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Call for Volunteers!
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CIM Gatherings at Sessions
Upcoming Events


Saturday, October 11th
The Murphy BedsJefferson Hamer and Eamon O'Leary - bring their deft vocal and instrumental arrangements to Irish traditional and original tunes and songs.  8pm at The Celtic Junction. 

Friday, October 17th
CIM gathering at The Dubliner Pub - come enjoy session tunes at this beloved local pub and get to know your fellow CIM community members better! 6-9pm.

Monday, October 20th
CIM students and executive director Norah Rendell will be on the Malarkey radio show on KFAI from 7:30-8pm performing music and talking about CIM. (90.3FM Minneapolis or 106.7 FM St. Paul)

Saturday, October 25th
{Evening performance}  Join Ann & Charlie Heymann for The Jacobite Harp: Seductive sounds and stories from eighteenth century Ireland.  7:30pm at The Celtic Junction.

Sunday, October 26th
{Afternoon performance}  Join Ann & Charlie Heymann for The Jacobite Harp: Seductive sounds and stories from eighteenth century Ireland.  3pm at The Celtic Junction.

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.
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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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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.

This Fall term marks the tenth year of the Center for Irish Music teaching traditional Irish music in Saint Paul, Minnesota.  At this monumental anniversary, our Executive Director, Norah Rendell reflects on the mission statement that was created by founders, Kate and Jode Dowling:


Irish traditional music is an intergenerational and international network of musicians, engaged listeners, life-long learners and community members who share a love and respect for Irish folk music.


When we say that the Center for Irish Music is "dedicated to handing down the tradition to the next generation of musicians in our community," this is what we mean:


  • We value people of all ages who engage in the tradition of Irish music.
  • We believe that each member plays a role in the preservation, propagation and development of the tradition. 
  • We value the music and the musicians who hold the tradition in their heads, hearts, hands and voices. 
  • We respect our elders and the wisdom and knowledge they bring to the tradition.
  • We welcome adult musicians including those who start playing later in life.
  • We make a concerted effort to expose young people to good traditional music by creating opportunities that also connect them to a larger cultural community.  Such activities include social gatherings, sessions, concerts, dances and the Fleadh Cheoil.
  • We value communities in Ireland and Irish America and make an effort to both connect with, and learn from their innovators and tradition-bearers.
  • We value music making and enjoyment from childhood to teenage years, through young adulthood into the hard-working mid-life years, and through retirement all the way into the latest stages of life.
  • We believe that taking Irish music seriously is fun and endlessly fascinating!


Irish music has the power to connect people with their past, to their ethnic heritage and to themselves and their innermost passions.  It is an honour to be doing the work we do to do whatever we can to enable this to happen right here in Minnesota.


Please know that you are a valued member of the cultural community here.  We look forward to spending the next ten years with you!




Norah Rendell

Executive Director and Musician

A request and an introduction...
Volunteers at Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event

Are you passionate about sharing your enthusiasm for CIM?  Do you have skills that would benefit CIM?  Do you have some extra time on your hands or find yourself wishing you could be more productive while sitting in the CIM lobby?  We have something for you!  October is Volunteer Month at CIM.  We are looking for people to help with mailings, hanging posters, janitorial duties, set up and clean up after CIM events, as well as booth volunteers.  If you would be willing to donate your time, please email Becky Bollinger, our volunteer coordinator, at or fill out a form in the CIM lobby and drop it in the box.
Introducing our volunteer coordinator, Becky Bollinger:
Becky Bollinger

Becky discovered Irish music and dance in college.  She first began ceili dancing and then progressed to step dancing.  On a whim, she started taking harp lessons at CIM.  The following term, her brother decided he wanted to take whistle lessons, and Becky, being a good sister, took lessons with him.  He moved on, but Becky was hooked.  Becky still takes harp and whistle lessons at CIM.  She also teaches prebeginner, beginner, and adult classes for O'Shea Irish Dance and dances with Mooncoin Ceili Dancers and Knocknagow Irish Dancers.  In her "spare" time (real job), she works as a behavior specialist for a group home company.  She is excited to share her passion for volunteering with CIM.
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We are delighted to announce that planning has begun for our Minnesota 
Irish Music Weekend!  

     June 12-14, 2015

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We have once again received a generous grant from the Minnesota Regional Arts Council in support of this fabulous 3-day event.  Stay tuned for announcements about visiting artists and new programming.  You can view photos and information about previous Minnesota Irish Music Weekends here.
Regular CIM Gatherings at Local Sessions
CIM community members gather at Keegan's

We have, of course, held impromptu CIM gatherings in the past at local sessions.  But as a way to both encourage community-building and participation in or learning from the tune sessions, we have planned specific dates for our CIM community to gather.  Of course, you are encouraged to go to these sessions at any time!  This is a great opportunity to get to know other active members of the Irish community in the Twin Cities, your fellow CIM students, and local and visiting traditional Irish musicians.  We hope to see you at one of the upcoming gatherings!

Upcoming Gatherings:

Friday, October 17th -- 6pm at The Dubliner Pub
Sunday, November 16th -- 6pm at Keegan's Pub
Sunday, December 14th -- Noon at Kieran's Pub

Session musicians at the Dubliner Pub (Photo courtesy of Daithi Sproule)


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