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December 5

Brian Miller and AJ Srubas bring their unique blend of rousing music to The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm to 12:30am.  On the corner of University and Vandalia Avenues in St. Paul. 


December 6

Voices from the Twin Cities Irish Community present An Evening of Irish Storytelling and Music at The Liffey beginning at 6:30pm.


December 8

Share your talent at the Celtic Open Mic Night, hosted by the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club. 7pm at The Celtic Junction.


December 9

Don't miss the CIM staff's favorite event of the year!  Our Fall recitals and potlucks are this Sunday, from 1-6pm at The Celtic Junction.  For all the details, visit our webpage. Invite your family and friends for this afternoon of music and fellowship!


December 12

Andrea Beaton, a Cape Breton fiddler, will be giving a workshop for intermediate/ advanced fiddlers from 6-9pm at The Celtic Junction.  To register and for more information, click here.


Brian Miller and AJ Srubas perform at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm to 12:30am.  On the corner of University and Vandalia Avenues in St. Paul. 


December 14

Celebrate the holidays with CIM instructor Todd Menton and his band, Boiled in Lead, at their Acoustic Yule Party.  7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.


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December 15

Andrea Beaton, a Cape Breton fiddler, will be giving a workshop for intermediate/ advanced fiddlers from 10am-1pm at Christ Lutheran Church, 150 5th Street, Marine on St. Croix.  To register and for more information, click here. 


Our own Advanced Youth Ensemble will be playing music 6-7pm before Rince Nua's Christmas Dance Show called Jingle Jig at Osseo Senior High School.  More info. here.


January 2

Brian Miller and AJ Srubas perform at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm to 12:30am.  On the corner of University and Vandalia Avenues in St. Paul.  


January 5

Randy Gosa joins Brian Miller for tunes at The Dubliner Pub from 9:30pm-12:30am.  


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. 

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.  If you are interested in volunteering, please let us know by filling out our Volunteer Form or contacting our volunteer coordinator, Becky Bollinger at

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Volunteers at Eigse CIM, a Gaela      
  Event, February 2011.

The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of Nov. 1, we have 1,767 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
December 2012
Happy holidays from all of us at CIM...

We have so much to share with you this month.  Please take a moment to read through all of our news and announcements.

Come share the music our students have been working on this semester at one of the celebratory Fall recitals this Sunday, December 9th in Studio 1 at the Celtic Junction.  It's truly one of the highlights of the year and an event not to be missed!  Recitals are open to the public. Don't forget that there is a potluck following each recital, so please bring a treat to share.

  • 1:00-2:00pm Youth Recital 1 for younger students
  • 2:30-3:30pm Youth Recital 2 for youth students in ensemble classes
  • 4:30-6:30pm Adult Recital
Financial Aid Application Deadline 
Make sure you have submitted your application by December 15th.  For those reapplying, you only need to submit which classes you would like to take in the Spring term and submit them to Erika by email.  Applications are always available on our website here

Thank you for supporting the CIM on Give to the Max Day!  On November 15th, we received an overwhelming show of community support and blew past our goal before 1:00pm!  We'd like to express particular thanks for the leadership of Kieran Folliard of  2Gingers Irish Whiskey Co., Maeve and Liam of Irish On Grand, Bob & Arlene Jones of the Farm on St. Mathias and the CIM Board members, Mike Lynch, Mike O'Connor and Jeanne Morales for their generous challenge fund donations.

Spring Registration is open!

Peruse the course offerings and plan your spring semester now.  Spring semester runs 16 weeks from January 28th-May 26 with the recitals on Sunday, May 5th.  The registration deadline for multi-family discounts is January 25th. Register here. 


Capital Grant 

The Center for Irish Music is pleased to announce it has received a $2,626 capital grant award from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council. The funds will be used to purchase new chairs for the classrooms and storage units to house the Center's instruments and supplies.  CIM was one of 20 organizations to receive funding.


Finally, thank you to all who came to the special holiday family session this past Sunday.  We had many first-time visitors and lovely tunes - let's do it again soon!


--Norah Rendell, Executive Director
The Advanced Youth Ensemble is doing a fundraiser through Lynch Creek Farm to raise money to help them travel to the Midwest Fleadh in May. Lynch Creek Farm creates and sells beautiful, fragrant, quality Christmas wreaths and centerpieces that are all handmade and long lasting. The youth receive 25% of all sales, plus you get FREE SHIPPING!
Lynch Creek Farm products also make unique gifts that your family and friends will be asking for for years to come! Create a new holiday tradition and help our ensemble in the process! 
To peruse the beautiful array of greenery available for purchase, simply visit the CIM's fundraising page on Lynch Creek's website.  There's no shipping and your fragrant greenery arrives in days!  Easy!  
Our student musicians thank you in advance for your generosity. 
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Save the Dates!  A reminder that you can view the CIM calendar anytime at our website. 

The recitals are truly one of the highlights of the year for all of us here at CIM and an event not to be missed! From 1-6pm, visit our website or information above for exact times.
Join some of the youth performers from CIM (and maybe some adult groups too!) for a latte, a treat and a night of traditional Irish music at The Coffee Grounds cafe in Falcon Heights from 7-9:30pm.  More details here. 

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Our annual fundraiser, instructors' concert, and silent auction is an event not to be missed!  View photos and details about last year's event here. **We are now accepting donations for our silent auction.**  

Planning is already underway to bring you the best in traditional Irish music instruction!  Plan for a weekend full of workshops, get-togethers, and a concert with our visiting artists.

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Special thanks to...

CIM parent, student, and volunteer Casey Ochs for building us two new shelving units in CIM room 6!
CIM Vice President and grant writer, Jeanne Morales for getting us a capital grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council to buy new chairs and storage units. 
Session tunes
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.