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Minnesota Irish Music Weekend
Register Now for CIM Summer Camps!
Congratulations to our 8 competitors at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil!
CIM is on YouTube



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April 20
Join in the fun at the monthly ceili at The Celtic Junction!  Only $5 per person or $20 per family, with music by The Twin Cities Ceili Band.

April 21
You won't want to miss an evening with The Outside Track, 'Group of the Year' at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards!  Show 8:00pm at The Celtic Junction. Advance tickets for CIM students and members $15, general advance tickets $18. $20 at the door.

The Outside Track Flash Company

April 29
Traditional singers rejoice!  Len Graham & Brian Hart bring their current project, Songs from the Ulster and Connemara Traditions, to The Celtic Junction at 7pm. $12 advance tickets, $15 at the door.

April 30
Take part in workshops with Len Graham and Brian Hart at The Celtic Junction:   
The Ulster Ballad Tradition with Len Graham  OR
7:30-9pm   Sean-nós dancing with Brían Ó hAirt 

May 3-6
Festival of Nations at RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul.  CIM instructors Chad McAnally, Shawn McBurnie, and Danielle Enblom perform with Rumgumption all day on May 5.  Chad and Shawn perform all day on May 6.

May 4
Irish set dance at The Celtic Junction, 7-9pm in Studio 2.    

May 4-7
Help out the IMDA during their fundraiser at Linder's!  IMDA will receive 15% of the purchase of folks who bring in an invitation during the specific days May 4 thru May 7. Click link above to download invitation. 

May 5
Join in the performances or audience at the quarterly Celtic Open Mic Night!  7pm at The Celtic Junction.

Open Mic Night May 5 

June 2      CIM Recitals 1-6pm!  We encourage all of our students to take part in our end-of-year recitals and potluck.  Watch for more information soon.

June 3   
Watch for CIM students and instructors on the Irish on Grand float during the Grand Old Day Parade

June 14-17 

Register now for our Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!  After 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!  See details in column, at right.


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!

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As of April 18, we have 1,655 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

APRIL 2012

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We are excited to announce our Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!  MIM is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with youth and adult learners for a weekend of workshops, lectures and a rare and virtuosic concert.

MIM 2012 presents: (click here to read the artists' bios)


Harry Bradley (flute, uilleann pipes)

Felix Dolan (piano)

Jesse Smith (fiddle)

Devin Shepherd (fiddle)

Eileen Gannon (Irish harp)

The concert of these world-class traditional musicians is taking place at The Celtic Junction on Saturday, June 16th. Register now for the children (7-11 years) and youth (12-21 years) programs.  Registration and details regarding adult workshops and lectures are forthcoming.  For the latest details, please refer to the MIM page on our website.
Register NOW for CIM Summer Camps for Kids!

Peruse all of the options for your children this summer.  Don't miss these culturally enriching, 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

Midwest Fleadh Cheoil  
 Recap of the Weekend by Brian Miller 
Eight students from The Center for Irish Music competed in this year's Midwest Fleadh Cheoil, held at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago this past weekend.  This was the second time a contingent of CIM students competed at the fleadh.  A group from the school also competed in 2007 when the fleadh was in St. Louis.  None of the students that went this year were part of the 2007 group, however, so it was a new and exciting experience for all!

The Fleadh is an Irish music competition organized by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (big Irish organization dedicated to the promotion of the music, song, dance, and language of Ireland).  There are solo competitions in all the traditional instruments and singing.  There are also duo and trio competitions and two types of group competitions.  You can learn more on the Midwest Fleadh webpage.

Fiddle students Joey DeGeorgeo, David Ochs, Gabe Dale-Gau, Karen Kenison and Emiliano Morales all competed in solo fiddle competitions; Joey in the Under 12 category, David in Under 15, and Gabe, Karen, and Emiliano in Under 18.  Competitors in the Under 12 and Under 15 categories play two tunes of two different types (one reel and one jig for instance).  Competitors in the Under 18 category play 3 tunes.  All five CIM fiddlers played very well and were up against some very stiff competition from students from all over the country including St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati and Atlanta. 

All 5 members of the CIM Advanced Ensemble (Gabe Dale-Gau, Caillean Magee, Fiona McKenna, Emiliano Morales and John Ochs)  competed in the Under 18 category of both the Grúpaí Ceoil and Ceili Band competitions.  Grúpaí Ceoil competitors play a creatively arranged medley of tunes that lasts between 6 and 8 minutes.  Ceili Band groups, in the Under 18 category, play one jig, one hornpipe, polka or march, and a set of two reels. 

Ensemble Fleadh photo
CIM advanced ensemble members L to R:  Fiona McKenna (tin whistle), Caillean Magee (bodhran, piano), Gabe Dale-Gau (fiddle), John Ochs (tenor banjo), and
Emiliano Morales (fiddle) 
Photo courtesy of David McKenna

Impressively, the CIM Ensemble took 2nd in both competitions!  Two very good (and very large- close to 20 in each) groups from St. Louis Irish Arts took 1st ahead of us in each of those competitions.  However, The Center for Irish Music Group was able to beat out the grúpaí ceoil from the Riley School in Cincinnati for 2nd place in Grúpaí Ceoil.  This was quite an accomplishment considering the Riley school is much more experienced with the fleadh than our group, was led by a very talented fiddler who won the Under 18 fiddle title, and had us outnumbered 9 to 5!  The Grúpaí Ceoil medley we put together included two tune arrangements that the group began work on with Jode Dowling back in 2010 and their performance really was the culmination of years of hard work and inspired playing by these devoted students.  Way to go, Advanced Ensemble! 

First and second place finishers at the Midwest fleadh qualify to compete at the All-Ireland Fleadh in County Cavan, Ireland this August!  At this point, the group is not sure if making that trip will be possible. But to have qualified in both categories was a fantastic accomplishment! 

Ensemble with medals
Ensemble members with their medals
Photo courtesy of Brian Miller

I'd like to extend a special thank you to all of the parents of the students who competed for making the trip possible.  I would also like to thank teachers Nathan Gourley, and especially Jode Dowling for coming along and being so helpful and encouraging to our brave competitors and families.

Congratulations to all eight 2012 Midwest Fleadh competitors! 


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CIM YouTube channel

We finally have 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.