CIM logo with black background 
Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
2nd annual Instructors' Concert and CIM Fundraiser
Friday, February 26, at 7pm at The Celtic Junction 
Mark you calendars now and plan on an evening of unforgettable music and community fellowship!
Our instructors have already begun rehearsing!
Teacher rehearsal 1
 Mag, Kate, Jode, Brian, Fern, Norah
 Teachers rehearsal 2
Danielle, Todd, Cormac

Teacher rehearsal 3

 Shawn, Nathan, Mag, Kate
**Attention all students!  Save the Date!**
The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil is June 25-27 in the Village of Forest Park, Illinois.  All youth students: Please speak with your instructor(s) about preparing to participate in this fun competition weekend as a soloist, duet, trio, or with the ensemble.
See Midwest Fleadh Cheoil  for more information.
 The Outside Track, featuring our own Norah Rendell, has a NEW CD!
The Outside Track just released their second album, Curious Things Given Wings, last week in Scotland at Celtic Connections, one of the biggest Celtic music festivals in the world.  A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world.
 The Outside Track
Curious Things Given Wings, the new CD
The album is available for purchase at or directly from Norah after January 18th.  Get a preview of some of the tracks at the myspace page and become a fan on Facebook! 

Danielle Enblom

CIM fiddle instructor Danielle Enblom is offering a beginning sean-nos (old-style) Irish dance workshop for adults on Wednesday, January 27th from 5:30 to 6:30 at the Center for Performing Arts in South Minneapolis. Cost is $12. Contact Danielle for more details. 
Cruinniú na bhFliúit 2010
Irish fluteCalling all Irish flute players! If you are serious about Irish flute, traveling to Co. Cork for this festival and workshop is the best thing you could possibly do for your playing.  Many of the masters of traditional Irish flute playing including Patsy Hanly, Catherine McEvoy, Tara Diamond, Harry Bradley, Aoife Granville, John Blake, and Fintan Vallely will be there teaching, playing sessions, swapping and selling flutes, selling their recordings and sharing everything they know about Irish flute.  The event is April 7-11, 2010 in Cúil Aodha,, Co. Cork.  Please see for more information and how to register.  You may also talk to our own Kate Dowling, who attended this event last year!
The  Center For Irish Music
is on Facebook!

As of January 20, we have 629 Fans!  Become a fan of the Center for Irish Music on Facebook to share ideas, keep up-to-date on current CIM events, and share your love of Irish music with the larger Irish community! 
  LinkedIn logo 
CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site!
 Featured Photos!
Below are a few photos from our Tuesday night classes of instructors and students hard at work and having fun!
 Accompanying Irish Music class
"Accompanying Irish Music on the Guitar and Bouzouki" class
 (Brian Miller, Karima Bushnell, Bryan Carlson, Jeanne Morales)
 Sprouting Songsters
"Sprouting Songsters" class (Shawn McBurnie, Rhiannon Magee, Adrienne O'Shea, Mana McBurnie, Fiona Flagstad, Connor Magee, Caillean Magee, Liam O'Shea)
Continuing Fiddle for Kids
"Continuing Fiddle for Kids" class (Jaeden McFarland, Mana McBurnie, Espoir DelMain, Mag McDermott) 

January 2010

Hello to all CIM students,
Greetings from the Center for Irish Music headquarters where the winter term is off to a fantastic start with 89 students filling the halls with the joyous sounds of Irish tunes and songs.  We are happily busy with new registrations, planning the All-staff All-star Fundraiser Concert for Friday Feb. 26 and fleshing out plans for YIM 2010.  For now, save the date of June 18-20 for our annual Young Irish Musician's Weekend.
There is a call out for any donations for the silent auction for the Feb 26 concert.  Last year, this is where we raised the bulk of funds that helped us get into our new permanent location.  If you, or your business have any items to donate to the Center for Irish Music, please contact Cormac O'Se as soon as possible at:
See you at the Center,
 Norah promo

