In This Issue:
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Happy Holidays from CIM!
CIM Holiday Gifts!
*NEW* Traditional Irish Instruments coloring book available
CIM Gatherings at Sessions
Upcoming Events

Friday, December 5th
Christmas with O'Rourke's Feast will begin at 7:30pm at the Celtic Junction in St. Paul.  This lively seven-piece Irish traditional music ensemble is sure to enhance your holiday celebrations!  

Sunday, December 7th
Don't miss the CIM's Fall Recitals and Potlucks!  1-6pm at the Celtic Junction. 

Monday, December 8th
Head over to Malarkey Radio's Holiday and CD Release Party at Morrissey's Pub in Uptown.  Live music and an auction begin at 7pm.

Thursday, December 11th
Celtic Music Showcase featuring young CIM musicians will be at the Underground Music Cafe in Falcon Heights from 7-8:30pm.  

Friday, December 12th
Boiled in Lead's Acoustic Yule will once again fill your Friday night with great, local music!  8pm at the Celtic Junction.

Once again Katie McMahon's Celtic Christmas returns to the O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Kate's for a night of seasonal songs and tunes.  7:30pm.

Saturday, December 13th
Three of St Paul's most beloved bands come together to spread holiday cheer and promote good will with great live music and a silent auction at Yulefest: A Charity Fundraiser at the Celtic Junction at 7pm.

Sunday, December 14th
Come enjoy a tasty brunch, meet fellow CIM community members and musicians, and enjoy the tunes at the CIM gathering at the Kieran's Sunday session.  Noon at Kieran's Irish Pub in Minneapolis.

Monday, December 15th
Today is the deadline to apply for financial aid for the CIM's spring term.  

Tuesday, December 16th
Enjoy a break from the holiday busy-ness and relax with tunes and songs by Todd Menton at the Dubliner Pub.  9pm - 12am on the corner of Vandalia & University in St. Paul.

Wednesday, December 17th
Experience an evening of holiday family fun with the O'Shea Irish Dancers at a Celtic Holiday Hooley at the Chanhassen Dinner Theatres at 8:15pm.

Friday, Dec. 19th & Saturday, Dec. 20th
Return to the Celtic Junction for an evening of family fun with the O'Shea Irish Dancers at a Celtic Christmas Hooley at 7:30pm.

CIM Closed December 22nd - January 4th
CIM closed for the holidays. There will be no classes unless you have made prior arrangements with your instructor(s).  We wish you a wonderful and safe Christmas and New Year!
Tuesday, December 30th
Relax with tunes and songs by Todd Menton at the Dubliner Pub.  9pm - 12am on the corner of Vandalia & University in St. Paul.

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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February 22, 2014
Our annual fundraiser, instructors' concert, and silent auction is an event not to be missed!
**We are now accepting donations for our silent auction.**

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June 13-15, 2014 
Planning is already underway to bring you the best in traditional Irish music instruction!  Plan for a weekend full of workshops, sessions, and a concert with our visiting artists.
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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.  

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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.

Happy Holidays from all of us at
The Center for Irish Music!

Dear CIM community, 

It is with a spirit of Thanksgiving that I greet you this chilly December morning!  This is a dense newsletter - thank you for reading through to the end.

1.  Thank you for showing your support for the CIM during the Fall drive.  Individuals and small businesses came together to raise over $13,000 for the CIM!  It takes a large community to keep an Irish music school thriving, and we would not be here if it weren't for your support. 

2.  recitalsJoin us for the Fall Recitals and potluck celebrations this Sunday, December 7th.  Students, please plan on arriving 30 minutes before your recital time to find a seat, settle in, and tune instruments. Bring a potluck item to share!


1:00pm-2:00pm, December 7th - Youth recital 1

For young soloists and childrens' classes including the Beginner Ensemble, Starling Ensemble, Budding Bodhráns, Sprouting Songsters, both Tin Whistle Troupe classes and Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers.


2:30pm-4:00pm, December 7th - Youth recital 2

For all youth ensembles (other than Beginner, Starling and Young Adult) and older solo musicians up to age 18.


4:30-6:00pm, December 7th - Adult Recital

For all adult students including the Young Adult Ensemble (who will be on first)


If you have questions about which recital your child is in, please contact me directly at


3.  Celtic Music Showcase featuring young CIM musicians at Underground Music Cafe - Dec. 11, 7-8:30pm

Community member and musician, Paul Garding, has invited youth CIM students to be this month's featured artists for his Celtic Music Showcase.

We are looking for musicians!  If you are interested in performing, please contact

Thursday, December 11th at the Underground Music Café from 7-8:30pm
Address: 1579 Hamline Ave.  Falcon Heights, MN 55108

This will be a great community-building night.  I hope all of you will be able to come and join in the fun!

4.   Save the Date for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event - February 21
Tickets will be on sale soon!

-Norah RendellCIM Executive Director 
CIM Logo Merchandise Items Make  Perfect Holiday Gifts!

For a limited time, we are offering unique items for sale which are embroidered with either our regular CIM logo OR - this year only - our special 10-year anniversary logo. Order for yourself, your kids, and your friends! 

Boater tote with 10-year CIM logo

Come check out samples of many of the items during these times in the CIM lobby:

4:00pm - 9:00pm 
December 1st - 4th

Order forms can be filled out at the table in the lobby or online.  All orders will be ready for pick up before Christmas.  Please contact Emily with any questions.  

Watch for a link to download the order form on our website.  Fill it out and e-mail it to Emily by Friday morning, December 5th.
Traditional Irish Instruments Coloring Book
Artist Marty Ochs and CIM Executive Director Norah Rendell have created this artful coloring book for you! Bring these images to life with your own imagination and artistry, and learn more about 16 of the most commonly-played instruments in traditional Irish music. Great care has been taken to make the details of the illustrations realistic: numbers of keys, buttons, strings, tuning pegs, finger holes and more.

Thank you for supporting the Center for Irish Music with the purchase of this coloring book!

Coloring book will be available for purchase at this weekend's recitals for $10.00.  After that, you can contact Erika in the CIM office to purchase.

UndergroundCeltic Music Showcase Featuring CIM students on 
Thursday, December 11, 2014

 We are looking for musicians!  If you are interested in performing, please contact
CIM Gatherings at Local Sessions
CIM community members gather at Keegan's

We have held impromptu CIM gatherings at local sessions over the years.  This fall, Emily and Norah thought it would be fun to send an open the invitation to all of our students and supporters to join us on specific dates.  These gatherings are a way to build our community while encouraging participation in and/or learning from the Twin Cities' wonderful local sessions. 

These gatherings are a great opportunity to get to know other active members of the Irish community while deepening friendships with your fellow CIM students, instructors and local Irish musicians.  We hope to see you soon!

Of course, you can enjoy the local sessions any week.  Information about local sessions is on the local sessions page of the CIM website, under  the music resources tab.

Upcoming Gatherings:

Sunday, December 14th -- Noon at Kieran's Pub

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


MALARKEY - RADIO WITH AN IRISH ACCENT  Every Monday at 7:30 - 8pm on KFAI 90.3 FM Minneapolis or 106.7 FM St. Paul.  

THE THISTLE AND SHAMROCK  On KBEM-FM 88.5 FM, Saturdays from Noon - 1pm AND on internet radio on Saturdays from 10 - 11am and Sundays from Noon - 1pm.  
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104