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Young Irish Musicians Weekend...
Request for Piano Donation
Golf Tournament
Summer Kids' Camps!
End-of-the-Year Recitals
Great Gathering on the Mississippi
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Upcoming Events





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We are actually excited to NOT be offering our very popular Young Irish Musicians Weekend this year. Have we confused you?  Taking a year off means that we can devote the immense time and energy needed to plan this large event over a longer period of time.  We are working on bringing in THE BEST master artists next summer and fine-tuning our programming to offer more workshops for adults!  In the meantime, we are looking for a *NEW NAME* for this amazing event.  In fact, to find the perfect name, we're making it a contest! 






Send us your best ideas for a new name for YIM that better reflects the diversity of those that have been attending this one-of-a-kind weekend.  We have yet to come up with a suitable prize, but we're open to suggestions!  Send your ideas to Emily and we'll post them all for a vote in the fall.  We look forward to all of your ideas!


CIM is in GREAT need of a good quality upright acoustic piano!!  If you have a piano you would like to donate (must be in good working condition, and upright pianos only), please contact Norah Rendell.  She will need to set up a meeting to come see the piano before we can accept the donation. Please contact our fundraising director, Lisa Forrette, directly if you would like to donate specifically to our piano fund.  Thank you in advance for your generosity!


Upright piano 

3rd Annual Celtic Festival at The Farm on St. Mathias 
Saturday, June 24th
10am-4pm, $8 admission 

Mathias festival fun

The third annual Celtic Festival will be held at The Farm on St. Mathias, an 80 acre organic farm located at 7579 St. Mathias Road Brainerd, MN 56401. The Center for Irish Music will again have a booth and we'd love to see you there! This year the festival has partnered with the  Komen Brainerd Lakes Race for the CureŽParticipate in the Race, wear your pink t-shirt to the festival and they'll donate two dollars of your admittance to the Cause!  

Live entertainment by CIM instructors Todd Menton, Shawn McBurnie and Chad McAnally (Rumgumption), storyteller John Dingley, the O'Shea Irish Dancers, and Mr. Fun and Feather the Faerie of Funtime Funktions.

Traditional Celtic crafts of sheep shearing, fiber spinning, dying and weaving.  Demonstrations by stonecutters, blacksmiths and metalsmiths. 

Activities for children including facepainting, skill toys instruction, and a kiddie parade!

Featuring vendors selling clothing, soaps, music, craft items, skill toys, and more.

Visit the festival at


Monday, June 20th

at StoneRidge Golf Club in Stillwater


Stoneridge Golf Club 

Support our host, The Celtic Junction, in defraying the cost of renovations necessitated after the fire of December 2010.  For more details and to register for this great event, click here.  Hurry!  Registrations must be received by June 1st! 

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 May 19, we have 1,331 Fans!  WOW!  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!

And tell your friends, too!

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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

SPRING 2011  

Register *NOW* for

Summer Kids' Camps!


The Center for Irish Music will once again be offering camps for kids this summer!  Danielle Enblom is our summer camp coordinator and will also be teaching many of the camps.  She is excited to get to know more of our talented youth! 


Dani teaching dance with kids

For more details on all of the following camps, please visit our website.  You can register on-line or by filling out a paper registration form at CIM.

June 27-July 1

Morning Camp: Mystical Musical Tour of Ireland (ages 4-6) Afternoon Camp: Be a Recording Artist! (ages 12-16)

July 25-29

Morning Camp: The Seal Maiden, Irish Fairy Tales, and Music (ages 4-6)

Afternoon Camp: Irish Hooley Camp (ages 7-11)

August 8-12

Irish Fair Performance Camp (**participants will perform at the IRISH FAIR, Aug. 12-14)

August 23-26 

Afternoon Camp: Be a Recording Artist! (ages 7-11)  


Summer Camp Pics

You are cordially invited to our end-of-the-year recitals!


  On Sunday, June 12th, please join us for an afternoon of music from our amazing students! 

Banjoes at recital


Our twice-yearly recitals are our favorite events!  Come support our students and witness all that they've been working on and putting energy into this year!  Invite your family and friends for this afternoon of music, inspiration, and community.  Each of the recitals will be followed by a short potluck celebration, so please bring something to share!


Youth Recital 1:  1:00-2:00pm with potluck to follow 

Youth Recital 2:  2:30-3:30pm with potluck to follow

Adult Recital:     4:00-5:30pm  with potluck to follow


**ATTENTION STUDENTS:  Please talk to your instructor(s) regarding which tunes or songs you would like to perform. 

Great Gathering on the Mississippi!


Missed the Eigse this year?  Wondering how you can help CIM?  Here's your chance to have fun AND contribute towards programming at CIM. 

