Photo of Glendalough, Co. Wicklow by E. Flagstad
Dear CIM Supporters,

We are already into the fifth week of the fall term with over 160 students taking private lessons, group classes and ensembles.  I'd like to welcome two new instructors, Hannah Flowers on harp, and Ryan Behnke on whistle, flute and uilleann pipes.  It is wonderful to see the school growing and developing with new students and instructors.  The tradition is truly in good hands here in Minnesota!

I'd like to send a late thank-you out to two lovely musicians, Iain Dove-Lempke (whistle) Barry Foy (An Luan instructor) who helped teach my and Brian's students during the first 6 months of our second child, Isobel's life.  Cory, Danielle and Mary also rallied to help me take some time off to be with our growing family. Thank you!  It takes a village.  Speaking of, we have more gratitude to express...

Please come to our  volunteer party!  If you have donated your time to the Center for Irish Music this past year, we hope you will join us at the Dubliner Cafe this Sunday from 3-5pm.  There are no official plans for tunes, but we might need to test out the acoustics....bring your instruments just in case!  CIM relies on you, our generous and highly functioning volunteers, to make our events happen.  If you have never volunteered for CIM, please consider getting involved this year.  We'd love to welcome you to our team.

Please take a few moments to read through the rest of this newsletter with information about:
Thank you, and enjoy the beautiful autumnal weather!  We hope to see you at one of the many events happening this month.

-- Norah Rendell , CIM Executive Director

Recently returned from completing his masters in Irish Trad Music Performance at the University of Limerick, Ryan Behnke is teaching at the CIM on Tuesday evenings after 6pm and Thursday afternoons.
Hannah Flowers is a new harp instructor at the CIM, teaching nylon-strung harp on Thursday afternoons.

●  Support CIM 
Please let us honor YOU at our annual 
Volunteer Thank You Party! 

Have you volunteered for CIM in the past year?  If so, we would like to honor you at our annual Volunteer Thank You Party this coming Sunday, October 9th, from 3-5pm.  
Volunteers should have received a private invitation.  If you did not receive one, please e-mail Emily and we will send you an invite asap.
Thank you and we hope to see you there!

Congratulations and Deepest Thanks 
to CIM Board Member Mike Lynch!

CIM board member Mike Lynch is this year's recipient of the Irish Fair's Curtin-Conway Award!  The honor is presented annually to someone who has made significant contributions to the Irish cultural community in the Twin Cities and/or Minnesota. The award includes a $1,000 donation by the Irish Fair to the Irish cultural charity of the recipient's choice and the name of the honoree is placed on a plaque that is on public display at The Celtic Junction. The award was presented on Saturday at the Irish Fair of MN.

Mike Lynch has been an important part of the Twin Cities' Irish Community for many years, serving on both the Irish Fair of Minnesota and the Center for Irish Music Board of Directors. Mike grew up in a family that loved music, where it was common to have the air filled with the sound of fiddle and song at family gatherings. As an adult, Mike gained an appreciation for traditional Irish music, learning to play the bodhrán and taking part in sessions at Kieran's pub. At the pub, he took part in many discussions with like-minded musicians on their dream of a school in the Twin Cities where this tradition could not only be passed down, but flourish.

When the opportunity arose to make this dream a reality, Mike jumped at the chance to be part of it, quickly joining the Center for Irish Music board. Mike took on the role of board president in 2008, serving in this role for over 7 years. Mike's leadership, vision, work ethic and no-nonsense attitude during a critical time in the organization's history was instrumental in creating the Center for Irish Music as we know it today. Mike has taken responsibility for organizing the beverage service for events at the Celtic Junction for many years - recruiting volunteers and managing the inventory - thus providing additional revenue for the Center for Irish Music and insuring that guests are made welcome.

Mike was also a long-serving member of the Irish Fair of Minnesota Board, including many years as the Fair's beverage manager. He is one of those people who shies away from the spotlight, preferring to be in the background getting things done. While you may not have known his name, it is very likely you have had him hand you a beer at Irish Fair or most any event at the Celtic Junction.

