music with you!

Norah Rendell
Executive Artistic Director
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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Dinner tickets are SOLD OUT, 
but concert tickets are still available! 

The Center for Irish Music and emcee
Máirtín de Cógáin invite you to   dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, an evening in support of our mission to hand down traditional Irish music. Dinner tickets are sold out. Email Aja McCullough Beers ( to be added to our waiting list, and we will contact you if additional tickets become available.    

Concert and Reception Tickets - Advance Tickets Just $25 

Can't make it to dinner? Join us for the Éigse CIM concert and silent auction reception. The show will feature the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM instructors, who boast recording, award winning, and world-touring artists among their number. Purchase your tickets now at to guarantee a seat. Tickets will be available at the door (depending on availability) for $30. 

YOU can support Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event

Silent Auction Items 
We are gathering a wide assortment of silent auction items through February 15th. To donate a silent auction item, visit the   Silent Auction Page  or submit our online Silent Auction Donation Form .

The Volunteer Team
Support CIM with  the gift of your time and we'll thank you with a meal, fantastic  music, and excellent company!  For more information or to sign up,  email .

WOW Raffle
Our Wall of Whiskey, Wine, and Winter Ale is one of our most eye-catching displays at Éigse. Donate a bottle (or two!) by visiting our  WOW Raffle Page, downloading a hard copy of our  donation form, and submitting it with your donation to  the CIM office. 

Sponsoring Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event is a great way to support the Center for Irish Music while promoting your business to our community!  Visit our  Sponsorship Page  or contact  Aja McCullough Beers at  for more details.

Volunteers Needed St. Patrick's Day Weekend
The CIM will once again be at the Landmark Center for the IMDA St. Patrick's Day events, and we need volunteers to staff our information booth on Saturday and Sunday. 

This is a great way to get to know your fellow CIM community members, share your enthusiasm about CIM to passers-by, and to enjoy the St. Patrick's Day festivities!

September 22nd
Join us on Saturday, September 22nd  for The Harvest Home, a one-day event featuring workshops and a concert with the renowned members of traditional band Trían: Liz Carroll, Daíthí Sproule, and Billy McComiskey. Watch for details on the CIM website and in our upcoming newsletters! 

Register for Spring Term
It's not too late to register for spring group classes, ensembles, and private lessons at the Center for Irish Music!

Click Here to Register for group class or contact Hannah Carr-Murphy to set up private lessons. 

Spring Term runs from January 29 through May 27. Make-up week is May 29 to June 4.

For more spring term dates to remember, download & print the CIM 2017-18 list of important dates.

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.

UpcomingEventsUpcoming Dates, Concerts & Events

Traditional Irish music concerts and events featuring CIM students and instructors are now listed on the "Gigs & Events" page of our blog   .

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.

Support CIM as you shop, work and invest!

Amazon Smile:  Set up your Amazon Smile account to benefit the Center for Irish Music, then use this link every time you shop. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to CIM.

Shutterfly: Shop for photos, cards, invitations and more and CIM receives 13% of your purchase price. 
ThriventThrivent Financial members can now direct their Choice Dollars to the Center for Irish Music to be a beneficiary of Thrivent Financial's charitable outreach funds. 
Workplace Giving:  Many companies support nonprofits like the CIM by matching employee donations or volunteer hours. Check with your HR department, send us any required paperwork, and we'll take it from there! 
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.