Celebrating ten years of handing down the tradition...

In This Issue:
MIM 2014 Artist lineup
Thank you, Mike Lynch!
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 22
Instructor's Corner
Daithi Sproule's song lauded in new Coen Brothers' film
Raise funds for CIM on Amazon.com



Celtic Line


Wednesday, January 8

Join Brian Miller and Norah Rendell for a rare sighting of this version of the Two Tap Trio.  9:00pm-midnight at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul.


Friday, January 10 

Join harper Ann Heymann for Old Stories for a New Year,  a *free* presentation on the Gaelic harp of Ireland and Scotland.  7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.

Ann Heymann

Monday, January 13

Register for CIM's spring term by the end of today to receive the 5% early bird family discount.  


Friday, January 17

Irish trad band Beoga performs at The Celtic Junction at 7:30pm.


Sunday, January 19

All CIM students are encouraged to attend our student session from 2:30-4pm in the multi-purpose room at The Celtic Junction.  Learn some new tunes and share the ones you're working on in a supportive environment. 


Friday, January 24

Don't miss Norah Rendell in concert! Our own local treasure performs in her first solo concert at The Celtic Junction, 7:30pm.  **Tickets for children under 5 are free, for under 12 are $5, and all CIM students receive a $5 discount on tickets directly from Norah or at the door.




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. 

Announcing visiting artists for 
the 7th annual
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June 13-15, 2014

Catherine McEvoy

John McEvoy

Oisin MacDiarmada

Rita Gallagher

John Blake
guitar, piano, flute

More information is on our website.

We have also created a
at which you can RSVP and invite your friends.
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Thank you, Mike!
After six years of strong leadership as President of the CIM Board, Mike Lynch has stepped down from his position and passed the baton to fellow board member Jeanne Morales. Mike will remain on the board as a member at-large and continue to run the CIM bar at Celtic Junction events.

Since 2007, Mike has been an incredible leader in his role as President of the CIM Board.  Thank you, Mike, for your vision, dedication and steadfast support throughout these crucial years for the Center for Irish Music! 
Mike's board presidency saw the school survive a massive transition from the leadership of founder and original Executive Director, Kate Dowling, through the move into our permanent space in the Celtic Junction, followed by a continuous and significant growth in our student population and donor base.  
We would not have achieved such success without you.  Thank you!
The CIM is very fortunate now to have Jeanne Morales as the new President of the Board.  Jeanne is the Director of Prospect Research at Macalester College and has years of experience working with artists, with grant writing, finance, event planning and arts administration. She is also a dedicated musician (singer & guitarist) and learner at the CIM.   

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      
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As of Jan. 7, we have 2,236 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
January 2014
Happy New Year!
2014 is off to a great start here at the CIM! 
Looking back, 2013 was a particularly wonderful year for the CIM - including the creation of many new youth ensembles and children's classes.  At December's board meeting, we welcomed Jeanne Morales as the new President of the Board and thanked Mike Lynch for six years of excellent leadership in that role.  Thank you, Mike!

In 2013, we honored the Strauss Family with the Timothy Fitzgerald Memorial Scholarship and enjoyed supporting the fifteen young students who travelled to the midwest fleadh in Saint Louis.  Of those fifteen, many qualified to compete at the international Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann.

In 2014, we look forward to celebrating CIM's 10th Anniversary with you throughout the whole year and to presenting the 7th annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend on June 13-15.  


Right now, however, it is time to reserve your tickets for Eigse CIM: A Gaela Event on February 22nd, and to register for a new class during our spring term.  


Thank you for taking the time to peruse through this month's dense newsletter!


We look forward to seeing you soon,
-Norah Rendell 
Executive Director

Spring term begins on February 3rd.  Register by January 13th to receive your 5% early bird family discount.  Some of this term's classes are...

Children's classes

· Celtic Cuties - simple songs for little ones (2-4yrs)

· Singing Sweeties - perfect first song class! (3-6yrs)

· The Song Squad Harmony Singing (9-13yrs)

· Youth Ensembles


Adult classes

· Irish Pub Songs

· Beginning Bodhrán

· Multi-instrumental ensembles


To set up private lessons this term, contact Erika
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    Saturday, February 22nd
at The Celtic Junction

The Center for Irish Music and Honorary Chair Jim Rogersdirector of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of Saint Thomas, invite you to dress up in your finest, 

bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for 

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event.


