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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
In This Issue:
Summer Course Catalog Now Available
Twin Cities Feile
Grand Old Day Parade
Celtic Festival at the Farm on St. Mathias
Recital Thanks
Young Irish Musicians Weekend
Chicago Celtic Fest
Upcoming Events
Summer Classes & Camps!
We have finally published our catalog of course offerings for the summer term!  We are offering private lessons, group classes, and several fun camps during the

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summer term.  Pick up a copy of the catalog in the CIM common space or peruse it on-line.  You can register by filling out a registration form at CIM or on-line at our website. 
A quick reminder to sign up for the upcoming music competition at the Feile being held Friday June 25th. More details can be found on their website  Don't miss this great opportunity!
To sign up for the Twin Cities Feile, you will need to visit , 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 it again in September to register for the traditional music competition at the Minnesota Feis! 

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Irish Community Effort
Results in *BEST FLOAT* 
Grand Old Day float 
On Sunday, June 6, many members of the Twin Cities' Irish community marched in the Grand Old Day parade down Grand Avenue in St. Paul.  We were received with hearty cheers, smiles, and waves from the enthusiastic crowd!  Many thanks go to the Center for Irish Music's student ensemble (who performed rousing Irish tunes while on the fast-moving float!), CIM volunteers, Irish on Grand, the Irish Fair of MN, members of the Robert Emmets Hurling Club, and dancers from St. Paul Irish Dancers.
 Mike with logo
CIM Board President, Mike Lynch, who towed the float!


Danielle and Anna dancing

Sunday, June 27th from 2-4pm at The Celtic Junction.  Dances taught by Anna Lethert with Danielle Enblom (CIM fiddle instructor), for more info email

  2nd Annual Celtic Festival at the Farm on St. Mathias
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The Farm on St. Mathias, a CSA farm and loyal supporter of CIM, is presenting the second annual Celtic Festival and Summer Solstice Celebration in Brainerd, MN on June 26th! Rumgumption will perform during the festival joined by dancer and CIM fiddle teacher Danielle Enblom.O'Shea Irish Dancers will add to the festivities. Demonstrations at The Farm will include blacksmithing, stonecutting, sheep shearing, fiber spinning and weaving, brewing by Blue Ox Brewers Society, and sean nos dancing by Danielle. Food and drink by Prairie Bay and Grab-a-Java. CIM will have a booth at the festival, so please stop by and say hello!
Mathias barn
An honor for CIM instructor Kate Dowling...

Kate with flute

Our own Kate Dowling has been asked to be an official judge at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in Chicago on June 26, 2010.  Competitors placing 1st or 2nd in their competition are eligible to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh in August. It is a great honor for Kate to have been asked to judge this level of competition.  Congratulations, Kate!
Thanks to all of our instructors and students for a wonderful end-of-year recital! 
Liam and Connor
It is always such a joy to see and hear our students as they share what they have learned over the course of the year! Congratulations to all of our students for their hard work and dedication to Irish music!  Special thanks to CIM instructor Brian Miller for organizing and running this fun event! 
(pictured are guitar students Liam O'Shea and Connor Magee)
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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!

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As of June 10, we have 913 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! 

June 2010

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**It's not too late to register!** 
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.
CIM Youth Ensemble
Performs at the Chicago
Celtic Festival! 
Youth ensemble in ChicagoOur own youth ensemble performed at the Chicago Celtic Festival the weekend of May 7-9 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.  We were lucky to have all of the families of the ensemble join us in Chicago for what turned out to be a fantastic weekend!  Below you will find select pictures from the weekend and a few quotes from the student musicians about their impressions.  Thank you for supporting the CIM.  We look forward to participating again next year!
Representing CIM at the Celtic Fest were: Darlene Lerwick (fiddle), Amber Keating (piano), Emiliano Morales (fiddle), Gabe Dale-Gau (fiddle), John Ochs (banjo), and Fiona McKenna (tin whistle).  Maia Crews-Erjavec, the ensemble's cello player, was unable to accompany the group due to an injury.  So, the ensemble was lucky to be accompanied by our own Brian Miller (guitar)!

Ensemble plus Brian and Norah

 Ensemble instructor Norah Rendell and guitar accompanist Brian Miller with the student ensemble 
"At one point while we were performing a crowd began to gather in front of the stage.  People who were walking by stopped to watch us play.  It was cool to see all of those people stopping for us." --Gabe Dale-Gau 
"Chicago was wondrous, but for the record, it was so cold up on stage that my hands felt like they wanted to slow down, but because I was so nervous, they went the normal speed anyway; it was an equilibrium. I had a wonderful time. The two days were windy and at the end of the second day I busked with Emiliano and got a $1.50!  On the same day, I played with a group in a pub. That was really enjoyable. No downsides to the trip. I would go again next year." --John Ochs
"My favorite part of the trip was seeing the other musicians perform and hearing their arrangements.  It was a great trip and I hope to have more experiences like it." --Fiona McKenna
 Celtic Fest on Stage
Of course, the weekend would not have been possible without the amazing support from the families of our students!  Many thanks go out to our awesome families and CIM instructors!
Ensemble plus families
(Pictured L to R are: Ian McKenna, Brian Miller, Fiona McKenna, Gabe Dale-Gau, Emiliano Morales, John Ochs, Norah Rendell, Amber Keating, Darlene Lerwick, Fern Lerwick, Trude Keating, Paul McCluskey, and kneeling are Jeanne Morales and Richard Skroch.)  Not pictured, but who also accompanied the group to Chicago were: Kate Dowling, David McKenna, Peter Morales, Royce Lerwick, and the Dale-Gau family.
 *Thanks to Norah Rendell & David McKenna for the pictures
Upcoming Events
Saturday, June 12
Make a short trip down to Red Wing for the Celtic Edge Festival,  sponsored by Hobgoblin Music.  Instructor John McCormick, with his band, Barra, will be performing, as well as Laura MacKenzie and Gary Rue, and other local Celtic bands.  For more information, visit  

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Sunday, June 13
Sunday, June 13
Join CIM instructors and fellow students for our monthly CIM Family Session from 2-3:30pm in the CIM common space.  Share a few tunes, learn some new ones, and relax with tea and biscuits!
Friday-Sunday, June 18-20 
Our 4th annual Young Irish Musicians Weekend.  See details above and updated information at our website.
Friday, June 18
Third "Saturday" ceili at The Celtic Junction, 7 - 10pm.  This month the ceili is moving to Friday as part of our Young Irish Musicians Weekend!  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 
Saturday, June 19
The Young Irish Musicans Weekend Masters Concert is being held at The Celtic Junction starting at  7:30pm.  An amazing opportunity to see Irish music masters Martin Hayes, Kevin Crawford, Randall Bays, and Daithi Sproule all performing on one stage!  For tickets and more information, see The Celtic Junction Events Page. 
Friday, June 25
Students are encouraged to register for the Twin Cities Feile!  Competition held on most traditional instruments.  See more info. in column to the left.
Friday, June 25
Rumgumption, featuring CIM instructors Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie, will be performing at the E Squared Cafe in Brainerd at 8pm.  
Saturday, June 26
Rumgumption, featuring CIM instructors Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie, and CIM fiddle instructor Danielle Enblom will be performing at the 2nd annual Celtic Festival at the Farm on St. Mathias in Brainerd.  See more info. in sidebar article.
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