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In This Issue:
MIM 2013 Artist lineup
Baby News!
CIM at The Landmark Center
Info. Booth at The Landmark Center
Kickin' it Irish at Steppingstone Theatre
Como Conservatory Performance
The Music of Turlough O'Carolan



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March 14

Get your toes tapping at Kickin' It Irish, a showcase of Irish dance and music, at Steppingstone Theatre in St. Paul. The show features several CIM student musicians, dancers from O'Shea Irish Dance, and music by The Two Tap Trio.  The show runs through March 17th.  Click on the name above for showtimes and ticket information.


Our CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble and The Two Tap Trio will be performing at Claddagh Pub in Maple Grove from 7-10:30pm.  The CIM Advanced Ensemble is playing from 7pm to 8:15pm (with a short intermission) and then CIM instructors Brian Miller and Nathan Gourley will follow the ensemble with a duo set from 8:30pm to 10:30pm.
Both performances are in honor of the Claddagh Pub's "Grand Irish Banquet Dinner & Beer Tasting" evening which is a ticketed event.


March 15

Head down to Red Wing for a night of music from Northern Gael, featuring returning CIM instructor Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, and Ross Sutter.  The show is at 7:30pm in the Stoney End Music Loft.


March 16 

The Landmark Center is the place to be for the IMDA's St. Patrick's Day Celebration from 10am-5pm. Refer to the IMDA website for a full listing of entertainment.  For a list of CIM performances, see the column at right.


To refresh your energy on Saturday, head over to Claddagh Coffee on West 7th Street in St. Paul for an afternoon of Irish music!  At 2:30 friend of CIM Tom Klein will be playing uilleann pipes; at 4pm the Strauss family, an amazingly talented family of CIM student musicians, will be playing; and one of our fabulous adult ensembles, An Luan, will provide toe-tapping tunes at 5pm.


Join CIM instructor Todd Menton for a St. Paddy's Day 30th Anniversary Concert with Boiled in Lead at 8pm at The Cedar Cultural Center.


March 17

For another full day of Irish entertainment, head back to The Landmark Center for the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance from 11am - 5pm.  Refer to the IMDA website for a full listing of entertainment.  For a list of CIM performances, see the column at right.


If you're looking for a unique way to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, head over to the Como Conservatory as several CIM ensembles and song classes perform at their 'Music Under Glass' series.  From 4:30-6:30pm, enjoy Irish tunes and songs while wandering through the conservatory.   

Join Norah Rendell and Todd Menton as they share their musical and cultural knowledge of Irish music at a presentation and music demo from 6:30-7pm in the Ordway's Marzitelli Foyer.  Event is free for ticketholders to the Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul concert, at the Ordway at 7:30pm.  


Head on over to The Celtic Junction for a St. Patrick's Day ceili and set dance evening from 6-10pm.  All proceeds are going toward cultural events at The Irish Fair of MN.  


Join Chulrua (Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, & Brian Miller) for an evening of gorgeous Irish tunes at The Phipps Center for the Arts in Hudson, WI at 7pm.


Come to the 22nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Ceili, featuring music by Barra, at CSPS Hall in St. Paul (upstairs from The Glockenspiel Restaurant) at 7pm.  




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.

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

The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of March 13, we have 2,008 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
March 2013
St. Paddy's Day text
Dear CIM supporters and students,

Welcome to the St. Paddy's Day Season in the Twin Cities!  There is so much going on this month.  Please be sure to check out our listing of events, to the left, and our comprehensive listing of CIM-related happenings on our calendar page.  We do have some particularly exciting events to share, so please also check out the detailed articles, below, for more information.

Two of the most exciting events in March happened last week within the Minnesota Irish community.  We are delighted to announce the birth of two babies!  Our executive director, Norah Rendell, and her husband, CIM instructor Brian Miller, welcomed Henry Oliver Miller into the world last Thursday, March 7th.  And on the same day, Cork-transplant Máirtín de Cógáin and his wife, Mitra, welcomed Milo Kian de Cógáin!  Heartfelt congratulations to both families as they take some much-needed time off.  

