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In This Issue:
Tionol Weekend and concert
Important Dates for students
Harvest Home CD Available!
Youth Ensemble to perform at The Cedar!
Fall Classes at CIM
More photos from the fleadh in Derry


Celtic Line


Saturday, Sept. 21

Our Advanced Youth Ensemble will perform a 30 minute set as part of Playing For Change Day, a Fundraiser concert for social change through music.  At the 

Cedar Cultural Center, 6:00pm.


Thursday, Sept. 26

Join Todd Menton for rousing tunes at Morrissey's Irish Pub in Uptown.


Saturday, Sept. 28

Register for the music competition at The Minnesota Feis.  We have specific information for musicians here


Mark your calendars for the Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club's Tionol Concert!  7pm at The Celtic Junction.  Read more about this event in the article, below.


Tionol Concert Poster  


Sunday, Sept. 29

SUDS Walk, Step It Up for Down Syndrome.  Our Advanced Youth Ensemble will be playing from 12:45-1:30pm at Como Park, Midway Park Pavilion.


Friday, October 4

Join Paddy O'Brien and his apprentices from CIM, along with O'Rourke's Feast for a celebration of Irish traditional music.  7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.  


Friday & Saturday, Oct. 4 & 5
Head north for the Winnipeg Irish Festival.  Music and dance workshops will be during the day, with a gala concert on Saturday night.  The featured musical guest is Bua, CIM's own Brian Miller's band!


Winnipeg IF Logo  


Saturday, October 12

Come to the much-anticipated CD release concert for The Falling of the Pine, the latest release from Brian Miller and Randy Gosa.  7pm at The Celtic Junction.


The Falling of the Pine  


*Skara Brae in concert - Oct. 27th

*Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event - Feb. 22nd

*Minnesota Irish Music Weekend 2014 - June 13th-15th  


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.
An Amazing Opportunity for Local Uilleann Pipers!
Joey Abarta
The Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club (GNIPC) will be holding its 12th tionól (uilleann pipers' gathering) this September 28-29th in St. Paul. The tionól is a weekend full of workshops and an open-to-the-public concert. Guest artists include Dubliner Pat D'Arcy, his protégé Joey Abarta, and Chicago-based piper Pat Cannady. The workshop (two days of instruction in the art and music of uilleann piping) will be held at The Celtic Junction. (Registration available via GNIPC's website). The tionól workshops offer the interested and curious an intimate view into this iconic instrument and its music. Even if you don't own a set of pipes, you will find the workshops to be an occasion of fun and inspiration, an eye-opener into the original source of so much of the Irish traditional music that we cherish today. 
The Concert (open to the public) will be at The Celtic Junction. Tickets 
are available in advance for $20 here. Doors open at 7:00pm, music begins 
at 7:30pm.




FALL TERM runs  Sept. 9-Jan. 26


October 13 - Volunteer Party, 4-6pm, location TBA


October 31 - Closed for Halloween


November 14 - Give to the Max Day


Nov. 25-Dec. 1 - Closed for Thanksgiving


December 8 - FALL RECITALS 1-6pm


Dec. 23-Jan. 5 - Closed for holidays


Jan. 27-Feb. 2 - Make-up week for missed or rescheduled lessons from the Fall term.


All dates are subject to change. The most up-to-date information is always posted on the CIM calendar.

A Harvest Home 
CIM live recordings vol. 5 featuring:
Felix Dolan, Harry Bradley, Jesse Smith, James & John Kelly, Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, Devin Shepherd, Sean Gavin and Eileen Gannon
Purchase your copy of volume 5 at the CIM office for $15 or email Erika.  
The CD features artwork by local uilleann piper, graphic artist, and friend of CIM, Patrick Maun.


Volumes 1-4 are available online on
The  Center For Irish Music is on Facebook!

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As of Sept. 16, we have 2,191 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
Mid-September 2013
Dear CIM supporters and students,

Due to the many events scheduled this month, we've decided to send out a mid-month edition of our CIM newsletter to keep you informed.  Thank you for your interest and continued support of CIM!

