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In This Issue:
Important Dates for students
GTTM Day Nov 14
Harvest Home CD Available!
Paddy O'Brien Concert this Friday
Instructor's Tune Corner
Events Meeting Oct. 20
Ensemble Photos


Celtic Line


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!


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Wednesday, October 9

Head over to The Dubliner Pub for rousing tunes from The Two Tap Trio. 9:30pm-12:30am.


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  


Sunday, October 13

If you have volunteered at CIM in the past year, please join us for our Volunteer Thank You Party!  4-6pm in Studio 2 at The Celtic Junction.


Saturday, October 19

Join in the fun at the Celtic Junction Harvest Ceili with music by The Twin Cities Ceili Band.  7-10pm.


Sunday, October 27

Don't miss Skara Brae in concert at The Celtic Junction during their first ever US tour!  7pm. 


Skara Brae
Skara Brae (Dáithí Sproule, vocals and guitar, Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, vocals and keyboards, and Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill, vocals)

Wednesday, October 30

Head over to The Dubliner Pub for rousing tunes from The Two Tap Trio. 9:30pm-12:30am.



*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.


FALL TERM runs  Sept. 9-Jan. 26


October 13 - Volunteer Thank You Party, 4-6pm, The Cetlic Junction, studio 2


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.

Support CIM on
November 14th
Give to the Max Day

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 Oct. 1, we have 2,199 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
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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
Dear CIM supporters and students,

The Fall term is off to a great start and our hallways are once again bursting with new tunes, songs and budding musical friendships.  Read ahead to see what this month holds for the CIM.  

Tomorrow night at the Celtic Junction, Paddy O'Brien's year-long residency at the Center for Irish Music will come to a close with a concert of tunes performed by the CIM apprentice musicians with Paddy and O'Rourke's Feast. Join us as we enjoy the final expression of this wonderful community partnership supported by the Minnesota State Arts Board.  

This month, the Celtic Junction will be hosting two special concerts featuring CIM instructors Brian Miller and Dáithí Sproule.  On October 12th, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa will launch his second album of traditional songs from the Northwoods of Minnesota and Wisconsin (many of which are Irish), The Falling of the Pine. Dáithí Sproule will be on tour for the first time ever in the US with his vocal group. Skara Brae, formed in the 1960's. Mark October 27th for a song workshop from 3-4:30pm with the concert kicking off at 7:00pm.

Autumn is a natural season for giving thanks, and on October 13th we will be throwing our annual CIM Volunteer Party to thank all of the volunteers that make CIM such a wonderful school and community.  If you have volunteered for CIM in the past year, come join us for a pint and a tune.

Finally, we are thrilled to announce that we have recently been awarded support from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council to fund the 7th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!  Jeanne Morales and Lisa Richardson will be chairing the event, so mark your calendars now for another incredible weekend of traditional music from June 13-15, 2014.  To kick off our planning for both Éigse and MIM, we will be holding a general Event planning meeting on Sunday, October 20th at 5:00pm.  See below for details and make sure you attend the meeting if you are interested in taking a lead role in planning a CIM event.

-Norah Rendell, 
CIM Executive Director
Paddy O'Brien Apprenticeship Project Culminates in Community Concert

Paddy O'Brien (center, front row) with CIM students who have taken part in his apprenticeship workshops this past year.

Join Irish button accordion master Paddy O'Brien and his apprentices from the Center for Irish Music and O'Rourke's Feast for a celebration of Irish traditional music. The apprentices have been working hard for the past year on learning some rare and wonderful tunes from the Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection, an unprecedented documentary recording project to set down and pass along some of the 3,000 tunes that Paddy keeps stored in his phenomenal memory. There is no other collection of Irish traditional music like this in the world! 
Friday, October 4th
7:30pm at The Cetlic Junction
$15 adults, $10 children and seniors. 
Tickets: (651) 698-2258 or online 
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.
Instructor's Corner
Each month this year, one of our instructors will share some of his or her ideas with you; album recommendations, YouTube clips or practice tips.  We hope you get some inspiration from this new addition to our newsletter.

recently-released traditional Irish albums
1.  Raw Bar Collective, Millhouse Measures
2.  Noreen O'Sullivan, The Quiet House - whistle album
3.  Edel Fox & Neill Byrne, Sunny Banks - concertina & fiddle
4.  Caitli­n Nic Gabhann, Caitlin - concertina
5.  Joey Abarta, Swimming Against the Falls - uilleann pipes

In addition to being the CIM's Executive Director, Norah teaches flute, whistle, song, children's classes and many of the youth ensembles at CIM. Named "Best Female Vocalist" two years in a row by the Live Ireland Awards, Norah is equally dedicated to performing and teaching. She has a bachelor of music degree with a major in music education and an MA in Traditional Irish Music Performance from the University of Limerick. Norah toured internationally as the flute player and lead vocalist of UK/Ireland-based band, The Outside Track for seven years and currently tours regionally with Brian Miller and the Two Tap Trio. www.norahrendell.com
Events Meeting - Sunday, Oct. 20 at 5pm
Call for Lead Volunteers
MIM VolunteerWould you like to be part of a team of committed volunteers that plans a CIM Event?  Being a lead volunteer for CIM is both fun and satisfying!  We are on the lookout for committed volunteers who can take initiative, who work well in a group within our established organizational system, and who are self-motivated.

This year's events are:

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 22, 2014
Event Chair: Teisha Magee.  Silent Auction Lead: Emily Flagstad

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 13-15, 2014 
Event Chairs: Jeanne Morales & Lisa Richardson

If you are interested in taking on an organizational role for either of these events, you are invited to attend an events meeting on October 20th at 5pm.  Please contact Norah or the Event Chairs (Teisha Magee for Éigse, Jeanne Morales and Lisa Richardson for MIM) ahead of time to share your area of interest and/or expertise.  
Ensemble Performance Photos 
Our Advanced Youth Ensemble performed at three gigs this past month and did a fantastic job representing CIM!
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The ensemble playing at the Cedar Cultural Center with other local world music groups to raise money for Playing for Change and the M2 Foundation.  

 The ensemble playing at Como Pavillion for the "Step Up for Down Syndrome" walk, an event that raises awareness of Down syndrome in our community.

Fiona McKenna and Caillean Magee played at a drumming festival on whistle and bodhrán.  The wind blowing into the whistle was a challenge, but the audience was very impressed with these two gals' musicianship!