Miller - de Cogain pregnancy photo
Brian, Norah, Mitra, and Máirtín at Éigse CIM
(photo courtesy of O. Carillon McBurnie)

As always, we thank you for your generous support of the Center for Irish Music.  We look forward to seeing you at one or more of our many performances surrounding St. Paddy's Day. 

-Emily Flagstad, 
Asst. Director
St. Paddy's Day Weekend Performances at The Landmark Center
Adult Ensemble @ Landmark 2008

 Many of our ensembles and classes will be performing on Saturday and Sunday at the Landmark Center as part of the IMDA's St. Patrick's Day Celebration or the Day of Irish Dance.  Here is a detailed listing of where you can find our CIM musicians on both days, but you can also stop by our information booth for a reminder.  

SATURDAY - St. Patrick's Day Celebration
10:00am  An Luan Adult Ensemble - Tea Room

10:45am  Advanced Youth Ensemble - Mainstage

10:50am  Rumgumption - Tea Room (CIM instructors
              Chad McAnally and Shawn McBurnie)
12:40pm  Mattie Ernst & Singing Selkies - Children's Stage
12:45pm  Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band - Mainstage
              (CIM instructors John McCormick and Pat

12:50pm  Clairseach - Tea Room (CIM instructor 
              Charlie Heymann and his wife, Ann)
1:55pm   Interactive Children's Show - Children's Stage 
             (featuring CIM instructors Cory Froehlich & AJ
              Srubas with Randy Gosa)  



11:00am  - CIM Intermediate Ensembles - Tea Room

1:00pm   -  Dance Workshop w/ Danielle Enblom - Lower 
                 Weyerhauser Lobby
1:45pm   - The Ragged Hanks Adult Ens. - Tea Room

2:00pm   - "The Origins of Irish Dance" with Danielle 
                Enblom - Seminar Room 

3:05pm   - The Open Sky Adult Ensemble - Tea Room


CIM Information Booth 
at the Landmark Center

Be sure to stop by our information booth at the Landmark Center  on both days this weekend to say hello, pick up a brochure, and learn about summer camps and classes at CIM!  
Info. Booth at Landmark  


**We could still use a few more volunteers to staff our booth on Sunday.  This is the perfect opportunity to share your enthusiasm for CIM with passers-by and meet other members of the Twin Cities' Irish community!  To sign up, click here.

Kickin' it Irish  
at Steppingstone Theatre
You still have several opportunities to go see Kickin' it Irish, a special Irish music and dance showcase featuring dancers from O'Shea Irish Dance, The Two Tap Trio, and student musicians from CIM!  This production shines at Steppingstone Theatre in St. Paul through Sunday, March 17th.  For more details and ticket information, please visit the Steppingstone website.  Remaining shows are:

Friday, March 15th at 10am, 12pm, and 7pm
Saturday, March 16th at 3pm and 7pm
Sunday, March 17th at 3pm

Click here for a preview video clip on YouTube!

Kickin' it Irish musicians
Musicians in Kickin' it Irish at Steppingstone Theatre

"Music Under Glass" series at the Como Conservatory

conservatory Join the CIM's ensembles and song classes for a unique celebration of St. Patrick's Day!  This special "Music Under Glass" performance will be piped throughout the conservatory for your listening pleasure while you wander amongst the lush greenery. On Sunday, March 17th, from 4:30-6:30pm.  
Click here for more details.

**If you happen to be awake early on Saturday morning, catch Brian Miller being interviewed and our Advanced Youth Ensemble giving a preview performance between 8-9am on WCCO TV. 
The Music 
of Turlough O'Carolan
O'Carolan We need a few more students for this class to run, starting March 30th.  Join instructor Chad McAnally on Saturday mornings from 10-11am to learn about this fascinating musician!  The compositions of this legendary 18th century harper, Turlough O'Carolan, have been a cherished part of Irish traditional music for over two centuries.  Come learn some great tunes, the style and ornamentation used in his time, and a bit about O'Carolan's remarkable career as a traveling musician. All instruments welcome! The class runs for 8 weeks, March 30 - May 18.  To register, click here.


Students from CIM to compete at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil
May 17-19, 2013
Ensemble Fleadh photo
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 for which competitions you plan on registering. Students are responsible for their own registration.

Thank you!