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In This Issue:
Fall news
Volunteers Requested
The Minnesota Feis
The Outside Track's New CD



Celtic Line


September 22

We encourage all of our students to prepare a tune or a song or two for the music competition at the Minnesota Feis.  Speak to your instructor and read more about the feis in the column, at right.


Join The Traditional Singers' Club in welcoming Norman Kennedy, a fine traditional singer and storyteller from Scotland, to The Celtic Junction, 7:30pm.    


October 4-10

Join Brian Miller and newest CIM instructor AJ Srubas for great tunes at The Dubliner Pub, on the corner of University and Vandalia Aves. in St. Paul, from 9:30pm-12:30am. Every night from Thursday to Wednesday this week! 


October 7

CIM family session, 2:30-4pm.  A family-friendly, casual session led by CIM instructors.


October 14   

Save the date for our annual Volunteer Thank You Party!  If you have generously given your time to CIM in the past year, please come and let us shower you with thanks!  4-6pm at CIM.

You don't want to miss an evening with the Mairtin de Cogain Project!  On the 14th at 7pm, join Máirtín de Cógáin, our own Brian Miller, and Devin Shepherd for a rousing night of music! 

October 21

CIM family session, 2:30-4pm.  A family-friendly, casual session led by CIM instructors.



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. 

New t-shirt

Since updating our official CIM logo last fall, we've been needing to update our t-shirts as well.  They're ready!  We have men's, women's and children's styles available for sale now in the office.  $15.00 each.

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. 13, we have 1,742 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 2012

Dear CIM supporters,

We would like to extend a warm welcome to all new and returning students at the Center for Irish Music this autumn.  It has been a very happy week of reunions, meeting new friends and sharing new tunes learned during summer adventures.  Erika, Emily and I are very happy to have you back filling the building with music and chat!

Along with a new term comes many questions about upcoming dates including, "When is the recital?".  Did you know that you can download a pdf of all the CIM calendar dates and peruse our calendar right here? (recital day is December 9th).  Please make a habit of visiting our our website for up-to-date announcements and upcoming events.

We communicate with you in many ways, including this newsletter, our website, and our Facebook page.  So be sure to utilize all three of these avenues of communication to find out about upcoming events, performances, and other items of interest to the Irish community!

There have been many changes at CIM over the summer including some of our instructors taking leave, many for professional development.  Check out last month's newsletter and the instructor bio page for updates to our incredible team of instructors. 

Last, but not least, I'd like to make a special mention of our family sessions.  Led by CIM instructors, the sessions are a wonderful way to meet fellow students, to hear what others are working on, to learn new tunes, and to practice your tunes in a supportive, family-friendly environment.  Family sessions are held at CIM on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month from 2:30-4pm.  We hope to see you at our next family session on October 7th.

Please stop into the office the next time you are at CIM to introduce yourself, if you haven't yet.  We look forward to getting to know all of our new students and spending quality time making great music with you!

Norah Rendell
Executive Director
Volunteering at CIM

One of the best things about the Center for Irish Music is our community of involved students, parents, staff, instructors, and community members.  We could not present the events that we do each year here at CIM without you!  There are many opportunities to volunteer each year, including at our open house, recitals, Eigse CIM, a Gaela Event (our annual fundraiser), and the Minnesota Irish Music WeekendWe especially need a few dedicated volunteers for the following:
  • Eigse CIM committee members (silent auction organizer,  volunteer coordinator, etc.)
  • MIM (MN Irish Music Weekend) chair and committee members (artist hospitality, volunteer coordinator, registrations, etc.)

If you have volunteered your time for CIM in the past year, please consider yourself invited to our annual Volunteer Thank You Party on Sunday, October 14, from 4-6pm.  Let's celebrate YOU!  Join us for hors d' oeuvres and drinks and then stay for The The Máirtín de Cógáin Project concert immediately afterward!   

The Minnesota Feis
Saturday, September 22

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It is time to sign up for the 12th Annual Minnesota Feis music competition that will be take place 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, and 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 traditional music students are encouraged to attend. 

Competitors can enter in the following categories and
play two Irish dance tunes in contrasting tempo (i.e. one out of each of the following types: reel, jig, slide, polka, hornpipe). : Flute, Tin
Whistle, Fiddle, Accordian/Irish Piano, Miscellaneous Instrument (
any instrument or combination of instruments not otherwise listed), Song (one memorized, unaccompanied traditional Irish song, in English or Irish, in either English or Gaelic sung solo or as a group)

Competitors are divided into the following age groups: Under 12 years old, under 15 years old, under 18 years old or 18 years old and older 
 Competitors can enter as individuals or in the Group Performance category which is 2 or more musicians in the categories above. The same rules apply for groups as for individuals.

Competitors must provide their own instruments. No sheet music is allowed.

It isn't often that aspiring traditional musicians get the opportunity to hone their skills for competition without a lot of travel, planning and expense-but students in the Twin Cities are lucky to have the opportunity to play in front of a judge right in town!

This is a very fun family event. You can support your dancing friends, gain valuable experience for yourself singing or playing your instrument, and read the helpful remarks of a respected musical judge. You might even go home with a medal!  

Questions or requests to sign up for the feis can be directed to Kathleen Green. 
The Outside Track's New CD, Flash Company, is now available!
For those of you who missed the opportunity to purchase The Outside Track's new cd (before it was officially released!) at their concert at The Celtic Junction in May, now is your chance!  The cd was officially released on September 10th and is available on iTunes, cdbaby, and Bandcamp.  They make more money from cdbaby sales (for those of you who want to make an extra effort to support indie musicians). 

You can still download their charity single, "The Mountain Road," on those sites as well, with all proceeds going to:
Norah will be joining her Outside Track bandmates soon for tour stops in Scotland, England, Ireland, and Nova Scotia.