Greetings from the Center for Irish Music,

We are gearing up for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, our annual fundraising event coming up soon on February 22nd from 5-10pm. Don't miss out on attending this memorable annual celebration in support traditional Irish music! This year's event will feature a beautiful Celtic-themed silent auction, a delicious dinner, and spectacular live performances of traditional Irish music throughout the evening. The event culminates in a concert featuring CIM's instructors, with concert-only tickets priced at $25!

Our spring term began last week with a new roster of classes and a fresh coat of paint on the walls. The painting is just part of our 2020 lobby improvement project, funded by the Metro Regional Arts Council. We also recently received beautiful new lobby furniture and hung framed posters of eleven years of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend (formerly the Young Irish Musicians Weekend) in the hallway. Thanks to the many volunteers who helped move furniture, clean (including exterior windows), and organize our storage spaces. We appreciate your time & energy.

I look forward to seeing you over the upcoming months,

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!
Register Now for Late Start Spring Classes
Spring Term at the Center for Irish Music is underway, but there's still time to join a group class or sign up for private lessons! Check out our late start classes below, and click here for our online registration site . Email with questions about classes or enrollment, or to sign up for private lessons. Spring Term runs through May 24th.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 11-14
Save the date for Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 11-14! The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, presented by the Center for Irish Music, is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert.

Stay tuned for announcements about our lineup for June 2020 later this week!
Welcome CIM's New Fiddle Instructor Danny Diamond
Join us in welcoming the Center for Irish Music's newest instructor, fiddler Danny Diamond. Danny is a musician from Ireland, who plays fiddle, sings, composes music, and works as a recording engineer/producer. He comes from a renowned family of traditional musicians with a deep cultural heritage in the North of Ireland. Be sure to say hello to Danny when you see him around the Center for Irish Music! Danny is available to teach during the day on weekdays, and on Thursday evenings. Contact Hannah Carr-Murphy to sign up for lessons with Danny.
Thanks to Kelsey Lutz for teaching at the Center for Irish Music since Fall of 2017. We are sad to announce that Kesley will not be teaching at CIM this term. She is focusing her time on finishing her law degree at the University of Minnesota before moving back to the Detroit area this summer. We will miss you, Kelsey!
Join us at Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event on February 22nd
Tickets are still available 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. The deadline to purchase dinner tickets is Monday, February 10th.

Individual Dinner and Concert Tickets ($85)
Table Sponsorship, including dinner and concert for a table of 10 ($1,000)
Concert-only tickets ($25 in advance, $30 at the door)

Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event, couldn't happen without the energy of our wonderful volunteers! There are many roles to choose from, including decorators, dinner servers, set up and break down crews, and more. We'll thank you for your support with a meal, fantastic music and excellent company.


We are still seeking donations for our Éigse CIM silent auction and WOW Raffle! Click here to for more information and to fill out our donation form. The deadline for auction donations is this Friday, February 7th !

If you know of a business that might be interested in supporting Éigse through a silent auction donation, please contact Aja McCullough Beers .
Workshop with Danú on Thursday, March 19th
Join us for a special Irish music workshop with Danú, presented by the Center for Irish Music in partnership with the Ordway!

Danú is one of Ireland's leading traditional Irish music groups hailing members from Waterford, Cork, Donegal and Dublin.

When: Thursday, March 19th in the evening.

Details will be available soon.

Don't miss Danú's concert at the Ordway on Friday, March 18th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online.
Register Now for Ensemble Summer Camp
July 13-17, 9:30am-1:30pm
Ages 11-16
$195 before May 1st | $215 after May 1st

Calling ensemble members and anyone who is interested in playing Irish music in a group with the excellent instructors at the Center for Irish Music! This camp will include sessions, a new tune each day, guided listening, trad YouTube videos focusing on two musicians from each county each day, two try-a-new-instrument workshops and more sessions....! Bring your bag lunch and we'll take a jaunt over to Newell park, weather-permitting around noon each day. Led by Mary Vanorny, Norah Rendell, senior youth teaching assistants and other CIM instructors. Register online now at
Upcoming CIM Student & Instructor Events
The Frothy Band (Tom Klein, Mary Vanorny)

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 9 | 6:00-7:30 PM
Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie

Rince na Chroi's "From the Stage to Your Heart" with live music by the Two Tap Trio (Mary Vanorny, Norah Rendell, Brian Miller, Eric Carlson)
The O'Shaughnessy

Séamus Egan Project
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22 | 5:00-10:00 PM
Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event, a celebration in support of traditional Irish Music. Featuring a concert by CIM instructors.

Coming up in early March...

Karan Casey in concert

MARCH 6-15
Kickin' It Irish dance & music show featuring O'Shea Irish Dance with live music from Brian Miller, Todd Menton, Mary Vanorny, Adrienne and Cormac O'Shea
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 .
Support the CIM
The Center for Irish Music is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we depend on your support to continue passing down the tradition of Irish music and song. Please consider joining us as a volunteer or making a gift to the CIM today!
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