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In This Issue:
Select photos from St. Patrick's Day
The Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club
CIM at The Landmark Center
MIM - June 13-15, 2014
Summer Camps at CIM
IMDA Educational Grant Program
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Upcoming Events

March 31 - April 6
CIM is closed for spring break.  All group classes are on hiatus this week. There are no private lessons unless you have made specific arrangements with your instructor.  

Tuesday, April 1
Come on over to The Dubliner Pub for rousing tunes from Todd Menton from 9pm to 12am.

Todd Menton
Friday, April 11
Poet Catherine Phil MacCarthy of Dublin, Ireland, will receive the 18th annual Lawrence O'Shaughnessy Award for Poetry from the University of St. Thomas Center for Irish Studies.  Ms. MacCarthy will read from her work at 7:30 p.m.  in the auditorium of the John R. Roach Center for the Liberal Arts on St. Thomas' St. Paul campus. The reading, free and open to the public, will cap a week of events, classroom visits and public appearances by the poet.

Todd Menton returns to The Dubliner Pub for an evening of tunes and songs from 9pm to 12am.

Friday, April 18
Join Ann & Charlie Heymann at The Celtic Junction at 7:30pm for The Gaelic Harp and its Three Musics.

Saturday, April 19
Don't miss this Celtic Fiddle Festival - Fiddlers from Ireland, Brittany, and Quebec at The Cedar Cultural Center, 8pm.

Wednesday, April 23
Todd Menton is once again at The Dubliner Pub in St. Paul from 9pm to 12am.



St. Paddy's Day 2014
The advanced youth ensemble performs on the main stage
Info. booth 2014
CIM board president Jeanne Morales at our information booth
Ragged Hanks 2014
The Ragged Hanks perform in the tea room


An Luan 2014
An Luan perform up in the tea room


 For more photos from St. Patrick's Day weekend, visit our Facebook page. 


The Twin Cities' own Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club is in the News!

In the March 14 edition of the Star Tribune, some of our local uilleann pipers were given the chance to educate the general public about the pipes.  

Check out this great article, featuring a photo of several pipers:
Pat with pipes
CIM uilleann pipes instructor, Patrick McCormick, plays the pipes for summer camp students

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The CIM has a very active Facebook page.  Please join us there for the most up-to-date announcements, posts related to traditional Irish music, and upcoming events.

CIM has a 
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.

 April 2014  
Dear CIM community, 

Saint Patrick's Day 2014 was a great success this year for CIM, with multiple public performances by our students -- including a main stage performance by our Advanced Youth Ensemble at the Landmark Center and a live TV spot on Kare 11 with director, Brian Miller.  The Landmark Center tea room was packed with music fans, many of whom were impressed with the level of musicianship.  Congratulations to our student musicians and thank you for sharing your music!

I'd like to extend a special thank you to the booth volunteers who helped at the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance and St. Patrick's Day Celebrations.  Thanks to Emily Flagstad for putting together a beautiful booth and for coordinating the volunteers during such a busy time!

This month, I'd like to draw your attention specifically to the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, a time when CIM invites legendary traditional musicians from Ireland to the Twin Cities to teach and perform.  You don't want to miss MIM this year, so mark June 13-15 on your calendar and register now!
There are three programs in which you can participate:
  1. Beginner Children's Program - Ages 7 to 11
  2. Intermediate to Advanced Teen Program
  3. Adult Program - there are even a few workshops for non-musicians like sean-nós dance with Brían Ó'hAirt or John Blake's Lecture callled "Paddy in the Smoke," Irish Music in London.
Everyone is invited to join in and play tunes at the Junction for Friday's Great Session Experience and don't miss the Saturday night Master Artists' Concert.
Happy Spring! Enjoy perusing the newsletter and see you at the CIM!
--Norah Rendell,
CIM Executive Director
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We are excited to share with you our new promotional video, made in celebration 
of CIM's tenth anniversary. Thank you to Steve Flynn of GoodLooking Films for helping us bring the story of the Center for Irish Music to a wider audience.  Please take a few minutes to watch the video and share it with your friends and family.  You might even be featured in the video! 

Spring Classes at CIM for ages 2-8
begin April 7th

For complete details and to register for these classes 
and more, 
please visit our website.
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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 
The Dervish Concert
By Ava Sackaroff and Amy Dailey 
Our friends drove from Wisconsin to go to Dervish in concert with us. My friend Iris and I jumped up and down with excitement when we saw each other. This would be our first concert together - a flute/tin whistle player and a fiddle player - and we even had matching skirts to wear to the concert! 
When we arrived at the concert we were early so Iris and I got to buy some treats. I had a cookie and Iris had chips. Then we ran around and got all of our energy out before sitting in our seats. 
When Dervish came on stage I couldn't believe it because the flute
Ava goes to see Dervish Concert
9 year-old Ava with friend Iris
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and tin whistle player was right in 
front of me! And the fiddle player stood right in front of my friend Iris who plays the fiddle! 
First Dervish played a slow song. Then they started playing some more fast songs. When they played the reels and the jigs I could barely sit in my seat. They even played one of my favorite songs, called "Welcome Poor Paddy Home." 
I was sad when I thought the concert was over but then everyone stood up and clapped for an encore. They played two more songs. Iris and I still had enough energy to skip back to the car. We stayed up until 11:00!!

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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