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.


This semi-formal event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.


5:00 p.m. Doors open

5:30 p.m. Dinner provided by Cara Irish Pubs

6:30 p.m. Silent auction reception

7:00 p.m. Concert featuring our acclaimed CIM Instructors


Ticket prices:

$60.00 - guests arriving at 5:30 p.m. for dinner, silent auction reception, and concert

$25.00 - guests arriving at 6:30 p.m. for silent auction reception and concert


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



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 addition to our newsletter.

This month: Charlie Heymann, CIM accordion & concertina instructor
A handful of my favorite recordings:

Aisling Gheal (1976) by Iarla Ó Lionaird 
The original track from 1976 that begins with Peadar Ó Riada's evocative piano solo is extremely hard to find now. Iarla has re-issued this sean nós track without the piano introduction, but it is still well worth a listen or ten.

Is It Yourself? (1979) by James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien & Daithí Sproule   
A classic by our own Paddy and Daithí with honorary Minnesotan James.


Cumha Coir'-an-Easain by Griogair Labhruidh 
A talented young Scots Gaelic singer accompanied by Siobhán Armstrong on harp.  Listen here.

Mulcahy Family (2000) 
This, their first self-titled release, is an amazing production for veteran box-player Mick, and his teenage children match him note for note. Tasteful playing of tastefully chosen and arranged tunes. Not too fast, not too showy, and wonderful tune sets.

Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh 
All of his recorded solo tracks and those available on YouTube are showcases for the musical potential of the concertina.  Perfect tempos and amazingly creative arrangements testify to his mastery of both instrument and idiom. 

Originally from  Chicago, Charlie has been immersed in Irish music for over forty years.  With his wife Ann on Gaelic harp, he has recorded three albums and performed throughout much of Australia, Europe, and the U.S.  Button accordion is Charlie's main instrument, but he also plays cittern, concertina, and guitar.  Charlie has a large repertoire of ballads and comic songs in both English and Irish and a special interest in medieval Irish lays (laoi).


CIM instructor, Dáithí Sproule's, music featured in the 
Coen brothers' film, 
Inside Llewyn Davis
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The recent release of Joel and Ethan Coen's critically acclaimed movie, Inside Llewyn Davis, shines attention on the New York folk scene of the 60's, as well on Minnesota natives the Coen brothers and Bob Dylan.  Perhaps lesser known is the contribution of CIM instructor Dáithí Sproule, who composed the melody for the centuries-old ballad "The Death of Queen Jane," featured in a pivotal scene in the movie, and noted among the film's best songs.


T. Bone Burnett, Marcus Mumford, and the Coens collaborated on the music for Inside Llewyn Davis, and actors Oscar Isaac, Justin Timberlake, Carey Mulligan, and others perform the songs.  The soundtrack is being hailed as "gorgeous and deeply felt."  Critics describe Isaac's performance of "The Death of Queen Jane," filmed in a single take, as "a stunning rendition," "heartbreaking and magical all at once," and "the soundtrack's strongest selection."


"The Death of Queen Jane" is an English ballad that describes the events surrounding the death of a Queen Jane, believed to be Jane Seymour, the third wife of Henry VIII of England.  The ballad was collected and cataloged by Francis James Child as Child #170, and was published as part of five volumes between 1882 and 1898.  Nearly 100 years later, Dáithí Sproule wrote an original melody for the traditional lyrics.  Sproule's version of "The Death of Queen Jane" is arguably the most widely recorded, featured on albums by nearly twenty artists, including Loreena McKennitt, Séan McCann, The Bothy Band, and Trian.  


Congratulations to Dáithí on this wonderful achievement! Here is a link to an article in the Star Tribune from December 26th.

Help raise funds for CIM every time you shop Amazon.com!

All you have to do 
go to the  
Amazon Smile site, login to your Amazon account, and then set your charity to "Center for Irish Music." Shop via this link each time you visit Amazon and 0.5% of your purchase total will benefit the Center for Irish Music! Thank you in advance for your support.