 Mississippi River tour

Join us on a leisurely paddle down part of the Mississippi River Gorge.  Starting from the Bohemian Flats area, by the U of M Minneapolis Campus, we will paddle downstream to Hidden Falls Regional Park, a distance of about 7 miles.  We will pass the remains of the first lock and dam built on the river, go through Lock No. 1 by the Ford Plant and gain a whole new perspective on our city.  Wildlife abounds and we may see bald eagles, herons, deer, coyotes, beaver, and more.
The trip will be led by CIM student Andy Tatham, who has paddled this section of the river for many years, including all seven of the annual Mississippi River Challenge events staged by Friends of the Mississippi River.
We will provide car shuttles and a few goodies after the trip at Hidden Falls.
Date: Saturday July 16th 2011
Approximate times: 10:00am - 4:00 pm

Cost: $30 per person or $100 per family 
All we ask is that you provide your own canoe or kayak and at least one person who can paddle a reasonably straight line!  For safety reasons, we cannot take any pets or alcohol.  Limit 10 boats.  If extreme weather is forecast, we will arrange a rain-date.

To register:

  • Click here to sign up for a slot!  (10 boat maximum, but you can bring several people per boat!)
  • Pay via paypal from our website (note that it is for the Mississippi River Tour) or place a check in our CIM payment dropbox (right inside the CIM space on your right)
  • You will be contacted before the tour for more information! 
 Documentary on the life of harper Patrick Byrne (c.1794-1863) now available as a podcast!

Patrick Byrne, Irish harper
LMFM radio in Ireland recently  broadcasted a documentary show on the life of harper Patrick Byrne (c.1794-1863). The program features new recordings of Ann Heymann's harp playing and Charlie Heymann's singing in Irish, although they are unattributed on the show itself -- being used as soundtrack material. Included are pieces never before published or recorded: "Nurse Putting Child to Sleep" and "Rose McWard" ("Rķis nic Bhaird"), which survive solely in the manuscripts of Edward Bunting, who penned them from the playing of Patrick Byrne. The entire third part of the show features Ann's playing of "Brian Boru's March" behind a colorful account of Patrick Byrne's narrated performance as described in "The Emerald" (New York, 1868).

That broadcast is now available for download as a podcast from the LMFM's website:


Upcoming Events
 Saturday, May 21ion
CJ CeiliThird Saturday Ceili  at The Celtic Junction, 7-10pm, with dances called by Mike Whelan.  Beginners are welcome!  Music is provided by The Twin Cities' Ceili Band, featuring CIM instructors Cory Froehlich, Tom Lockney, and Daithi Sproule.

Monday, May 30

NO GROUP CLASSES TODAY  due to the Memorial Day holiday.  Private lesson students, please talk to your instructor(s) to determine whether you will have a lesson on that day.  Happy Memorial Day!

Saturday, June 4   

Come celebrate with our CIM neighbors at the  Hamline-Midway Spring Festival at Newell Park.  The park is just a few walkable blocks from The Celtic Junction!  Sign up to volunteer at our information booth, listen and watch as members of our advanced ensemble and several of our instructors perform for the O'Shea Irish Dancers at 1pm, and get to know the people who live and work in CIM's neighborhood. 


Sunday, June 5

GRAND OLD DAY, on Grand Avenue in St. Paul, is coming soon!  CIM will be taking part in the parade on the Irish on Grand float with fellow Irish organizations.  Watch for us and wave or march with us to hand out information about CIM!  If you are interested in helping, please e-mail Emily and we'll pass along all the details!  


Family Session at CIM, 2:30-4pm.  Bring your instrument, your enthusiasm, and your tunes to share! 


Saturday, June 11  

The long-awaited CD release of Brian Miller's `Lumberjack Songs of Minnesota' is here!  Brian has spent the last three years researching this forgotten branch of traditional music with strong connections to the Irish Street Ballad singing tradition and its history in Minnesota. He has   Lumberjackunearthed some rare gems that give a glimpse at the lives of some our state's earliest Irish and Scottish settlers.The concert is at The Celtic Junction at 8pm.  For more details, see The Celtic Junction website.  For more information and to hear sample tracks from "Minnesota
Lumberjack Songs" visit


Sunday, June 12 

CIM End-of-the-Year Recitals and Potlucks  1-6pm @ The Celtic Junction.  For more details, please see the article, above. 


Friday, June 17

Twin Cities Feile Music Competition - Friday Evening, June 17, 2011 from 7-9 PM at the St. Paul Hotel - 350 Market Street, St. Paul, MN.  Take the opportunity to hone your skills by preparing a tune set or a song for this event! 


Sunday, June 19

Family Session at CIM, 2:30-4pm.  Bring your instrument, your enthusiasm, and your tunes to share!


Monday, June 20

Summer Term at CIM begins!


Friends O' the Junction Golf Tournament @ StoneRidge Golf Club, Stillwater, 7am-2pm.  See information in left column. 


Saturday, June 25

Third Annual Celtic Festival @ The Farm on St. Mathias, Brainerd, MN, 10am-3pm.