CIM logo with black background 
Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
Our 4th annual
 Young Irish Musician's Weekend!
Friday, June 18 through Sunday June 20
Mark you calendars now and plan on a weekend of unforgettable music and music instruction! See more details in the column to the right and at the YIM website:
Most of our instructors are available for private lessons and many will be offering condensed classes for the summer.  Watch our website and Facebook page for updates regarding classes being offered at CIM this summer. 
 The Two Tap Trio, featuring our instructors Nathan Gourley, Brian Miller, and Norah Rendell, has a NEW CD!
The Two Tap Trio just released their first album, A Night at the Fair, last month at an energy-filled concert at The Celtic Junction!
 Two Tap Trio-CD
A Night at the Fair, the new CD
The album is available for purchase at The Celtic Junction, Irish on Grand, Irish Indeed, or directly from Norah, Brian, or Nathan.  Get a preview of some of the tracks at: CDs.html  

Danielle Enblom

CIM fiddle instructor Danielle Enblom is offering two classes for fiddle students beginning this month! 
Intro. to Fiddle for Adults begins  Wednesday, April 14th from 8:15-9:15pm
Continuing Fiddle for Adults begins Thursday, April 15th from 8-9pm
To register for these classes please go to our on-line registration form at our website:
Norah Rendell is featured in The Villager
Prominently displayed on the CIM bulletin board is the informative and complimentary article about our Irish flute, tin whistle, and song instructor, Norah Rendell!  Stop by and read the entire story about the path that led Norah to Irish music! 
Villager pic of Norah
The  Center For Irish Music
is on Facebook!

As of April 8, we have 830 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! 
Our CIM space could really use the following items.  Give us a call --we'd be happy to come pick the items up from you!
  • large whiteboards
  • stackable, sturdy kids' chairs
  • a supply cabinet
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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 recent CIM events:
 Two Tap Trio concert
The Two Tap Trio's concert and CD launch on March 13th (Nathan Gourley, Norah Rendell, Brian Miller)
 Info. Booth at Landmark
The CIM info. booth at the IMDA's Day of Dance celebration (David & Fiona McKenna, Fiona Flagstad)
HiBs 40 Acre Notch
CIM board member, Mimi Hasselbalch, gets in the St. Paddy's Day spirit at the CIM information booth!
Harmony Singing Class
Members of Norah's "Traditional Song in Harmony" class wow the audience at the St. Paul Irish Dancers' show at St. Kate's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium (Siobhan Dugan, Linda Moses, Joseph Beckey, Mary Devitt, Teresa McCormick, Beth Kwakenat, Mary Lane) 

April 2010

Dear CIM supporters,
The pace at CIM is continuing to gain momentum!  We shared our enthusiasm for CIM with both new and familiar faces via our booth at the IMDA's Day of Dance and St. Patrick's Day celebrations, we have joyously welcomed many new students this term (we now have a record 100 registered students!), and we are currently planning Summer programming.  But we are most excited about announcing our 2010 Young Irish Musicians Weekend master artists and programming (please see details below)! 
As always, we thank you for your generous support of all that we do here at CIM.  We were humbled and overwhelmed with how many of you came out to support us at our 2nd annual fundraiser and instructors' concert on February 26.  Thanks to you we raised over $4000 that goes directly towards CIM programming!  A hearty THANK YOU goes out to all of the volunteers who made the night possible, especially those of you that donated items for our silent auction. 
As we welcome the tulips and leaves back on the trees here in MN, we look forward to seeing you at our family sessions, our sponsored concerts, or at our end-of-year recital on May 23. Enjoy the beauty of this place we call home and the bounty of amazing music we have here in the Twin Cities' Irish community! 
The Staff, Instructors, and Board of the Center for Irish Music

