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Dedicated to handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians in our community.

In This Issue:
Registration Open for Spring Term!
Eigse CIM: A Gaela Event
IMDA Grant Opportunity
Congratulations to Norah Rendell!



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January 2-22  

We have 3 full weeks of classes in January, plus one make up week, January 23-29.  


January 13

Hanneke Cassel and Dave Wiesler in Concert!  8pm at The Celtic Junction.  Don't miss this fabulous concert which kicks off the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society's weekend of workshops. (See info. directly below)   


January 14-15

Scottish Music Workshops with Hanneke Cassel and Dave Wiesler will be held at The Celtic Junction.  For more details, check out the RSCDS website.

January 20 
Join the Twin Cities Ceili Band and Paul McCluskey for the Monthly Ceili at The Celtic Junction.  7pm. 

January 21 
Both of CIM's adult ensembles will be performing at
Gingko Coffeehouse, 9pm.  Go support our very talented student musicians!

Also on the 21st Chad McAnally, Shawn McBurnie, and Dee Brust will be performing at Charlie's Irish Pub in Stillwater, 7:30-11:30pm.

January 28 
Celtic Open Mic Night
at The Celtic Junction, 7pm.  Share your talents with the community at this ever-popular event!


February 3 
Bua, Brian Miller's Chicago-based band, will be in concert to promote their new cd at The Celtic Junction! 

February 4-5 
OID Feis at the Mall of America will be both Saturday and Sunday, with music competition as part of the weekend.  Extensive details in the link.

February 11 
The Minnesota Bagpipe and Drum Society is holding its first solo bagpipe competition at The Celtic Junction!  Admission is free for spectators.  Competition begins at 10am and awards are at 3:30pm.

Join us for a lively evening of pre-Valentine's Day tunes with The HiBs!  8pm at The Celtic Junction. 
The HiBs

February 25 

Save the date for  Éigse 2012!  Our 4th annual fundraiser and instructor concert is not to be missed!  More details in the column, at right.   


June 14-17 

Save the date for our Minnesota Irish Music WeekendAfter a much-needed year off, we are very excited to present a new and improved incarnation of our beloved Young Irish Musicians Weekend for all ages!  Children and youth will still have their own independent programs with visiting Irish musicians, but due to popular demand we will be expanding the adult programming for the weekend.


This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing of all of the possible events within the Irish community in the Twin Cities.  For more listings, please visit the IMDA's Event Calendar, which is a great schedule of local events. 

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 Jan. 9, we have 1,500 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!

Like us on Facebook
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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


Happy New Year!
Register Now for
Spring Term!


CIM's Spring Term is 16 weeks: February 6-June 3

We offer a full spectrum of classes designed just for YOU!  Please take the time to peruse our generous listings of group classes and options for private lessons.  If you have not taken lessons or classes at CIM before, feel free to e-mail us at for assistance.


 You can find information regarding private lessons and group classes on-line at our website.  You can also register for group classes while there.    


Class collage 


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Gaela Logo 2nd Star

    Saturday, February 25th
at The Celtic Junction

The Center for Irish Music and Kieran Folliard, Honorary Event Chair and local founder of 2 Gingers Whiskey, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event.


Éigse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather for an evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish Music and the mission of handing down traditional Irish music.

This semi-formal event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.


5:00 p.m. Doors open

5:30 p.m. Dinner provided by Cara Irish Pubs

6:30 p.m. Silent auction reception

7:00 p.m. Concert featuring our acclaimed CIM Instructors


Ticket prices:

$50.00 - guests arriving at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, silent auction reception and concert

$20.00 - guests arriving at 6:30 p.m. for silent auction reception and concert


 For complete information regarding tickets, donations, volunteering, and sponsorship, please visit the Eigse CIM site.  Thank you!    


IMDA Grant Opportunity!

The Irish Music & Dance Association offers educational grants to help students of any age to pursue an interest in the traditional arts of Ireland.  Over the years many of their grants have gone to musicians.  The CIM encourages all of its students to apply.

Applications are available for IMDA Educational Grants.  The application deadline is April 15, 2012.  Applications and info. are available on the IMDA website.  



Congratulations to our own Norah Rendell!  
Norah with flute
Please join us in extending  congratulations to CIM executive director and instructor Norah Rendell.  Norah was awarded "Best Female Vocalist of 2012" by Bill Margeson's Live Ireland Awards out of Chicago.  WOW! 

 "She is a killer singer. We don't know how or when she got this good. Maybe it has always been so. The important thing is that this is a woman at the top of her game and she is set for a long run in this business."   --Live Ireland 

Adding to those accolades is the fact that Norah's UK-based band, The Outside Track, was named "Best Instrumental/Vocal Group of 2012!"  Norah and bandmates Mairi Rankin, Ailie Robertson, Fiona Black, and  Cillian O'Dalaigh have recorded 2 CDs, and are hard at work on a 3rd.  Norah leaves for a new tour in the UK with her band at the end of January.

"(The CDs) have stamped them not only as yet another new force in the music, but among the top groups in the world. The Outside Track is traditional, creative, and brilliant on every cut."  --Live Ireland 
The Outside Track