"I, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim March 2016 as Irish-American Heritage Month. I call upon all Americans to observe this month with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and programs."

Dear CIM Supporters,

Welcome to the St. Patrick's Day Season!  Yes, for those of us involved in the Irish community we know that St. Paddy's Day is not simply a one day celebration.  In fact, events surrounding this holiday seem to last all month.  We hope to see you at many of the local celebrations in the Twin Cities.

The Center for Irish Music is excited to once again be involved with both the IMDA's St. Patrick's Day and Day of Irish Dance Celebrations on March 17th and 20th.  Please support our ensembles and instructors by cheering them on while they perform on both days.  We are also in need of volunteers for our information booth.  You can find more information in the article here.

There is no way to adequately express our thanks to all of the people who made this year's Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event a success.  On February 20th, you overwhelmingly showed your support for traditional Irish music in the Twin Cities!  We are so fortunate to have such devoted and generous instructors, staff, students, board members, volunteers, donors, and community members.  Thank you for all the ways that you have contributed to the success of our music school.

Photo of instructors concert at Eigse by Patrick Krekelberg

As many of you know, our executive director, Norah Rendell, and husband Brian Miller, are expecting a baby mid-March.  Norah will be on maternity leave from approximately St. Patrick's Day through mid to late May.  During this time she has made arrangements for subs for all of her classes and lessons.  For administrative questions, please direct them to either Erika, Lorin, or Emily in the office. Congratulations to the Rendell / Miller family - we'll update you on new baby news soon!

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Finally, mark your calendars for June 10-12th for the 9th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend  featuring a uniquely Irish-American line-up of Brian Conway (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion), Brendan Dolan (flute & piano), the return of the amazing Joanie Madden (whistle & silver flute) and Sheila Shigley (song).  In addition to the Great Session Experience and the Master concert, there will be workshops & lectures and excellent trad music programs for children, teens, and tweens throughout the weekend!

-Emily Flagstad, CIM Assistant Director


Please join the CIM in celebrating 
St. Patrick's Day!

- At the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul -

The CIM will have an information booth on both days - March 17 & 20 - and we are asking for your help!  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!   Click here for more information and to sign up.


FEATURING (CIM instructors) 
F. K. Weyerhauser Auditorium
The HiBs (Kate & Jode Dowling)
10:55am Main Stage Northern Gaels (Danielle Enblom)
F. K. Weyerhauser Auditorium
Clairseach (Charlie Heymann)
12:10pm Tea Room The Bellows Bros. (Tom Klein)
1:00pm Tea Room Rupalai (Chad McAnally)
2:00pm F. K. Weyerhauser Auditorium CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble
3:35pm Tea Room CIM Starling Youth Ensemble

FEATURING (CIM instructors)
Tea Room CIM Swallowtail Youth Ensemble
11:40am Tea Room CIM Open Sky Adult Ensemble
3:05pm Tea Room CIM Linnet Youth Ensemble
3:45pm Tea Room GNIPC (Tom Klein, Pat McCormick)

Meet CIM's Newest Instructor 
Tom Klein - Uilleann Pipes

Tom spent his childhood studying western classical music, but after hearing the first few notes from Finbar Furey's Irish Pipe Music, he gave himself over to Irish music. In addition to studying the uilleann piping of long-passed masters, he has been instructed by many of today's greatest pipers. Once referred to as "The Tim Burton of the pipes" for his unusual and quirky settings of traditional tunes, Tom revels in expanding upon the already highly-idiosyncratic sound of the instrument. He currently performs solo, as well as with Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton in the pipes-and-accordion duo The Bellows Brothers.  
Community members, staff, students, instructors, and supporters all gathered on February 20 to raise funds for CIM.  

In addition to the evening's catered dinner by Cara Irish Pubs, a silent auction, and a concert by our amazingly talented instructors, we also awarded this year's Fitz Memorial Scholarship to three  CIM students who have shown exceptional dedication and talent to their music.  We are delighted to share with you this year's Fitz Memorial Scholarship Awardees:

JoAnn Vano (button accordion)
Joe DeGeorgeo (fiddle)
Arjun Ramachandran (fiddle)


Photo by Patrick Krekelberg
Photo by Patrick Krekelberg
Photo by Patrick Krekelberg
Photo by Patrick Krekelberg

Photo by Patrick Krekelberg
Additional photos from the event will be shared very
soon on our Facebook page.

Photo by Tracie Bea

Thursday, March 3
Don't miss An Evening with Altan (featuring CIM instructor Daithi Sproule) at the Cedar Cultural Center.  Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30pm.  

Friday, March 4
The Alan Kelly Gang will once again perform at the Celtic Junction at 8pm.  

Sunday, March 6
Head over to  House of Hope Presbyterian Church on Summit Avenue for their Sunday Series with Katie McMahon at 2pm.

Thursday, March 10 - Thursday, March 17
Once again catch Kickin' it Irish, an Irish music and dance extravaganza, at Steppingstone Theatre.  Visit link for times, dates, and tickets.

Monday, March 14
There will be a special performance of Kickin' it Irish at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres at 7:30pm.

Thursday, March 17
The Irish Music and Dance Association's St. Patrick's Day Celebration will be held from 10am - 5pm at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.  **Check out the comprehensive CIM schedule of performances in article above**

The IMDA will also host a St. Patrick's Day Ceili from 7-10pm at the Celtic Junction, with music by the Twin Cities' Ceili Band.

The Annual St. Patrick's Day Ceili with music by Barra will be held from 7:30-10pm at the CSPS Hall in St. Paul. 
Boiled in Lead's St. Patrick's Day Concert (featuring CIM instructor Todd Menton) returns to the Cedar Cultural Center with opening act Sister Tree at 7:30pm.

Sunday, March 20
The Irish Music and Dance Association's Day of Irish Dance will be held from 11am - 5pm at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.   **Check out the comprehensive CIM schedule of performances in article above**

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June 10-12, 2016
at the Celtic Junction
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists.  

The IMDA Seeks Irish Music-Loving Volunteers 
for St. Patrick's Day

The Irish Music and Dance Association is looking for community minded folks who love Irish music and dance to volunteer for the 35th Annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Celebration at Landmark  Center. If you can join the fun with IMDA for a couple of hours, you will have a great time with  other great volunteers - plus snacks, a special t-shirt, free admission on the day, a special  volunteer appreciation party later - and the heartfelt appreciation of all  the wonderful 
musicians, dancers and speakers who help St. Patrick's  Day so special in St. Paul. IMDA  understands that CIM families are also needed for the CIM booth. If you have some time,  please consider volunteering for IMDA as well. It would be great to have your help!

Catch the MTC Green Line, come on down to Landmark Center and be part of the greatest celebration in the Twin Cities!  Sign up here or through the IMDA website.

annualreport  Have you had a chance to
experience CIM's 2014-15 annual report?

This easy-to-share interactive, online report includes videos, photos, and stories about our 10th year of operation. 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.


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