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

In This Issue:
MIM 2013 Artist lineup
Reception for the Consul General of Ireland
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 23
Paddy O'Brien Residency
Midwest Fleadh Cheoil



Celtic Line


February 6

Brian Miller and AJ Srubas entertain you with their music once again at The Dubliner, on the corner of Vandalia and University Avenues in St. Paul, from 9:30pm - 12:30am.  


February 7

Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland, arrives for his first visit to Minnesota. Please join us in welcoming him at an informal reception at The Celtic Junction from 5:30-8pm. 


February 10

Join accordionist Paddy O'Brien for a series of free workshops beginning today from 2:30-4pm at CIM.  More details are in the column, at right.


February 13

Brian Miller and AJ Srubas entertain you with their music at The Dubliner, on the corner of Vandalia and University Avenues in St. Paul, from 9:30pm - 12:30am.


February 15

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


February 16

The Two Tap Trio accompanies the Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers in From the Stage to Your Heart at the St. Kate's O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at 7pm.  


Head over to The Celtic Junction for the monthly ceili -- Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen, from 7-10pm.


February 23

Dress up in your finest and join us for a wonderful evening to celebrate traditional Irish music!  Reserve your tickets now for Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event.  More details and links in the column, at right.


February 24

Brian Miller and Randy Gosa bring their Irish Music from the Lumber Camps project to the Brooklyn Park Public Library, 3pm.  



This is not meant to be an exhaustive list 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.  Visit the CIM Calendar for CIM Outreach Performances and the most up-to-date information on CIM classes, events, and recitals.

 MIM 2013 
June 13-16
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CIM presents:

Geraldine Cotter
piano, tin whistle

Eamonn Cotter

Meaití Jó Shéamuis 
Ó Fáthartha
song, uilleann pipes

Oisín McAuley

Eileen O'Brien

more information is on our website
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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 volunteer@centerforirishmusic.org.

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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 Feb. 5, we have 1,848 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! Please tell your friends.
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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
February 2013
Dear CIM supporters and students,

I would like to request the pleasure of your company in support of the Irish community for two unique events happening this month.  
The first is a reception to welcome the Consul General of Ireland to the Twin Cities on his inaugural visit this Thursday, February 7th, from 5:30-8pm. The reception will be held at The Celtic Junction.  Our Advanced Youth Ensemble will be performing and the CIM is co-sponsoring a bar with The Celtic Junction and 2 Gingers Irish Whiskey.  
The second event is Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event on Saturday, February 23rd.  Tickets are selling quickly for this great night in support of traditional music, so please reserve your tickets soon.
The CIM's Spring Term is off to a smooth, tune-filled start and we are looking forward to St. Patrick's Day season, a trip to St. Louis in May, and The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend in June.
I look forward to seeing you all soon!
-Norah Rendell 
Executive Director
Reception for the 
Consul General of Ireland
Thursday, February 7th
Consul general invite

We are delighted to announce that Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland, will be arriving for his inaugural visit to Minnesota. Please join us for a reception in his honor at The Celtic Junction. Gather with business and trade representatives, artists, friends and community members of this broad Celtic community to welcome our special guest. We are delighted to have the opportunity to bring together all thriving Minnesota organizations and to show him what makes the Twin Cities' Irish scene vibrant and exciting. We would love to have you be a part of it.   


Come to The Celtic Junction at 5:30 for an open bar, appetizers, and entertainment.  Sponsors for this event include 2 Gingers, Emerald Realty, Cara Irish Pubs, O'Shea Irish Dance, and The Center for Irish Music.   

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Saturday, February 23rd 
at The Celtic Junction


The Center for Irish Music and Honorary Chairs 


Maeve O'Mara 
and Liam O'Neill of Irish on Grand
 invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for 
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event.  


Ticket prices:

$50.00 - dinner, silent auction reception and concert

$20.00 - silent auction reception and concert

Additional ways you can support CIM:
  • MAKE A DONATION TO THE SILENT AUCTIONDonations have been coming in slowly, so we could use your help!  Donate your time to make dinner for a crowd, create some cute  hand-crafted items, or donate that seldom-used unique Celtic-themed item. Information and donation forms can be found HEREIf you have questions, please contact Emily.
  • MAKE A DONATION TO OUR 2 GINGERS WOW RAFFLE:  All guests at the event who purchase a raffle ticket will have 3 chances to win a Wall oWine, Wall oWhiskey, or a Wall oWinter ale. Bottles can be dropped off to the CIM office or in the box right outside of the office.  Please fill out a donation form as well.
  • DONATE YOUR TIME AS A VOLUNTEER:  We are still in need of several volunteers to make this evening a success.  All volunteers receive free entry, dinner, and appropriate training. To volunteer, please fill out our volunteer form here.

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




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.

BEGINNING THIS WEEKEND AT CIM:  Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection/Apprenticeship Project

Paddy O'Brien

Accordionist and tune collector Paddy O'Brien (originally from Co. Offaly) recently received a Folk and Traditional Arts grant from the MN State Arts Board to record another 500 melodies for The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection. As part of the project, Paddy will be acting Artist-in-Residence at the Center for Irish Music offering free workshops on Sunday afternoons to interested CIM students and teachers of all melody instruments.  


A full description of the project and details are on the Student Info tab at the CIM website.


Please note that participants must be current CIM students and able to attend at least seven out of the nine sessions to take advantage of this amazing opportunity!  Recording devices are mandatory.


Every 2nd & 4th Sunday from 2:30-4pm, February 10-June 9.


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Paddy O'Brien is a fiscal year 2012 recipient of a Folk and Traditional  grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. This activity is funded, in part, by the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.  

Students from CIM to compete at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil
May 17-19, 2013
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CIM's Advanced Student Ensemble at
Last Year's Fleadh in Chicago

Detailed travel, accommodation, competition, and registration information for families is now posted on the Student Info page and on the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil website.  By Feb 15th, please reserve a spot on the bus with Greg Padden and contact Norah to notify her of what competitions you plan on registering for. Students are responsible for their own registration.

Thank you!