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In This Issue:
5 CIM students and 1 instructor are competing at the All-Ireland Fleadh!
CIM at the Irish Fair of MN
Register now for Fall term!
Open house & 10 year anniversary celebration!
Upcoming Events
Wednesday, August 6
Todd Menton plays once again at the Dubliner Pub from 9pm - 12am.  Pub songs and lively tunes galore!

Friday - Sunday, August 8 - 10
Head over to Harriet Island in St. Paul for a weekend full of festivities at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.  Please see the article, at right, for full details on where and when to find CIM ensembles and instructors during the weekend.

Friday, August 15
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE:  If you are applying for financial aid for fall term at CIM, please get your application in by the end of the day on the 15th.  Click here for full details and to download an application.

Saturday, August 16th
The Celtic Junction hosts a monthly ceili from 7-10pm for the whole family!  Music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Saturday, August 23rd
Our An Luan adult ensemble will be performing at Amore Coffee in W. St. Paul at 7pm.  Come hang out and enjoy coffee and treats while listening to songs and tunes.

Sunday, August 24th
Please join us for our annual open house and our 10th anniversary party!  2-5pm at our CIM studios at the Celtic Junction.  See article, at right, for more details.  

Fall term begins on Monday, Sept. 8th

This is not meant to be an exhaustive listing 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 resource for local events.
Five CIM Students and 
One Instructor Traveling to Ireland for the 
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann!!

Five students from the Center for Irish Music will be traveling to Sligo this week to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann. Our harp instructor, Chad McAnally, will also be going with student Siobhán Dúgan.

Hannah Anderson  (15yrs) will be competing in English language song and the under-15 duo competition on whistle with Cates Eliasen. Hannah has been studying with Norah for 4 years. Hannah will attend the Scoil Éigse.
Hannah & Cates 

Maia Crews-Erjavec  (17yrs)

will be competing in the miscellaneous instruments category on the cello. This is her second time competing at the fleadh and she has had a wonderful year of music studying with Anna Vasquez on cello with support from AJ Srubas and Norah Rendell (in ensemble). Maia recently returned from Mike Block's String Camp in Florida with support from an IMDA grant.

Cates Eliasen  (14yrs) will be competing in the accompaniment category on guitar, the miscellaneous instruments category on guitar and tenor banjo, and in the under-15 duo competition on tenor banjo with Hannah Anderson. Cates has been studying with Brian Miller for at least 4 years. Cates will be attending the Scoil Éigse on tenor banjo.

Hannah Flowers  (18 yrs) will be competing in harp slow airs, harp, English language song, and Irish language song. Hannah has been studying with Dáithí Sproule and Chad McAnally and learned one of her arrangements directly from Ailie Robertson when Ailie was recently in Saint Paul!   Hannah will be attending the Scoil Éigse.

Adrienne O'Shea  (13 yrs) will be competing in Irish language song, tin whistle, and Irish flute. She has been a CIM student since she was very young and has studied with Dáithí, Cory, Norah and Brian. Adrienne will be attending the Scoil Éigse.

Chad McAnally  (CIM instructor) will be competing on wire-strung harp in in both the traditional harp and slow airs categories.  Chad will be accompanying some of our students for their competitions as well.  Thanks Chad, for making the trip to Ireland and supporting our students.  We wish you the best in your competitions! (Photo at right of Chad)

Best of luck to each of you! We are so proud of you! Comhghairdeas!!!


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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! 
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Each time you shop, you can help raise money for CIM!  Simply click on the following link and save it in your bookmarks. That way, every time you shop you'll be brought directly to our Amazon smile site.  Happy shopping and thank you for supporting The Center for Irish Music.  

'Like' CIM on Facebook!
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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.

Greetings CIM supporters! 

This month, CIM will be performing and participating in the Irish Fair of Minnesota from August 8-10th on Harriet Island and will be hosting CIM's 10-year anniversary birthday party and open house on Sunday, August 24th from 2-5pm at the Celtic Junction.

We are in great need of volunteers for the CIM booth at Irish Fair. Please sign up for a couple of slots.  Thank you in advance!!