-Emily Flagstad, 
CIM Assistant Director
CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble to Perform at Playing for Change Concert 
at the Cedar Cultural Center

Playing for Change M2 Foundation in collaboration with 1Love PlayingForChange. org, presents the global event Playing For Change Day with a celebration and concert.  The M2 Foundation advocates for and teaches mindfulness-based practices in schools, the workplace and the broader community. Music is an important aspect of the M2 approach to mindful living. 1Love Playing For Change.org raises money to teach music education to children around the world.

The Center for Irish Music's Advanced Youth Ensemble will perform a 30-minute set as part of this exciting concert.  Other performers include Marc Anderson with Carin Vagle and Michelle Kinney, Sowah Mensah & The Macalaster College African Music Ensemble, Walker West Music Academy Jazz Ensemble, Turtle Lake Elementary Music Ensemble, and special guests Batucada do Norte.

Tickets are $25.00
This is a seated show. 

Call:  612-338-2674, ext. 0 (between noon and 4pm)
In Person:  At the Cedar in their front lobby during events, or at Depth of Field or Electric Fetus
Online: Via Ticketweb

YIM 2010 - 2 accordions
Our fall term began on September 9th, however we do have several beginner children's classes that start the week of October 7th.    In fact, we have also extended our NEWCOMERS DISCOUNT.  We are offering a 15% discount off the cost of tuition for any beginner children's class.This special applies to any student that has never taken a class at the CIM before. Discount does not apply to the annual registration fee. Simply contact Erika to register and tell her where you learned about the special.  
Private lessons can be arranged at any time.  Click here for a list of instruments and singing lessons offered and for details regarding registering for private lessons.
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Congratulations to our students who competed at the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann 2013 in Derry! 
by Jeannie Morales, CIM student, parent, and board member
Fleadh 2013
Maia, Fiona, & Emiliano on the north coast of Ireland
     Each year, Ireland plays host to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, an annual music competition that attracts over 250,000 onlookers for a festive week of lessons, concerts, sessions, and competitions. The Fleadh Cheoil is often referred to as the "Olympics of traditional Irish music," and draws competitors in over 25 different music categories, from regional qualifying events from around the world. In May 2013, fourteen students from the Center for Irish Music made it through the semi-final round in St. Louis and qualified to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil. Of the 14 qualifiers, three CIM
students and their families made the journey to Derry, Northern Ireland in August to compete. The CIM competitors included Fiona McKenna, 13, who qualified in tin whistle and English song; Maia Crews-Erjavec, 16, who qualified on cello in the `other instrument' category; and Emiliano Morales, 18, who qualified in over-18 fiddle. The CIM students were joined in their respective divisions by 13 other musicians from around the world, all competing for the prestigious title of "all Ireland" winner.
     For the competitors, the experience at the All Ireland is much more than just a music competition. It provides an opportunity to immerse oneself in traditional Irish music while also enjoying all the beauty and culture that Ireland has to offer. And what an experience! Derry was literally teeming with musicians on every corner. Impromptu on-street concerts were complimented by the dozens of formal concerts, featuring many of the best Irish musicians in the world. The BBC estimated that over 430,000 people visited Derry for the Fleadh Cheoil. Within this setting, the three CIM students stood before hundreds of spectators, journalists, and TV cameras and performed two to four tunes and/or songs. The responses to their performances were electric as the crowd cheered enthusiastically for the competitors who came all way from Minnesota to perform. And while the CIM students did not place in the top three, they demonstrated with confidence their place within the group of the best traditional Irish musicians. 
Maia, Emiliano, and Fiona at the Giant's Causeway

Fleadh 2013
Parent Dave, and students Emiliano and Maia flaunting their classy CIM t-shirts at the fleadh!

Fleadh 2013
Fiona, Emiliano, and Dave entertaining guests at their accommodation while getting a little practice in...
Fiona visiting local landmarks in Derry
Parents Richard and Jeannie enjoy tunes from
Maia, Fiona, and Emiliano