YIM Title Header 2010

The Center for Irish Music presents:
The 4th Annual Young Irish Musician's Weekend
June 18-20, 2010
The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue N.
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
The Young Irish Musician's weekend boasts an astounding line-up of internationally renowned Irish musicians artists who will travel to to Saint Paul, Minnesota to give workshops and lectures in pure-drop Irish traditional music at the Center for Irish Music. 
Master Artists for 2010
Martin Hayes - fiddle
Kevin Crawford (of Lunasa) - flute, whistle & bodhran
Dáithí Sproule (of Altan) - guitar and song
Randal Bays - fiddle
Young Irish Musician's Weekend 2010 includes:
  -3 days of workshops from master artists for youth
  -3 day morning program for young beginning students (7-12)
  -2 days of workshops from master artists and CIM staff for
  -Saturday night concert featuring Martin Hayes, Kevin
   Crawford, Dáithí Sproule and Randal Bays
  -Lecture on the Traditional Irish Music Archives in Dublin by
   Danny Diamond
The Center for Irish Music is pleased to announce it has received a $5,000 Community Arts Grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council to support our 4th Annual Young Irish Musicians Weekend, a unique festival that pairs Irish musicians of international standing with students in our community for an intensive weekend of traditional Irish music instruction and high-energy live performances.  This year's event will be held June 18-20 and will bring renowned master traditional Irish musicians Martin Hayes, Randall Bayes, Kevin Crawford and our own Daithi Sproule to Celtic Junction, as well as feature the talents of our own CIM instructors. Classes will be available for youth and adults.  
Funding for the Community Arts Grant grant is supported in part, by the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature.  The Young Irish Musician Weekend project received overwhelming support from the grant review panel, which noted the high artistic quality represented in this weekend.  We hope you will mark your calendars and register for this truly remarkable event.
Upcoming Events
Thursday, April 8
Matt & Shannon Heaton are in concert at The Celtic Junction with our own Brian Miller and Norah Rendell.  Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30.  $12 at the door.  See for more information.
Saturday, April 10
The Great Northern Irish Piper's Club is holding a Celtic Open Mic Night at The Celtic Junction.  $5.00 at the door, music starts at 7:30pm.  For more information and/or to sign up to perform, see
Sunday, April 11
CIM Monthly Family Session will be from 2-3:30pm in the CIM space at the Celtic Junction.  Come learn more about the Irish flute, tin whistle, guitar, and bouzouki with instructors Brian Miller and Norah Rendell.  Share tunes, learn a few new tunes, and enjoy an afternoon of music with tea and biscuits!  Share tunes,
Thursday, April 15
Bua, Brian Miller's Chicago-based band, will be in concert at The Celtic Junction.  Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance or $18 at the door.  For tickets and more information see: 

Bua Bua

Saturday, April 17
Quarterly hooley at The Celtic Junction, 7:30pm.  Dance music is courtesy of the Twin Cities Ceili Band, featuring CIM banjo instructor, Tom Lockney. For more info., see 
Sunday, April 18
Master guitarist, singer, and songwriter Archie Fisher is in concert at The Celtic Junction!  Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30pm.  Tickets are $15 in advance, $18 at the door.  For tickets and more information visit: http://thecelticjunction. com/archie-fisher/
Saturday & Sunday, April 24 and 25
Come be a part of this fantastic weekend!  Máirtín de Cógáin is back in the Twin Cities and is recording a live CD at the Celtic Junction!  For information on tickets and specific hours for each day, please visit: cogain-project/ 
Wednesday, April 28 
The Two Tap Trio is performing at the Dubliner Pub, University Avenue, St. Paul  at 9:30pm.
Sunday, May 9
CIM Monthly Family Session will be from 2-3:30pm in the CIM space at the Celtic Junction.  Come learn more about a specific Irish instrument with CIM instructor hosts.  Share tunes, learn a few new tunes, and enjoy an afternoon of music with tea and biscuits! 
Friday-Sunday, May 14-16
Mark your calendars for this not-to-miss event!  The Great Northern Irish Piper's Club 9th Annual Tionol will be held over three days this weekend. There will be a concert on the evening of May 15 at the new Kieran's Titanic Lounge.  For more information, see:   
Saturday, May 22
The Minnesota Scottish Fair is being held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds.  Come visit the CIM information booth and hear CIM instructors Pat McCormick, Chad McAnally, and Shawn McBurnie perform!  More info. at:http://www.mnscottishfair. org
Sunday, May 23
Please join us for our End-of-Year Recital here at CIM!  Come watch and listen as our students showcase the tunes that they have been working so hard on over this past year!  Stay afterward for a celebratory potluck to get to know your fellow musicians and many of our instructors.  More information and details TBA.
Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 
Our 4th annual Young Irish Musicians Weekend.  See details above and updated information at our website.
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
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