New Year greetings to you!

We hope you had a relaxing and festive holiday break.  We look forward to seeing all of our students back for three more weeks of classes in our fall term.  Fall term continues until Sunday, January 22nd and then make up week is January 23rd - 29th. Be sure to register for spring term group classes and private lessons soon.  Returning private lesson students, you have priority before January 9th in reserving your current lesson slot(s), so please contact Lorin as soon as possible.  We are offering one new class this term, so check out details in the article, below.  

On Saturday February 25th, CIM will co-host  Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event - our annual fundraising dinner, concert, and silent auction - with honorary chair Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Professor Emeritus of University of St. Thomas.  This semi-formal evening event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert, featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.  We invite you to dress up in your finest, invite your friends, and join us for a fantastic evening of delicious food, live traditional Irish music and an enticing item-filled silent auction.  

So, once again all of us at CIM wish you a Happy New Year!  We look forward to a great year ahead filled with new tunes, songs, and community events.

-- Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director

Trad Releases
Register now for spring group classes & ensembles  and/or private lessons at the Center for Irish Music!

Tune Learning for Beginning Melody Players
Wednesdays from 7:15-8:15pm.  For ages 12 to adult, taught by Iain Dove-Lempke.
This class is perfect for intermediate-level players  who may not feel ready for the breadth of tunes played at the Keegan's learner's session, but are looking for a social way to learn tunes in a guided class with a fantastic, encouraging instructor.  Open to ages 12 to adult, this class is for melody instruments only (fiddle, flute, mandolin, whistle, accordion, concertina etc).  Contact us at if you have any questions.
Spring Term runs from January 30 through May 29. Make-up week is May 30 to June 5.
  • January 9 - Registration deadline for returning students to reserve private lesson times.
  • January 16 - Registration deadline for family discount,  group classes with low enrollment will be canceled
  • Contact Lorin to set up private lessons.
  • Download & print the CIM 2016-17 list of important dates

Have you had a chance to
experience CIM's 2015-16 annual report?

This easy-to-share interactive, online report includes videos, photos, and stories about our year. Brew a cup of tea, turn up the volume and enjoy this delightful, tune-filled report on a desktop, laptop or tablet with a good internet connection.

TG4 Gradam Ceoil Award Winners Announced

Good friend of the Twin Cities traditional Irish music scene, Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, was just named Traditional Musician of the Year at the 2017 TG4 Gradam Ceoil Awards.  Mairéad is a world-renowned Irish singer and fiddler and is a founding member of Altan with CIM Instructor, Daithi Sproule. Mairéad shared her love of music with the Irish Times

"I think you just have to be true to yourself. Overnight success is not what it's about. It's not about expecting anything actually. It's just about playing your music from your heart, and that can never die. I think integrity is very important. That you're not looking for recognition - which I'm delighted to get - but if I didn't get this Gradam Ceoil, I'd still be playing for the rest of my life, even if no one was listening to me. I get great satisfaction, great solace and great joy out of music. There's a therapy for anybody in it."

Also honored was past MIM artist Rita Gallagher for Traditional Singing.
For a complete list of winners, please click here

Congratulations to Mairéad and Rita on this wonderful achievement!

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Join us for our 
10th Annual MIM Weekend!

June 9-11, 2017

at the 
Celtic Junction Arts Center 

We are excited to announce that we have
four confirmed visiting artists for MIM! 
fiddle, banjo 
flute, song
accordion, song

We had such a wonderful time experiencing the talents of all of our students at our fall recitals in December.  Thank you to our staff, instructors, volunteers, and guests for coming out to support and cheer on our students!  Here is a sampling of  photos.  To view the entire photo albums, click on the links below.  

Click here to view all photos from 
   the Fall Youth Recitals

**NEW** Irish Trad Releases
A monthly column listing new CDs that have been released 
that might be of interest to our students.  

Cover the Buckle: A Collection of Irish Set Dances for Listening and Dancing   by Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, and Kieran Jordan
A great new recording of dance tunes from this young trio!

In Flow by Jack Talty
The debut solo album by Co. Clare concertina player, Jack Talty.

One Penny Portion 
by Lasairfhíona Ní Chonaola
The first recording in ten years from this singer from Inis Oírr, one of the Aran Islands. 


Tuesday, January 3
Happy New Year!  First day back to classes after the holiday break.
M onday, January 9
Registration deadline for returning students to reserve private lesson times.

Thursday, January 12
Join CIM Instructors Chad McAnally and Mary Vanorny for a great night of music and set dancing at The Dubliner Pub at 7:30pm. 

Monday, January 16
- CIM will be closed for the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.  
- Registration deadline for family discount.
- Group classes with low enrollment will be canceled.

Tuesday, January 17 - Sunday, January 22
Last week of fall term classes.  

Sunday, January 22 
Favorite Irish group    We Banjo 3 will be performing at the Cedar Cultural Center at 7:30pm. 

Monday, January 23 - Sunday, January 29
Make up week at CIM. Please check with your instructor to schedule any make up lessons from fall term.

Thursday, January 26
Join CIM Instructors Chad McAnally and Mary Vanorny for a great night of music and set dancing at The Dubliner Pub at 7:30pm. 

Saturday, January 28
CIM Instructor Iain Dove Lempke's band, Dorain, will host a CD release party for their first CD at the Underground Music Cafe at 7pm.

Monday, January 30
First day of spring term at CIM.


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