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In This Issue:
April news and thanks
CIM summer camps
Fundraiser concert
MIM 2013 registration open!



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Friday, April 12

Join Brian Miller and Randy Gosa in Pine City as they perform songs and tell stories from their Irish Music from the Lumber Camps project. 7:30pm at the North West Company Fur Post in Pine City.


Sunday, April 14

Irish band Comas arrives in town for a show at The Celtic Junction! Come for a night of rousing music from these talented musicians.  Music begins at 8pm.


Monday, April 15

Deadline to apply for the IMDA's Educational Grant.  The goal is to help students who love Irish music or dance to continue their study and to share their interest with others. The IMDA asks grant recipients to bring their new skills back to the community by performing at an IMDA event.


Saturday, April 27

Matt & Shannon Heaton return to The Celtic Junction for a concert at 8pm. Don't miss these local favorites!


Monday, April 29

Andrea Beaton, Cape Breton fiddler, will give a 3-hour workshop for intermediate/advanced fiddlers (you have to be able to play tunes; basic technique will not be covered) and players of other instruments from 6-9pm.   


Saturday, May 4

Sign up now to perform at The Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club's Celtic Open Mic Night!  Doors open at 7pm, music begins at 7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.




Sunday, May 5

A concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping featuring Andrea Beaton, joined by piper Dick Hensold and guitarist Dirk Freymuth will begin at 7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.




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.


The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of April 9, we have 2,063 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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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.

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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 2013
Dear CIM supporters and students,

As we ease our way into spring here in Minnesota, we have so many wonderful events happening!  Please take a moment to peruse the event calendar (column at left), information about CIM's summer camps and classes (article, below), and details about our upcoming Minnesota Irish Music Weekend in June (article, below).

We had a very successful and fun St. Patrick's Day. Many thanks to all of our students, instructors, volunteers, and community members for making our performances and information booth run smoothly.  Special thanks go to the IMDA for providing such a wonderful venue at The Landmark Center for the St. Paddy's Day weekend festivities!  They always arrange such a welcoming atmosphere.

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CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble performs on the mainstage at The Landmark Center on St. Patrick's Day

As always, we thank you for your generous support of the Center for Irish Music.  We look forward to seeing you soon.

-Emily Flagstad, 
Asst. Director
Spend the Summer with 
The Center for Irish Music!
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This summer, we have planned many fun, creative, physically active, and educational music camps to cater to new and experienced students alike. With a central location at The Celtic Junction, near the beautiful Newell Park, many CIM camps include a daily jaunt outside to relax in the fresh summer air.

Our summer camp listings for children and teens are up and available now on our website!  Register your child(ren) for these educational and musically-enriching camps. 


Our regular summer class and private lesson offerings will be posted soon. 

Save the date for a
fundraiser concert for our Advanced Youth Ensemble!
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Friday, May 31st, 2013 at 7pm
at The Celtic Junction
Join us for an evening to support the award-winning Center for Irish Music Advanced Youth Ensemble.  The ensemble has many opportunities to travel to perform and share their love of Irish music, however the costs add up quickly. All proceeds to towards the Youth Travel Fund.

Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door, $25 per family
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June 13-16, 2013


Oisín McAuley         Eileen O'Brien
fiddle                             fiddle

Geraldine Cotter       Eamonn Cotter
                  piano, tin whistle                    flute

Meaití Jó Shéamuis 
Ó Fáthartha
song, uilleann pipes

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, dancing, sessions, and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert.

For information and registration, visit our website.

MIM offers a half-day beginner program for children ages 7-11, 
a 3-day intermediate to advanced program for teens, and a variety of workshops for adults on fiddle, flute, whistle, piano, uilleann pipes, sean-nós song, and more.

Irish music aficionados who may not sing or play an instrument will enjoy the lectures on special topics and interviews of visiting artists hosted by Dáithí Sproule. 

The Saturday night Master Concert is a signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. The concert not only showcases each visiting musician's artistry and repertoire, but offers both classic and unique musical pairings. This year's concert will feature the synchronicity of the Cotters' duet, the legacy of the O'Briens' repertoire, the distinctive vocal styling of Meaití Jó, and the genre-bending virtuosity of McAuley.

Tickets can be purchased for individual events (workshops/lectures/concert), or the entire weekend. Reduced hotel rates are also available. 

For complete information and registration, click here.

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