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In This Issue:
Select photos from Eigse
CIM at The Landmark Center
Volunteers needed for Landmark booth
Thank you for supporting Eigse
IMDA Educational Grant Program
MIM - June 13-15, 2014
Upcoming Events

Thursday, March 13
Irish trad group Dervish brings tunes from their newest CD to The Cedar Cultural Center at a concert starting at 7:30pm.

Friday, March 14
Catch Northern Gael (CIM's Danielle Enblom, Laura MacKenzie, and Ross Sutter) at 7pm at Holy Nativity Lutheran Church in New Hope.  

Friday, Mar.14 - Sun. Mar. 16
Don't miss the return of Kickin' it Irish, an evening of percussive toe taps and tunes with the O'Shea Irish Dancers and Two Tap Trio!  At 7pm at The Celtic Junction.

Saturday, March 15
At 2pm head over to the Hosmer Library in Minneapolis for a rare solo concert by Paddy O'Brien as part of their World Music Concert Series.

Ann & Charlie Heymann bring seductive sounds and stories from the mystical Celtic lands of Ireland and Scotland to The Riverview Cafe and Wine Bar at 8pm.

Boiled in Lead (with CIM instructor Todd Menton) returns for their annual St. Patrick's Day concert at The Cedar Cultural Center at 8pm.

Get your toes tapping with tunes from The HiBs at Morrissey's Irish Pub in Uptown at

Sunday, March 16
Head on down to the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul for the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance,  11am - 5pm. 

Catch Chulrua in concert at the Carver County Library - Chanhassen at 2pm.  

Help out CIM at the Tim Malloy's Pajama Jam benefitting The Center for Irish Music at Kip's Irish Pub in St. Louis Park.  7pm-12am.  

Click here for the Facebook event page:

Monday, March 17
**The CIM will NOT hold classes today so that our families can take part in St. Patrick's Day festivities!**

The IMDA once again hosts its St. Patrick's Day celebration at the Landmark Center from 10am - 5pm.  

Get your dancing shoes on for the St. Patrick's Day Ceili and Set Dance at The Celtic Junction from 6-10pm. Proceeds support the IMDA!

Join Barra for their annual St. Patrick's Day Irish Ceili at the CSPS Hall in St. Paul.  Dance instruction begins at 7:00 PM; dancing from 7:30-10:00pm.

Kickin' it Irish premiers at The Chanhassen Dinner Theatre at 8pm.  

Sunday, March 23
Head over to Kieran's Irish Pub in Mpls. for Kieran's St Patrick's Family Day from 10am to 1pm.  

Mon., Mar. 31 - Sun., April 6
CIM is CLOSED for spring break.
Sincere thanks to our Master of Ceremonies, Mairtin de Cogain
CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble


CIM instructor concert
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YouTube Channel
Click below to view videos of many public performances by CIM ensembles at the Irish Fair of MN, St. Patrick's Day events, local coffee shops, and summer fairs.

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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.

 March 2014  
Dear CIM community, 

It is with gratitude that I greet you during this busy month of March. On behalf of all of the students, staff and instructors at the CIM, I would like to thank each and every one of you for your contributions to the Center for Irish Music at our annual fundraiser, Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event that happened on Saturday, February 22nd.  

Your generosity makes a difference in our community! You supported CIM in so many ways; by donating rare and generous items to the silent auction and raffle, by attending and bringing guests to the Celtic Junction and by volunteering your time to make the event a success. Many of you contributed in more than one way! Without your support, the CIM would not be the thriving music school that it is.  Thank you!

I hope you will have a chance to take in some of the amazing music that is coming through the Twin Cities this month. Be sure not to miss the IMDA events at the Landmark Center on March 16th and 17th featuring many CIM students.  I'd like to draw special attention to Dervish's concert this Thursday, 7:30pm at the Cedar Cultural Center. Dervish is one of the best traditional Irish bands out there and you won't want to miss them performing right here in the Twin Cities!

Happy Saint Patrick's day season!

--Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director

CIM at the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance & St. Patrick's Day Celebrations
Ensemble at Landmark 2013
The CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble performs on the main stage at 2013's IMDA St. Patrick's Day celebration.

