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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community. 
In This Issue:
No Group Classes Thanksgiving Week
New WIND club
NEW Financial Aid deadline
Fall Fiddle and Song Weekend!
Annual Fund Information
Norah Rendell and Natalie O'Shea to produce a show for Steppingstone Theatre
Upcoming Events


There will be no group classes held during the week of Thanksgiving (Nov. 22-28).  Those of you taking private lessons should talk to your instructor to see if you will have a private lesson that week or not.

NEW!  The WIND Club


Join our new, FREE club!  The Wind Club is all about the music and history of the Irish flute, tin whistle and fife.

It is OPEN TO ALL CURRENT CIM MEMBERS of ALL levels and ALL instruments.

We will meet once a month for about an hour.  CIM teachers and students alike will participate and present materials on: wind players, styles & regions, flute/ whistle/fife history & current events,
recordings, and anything on the topic of Irish wind instrument music.  We will also all learn a tune together based on the subject we talk about.


Dates and Times:
November 10, Wednesday, 7:30-8:30pm
December 1, Wednesday, 7:30-8:30pm

The Wind Club poster

As our organization continues to grow, we are finding more areas that need detailed attention.  If you are willing to donate your gift of time to the CIM we would ALL benefit.  Please peruse our list of needed volunteers, below.  If you feel that you have the talent and time to commit to any of these, please e-mail  Thank  you!






Financial Aid Deadline  

Mark your calendars!  The deadline to submit applications to receive financial aid for the CIM Winter term is Monday,  November 15th.  Our financial aid policies and applications can be downloaded at our website at: http://www.centerforirishmusic. org/policies-and-forms/financial-aid/
Session tunes on website
This is a valuable learning tool for ALL of our students!  We encourage you to visit this site often.  The site has both slow and fast recordings of some of the most commonly taught songs at CIM.  Along with the recordings is the sheet music for the tune.  Thanks to Brian Miller and Shawn McBurnie for working hard to get this information available to our students!  To access this page, click here.
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

Facebook page

As of November 4, we have 1,161 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!
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

November 2010

 We are excited to announce...

Fall Fiddle Song Workshop 2010

What a great opportunity to learn from the masters!

You can register for any of the Saturday workshops by sending an e-mail to  Please just list your name, age (if under 18), and phone number.  You can pay the day of the workshops.  For more detailed information, please visit
Thank You for Supporting the Tradition

Give to the Max 2010
Heartfelt thanks to all who have donated to the 2010-11 Annual Fund. Each tax-deductible gift, large or small, provides critical support for the school and helps us to better serve our students!  

For those who plan to donate in November, there are two ways to give. Donations can be made year-round via our online donation form on the CIM website. Or you can take part in a special fundraising effort, Give to the Max Day on Tuesday, November 16th, with a gift to CIM through our fundraising page.
Give to the Max Day is an annual 24-hour fundraising event, coordinated by, in support of Minnesota's non-profit organizations.  Last year, CIM raised nearly $1,000 for the Annual Fund in just one day!  We are currently gathering donors for a matching gift fund and hope to have dollar-for-dollar matching for each donation that is made through our Give to the Max Day site on November 16th. Look for updates on the CIM site and on our Facebook page in the days leading up to the event.

 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's website.
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, November 10
The Wind Club will meet at 7:30pm in Room 5 in the Center for Irish Music space.  More information can be found in the left column, above.

The Two Tap Trio will be at The Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Avenue, St. Paul at 9:30pm.

Friday, November 12
A Fundraiser for The Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club, "A Night at the Races," will be held at The Celtic Junction.  Doors open at 6pm.  Details at their website.
Sunday, November 14
All current and former CIM students are invited to our monthly Family Session, hosted by Tom Lockney and Chad McAnally.  2-3:30pm in the CIM common space.  Share a few tunes, learn some new ones, drink tea, and meet fellow students!

*All proceeds* from the Hounds of Finn Live DVD Recording concert will *go to The Center for Irish Music!*  Join Hounds of Finn, The Eddies, and the Two Tap Trio from 3-8pm at The Celtic Junction.  More details at The Celtic Junction website.

Wednesday, November 17

 The Two Tap Trio will be at The Dubliner Pub, 2162 University Avenue, St. Paul at 9:30pm. 

Thursday, November 18
Todd Menton will be performing at 7pm at Cork's Irish Pub, in the Embassy Suites, 175 10th St. E in St. Paul.

Friday, November 19
Join the CIM in welcoming Irish fiddler James Kelly and sean nos singer Aine Meenaghan in concert!  More information above and at our website.
Saturday, November 20
Workshops for fiddle and sean nos singing with James Kelly and Aine Meenaghan.  At CIM, see details above.

The Two Tap Trio will be at Claddagh Irish Pub in Maple Grove from 8-11pm.

Sunday, November 21
The Monthly Ceili at The Celtic Junction features music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band and dances are called by Mike Whelan.  3-6pm.  Click here for more information.