Registration is open for our Fall term!  You can register online now for group classes and ensembles. Private lessons can be set up directly through Erika.  If you have a prefered lesson time (or day) from a previous term, please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  As always, if you have any questions about programming, feel free to contact me directly and I will try and point you in the right direction or pass you onto one of our wonderful instructors who can answer your questions.  

Fall term begins on Monday, September 8th. The deadline to apply for financial aid for Fall is August 15th. 

Finally, I am very proud to tell you that CIM has four students and one instructor traveling to Sligo, Ireland later this week to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil.  Please join me in wishing students Hannah Anderson, Maia Crewes-Erjavec, Cates Eliasen, and Adrienne O'Shea, and instructor Chad McAnally all the very best on their trip and competitions.  

We look forward to hearing your stories upon your return!   
--Norah Rendell,  CIM Executive Director
We hope to see you at 
the Irish Fair of Minnesota
August 8-10 
at Harriet Island in St. Paul
IrishFairWhat could be better than spending three days on beautiful Harriet Island, enjoying the music, dance, culture, and foods of Ireland?   
We are delighted that CIM has a presence at the Irish Fair of Minnesota each year and contributes to this very special weekend!  Visit our information booth to hear the latest about upcoming events, catch performances by many of our ensembles and instructors throughout the weekend, and swing by the Children's Tent for demonstrations for the wee ones.

**We need you!**  Each year we host a CIM information booth in the marketplace tent. Irish Fair booth 2010And new this year, we will have an info. table in the Children's Tent on Friday night as well. We humbly ask for your help in staffing these areas.  Whether you can fill one slot or several, please take a look at our sign-up list and volunteer as your schedule allows.  We appreciate any time that you can give!   


WOW!  You will be able to enjoy performances by CIM students and instructors over all three days of this fabulous event.  Here is the schedule of CIM ensemble performances.  For a detailed schedule of ensemble AND instructor performances, stop by our information booth at the fair.







Summer performance ensemble

River Stage


Instrument demonstration by summer performance ensemble

Children's Stage


Irish instruments petting zoo

Children's Stage







Summer performance ensemble

Main Stage


Welcome / recognition ceremony (including CIM students who competed at the Midwest fleadh)

Main Stage


Ragged Hanks adult ensemble

Tea Room


Knotted Clover
(Padden family ensemble)

Tea Room







The Ragged Hanks ensemble 10 year anniversary final performance!

Tea Room at Main Stage


An Luan ensemble

Pub Stage


Open Sky ensemble

Tea Room

FallClassesRegister NOW for Fall Term at CIM
CIM harp instructor, Chad McAnally

CIM offers instrumental and singing classes for children, youth, and adults taught by world-class teachers - both  privately and in a group setting.  Fall term begins Monday, September 8th and is 17 weeks long.  You can register here for group classes.  For private lessons, please contact our office manager, Erika. Many of our instructors  have full schedules, so we recommend reserving a lesson time as soon as possible.

For more information about classes and instructors, please join us at our open house on August 24th.  More details in article, below.   


Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers
taught by Daithi Sproule  (for kids ages 10-14)

Playing Irish Tunes By Ear
taught by Sean Egan  (for older teens and adults)

CIM Open House 
10th Anniversary Celebration! 
August 24th from 2-5pm
Please join us for a very special open house on August 24th to celebrate CIM's 10th anniversary! To celebrate, we have planned group class and instrument demonstrations, a group session, and a recognition ceremony.  We will have light snacks, drinks,  and a celebratory cake!  We encourage newcomers and returning students to join in our anniversary festivities! Bring your questions about CIM and your instrument(s), and come meet our staff, instructors, and fellow CIM students.  

WHAT:  A very special CIM open house and 10th anniversary celebration
WHEN:  Sunday, August 24th, from 2-5pm
WHERE:  The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul, MN


2:00pm Open house begins - snacks, session, tours of our CIM studios
2:15pm Children's craft table opens
2:30pm Tin Whistle Troupe class demo 
2:45pm Uilleann pipes instrument demo
3:00pm Viewing of CIM anniversary video
3:15pm Thank yous and cake cutting
3:30pm Demo, TBD
3:45pm Sprouting Songsters class demo
4:00pm Demo, TBD
4:15pm Irish Language class demo
4:30pm Silver flute / Irish flute instrument demo

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Pat McCormick giving uilleann pipes demo
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836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104