Spring greetings from the Center for Irish Music!

In this beautiful month of May, we are thrilled to announce the launch of a new registration system and a refresh of our website.  Take a look and register now for summer classes, camps and lessons!

With only seven days left until the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, our students are madly practicing in every nook and cranny of the Junction at all hours of the day!  This year, the Center for Irish Music is sending the largest group of musicians, parents and instructors ever to St. Louis - 68 people.  We are looking forward to meeting up with Irish music friends from around the region, playing tunes and listening to one another's music, and cheering on the Pig's Eye Ceili band, headed up by Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson.  Be sure to follow us on Facebook.  Choose "see first" in your news feed and be the first to hear the CIM news live!

Here's a reminder that CIM is not presenting the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend this year. Mark your calendars now for the 11th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend on June 16-19, 2019.  

In place of MIM, we are presenting The Harvest Home Traditional Irish Music Day on Saturday, September 22nd featuring Trian with Liz Carroll (fiddle), Billy McComiskey (accordion) and Dáithí Sproule (guitar & song).  R egistration and concert tickets are all available for purchase online here!

Enjoy the gorgeous weekend, and I hope to see all of you at the upcoming CIM recitals on Friday May 18th and Sunday 20th.

Norah Rendell
Executive Artistic Director
SummerRegRegister now for Irish music summer camps 

Registration is now open for summer camps, group classes, and private lessons! Summer term is 10 weeks long and runs from June 11th - August 19th.
Summer camps for children and teens

Introduction to Irish Music (Ages 11-14) 
August 13-17 |M-F,  9:00am-12:00pm (3 hours/day)
$149 before  June 1st / $160 after  June 1st
A one-week music immersion where kids who share a passion or curiosity for Irish music come together to explore melody, movement, and rhythm. Instructor Danille Enblom is a music, dance, and elementary school teacher. Her children's programs are designed to engage students in learning opportunities that will indulge and excite their creative spirit while teaching skills that build well rounded musicians. Campers will explore Irish song, various forms of step dance, the Irish bodhran, and the Irish tin whistle.  

Exploring Irish Music (Ages 4-8)  
June 11-15 | M-F | 9:00am-12:00pm(3 hours/day)
Cost: $149 before June 1st / $165 after June 1st
This camp is designed specifically for early music and movement development. Campers will be introduced to the wonderful world of Irish music and tradition through stories, song, dance and play. The week will be filled with activities that ignite imagination, foster creativity, and build skills for future musicians. With an opportunity to try real instruments, campers will showcase their new skills for parents at the end of the week.

Introduction to Irish Harp (Ages 8-12) 
July 16-20 | M-F | 9:30am-11:30am (2 hours/day)
Cost: $130 before June 1st / $150 after June 1st
Learn all about the harp, one of Ireland's oldest instruments! This camp is for new and current students with no prior harp experience. Students will learn to play tunes and accompany songs while learning about the history of the instrument. Music, games and other fun activities will provide an opportunity to learn basic technique as well and rhythm and ear-training skills valuable to any Irish musician!

Ensemble Summer Camp (Ages10-18) 
July 23-27 | M-F | 9:00am-1:00pm (4 hours/day)
Cost: $195 before June 1st / $205 after June 1st

For all CIM youth ensemble musicians, and other CIM students who would love to meet some other Irish music friends for the week! Join us for a week full of learning new tunes, playing together, sessions and instrument-specific instruction. Please bring a bag lunch and water as we will take a lunch break in Newell Park, weather permitting.

Parents, contact us directly ( admin@centerforirishmusic.org or 651-815-0083) if you need to drop off or pick up your children 15 minutes before or after the camp start times.   
 recitalsSpring recitals & adult student open mic  
You are invited to join us for our student recitals and adult student open mic! Invite your friends and family to enjoy the tunes and songs our students have learned this term.  There will be a potluck following the recitals and open mic, so please bring a treat to share. CIM will provide beverages!
FRIDAY, May 18th | 7:00-9:00 pm
Adult Student Open Mic with emcee Todd Menton - If you're an adult student and would like to perform at the Open Mic, sign up online here (or have your instructor sign you up at your next lesson).  There will be a cash bar at the event this year!

