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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
In This Issue:
Youth Ensemble Performs
Recital on May 23
Altan's 25th Anniversary
Dance Workshop with Anna Lethert and Danielle Enblom
New weekly session at Kieran's
Featured Photos
Young Irish Musicians Weekend
Twin Cities Feile
Upcoming Events
CIM Youth Ensemble Performs at Chicago Celtic Fest
Our own youth ensemble performed at the Chicago Celtic Festival this past weekend alongside youth ensembles from Irish music schools in the midwest. Organized by Kate Dowling's whistle teacher, Noel Rice, the Next Generation Tent featured young Irish music groups from 11-4pm each day in Millennium Park. 

Youth Ensemble at Kieran's
Ensemble members rehearse during session at Kieran's: (L to R) Darlene Lerwick, Gabe Dale-Gau, Emiliano Morales, John Ochs, Fiona McKenna, and (behind at piano) Amber Keating

The youth have been practicing hard and are sounding better than ever. We are very proud to have sent them to Chicago as ambassadors for the Center for Irish Music.  Norah, Kate and Brian accompanied them there, and Brian backed them up on a few sets.  Best wishes go out to our cellist Maia Crews-Erjavec who fractured her wrist and sadly wasn't able to join us on our trip. 
We'll let you know how the trip went in the next newsletter! 
Our End-of-Year Recital and Potluck Celebration is Sunday, May 23! 
Please talk to your instructor(s) about preparing a piece to share with our CIM community at the recital. 
1-2:30pm  Younger students
2:30-3pm Potluck celebration
3-4pm Adult students
Altan Celebrates
 25th Anniversary!
Altan performed to a sell-out crowd at the Cedar Cultural Center on March 28, bringing to a close the U.S. portion of their 25th anniversary tour.  It was a pleasure, as always, to watch and listen to our own Daithi Sproule, master guitarist and singer, as he shared so many beloved Altan tunes with the audience!


Altan recently released a compilation CD, celebrating 25 years of making great music together.  They recorded the CD with the RTE Concert Orchestra in Dublin.

Altan 25th Anniversary CD

25th Anniversary Celebration, the new CD
Altan is featured in this month's issue of Irish Music Magazine. The issue can be found in our CIM common the full article the next time you visit!


Danielle and Anna dancing

Sign up for May dance classes!  Dances taught by Anna Lethert with Danielle Enblom (CIM fiddle instructor), for more info email
 Weekly Session!!

Session at Kieran's

A new session is taking place every Sunday from 12-2pm, hosted by our own Kate and Jode Dowling, at Kieran's Irish Pub (new Block E location). It takes place in the "Poetry Room", which has a great feel, is family friendly, and will give listeners room for enjoyment. This is an open, standard session (as opposed to a "student" or "slow" session) and everyone is welcome. The new Kieran's serves a delicious Sunday morning brunch, so if you are still building your tune-base, why not come and listen over a cup of coffee and french toast?  600 Hennepin Ave Ste 170  Corner of 6th St & 1st Ave North (formerly Bellanotte), just 1 block East of Target Field. 
 Featured Photos!
Below are a few photos from recent CIM events:
 Soda bread gathering
A soda bread-making party hosted by Kate Dowling (center, in apron) was bid on and won at our CIM fundraiser by: CIM members Marji Bailey, J Wynia, & Carillon McBurnie
 Soda Bread!
YUM!  The finished product...
Curry dinner feasters!
Yet another tasty winning bid at our CIM fundraiser for a curry dinner prepared by Kate and Jode Dowling!  Pictured are: Emily Flagstad, Tom Lockney, Kate Dowling, Dennis Daly, Virginia McBride, Marji Bailey, and Jode Dowling
(Above photos courtesy of J Wynia and Ben Crowe...thanks!)
  LinkedIn logo 
CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site!
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

As of May 10, we have 891 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! 