Our own Norah Rendell says, "I have always liked working with Mike for a few reasons: One, his support for the CIM and the Celtic Junction is unwavering. And two, he doesn't mince his words. He is always there if you need him and you only have to ask once. He has contributed an incredible amount to the Irish music community in the Twin Cities and I am thrilled that he is being recognized."

Deep thanks to Mike for choosing the Center for Irish Music as his charity of choice!  Mike's support means the world to us and will help us continue our mission of "handing down the tradition."

(Article reprinted from the IMDA newsletter.)
Harp Workshops and Concert Oct. 21-22
with Irish Harper Aislinn Gagliardi

Chicago-based Irish harper Aislinn Gagliardi will be giving a concert at the Celtic Junction on Friday night, October 21st at 8pm.  Known for her syncopated and rhythmic accompaniment, her compositions and arrangements offer a fresh perspective to the Irish music tradition. 

On Saturday, October 22nd, the CIM is thrilled to be hosting two workshops with Aislinn. She will be offering two workshops, one for intermediate players (from 10:30am - 12pm) and one for advanced players (from 12:30-2pm).  More information on each workshop and registration can be found at the link, above.
Save the Date for our 10th Anniversary Year
of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!
June 9-11, 2017
MIM logo - need better resolution

We are thrilled to announce that the Center
for Irish Music
 has received  an arts activities grant for our 10th Anniversary Year of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend! For the past decade we've brought world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers to Minnesota to work with learners of all ages and abilities.
This weekend consists of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists. Thank you to the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council for supporting the CIM and traditional Irish Music!
Announcing the new 
Celtic Junction Arts Center

Our home, the Celtic Junction, is a now a 501c3 arts center! The Celtic Junction Arts Center will develop and operate the new Eoin McKiernan library, produce new and exciting events and offerings, network to other nonprofit institutions and reach out for governmental and foundational funding as a cultural heritage center.  To find out more about this exciting new chapter at the Celtic Junction, please visit the Celtic Junction's website.  

The community is invited to celebrate the opening of the Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library at a fundraiser on October 15th. Complete details can be found here.  Congratulations to the Celtic Junction!


Sunday, October 9
If you have volunteered in the past year for CIM, please join us for our Volunteer Thank You Party from 3-5pm.  

Friday, October 14
Join the Lost Forty (CIM instructor and multi-instrumentalist Brian MIller and musical partner Randy Gosa) for "Minnesota Lumberjacks and the Songs of the Northwoods" at the historic Sibley House in Mendota Heights from 5:30-7:30pm.
Saturday, October 15
Join the Twin Cities' Irish community in celebrating the new Celtic Junction Arts Center with a fundraiser for the Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library from 6:30 - 10pm.  

Friday, October 21
Aislinn Gagliardi, a Chicago-based Irish harper, will be in concert at the Celtic Junction starting at 8pm.

Saturday, October 22
Chicago-based Irish harper Aislinn Gagliardi will will be offering two harp workshops, one for intermediate players (10:30am-12pm) and one for advanced players (12:30-2pm) at the Center for Irish Music.  Register via link, above.

Laura MacKenzie, Daithi Sproule, and Mary Vanorny will join the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra for a concert at 7pm at Cannon Falls High School Auditorium

Sunday, October 23
Laura MacKenzie, Daithi Sproule, and Mary Vanorny will join the Cannon Valley Regional Orchestra for a concert at 3pm at St. Dominic's Church in Northfield.

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

The Reel Note 
by The Mulcahy Family
The newest release from MIM 2015 visiting artists Mick, Michelle, and Louise Mulcahy.

Copley Street 
by Nathan Gourley & Joey Abarta with Owen Marshall   The debut album from former CIM instructor and fiddler Nathan Gourley and uilleann piper Joey Abarta.


When Adam Was in Paradise 
by Frank Harte & Donal Lunny A new CD of love songs that has been lovingly completed by Frank's daughter Orla, with assistance from Donal Lunny and Phil Callery.

Na Mooneys by Na Mooneys The debut CD from the Mooney family (Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, 
Gearóid Ó Maonaigh, Anna Ní Mhaonaigh, 
Ciarán Ó Maonaigh) with special guests Nia Byrne, 
Manus Lunny, and Caitlín Nic Gabhann.



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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 
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