Sunday, May 20th | Youth Recitals 1:00-6:00 pm*

1:00pm - Youth Recital 1* - for students under 12 who are taking private lessons and Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers.     

2:30pm - Youth Recital 2* - for students in Blackbird & Swallowtail ensembles including solos & ensemble numbers, plus solo numbers for students age 12-13 (unless they are in the Starling ensemble).

4:00pm - Youth Recital 3* - for students in the Starling Ensemble including solos & ensemble numbers, plus solos for students age 14 and older.

*Parents, please connect with your child's instructor (s) directly to confirm which recital your child will performing in.  We want to make sure everyone is in the program!  Our Registration Coordinator & Administrator, Hannah Carr-Murphy creates programs based on information provided to her by instructors.  Programs will be printed by noon on Friday, May 18th.  

HH18The Harvest Home - September 22nd
Registration & Concert Tickets Available!

Join the Center for Irish Music and the members of Trian - Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule - for a day of Irish music workshops, interview, community lunch and a Saturday night concert. We welcome all instrumentalists, singers and music enthusiasts to join in this wonderful one-day celebration of traditional Irish music and culture.

Featuring Trian
Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule

Fiddle, accordion, song, guitar, and repertoire. All ages welcome! 
7:30 pm at the Celtic Junction Arts Center, featuring Trian.

Full Day Package Deal 
Click here for more information, to register & buy concert tickets online.
OralHistIrishMusicOral History Project:  
Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community 
The Celtic Junction Arts Center's Eoin McKiernan Library is celebrating its oral history project with a concert and exhibition of photos on June 16th at the Celtic Junction.

CIM instructors Dáithí Sproule and Brian Miller have been working on "Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community" since last summer. Dáithí's interviews with 13 musicians and dancers will be combined with photos gathered by Brian from community members and displayed here in the building.

The concert will feature musicians interviewed for the project including Marty McHugh, Laura MacKenzie, Tom Dahill, Ann and Charlie Heymann, John McCormick, Pete Tritz and Dáithí. The photo/sound exhibition opens at 6:30pm with music starting at 7:30 and the event is free!

This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.

Upcoming Concerts & Events

Thursday-Sunday, May 3rd-6th
Chad McAnally, Siobhan Dugan, Mary Vanorny & Tom Juenemann
Festival of Nations
May 3rd: 9:00 am (Cafe), 12:30 pm (Atrium), 2:30 pm (Room C)
May 4th: 11:00 am (Room A), 1:00 pm & 5:30 pm (Room C)
May 5th: 2:00 pm, 5:30 pm & 9:00 pm (Room C)
May 6th: 11:00 am (Room C), 2:00 pm (Room A)

Sunday, May 6th | 7:00 pm

Jamie Gans with Dáithí Sproule
Celtic Junction Arts Center

Wednesday, May 16th | 10:00-11:30 am
The Lost Forty (Brian Miller & Randy Gosa)
Robert Trail Library in Rosemount, MN

Friday, May 18th | 7:00-9:00 pm
Adult Student Open Mic
Sunday, May 20th | 1:00-6:00 pm
CIM Youth Recitals
More information is available here

Friday, June 1st | 12:30-1:00 pm 
Two Tap Trio (Norah Rendell, Mary Vanorny & Brian Miller)
Flint Hills International Children's Festival

Saturday, June 2nd | 10:00-10:45 am  
CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble
St. Anthony Park Arts Festival

Saturday, June 2nd | 11:00-11:45 am

Norah Rendell & Brian Miller play for the Rince Na Chroi Irish Dancers
Flint Hills International Children's Festival  

June 14th | 7:00-9:00 pm

Rúpálaí (Chad McAnally, Siobhan Dugan)
Underground Music Cafe

Visit the
"Events" page of our website for an up-to-date listing of concerts and traditional music events in the Twin Cities. Be sure to check back regularly for newly added  events throughout the month.  
This is not an exhaustive listing of all events withi n the Twin Cities Irish community. For more listings, please visit the IMDA Event Calendar, and the Celtic Junction Arts Center concerts.  
The Center for Irish Music is a 501c3 nonprofit, and we depend on donations to continue passing along the tradition of Irish music and song. Please consider making a gift to CIM today! 
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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the 
arts and cultural 
heritage fund.