CIM update header

In This Issue:
Fall Term starts Sept. 12
Summer Camps!
CIM Open House
Minnesota Feis
Harvest Home Traditional Irish Music Weekend
catalog coverWe are busy finalizing details for all of our classes for Fall term!  We will let you know via our website and Facebook page when registration is open!  Until then: continuing students, you can contact your instructors to set up private lesson times.  Thank you for your patience!

NOTE:  We are changing from a 4- to a 3-term year.  Our Fall and Spring terms will now be 16 weeks in length, allowing for easier registration and administration during non-hectic times of the year!





Celtic Line 



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 25-Sept. 5

Our own Pat McCormick is the daily piper in the O'Gara's tent, appearing at noon and 3pm!  See  O'Gara's webpage for details. 


August 26

Witness "Mairtin like you've never seen him before!" Mairtin de Cogain appears in De Bogman, direct from a very well received off-Broadway run!  At 8pm on Friday at The Celtic Junction.  The show is Mairtin-labeled PG-16. 


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 2 & 3

Catch CIM instructor Todd Menton with his band, Boiled in Lead, at the MN State Fair!  7:30 & 9pm on the Bazaar Stage.  See the State Fair website for more information. 


The NEW Rochester Irish Fest will be all Labor Day weekend in Rochester, MN.  More details are in the column, at right. 


Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will be performing songs from Brian's MN Lumberjack project at the NEW Rochester Irish Fest.  Details in column at right.


September 4

Brian Miller, Randy Gosa, and storyteller Bob Walser will be presenting songs and stories from Brian's MN Lumberjack project for History Day at the MN State Fair!  Find them in Carousel Park at 2pm.  

September 12

First day of classes for CIM's Fall Term!   


September 16

Join in the fun at the Monthly Ceili at The Celtic Junction, dances called by Mike Whalen, music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, 7-10pm.


September 17

Join Brian Miller and Randy Gosa for a FREE concert at Hosmer Community Libary at 2pm!  They'll be sharing songs and stories from Brian's MN Lumberjack project.  A great venue for famliies, check out details at Hosmer's website. 


September 24

Head on down to St. Paul's RiverCentre for The Minnesota Feis!  CIM students are encouraged to participate.  More details in the column, at right. 


October 1

Support the Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club and IMDA at their quarterly Open Mic Night at The Celtic Junction at 7pm!   


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.  


October 22

Don't miss Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie's Double CD Release concert at 7:30pm!  Early music made new; new music made well. Rare wire-strung harp played by a virtuoso musician and composer paired with superb singing and songwriting.  Details at The Celtic Junction website  


November 20

CIM's first Family Concert with Paddy O'Brien & Erin Hart will be from 2:30-4pm.  Details to come, save the date!  


February 25, 2012

Save the date for  Éigse 2012!  Details to come.  



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!

  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
Thank you for supporting CIM during the
Irish Fair of MN!

We are overwhelmed with gratitude for your generosity of time, energy, and enthusiasm during this year's Irish Fair of MN!  Hearty thank yous to all of our booth volunteers and to those of you who supported our student and instructor musicians by attending a workshop or performance! Planning for CIM's involvement in the fair takes countless hours of planning and organizing.  We especially thank our students, instructors, and staff for all of your many hours of dedication!  WE APPRECIATE YOU!


Two camps left this summer!

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


Brian and Noah

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



August 23-25The Music Behind the Music: The Art of Accompaniment taught by Sean Egan, Daithi Sproule, Chad McAnally, Cory Froehlich, Cormac O'Se and Todd Menton, from 7-9pm.  Six of our instructors share their insights into the art of accompanying Irish music as they demonstrate and discuss their approach on a variety of instruments; harp, guitar, bouzouki, piano, piano accordion, and bodhran. By introducing you to a variety of traditional techniques and showing how any given tune can be treated many different ways, this camp will improve your playing and help you develop your own style.  



 August 23-26:  Be a Recording Artist! (ages 7-11), taught by Danielle Enblom & Brian Miller, from 1:30-4:30pm. Work with your friends to create a real live Irish music album.  We'll find common tunes, learn new ones, create arrangements, and make a recording by the end of the week.  During the camp, you will also have a chance to design cover art for your album.  Finish the week off with a live CD release concert for friends and family and a CD to take home.  (students must have taken classes at CIM previously or be familiar with tunes on our common repetoire page.) 

Come see what CIM is all about at our OPEN HOUSE  

AUGUST 28, 2011


Open house pics

  • Meet and talk with our instructors
  • Take a tour of our studio spaces
  • Join an informal session (bring your instrument(s)!
  • Get your questions answered about lessons
  • Register for Fall Term classes
  • Make an Irish music-themed craft with your child! 

We welcome all new CIM students and welcome back all returning students!  Please join us for light refreshments, a session with our instructors, and to learn more about what we offer at CIM. For directions, please refer to our website. 


Check out the *new* Rochester Irish Fest!

September 2-4


Rochester Irish Fest logo
There's a new reason to make a trip to Rochester, MN this late summer season!  Take in this FREE family-friendly event over the Labor Day weekend.  A full weekend of Irish entertainment, historical, and cultural events, free and open to the public on the Peace Plaza in  downtown Rochester.  For more details and a complete event schedule, visit the Rochester Irish Fest website.  See you there!

 MN Feis logo



It is time to sign up for the 11th Annual Minnesota Feis music competition! It will take place on Saturday September 24 at the RiverCenter in St Paul from 9:30AM-3:00PM.   

A Feis (pronounced  fesh) is an Irish arts competition that includes step dancing by both children and adults, music (both vocal and instrumental), irish soda bread and other Irish crafts. This is a great part of the tradition of Irish music that is common all over Ireland. It provides students an avenue to perform tunes for judges (who give feedback in the form of written
comments) and a chance to win prizes in each of their instruments.

All CIM students are encouraged to attend.  Please refer to our website for detailed information and instructions on how to register for the Feis.  Registration happens through the FeisWorx website. 


Members of the Minnesota Feis will be at the CIM open house to answer any questions and to assist with registration, if needed.  Questions prior to the CIM Open House can be directed to Kathleen Green ( or Kevin Carroll at


CIM instructors strongly encourage their students to take advantage of this competition
. Contact your instructor for help in choosing material, working it up, and for coaching on what to expect during the competition itself.

Harvest Home Header


 Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill and James Kelly 

HH visiting artists  

with special guests

Cathal Goan and Daithi Sproule     

Cathal and Daithi 


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


Complete details can be found at our website 



**Your donation of time is greatly appreciated.  To volunteer for this event, please contact CIM's volunteer coordinator, Teresa McCormick.**  



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. 

Legacy logoState Arts Board Logo