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In This Issue:
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event
Call for auction items!
IMDA Educational Grant Program
Upcoming Events

REGISTER NOW for winter term!  It's not to late to join a class or take some private lessons!

Our Winter term began Monday, January 10th and continues through Sunday, March 20.  We WILL have class on February 21st.  Please visit our website for a complete listing of our Winter course offerings or pick up a catalog in the CIM office.
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!




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.
YIM 2010 - 2 accordionsJoin us on the second Sunday of the month from 2:30-4:00pm.

Come try out your new tunes and songs in the supportive community of the Center for Irish Music family sessions.  Led by our own instructors, the family sessions are the perfect way to experience your first Irish session.  Make sure to bring a recording device to pick up tunes and songs you don't already know.  We will play tunes from the common repertoire at a slow pace as well as common tunes at a medium to fast pace for more experienced players.
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of February 1, we have 1,210 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

February 2011

Gaela Logo - True Black large

Saturday, February 12th, 2011

6:00 - 11:00 p.m.

at The Celtic Junction


The Center for Irish Music and Erin Hart, Honorary Event Chair and celebrated local author, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event.


Éigse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather for a sparkling evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish Music and their mission of handing down traditional Irish music.


This semi-formal event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early for family-style dining provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.


Event Schedule

6:00 p.m. Doors open

6:30 p.m. Family style Irish stew and soda bread dinner from Cara Irish Pubs  

7:30 p.m. Silent auction reception

8:30 p.m. Concert featuring our acclaimed CIM instructors


Ticket prices

$20.00 - guests arriving at 7:30 p.m. for silent auction reception and concert

$45.00* - guests arriving at 6:00 p.m. for dinner, silent auction reception and concert

$450.00* - Table Sponsorship (price per table, seating for 10)


*Reservations for seats at the dinner must be made no later than Tuesday, February 8th.  All tickets may be paid for in advance or at the door.


To purchase tickets online, send your request to Lisa Forrette at Online payments may be made through the Paypal link at the bottom of this page. Please include a reference to the Gaela Event in the comments section before submitting your payment. Thank you!


To purchase tickets via mail, complete the Eigse CIM Tickets Form, include your payment, and send it to: The Center for Irish Music, 836 Prior Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.  For additional ticketing information, please call Lisa at 612-990-4251.

- Call for Auction Items -
Auction items

CIM welcomes donations to our Silent Auction. Small or large, each item featured will increase the excitement and success of this fundraising event. Items ranging from recordings, concerts and lessons, to collectables, travel opportunities, fine dining and more will be included.


For information about contributing Silent Auction items, please email Mimi Hasselbalch, Silent Auction Coordinator, at, or call Lisa Forrette at 612-990-4251. We thank you in advance for your generous support.

IMDA Educational Grant Program

The Irish Music & Dance Association offers educational grants to help students of
any age to pursue an interest in the traditional  arts of Ireland.  Grants are used for classes, fees, travel expenses, equipment purchases or other purposes which
support the applicant's learning.

The IMDA's goal is to help students who love Irish music or dance to continue their study and to share their interest with others.  The IMDA asks grant recipients to bring new skills back to the community by performing at an IMDA event.

Since its start in 2006, the program has made numerous grants to musicians, dancers and a teacher of the Gaelic language.  The recipients used their grants for travel expenses, to purchase an instrument, and for classes.  The options are as broad as the ideas of the applicants.

Applications are due April 15, 2011.  For more information and to download an application, please visit the IMDA's website.

(Text above courtesy of the IMDA website)

Upcoming Events
Friday, February 4
O'Rourke's Feast, a new Irish traditional music ensemble led by button accordion legend Paddy O'Brien with CIM instructors Danielle Enblom and Nathan Gourley, performs at The Celtic Junction.  Doors 7:00, Show 7:30.

Saturday, February 5
Celtic Fire: The Twin Cities Woman's Choir with The HiBs with guests Dáithí Sproule, Ann Heymann, Tom Klein, & Brian Wade.  Danielle Enblom & Rose Duffy adding dancing, too!  At Central Presbyterian Church from 4-6pm.  More information at
Sunday, February 6
Sean Nos Dance Workshop Series Danielle Enblom is teaching these series of workshops on workshops which will incorporate the basics of sean nós dancing with concepts of musicality.  From 2-3pm on Feb. 6 AND Feb. 13. More details can be found at:

Saturday, February 12

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, 6:00-11:00pm, The Celtic Junction. Ticket prices are $45.00 for dinner & concert, $20.00 for concert only (after 7:30pm).  To purchase tickets, to make a donation or for additional event information, please contact Lisa Forrette, Fundraising Director at or call 612-990-4251.

Thursday, February 24

The Outside Track, featuring CIM instructor Norah Rendell, finally makes it to the Twin Cities!  Join us in welcoming this
amazing group to the Celtic Junction.  Doors open at 7, music starts at 7:30pm.  More details at