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Dedicated to handing down traditional Irish music to the next generation of musicians in our community.

In This Issue:
Tour of Connemara Patch
Register NOW for Fall Classes
Harvest Home Traditional Irish Music Weekend
Daithi Sproule's New CD



Celtic Line 


September 21

The Two Tap Trio will be at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul from 9:30pm-12:30am.


September 24

Head on down to St. Paul's RiverCentre for The Minnesota Feis!  Good luck to the 11 CIM students who are taking part in the music competition! 


October 1

Join Teresa McCormick and Natalie O'Shea for a tour of St. Paul's Connemara Patch!  Meet at 1pm at The Celtic Junction.  More details, below. 


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 at The Celtic Junction.


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.  





GUYI - Mittie Mattie

This walking tour will take you to what used to be known as Connemara Patch, an early Irish shanty town bordering Swede

Hollow.  Explore the area and learn about early Irish immigration.   

Learn from Natalie O'Shea how the story of the Connemara Patch inspired her to partner with Norah Rendell to write and produce an original play featuring young Irish dancers and musicians.  Get Up Your Irish debuted in March of 2011 at Stepping Stone Theater and through song, music and dance, depicted the life in the early Irish shanty town of Connemara Patch.


Meet at The Celtic Junction at 1pm.  Bring your camera and bottled water.  Open to all ages. Children must be accompanied by a parent.  Adults $5.


To reserve your ticket, call 651-855-8518 or email mcco81@gmail.com and give your name, address, two phone numbers and the names of any additional people in your party. Limit: 30 adults.

Deadline: September 27.  

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!

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As of Sept. 19, we have 1,422 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

September 2011  




We offer both group classes and private lessons at CIM.  You can find complete group class listings and private lesson information at our website.  This fall, we are switching to 16-week terms,  allowing you to register for classes at less-busy times of the year and streamlining administration for us.  **We are now offering payment plans to accommodate the longer terms.


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What are you waiting for?  We are excited to meet all of our new students and catch up with returning students!  Registering for classes so easy:  
  1. Browse our listings of private lessons and group classes  either on our website or by picking up a course catalog at CIM.
  2. Register for classes by registering on-line or by filling in a registration form available at CIM.
  3. Make note of when your class(es) start and show up!  Easy!  You will be notified if there are any changes. 


We love to share with you all of our goings-on and news at the Center for Irish Music.  Please feel free to e-mail us at any time with questions or comments.  A great way to keep in touch is by joining our CIM Facebook community.   Not on Facebook?  No problem; if you are receiving this newsletter you'll continue to receive monthly updates!

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Don't miss this UNPRECEDENTED gathering of Irish traditional music talent! Join James Kelly, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Dáithí Sproule, & Cathal Goan for a weekend of music, workshops, discussions, and one-of-a-kind collaborations! Register now for our HARVEST HOME Traditional Irish Music Weekend!    



 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

with James Kelly (fiddle), Maighread Ni Dhomhnaill (song), and Daithi Sproule (guitar & song)

Workshops: Saturday, October 8th, 9:30am-4pm
for children, youth, & adults in traditional Irish song, fiddle, and guitar 



Complete details can be found at our website 



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. 

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~~~~New Recordings by CIM Instructors~~~~

This month: Lost River, Vol. 1 from Dáithí Sproule

 Lost River, Vol. 1

      We are extremely lucky to have as our instructors  a talented group of world renowned touring musicians.  So, we are always delighted to announce when one of them releases a new recording!  This month, we'd like to highlight the newest release from Dáithí Sproule.   Dáithí has toured around the world for 25 years with the Irish super-group Altan, as well as recorded and performed with Bowhand, Skara Brae, Dolly Parton, and numerous legendary traditional musicians, including Tommy Peoples and Liz Carroll. He is a 2009 Bush Artist Fellow, and teaches classes in English and Irish song,  guitar, and fiddle at The Center for Irish Music.   


      While Dáithí debuted the cd to a sell-out crowd at The Celtic Junction at a concert on August 15, we know that many of you either were not able to attend or are new to the CIM community.   The cd can be purchased  through New Folk Records, at The Celtic Junction, and at Irish on Grand.     For more about Dáithí and this newest cd, please check out Dáithí's website.  


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      Check out these very favorable reviews  about Lost River, Vol. 1, pick up a copy of the cd, and congratulate Dáithí the next time you see him at CIM.  Or better yet, take one of  Dáithí's song classes this Fall!       


"Sproule shines"   - Earle Hitchner, Irish Echo   


"His best work ever"    - Jack Baker, Piping It In   


"A beautiful disc" - Tom Surowicz,  

Minneapolis Star Tribune   


"The latest expression in an ever-morphing and expanding reservoir of creativity....It is a gem."  

- Bill Margeson, Irish Music Magazine