The Box Men Cometh!John McCormick
We are excited to announce our two newest CIM instructors:  button accordion players Charlie Heymann and John McCormick!  Charlie is teaching B/C accordion and John is teaching C#/D accordion.  For details about lessons with either Charlie or John please contact us!
                                                        John McCormick
Accordion player John McCormick is a member of the local Irish band, Barra, and frequently plays in sessions around the Twin Cities.  Besides the C#/D button accordion, John plays the bagpipes in the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band.  He has served as the band's Pipe Major for many years and has taught countless piping students.
Accordion player Charlie Heymann began to play Irish music as a teenager in the late 1960s. His first reed instrument was the concertina, which he brought along to Irish ceilis and parties in the Chicago area. In 1974 Charlie joined a touring Irish group, The Dayhills Irish Band, and toured with them for five years. During this time he taught himself button accordion under the tutelage of Pat ("Packie") Flanagan of Tourmakeady, Co. Mayo and recorded three Dayhills albums. Charlie has studied with Co. Offaly's Paddy O'Brien, and Paddy's playing has been a major influence on Charlie's style and approach to the instrument.
 Charlie Heymann Charlie Heymann
Upcoming Events
Fleadh Cheoil Clinic
Kate Dowling is teaching a clinic for students interested in preparing for the Midwest Fleadh (the date has changed, see information in sidebar, left). Drop in anytime between 11:30am and 1pm at CIM this Saturday, January 23 and 3 other Saturdays: Feb. 27 , Apr. 17, and May 1. 
Lóma mór Irish Dance Club
Quarterly hooley at The Celtic Junction, 7:30pm on Saturday, January 23.  Dance music is courtesy of the Twin Cities Ceili Band, featuring CIM banjo instructor, Tom Lockney. For more info., see
Sean-Nos Dance Class for Adults
Wednesday, January 27, 5:30-6:30pm (see more information in the sidebar, at left) Taught by Danielle Enblom.
Todd Menton
Saturday, January 30 at 9:30pm at the Dubliner Pub, University Avenue at Vandalia, St. Paul.
Scottish Song Workshops!
Double singing workshop with Steve Byrne and Fiona Hunter of Scots band Malinky!  At the Center for Irish Music, Sunday,  January 31, 2-4pm, $20  Malinky will also be giving a concert that same evening, downstairs at The Celtic Junction.  Sunday, January 31, 7pm.  Co-hosted by the Traditional Singers Club.  See their website for more information.  No registration necessary; just come if you are interested!
Dáithí Sproule and Laura MacKenzie
Performance Series Event at Mankato State University
Sunday, January 31, 7:30 PM for more information see The Mankato State Events Calendar
Dáithí Sproule 
Daithi is teaching a course called "Celtic Culture in Ireland: Past and Present" at the University of Minnesota's Compleat Scholar Program.  The class will be held on Monday nights from 7-9pm February 1-22.  For more details and to register, please see 
Instructors Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie's band, Rumgumption will be playing at the Scottish Ramble Feb. 13-14; Details on when available. 
Todd Menton
Saturday, January 30 at 9:30pm at the Dubliner Pub, University Avenue at Vandalia, St. Paul.
2nd Annual Instructors' Concert and CIM Fundraiser 
Mark your calendars for this not-to-miss event!  Held at The Celtic Junction this year, our instructors' concert features the best Irish musicians in the Twin Cities ALL IN ONE FANTASTIC evening! Please come show your support of what we do here at the CIM!  Friday, February 26 at 7pm.  Doors open at 6:30, silent auction supporting CIM open throughout the event!
Two Tap Trio
Come support instructors Nathan Gourley, Brian Miller, and Norah Rendell as the Two Tap Trio as they provide rousing accompaniment for Rince Na Chroi's production, "From the Stage to Your Heart," Saturday, February 27 and Sunday, February 28.  At the  EM Pearson Theater at Concordia University, St. Paul, various times.  For more information, see
Campbells Labels for EducationDear students:
For over 36 years, Labels for Education has supported schools across the country by providing more than $110 million in free educational merchandise.  This year, the Labels for Education program is getting even better with a new look and focus on the Arts, Athletics, and Academic enrichment programs that can spark children's successes. 
With your help, the Center for Irish Music can receive valuable educational merchandise!  Participating in the program is easy -- simply save UPCs from participating Campbell products and send them to CIM.  Visit for a complete list of eligible products and point values.
Thanks so much for your support!  Look for the Labels for Education collection box in the CIM common space.  If you have any questions or would like to help with our collection drive, please contact Emily at
As always, we welcome your feedback and comments.  Please feel free to contact us at any time at:
The Center for Irish Music
@The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104

Student Ensemble

"CIM Student Ensemble" (Kate Dowling, Amber Keating, Maia Crews-Erjavec, Darlene Lerwick, Gabe Dale-Gau, Emiliano Morales, Fiona McKenna)