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In This Issue:
Spring & Summer Registration Coming Soon!
Family Sessions Will be Twice a Month
Day of Dance & St. Paddy's Day
Get Up Your Irish!
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event
1st Recipient of Fitz Award Named
Upcoming Events


Our course catalog for Spring Term will be up on the website this week along with classes and camps for the Summer!  Talk to your instructor(s) now about any changes to your private lesson schedule.
Spring Term runs from Monday, March 29th - Sunday, June 12 and Summer Term runs from Monday, June 20 -  Sunday, August 28. 
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!



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 IMDA website)


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.


Starting Sunday, April 3, we will be having family sessions twice a month!  Join us on the first and third Sundays of each month from 2:30-4:00pm.


Gerlach girls and Adrienne 


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 March 10, we have 1,265 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

MARCH 2011  

Join us at the IMDA's Day of Dance & St. Paddy's Day Celebrations! 
Adult Ensemble @ Landmark 2008
The Center for Irish Music will once again have a big presence at the IMDA's Day of Dance and St. Paddy's Day celebrations!  Both events are held at The Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.  Our youth and adult ensembles and many of our instructors will be performing over the two days.  Please check out the daily schedules for both Sunday, March 13 and Thursday, March 17 on the IMDA website for exact times.

As in previous years, we will have an information booth at the Landmark Center!  However, we need YOUR help staffing the booth.  Volunteers would hand out Spring and Summer course catalogs and answer questions from curious passers-by.  Please consider donating an hour or two of your time!  Signing up for specific shifts will allow us to plan both days appropriately.  Thank you.CIM booth at Landmark Center

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A Celebration of Music and Dance


Created by Norah Rendell and Natalie O'Shea

Opening night:

Friday, March 11 

Day & evening shows until:

Sunday, March 20


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 you singing for days!   


Featuring members of the Two Tap Trio with youth performers from O'Shea Irish Dance and The Center for Irish Music!





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Thank you to all of the CIM community for making this year's celebration a success.  More than $6,000 were raised to support the day-to-day activities of the school!

Congratulations Fiona McKenna, recipient of the 2011 Timothy Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship!

Fiona McKenna - Fitz awardOn February 12th, at "Éigse CIM A Gaela Event," Liam O'Neill and Gretchen Fitzgerald awarded the first annual Timothy Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship to Fiona McKenna.  Fiona performs with the CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble and is a tin whistle and harp student with CIM as well.  For more information on the `Fitz' award, please visit the Timothy Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship page on our website.  


Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 10

Kevin Crawford and Cillian Vallely, Irish flute player and Uilleann piper extraordinaire, in concert at The Celtic Junction.  Music starts at 8pm.  Click here for more information.

Friday, March 11

Opening night for Get Up Your Irish at SteppingStone Theatre, 7pm.  See information, above.  See

Saturday, March 12
Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie perform at the 8th Annual Celtic Fest at Hjemkomst Center, 202 1st Ave N, Moorhead.  For more information, visit  the Fargo Park District website.

Twin Cities Celtic Music Showcase
Support CIM's Galaba Fund donors, Hounds of Finn, at the Twin Cities Celtic Music Showcase  at The Cedar Cultural Center at 8pm, with the Sweet Colleens, the Hounds of Finn, and The Dregs.  The night will feature a set by each band and a couple closing tunes played all together. For complete details and to purchase tickets, click here.

Sunday, March 13
IMDA Day of Irish Dance at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, 11am-5pm.  See details, above.

Thursday, March 17   **ST. PATRICK'S DAY!!**  

IMDA St. Patrick's Day Celebration at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul, 10am-5pm.  Details, above. 


St. Paul's St. Patrick's Day Parade, at noon starting at the Union Depot at 4th and Sibley Streets and will head west on 4th towards Rice Park. 


Minneapolis St. Patrick's Day Parade, at 6:30pm, will make its way down Nicollet Avenue from 13th to 5th Streets.  


20th Annual Irish Ceili Dance with music by Barra
at CSPS Hall,  383 Michigan Avenue, St. Paul, (near St. Clair Avenue just off of West 7th Street)  7 p.m. - $10 at the Door.  Seniors, 62+ and children under 5 are free.  More info: 


Special St. Paddy's Day Ceili at The Celtic Junction, called by Paul McCluskey, music by Twin Cities Ceili Band.  From 7-10 pm at The Celtic Junction


Two Tap Trio at the Dubliner from 6-8pm and at Shamrock's Pub from 9-11pm.   


Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band performs all day.  See their very full performance schedule at 


Friday, March 18

Irish Ceili Dance Benefit with music by Barra at St. Joan of Arc Church Gymnasium, 4537 Third Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.
Doors open at 7 p.m., teaching begins at 7:15, dance at 7:30.
More info:  


Sunday, March 20 

Support Cara Irish Pubs, an Éigse CIM event sponsor and a Cara Irish Pubs'KEEPING the Tradition' level donor, by going to Kieran's Irish Pub's Family Day, 1-7pm.   Lots of fun stuff going on and an opportunity for the kids (and Parents) to have bit of fun after the dust has settled from the 17th.   


  • Live music on the main stage from 2-5pm
  • Happy hour extended until 7pm that evening
  • Balloon sculpture from 2-5pm
  • First face painters between 1pm and 6pm
  • Rince Na Chroi Irish dancers from 1-2pm
  • Bring canned goods for donations to the house of charity.
  • Fun kids menu

Thursday, March 24

Catch Chulrua in concert at The Celtic Junction!  Join Paddy O'Brien, Patrick Ourceau, and Eamon O'Leary for an unforgettable night of music.  More info here.


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