The Center for Irish Music is happy to be supporting the IMDA again on Sunday, March 16th and Monday, March 17th at their events at the Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul.  Here's where to find us:

  • 11:00am Ragged Hanks Ensemble (Tea Room)
  • 11:20am An Luan Ensemble (Tea Room)
  • 11:40am Open Sky Ensemble (Tea Room)
  • 1:00pm CIM Youth Ensembles (Tea Room)
  • 3:15pm Knotted Clover, a CIM Family Ensemble (Tea Room)
  • 4:15pm CIM Beginner Ensemble (Tea Room)

  • 10:00am Rince na Chroi dancers with music by Two Tap Trio, with CIM instructors Norah Rendell and Brian Miller (Main Stage) 
  • 10:40am CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble (Main Stage)
  • 11:20am The HiBs, with CIM founders Kate & Jode Dowling (Weyerhauser Auditorium)
  • 12:30pm CIM instructor Alisa Mee hosts "Songs with the Wee Ones" (Children's Stage)
  • 12:55pm Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band, with CIM instructors John McCormick and Pat McCormick (Main Stage)
  • 12:55pm Chad McAnally, CIM harp instructor (Tea Room)
  • 2:30pm Clairseach, with CIM instructor Charlie Heymann (Tea Room)
And, of course, please look for us on the main floor at our CIM INFORMATION BOOTH...and please sign up to staff our booth, too!  A fun way to meet the community.  See article, below.
New students & families are especially encouraged
to volunteer at our information booth.  

Info. Booth at Landmark
The Irish Music and Dance Association's two days of dance and music at The Landmark Center in downtown St. Paul are a great way to get to know the Irish community of the Twin Cities.  The CIM hosts an information booth each year and we require 16 volunteers per day to staff the booth.  As a volunteer, we simply ask that you share your enthusiasm for CIM with passers-by, answer questions about our school, and give out informational brochures.

To see which time slots are open and to sign up, please click here.  If you have any questions, please e-mail Emily at 

As Norah mentioned in her note, above, we are so thankful for the outpouring of support for our annual fundraiser, concert, and silent auction.  We would like to make some special thank yous and share a few photos of the evening with you:
Jim Rogers, 
Honorary Eigse Chair
Thank you to our honorary chair, Jim Rogers, the Director of the Center for Irish Studies at The University of St. Thomas.  We are lucky to have this Center for Irish Studies so close to us here at CIM and we hope for increased connections in the future.  As Jim stated in his welcome note at Eigse:  

     Irish music, and the ways in which it is
     perpetuated and developed here, is now a    
     thriving and community-wide cultural treasure. 
     Irish music is a bridge between generations, a
     badge of identity, and a major port of entry into
                                 the whole of Irish culture. 
The Center for Irish Music would like to acknowledge the 2014 Éigse event committee led by the Event Chair, Teisha Magee.  Thank you to Emily Flagstad, Mike & Bev O'Connor, Becky Bollinger, Erin Thomasson, Mike Lynch, Todd Menton, Carillon McBurnie, JoAnn Vano, Marty Ochs, Greg Padden, Dave McKenna, Chris & Shea Eliasen, and Erika Nelson for your leadership that made the event such a success.
Please check out a few photos from Eigse, in the column at left, courtesy of Pat O'Laughlin.  
IMDA Logo The IMDA's Educational 
The Irish Music & Dance Association offers educational grants to help students of any age to pursue an interest in the traditional arts of Ireland. Grants may be used for classes, fees, travel expenses, equipment purchases or other purpose which supports the applicant's learning.

The IMDA's goal is to help students who love Irish music or dance to continue their study, move to the next level of mastery and share their interests with others. They ask grant recipients to bring their new skills back to the community by performing at an IMDA event. They hope that recipients of IMDA Educational Grants will continue their study long into the future and, in so doing, enhance the cultural life of our community. The Irish Music and
Dance Association considers the program an investment in the future.

Since its start in 2006, the program has made grants to musicians, dancers and students of the Irish (Gaelic) language. The recipients have used their grants for travel expenses, to help with the purchase an instrument, and for classes. The options are as broad as the ideas of the applicants.

For more information and to download a grant application, please visit the IMDA's website.  Applications are due by April 15, 2014.

2013 IMDA grant recipients, Knotted Clover, 
a CIM family ensemble!

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JUNE 13-15, 2014
with visiting artists
Oisín Mac Diarmada - fiddle
Catherine McEvoy - flute, whistle
John McEvoy - fiddle
John Blake - guitar, piano, flute
Rita Gallagher - song 
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