May 2010

YIM 2010 Poster

The Center for Irish Music presents:
The 4th Annual Young Irish Musician's Weekend
June 18-20, 2010
@ The Celtic Junction
836 Prior Avenue North
Saint Paul, Minnesota 55104
The Young Irish Musician's weekend boasts an astounding line-up of internationally renowned Irish musician artists who will travel to Saint Paul, Minnesota to give workshops and lectures in pure-drop Irish traditional music at the Center for Irish Music. 
This year, we are offering 3 main programs: Beginner, Youth and Adult so there is something for everyone (even dancers with the Friday night ceili!) Course descriptions and costs are detailed on the website. If you have any questions about levels or programming, don't hesitate to contact us.
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
  -Friday Night Ceili by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, called by Mike
  -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
For details on artists, programming, and prices, please visit the Young Irish Musicians Weekend webpage at:
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.
Twin Cities Feile Music Competition Friday, June 25
Feile logo7-9 PM at the St. Paul Hotel - 350 Market Street, St. Paul, MN. 
Hello students and parents,
Summer is fast approaching, and with it arrives an an excuse and opportunity to hone your traditional music skills!  I encourage all Center for Irish Music students ages 18 and under to  prepare a piece of music for the Twin Cities Feile music competition. Talk to your instructors now about what to bring out for the contest. The music competition is set up much like the national Fleadh and participation will provide you with valuable experience that will serve you well at a larger contest or on a stage.  All traditional instrumentalists, singers, or those with a recitation can compete. If you would like to play with your friends you can even enter as a duet or trio!  The entrance fee is a mere $10. Further details can be found in the syllabus portion of the Feile website at To sign up for the Twin Cities Feile, you will need to visit Feisworx , create a (free) family account, and follow the directions for registering for the TC Feile music competition.  Remember your user name and password as you will want to use them again in September to register for the traditional music competition at the Minnesota Feis! 
Good luck to all who go!
--Chad McAnally, Artistic Director
Upcoming Events
Friday-Sunday, May 14-16
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 15
Third Saturday ceili at The Celtic Junction, 7 - 10pm.  Dance music is courtesy of the Twin Cities Ceili Band, featuring CIM banjo instructor, Tom Lockney. Mike Whalen will teach and call
the dances. $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  For more info., see 
Friday, May 21
Brian Miller and Nathan Gourley will be performing at Paddy Ryan's in Hudson, WI. 
Todd Menton will be performing at Jake O'Connor's in Excelsior, MN.
Saturday, May 22
The Minnesota Scottish Fair is being held at the Dakota County Fairgrounds from 9am-5:30pm.  More info. at: http://www.mnscottishfair. org
Todd Menton will be performing at Jake O'Connor's in Excelsior, MN.
Two Tap Trio (Nathan Gourley, Brian Miller & Norah Rendell) will be performing at the Dubliner Pub, University Avenue in St. Paul at 9:30pm.
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.  Our younger students will perform from 1-2:30pm.  We'll have a potluck celebration from 2:30-3pm, and then our adult students will perform from 3-4pm.
Wednesday, May 26
Two Tap Trio
(Nathan Gourley, Brian Miller & Norah Rendell) will be performaring at the Dubliner Pub, University Avenue in St. Paul at 9:30pm.
Saturday, May 29
The HiBs with special guest Tony Comeau will be performing at The Claddagh in Maple Grove at 9pm.
Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 
Our 4th annual Young Irish Musicians Weekend.  See details above and updated information at our website.
Friday, June 25
Students are encouraged to register for the Twin Cities Feile!  Competition held on most traditional instruments.  See more info., below.
More Photos...
On April 24 and 25, our own Norah Rendell, Brian Miller, and Nathan Gourley lent their talents to the The Máirtín de Cógáin Project at The Celtic Junction.  A live CD was recorded, along with a DVD.  We'll let you know when both are released!
(photos courtesy of Steve Boice)


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