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

In This Issue:
Welcome to Spring Term!
Eigse CIM: A Gaela Event
CIM Summer Camps!
CIM on YouTube
IMDA Grant Opportunity
Augusta Heritage Week Scholarship Opportunity



Celtic Line


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.

Head south to hear Dean Magraw and Daithi Sproule at the Oak Center General Store, Lake City, MN, at 8pm.

Join Kate & Jode Dowling and Patsy O'Brien for a lively evening of 
pre-Valentine's Day tunes with The HiBs!  8pm at The Celtic Junction. 
The HiBs

February 15

The Two Tap Trio will be performing at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm-12:30am on the corner of Vandalia and University in St. Paul. 


February 18

Join the Two Tap Trio as they accompany the Rince Na Chroi Irish Dancers at "From the Stage to Your Heart" at 7pm at St. Kate's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium.     

Rince na Chroi  


Daithi Sproule and Laura MacKenzie will be performing at the Riverview Cafe at 8pm.  Head over to this lovely, intimate venue for a fabulous night of music!


February 19

Irish-American traditional band Solas will be performing at The Cedar Cultural Center at 7:30pm.  


February 22

 The Two Tap Trio will be performing at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm-12:30am on the corner of Vandalia and University in St. Paul.  


February 25 

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event 2012!  Our 4th annual fundraiser and instructor concert is not to be missed!  More details in the column, at right.   


February 26

The Two Tap Trio performs as part of the Music at Trinity Concert Series at 4pm at Trinity Episcopal Church of Excelsior. 


February 29

The Two Tap Trio will be performing at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm-12:30am on the corner of Vandalia and University in St. Paul.  


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 Feb. 6, we have 1,525 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


Welcome to
Spring Term at CIM!


We have so many things to share with you in this newsletter, so please scroll down to read all of our exciting changes, additions, and events!  We wouldn't want you to miss a thing.

Firstly, we are excited to meet all of our new students during this first week of our spring term.  Please stop by the office and introduce yourselves!  Of course, we also warmly welcome back our returning students and look forward to your continued smiles, energy, and support!

We are also gearing up for our annual instructors' concert and fundraiser, Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event.  We humbly request your support of CIM by purchasing tickets, donating to our silent auction or raffle, or volunteering your time.  There are more details, below.

We welcome our newest instructor, Alisa Mee Potter, to our CIM family!  Alisa is an experienced early childhood music educator who will be teaching our Singing Sweeties class on Monday evenings.  Please welcome her and introduce yourself!

Thank you for your continued support of all that we do here at CIM.  We hope to see you at Eigse!




--Emily Flagstad, CIM Managing Director 


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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 prepared 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.




$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

With a donation to our silent auction
OR our WOW raffle (wall of wine, wall of whiskey, or wall of winter ale) 
OR by volunteering.
We need your help!  Please find details and donation forms
HEREContact volunteer coordinator, Teresa McCormick, to volunteer your time. 

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


CIM Summer Camps for Kids

Check out our summer camps for kids!  Camp listings are available now...peruse all of the options for your children this summer.  Registration opens Monday, February 13th.  Don't miss these entertaining, educational, and fun opportunities. 

Please refer to our website for more details on the following:

Irish Hooley Camp
Terrifically Tall Tales
Irish Traditions: Song and Dance, Fun and Games!
Irish Rhythms, Drumming and Bodhran
Irish Band Camp
Irish Fair Performance Camp
Magical Travels
Recording Studio

Summer Camp Pics

CIM is on View our videos on YouTube !
CIM YouTube channel

We have finally gotten around to creating an official
CIM channel on YouTube!  We've already uploaded several videos, with many more to come.  You'll find related videos uploaded by friends of CIM under our `Favorites' section.  Let us know what you think.  We're excited to be able to share the talents of our community with you in this format.


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



Augusta Scholarship Program

Augusta Heritage Center in West Virginia is best known for intensive weeklong workshops that attract several hundred participants annually. Thousands more attend their public concerts, dances, and festivals. Founded in 1982 by Dr. Mick Moloney, Augusta Heritage Center's Irish/Celtic Week is the oldest week of its kind in the United States.  For thirty years, Augusta has consistently attracted the world's finest instructors to immerse students in the very best of Irish craft, folklore, music and dance.  The Augusta Heritage Center has encouraged hundreds of talented artists through its Augusta Scholarship Program. Many have gone on to achieve renown in their chosen fields. Around 75 scholarships are awarded each year to youth and adults who show great promise and cannot otherwise attend. The recipients come from all over the U.S., Canada, and Europe. They recommend applying well in advance for scholarships.


Complete scholarship applications will include an Augusta Scholarship Application form, the class registration form, and a letter of recommendation from a non-family artist who is familiar with the applicant and can attest to his or her accomplishments.  For complete details please refer to the Augusta website.  The deadline for scholarships to attend this summer's Augusta Irish/Celtic Week is April 1st.  Late applications will be considered only if funds are available. Scholarship awards do not include housing and meals. Applicants under 18 must be accompanied by an adult.