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In This Issue:
Buskers needed for Irish Fair
Summer Camps!
Irish Fair of MN
Dáithí Sproule CD Release Concert!
Traditional Irish Music Weekend
Twin Cities Gaelic Football Club



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August 2-4

Intro. to Irish Harp Adult Camp (evening)...for more information, see column at right 


August 3

CIM instructor John McCormick's band, Barra, is performing at St. Kate's Summer Chautauqua from 7-9pm.  For more information visit the event website .


August 8-12

Irish Fair Performance Camp for kids (afternoon)...for more information, see column at right 


August 9-11

Travelling Ballads Adult Camp (evening)...for more information, see column at right  


August 12-14

Join CIM for The Irish Fair of MN on Harriet Island in St. Paul.  Detailed information in column at right. 


August 15

CD release concert for Dáithí Sproule's newest cd, Lost River, Vol. 1.  7pm at The Celtic Junction.  More info. in column story, below.    


August 16

Join Ailie Robertson for an Irish harp workshop 6-7:30pm at CIM.  More info to come. 


Join Fiona Black for a workshop on Cape Breton tunes (for any instrument) from 6-7:30pm.


Randal Bays will give a fiddle skills workshop from 7:30-9pm. More info. to come. 


August 23-25

The Music Behind the Music: The Art of Accompaniment Adult Camp (evening)...for more information, see column at right


August 23-26

Be a Recording Artist Kids' Camp (afternoon)...for more information, see column at right


August 28

Find out what we're all about and help us begin our Fall term at the CIM Open House!  2:30-4pm  


September 12

First day of classes for CIM's Fall Term!   


October 7-8

The Harvest Home Traditional Irish Music Weekend with Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill and James Kelly, featuring Daithi Sproule and Cathal Goan.  More details in column, at right.  


November 20

CIM's first Family Concert will be from 2:30-4pm.  Details to come, save the date!  


February 25, 2012

Save the date for  Éigse 2012!  Details to come.  



Request for buskers at the Irish Fair of MN!  

Calling all CIM students!  If you would like to  busk outside the main entrance to the Irish Fair, you have an exclusive reserved spot this year!


We have 6:30-8:30pm on Friday and 10:30am-12:30pm on Saturday as open times.  


Interested individuals or groups should e-mail Emily with the following information:


  • Name(s)
  • Instrument(s)
  • Preferred time(s) 


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 July 27, we have 1,383 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
You still have time to register for one of our upcoming camps!   

The following camps still have space in them!  We're just waiting for YOU to sign up.  


Brian and Noah

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. 


August 8-12:  Irish Fair Performance Camp, from 1-4pm  

August 23-26:  Be a Recording Artist! (ages 7-11), from 1-4pm 


August 2-4:  Introduction to Irish Harp with Chad McAnally

August 9-11: Travelling Ballads with Dáithí Sproule
August 23-25The Music Behind the Music: The Art of Accompaniment with Sean McBurnie, Cory Froehlich, Cormac O'Se and Todd Menton  

Summer Camp Pics

CIM at the IRISH FAIR of MN! 

AUGUST 12-14, 2011

Harriet Island, St. Paul

Irish Fair instructor collage


Many of our instructors and students will be performing at the Irish Fair this year, and we will once again be hosting an information booth in the merchant tent!  For a complete listing of all the performers and various workshops and demonstrations, please refer to the Irish Fair's website . 


This year we are once again providing buskers at the main entrance to the fairgrounds!  Look for them as you enter and be generous with your tips!  For those interested in busking, please see the article, at left.


Please visit us at our information booth to purchase CDs, pick up a Fall Course Catalog, and watch instrument demos by our instructors and students!  We also keep a large posted list of where you can catch CIM-affiliated staff and students next at the stop on by each day to see what we're up to!  We are in GREAT NEED of volunteers to staff our information booth this year.  So please consider sharing your enthusiasm for CIM by signing up for a shift or two !  Thank you! 


 Irish Fair booth 2010


Daithi Sproule

CD Release Concert 

Monday, August 15, at 7:30pm

Tickets $15    

Daithi cd release poster

"Lost River: Vol. 1" is Dáithí Sproule's first traditional vocal album in 16 years, and features songs in English and Irish, transformative versions of traditional song, exquisitely arranged and accompanied on guitar.

Friends scheduled to appear include: Altan, Randal Bays, Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, Dean Magraw, Paddy O'Brien, Peter Ostroushko, Tom Schaefer and John Wright.

For more information, please visit The Celtic Junction website.  Tickets are available at the CJ website or at Irish on Grand. 


The Harvest Home  

Traditional Irish Music Weekend



 Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill and James Kelly 


Maighread and James 


with special guests

Daithi Sproule and Cathal Goan    



Concert: Friday, October 7th at 7pm 
Workshops: Saturday, October 8th, 9:30am-4pm

More details will be available soon at the CIM website. 



This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment

vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008. 

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 Twin Cities Gaelic Football

Gaelic football is a combination of soccer and rugby with a bit of basketball and volleyball thrown in.  However, Gaelic originated well before any of these sports, dating back to at least the 14th century.  The game is played on a field similar to soccer with a soccer goal and goal posts like football.  A team scores three points for a goal and one point for a field goal.  There is some physical contact but no tackling and the sport relies more on stamina and accuracy.    


The Twin Cities Gaelic Football Club, know as the Lakelanders, has been in existence since 2007. We hold practices and league games and participate in interstate tournaments and the annual National Tournament.  We are always looking for new players and everyone is encouraged to play regardless of experience, gender or physical ability.  Feel free to come to a practice either Monday or Thursday nights from 6 to 8pm at McDonough Recreation Center in St. Paul.  We will also have a demo match at Irish Fair at 7pm on Saturday with a kid's practice 30 minutes beforehand, both at Croagh Park.    

For more information check out our webpage .