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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
In This Issue:
Minnesota Feis
New Silver Flute Instructor
Photos from our Irish Hooley Camp
Fall Term News!
The Outside Track releases their CD in America
Norah Rendell and Natalie O'Shea to produce a show for Steppingstone Theatre
Upcoming Events
Calling all students for the
 Minnesota Feis!

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If you haven't signed up for the music competition at the Minnesota Feis, now is the time! The Feis is being held Sept 25 at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.  This competition will give you experience playing traditional music in front of a judge without traveling out of town.  It's great experience and great practice.  Let's make the musical competition at the MN Feis as important to young musicians as the dancing competition is to young dancers! Come out and support a rich Irish community tradition! Learn more at:
Cory was introduced to the Boehm (orchestral/keyed) flute as a child, and continued its study through university. His love of the instrument enticed him to explore its use in traditional music.  A very capable wooden flute player in the Irish tradition, Cory's tandem study of both styles of flute allow him to explore a wide range of elements and genres. He is excited by and specializes in the adaptation of traditional wooden flute techniques such as tonal concept, ornamentation, and phrasing to the Boehm instrument.
Cory Froehlich, new instructor 

Pat with pipes

 Instructor Pat McCormick demonstrating the Uilleann pipes
Hooley camp fiddles 
Kids trying out fiddles
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of September 10, we have 1,034 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! 
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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site!
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

September 2010

Welcome to another great year at CIM!
You are all cordially invited to our annual open house THIS SUNDAY, September 12, from 2-4pm.  Come take a tour of our studio spaces, register for classes, meet our amazing instructors, enjoy a few tunes, and have your kids take part in crafts!  It is a great introduction to our wonderful community.  Questions?  E-mail us at
What are you waiting for?  We are excited to meet any new students and catch up with returning students!  Registering for classes so easy:  
  1. Browse our listings of private lessons and group classes offered either on our website at or by picking up a course catalog at CIM.
  2. Register for classes by registering on-line or by filling in a registration form available at CIM.
  3. Make note of when your class(es) start and show up!  Easy!  You will be notified if there are any changes.
We love to share with you all of our goings-on and news at the Center for Irish Music.  Please feel free to e-mail us at any time with questions or comments.  A great way to keep in touch is by joining our CIM Facebook community.   Not on Facebook?  No problem; if you are receiving this newsletter you'll continue to receive monthly updates!

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New Release of
The Outside Track's CD
Bua, summer 2010
Norah Rendell's UK-based band, The Outside Track, is finally releasing a new album in the United States on the Mad River label.  Irish Music Magazine's review exclaims:   "this quintet has evolved into a powerful focused group. Curious Things Given Wings - an intriguing title for an enthralling CD - sets The Outside Track on a very promising course, highly recommended."  The Ireland Journal says, "the music takes flight the moment the CD is put in the CD player, and hits you immediately with its constant impact and drive." 

The US release coincides with the bands' first American tour this September. The tour concludes with a week-long jaunt up to Canada's Cape Breton, where The Outside Track will be performing at the prestigious Celtic Colours Festival.

Albums will be available soon at
 Get Up Your Irish:
A Celebration in Music & Dance
created by Norah Rendell & Natalie O'Shea
March 11-20, 2011 
Echoes of issues that immigrants face today are found in this story of the immigrant experience from 100 years ago.  The music & dance of Ireland tell the story of Irish immigration to Minnesota.  Featuring young musicians from the Center for Irish Music, dancers from O'Shea Irish Dance, and members of the Two Tap Trio.
Get Up Your Irish is the story of a young boy's journey from Ireland to a new home in Saint Paul.  Painted with the stereotype of the combative Irishman, this young hero finds the courage to face conflicts with his fists down, and to unite his community.  Packed with toe-tapping dance numbers accompanied by fiddle, flute and guitar, this show will have your class singing for days!
This is Stepping Stone's best selling show so far, so book your tickets now.

Get up your Irish

For more information and to buy tickets, visit Steppingstone Theatre'swebsite.
Upcoming Events
Sunday, September 12
From  2 -4pm, join us at CIM for our Fall Open House!  Take a tour, pick up a catalog, register for classes, and take part in a session.
Monday, September 13
The first day of classes for the CIM Fall term.  
Saturday, September 18
CIM instructor Todd Menton will be performing at The Aster Cafe in Minnepolis from 9pm - 11:30pm. He'll be performing originals, Irish/English folk, and much more at a great new venue.  Good food and good tunes. $8 at the door.
Saturday, September 18
Third Saturday ceili at The Celtic Junction, 7 - 10pm.  Dance music is courtesy of the Twin Cities Ceili Band, featuring CIM instructors Tom Lockney and Cory Froelich. Mike Whalen will teach and call the dances. $5 per person, $20 maximum per family.  For more info., see 
Saturday, September 25
The Minnesota Feis will be held at the RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.  We are encouraging all musicians to register in the music competition!  See article, above left.