Dear Center for Irish Music friends & supporters,

Happy New Year from the Center for Irish Music! 2019 has arrived and it's time to learn that Irish instrument you've always wanted to play!

Spring term is open for registration, and runs from January 28th through May 26th. Please note that Fall term resumes January 7th with two more weeks of classes remaining before make up week from January 21-27.

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. Join us for dinner, Celtic art-themed silent auction and a concert featuring the CIM instructors. Be sure to sponsor a table or purchase tickets today!

Finally, save the date for the 11th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend from June 14-16th when we bring in master artists from Ireland (and the US) to teach, perform, and play in sessions for three amazing days!

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 Spring Term Classes
Spring Term registration is now open! Register now for group classes, ensembles, and private lessons including a couple of children's classes on Saturday mornings!

Spring Term runs from January 28 - May 26th.

  • January 7 - Spring Term registration deadline for returning students to keep lesson times
  • January 14 - Spring registration deadline for 5% family discount
  • Contact Hannah Carr-Murphy to set up private lessons. 
  • Download and print the CIM 2018-19 list of important dates

New adult class!
The Songs of Frank Harte
January 31 - May 23 | Thursdays, 7:30 - 8:30 pm
Instructor: Dáithí Sproule

No other Irish traditional singer or song collector ever amassed such a large and wide-ranging repertoire as Dublin man Frank Harte (1933-2005). Though renowned for his Dublin street ballads and Napoleonic pieces, he sang all sorts of old songs, always with intimacy, joy and commitment, and left behind his collection of field recordings of as many as 15,000 song performances by other singers. We are lucky that Frank recorded many wonderful albums that are still available, and we will select from these to sing and learn in class.
CIM 2017-18 Annual Report
The Center for Irish Music 2017-18 Annual Report is now available online!

Learn what the Center for Irish Music has been up to in this easy-to-share PDF, with photos, stories, and more about our 2017-18 fiscal year. Brew a cup of tea, sit back, and enjoy. 

A limited number of printed copies are available at the Center for Irish Music. Please contact us at  to request a copy. 

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. Dinner reservations must be made by February 11th.
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.
A Taste of the Concertina
Sunday, January 20 | 2:00 - 3:30 pm
at the Center for Irish Music

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 .
11th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
SAVE THE DATE - June 14-16, 2019
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.

This year's event will include three main tracks:

  • Intermediate/Advanced teen program Friday to Sunday
  • Workshops for adult musicians on Sat & Sun
  • Trad Immersion Camp on Friday only
  • We are not offering the beginner program this year

Watch for artist announcements and updates, coming soon!
Upcoming Concerts & Events
PLEASE NOTE: CIM is closed for the holidays through January 5. There are still 2 more weeks of Fall term, plus make-up week in the new year! Spring term begins on January 28th. 
THURSDAY, JAN. 10 | 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Mary Vanorny with Ryan Johnson, Matt Wehling & Paul Wehling.

Adult dance classes with Danielle Enblom

SUNDAY, JAN. 13 |6:00 PM
Norah Rendell & Brian Miller

SATURDAY, JAN. 19 | 10:00-11:30 AM
CIM Young Learners' Session

FRIDAY, JAN. 25 | 7:00 PM
Captain Kaliber (Mary Vanorny, John McCormick)
SUNDAY, JAN. 27 |6:00 PM
Dáithí Sproule & Laura Mackenzie

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 6 | 7:00 - 9:30 PM
Sona (Mattie Ernst, Hannah Flowers)

SATURDAY, FEB. 23| 5:00 - 10:00 PM
Éigse CIM, a Gaela Event

SUNDAY, FEB. 24| 7:00 PM
Brass Lassie (Mary Vanorny, Danielle Enblom)
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.   
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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Minnesota through
a Minnesota State Arts
Board Operating Support
grant, thanks to a
legislative appropriation
from the arts and
cultural heritage fund.