Greetings from the Center for Irish Music,

Happy St. Patrick's Day season! We look forward to seeing you at one of the many upcoming student and instructor performances over the next few weeks. See the listings below to make sure you don't miss any of the incredible acts coming through town.

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event was an incredibly successful evening last Saturday, February 22nd. Thank you for supporting the Center for Irish Music's mission of handing down the tradition through your involvement in our annual gala. We'd like to send a heartfelt thanks to our event sponsors, table sponsors, silent auction and raffle donors, volunteers, performers and guests for supporting Éigse.

55 generous donors came together to help CIM exceed our goal of raising $25,000 for this year's fund-a-need initiative called Reaching Out, Embracing Our Community. If you would like to learn more, watch the video created by Pete McCauley. The momentum behind the Center for Irish Music is growing, and we are energized by your support.

Be sure to register for the March 19th workshops with Danú, presented in partnership with the Ordway, including a song workshop with the award-winning traditional singer from Ballyvourney, Nell Ní Chroinín! Be sure to get your tickets for the Danú concert on March 20th, and see information below about a $10 discount for CIM newsletter subscribers.

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!

Announcing Artists for Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
June 11-14, 2020
Save the date for Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 11-14! 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.

Each of our visiting artists is recognized for their musical mastery, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music.

Registration will be open within the month at www.centerforirishmusic.org/mim.
St. Patrick's Day & Day of Dance at the Landmark Center
Volunteers Needed for CIM Booth!

The CIM will be at the Landmark Center on March 15th and 17th for the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance and St. Patrick's Day Celebration, and we need volunteers to help staff our information booth! 

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. 

CIM Performances at the Landmark Center
Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association (IMDA)
DAY OF IRISH DANCE
SATURDAY, MARCH 15

1:00 PM | TEA ROOM STAGE
Rupalai (Chad McAnally)

1:00 PM | CHILDREN'S STAGE
Sing & Play with Charlie Heymann

2:20 PM | TEA ROOM STAGE
CIM Youth Ensemble

2:15 PM | SEMINAR ROOM
"Meet the Irish Harp - The True Story Behind Ireland's Symbol" by Chad McAnally


ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION
TUESDAY, MARCH 17

10:00 AM | WEYERHAEUSER AUDITORIUM
Dorain (Iain Dove Lempke)

10:30 AM | TEA ROOM STAGE
The Bellows Brothers (Tom Klein)

11:20 AM | MAIN STAGE
CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble
ST. PATRICK'S DAY CELEBRATION CONT'D

11:25 AM | TEA ROOM
Starling Intermediate Ensemble

12:05 PM | CHILDREN'S STAGE
Play & Sing with Charlie Heymann

1:15 PM | TEA ROOM STAGE
Clairseach (Charlie Heymann)

1:55 PM | CHILDREN'S STAGE
CIM Instrument Petting Zoo with Iain Dove Lempke & Mattie Ernst

2:10 PM | TEA ROOM STAGE
Dunquin (Rosa Wells)

2:10 PM | MAIN STAGE
Cumar Cross-Cultural Performance (Sean Egan, Mary Vanorny, Cory Froehlich)

3:40 PM | MAIN STAGE
Barra (John McCormick) with the Loma Mor Irish Dance Club

4:00 PM | WEYERHAEUSER AUDITORIUM
The McNordiques (Tom Klein)

4:00 PM | TEA ROOM STAGE
Sona (Mattie Ernst, Hannah Flowers)
Workshops with Danú on Thursday, March 19th
Join us on Thursday, March 19th from 6:30-7:45pm for two special Irish music workshops with the members of Danú, presented by the Center for Irish Music in partnership with the Ordway. Workshops are $25 each.


Don't miss Danú's concert at the Ordway on Friday, March 20th at 7:30pm. Tickets are available online. CIM students receive $10 off concert tickets by entering a code at checkout—danu10 (limit of 4).
Hailing from Counties Waterford, Cork, Dublin and Donegal in Ireland, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. At this workshop, you'll meet the band and learn a few tunes from them! All traditional instruments are welcome (guitars & bouzoukis are welcome, but you may spend most of the workshop just listening). Register Now
Meet star vocalist Nell Ní Chróinín, and learn some songs from her repertoire! Nell's multiple awards include TG4 Traditional Singer of the Year 2012 and she was also the winner of the prestigious Oireactas 'Corn Uí Riada' award in 2014. Nell joined Danú in 2016, marking the beginning of an exciting new chapter in the band's legacy. Register Now
Late Start Spring Classes Begin in April
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 to register . Email admin@centerforirishmusic.org with questions about classes or enrollment, or to sign up for private lessons. Spring Term runs through May 24th.

LATE START SPRING CLASSES
Join us 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.

St. Patrick's Season Concerts featuring CIM Instructors & Students
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 & Cormac O'Shea

SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 2:00-3:00 PM
The McNordiques (Tom Klein)

THURSDAY, MARCH 12 | 7:30 PM
Norah Rendell & Lost 40 with Fellow Pynins and Barbaro

FRIDAY, MARCH 13 | 7:30-10:00 PM
St. Patrick's Day Celebration with the Northerly Gales, Norah Rendell & Hannah Flowers

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 | 12:00-2:30 PM
Rosa Wells, Norah Rendell & Buddy Ferrari

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 | 12:30 PM
An Luan CIM Ensemble

SATURDAY, MARCH 14 | 2:30 PM
An Luan CIM Ensemble

SUNDAY, MARCH 15
IMDA Day of Irish Dance
(see details above)
MONDAY, MARCH 16 | 7:30 PM
Kickin' It Irish

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 | 7:30 PM
Kickin' It Irish

MARCH 17 & MARCH 18 | 7:30 PM
Altan (Dáithí Sproule)

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 | 7:00 PM
St. Patrick's Day Ceili with music by Barra
CSPS Hall, St. Paul

TUESDAY, MARCH 17
IMDA St. Patrick's Day Celebration
(see details above)

TUESDAY, MARCH 17 | 6:00-7:30 PM
The McNordiques (Tom Klein)

FRIDAY, MARCH 20 | 8:00 PM
Boiled in Lead (Todd Menton)

... and more! Visit our website for an updated listing of student and instructor performances throughout the month.

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 .
Other Excellent Trad Gigs Around Town
SUNDAY, MARCH 8 | 7:30 PM
Socks in the Frying Pan

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11 | 7:30 PM
Talisk

SUNDAY, MARCH 15 | 7:30 PM
An Evening with We Banjo 3

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 | 6:30-7:45 PM
Danú Workshops in partnership with The Ordway
FRIDAY, MARCH 20
Danú

THURSDAY, MARCH 26 | 7:30 PM
Lúnasa

FRIDAY, APRIL 3 | 7:00 PM
Aoife Scott

... and more! We will be updating our social media throughout March with our recommended gigs of the season!
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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