In This Issue:
Announcing MIM artists 2015
Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event - Tickets on sale now!
Register for spring term classes
CIM Young Adult Ensemble partners with EMSO
Cherish the Ladies in concert and master class
Upcoming Events

Monday, Jan. 5th - Sunday, Jan. 25th
Fall term continues at CIM for three more weeks. 

Monday, January 12th
Returning students, please reserve your private lesson times for spring term by the end of today.

Monday, January 19th
Register for CIM's spring term by the end of today to receive the 5% early bird family discount.  

Monday, Jan. 26th - Sunday, Feb. 1st
Make up week at CIM.  Please talk to your instructor about making up any missed classes this week.

Wednesday, January 28th
Todd Menton performs at the Dubliner Pub in St. Paul from 9pm - 12am.  

Saturday, January 31st
Norah Rendell solo CD release concert with Brian Miller, Randy Gosa, & Daithi Sproule at 8pm at the Celtic Junction. Tickets are available online or directly from Norah $14 advance, $18 at the door.

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.
We are excited to announce the visiting artists for 
our 8th annual
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**JUNE 12-14, 2015**

Mick Mulcahy

Louise Mulcahy
flute, whistle, uilleann pipes 

Michelle Mulcahy
harp, fiddle, piano

Bridget Fitzgerald

Sean Clohessy

Visit the 2015 event site at and stay up to date.  

Registration will be open in early Spring.

We are currently assembling the amazing MIM event planning team!  To help out with the planning or on the weekend itself, contact Norah directly at [email protected]
 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 books are available for purchase in the CIM office or at Irish on Grand for $10.00.
Promo video screen shot  

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! 
Support CIM Every Time you Shop!

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!
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.

LinkedIn logo
CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.
January 2015
Happy New Year! 
Happy New Year from all of us here at the Center for Irish Music!

We are entering the busy season here at the CIM with many exciting events and programs happening in the next six months.  We very much look forward to seeing you at one of these events, or in the halls this Spring Term sharing songs and tunes with fellow musicians.

  • Spring Term starts on February 2nd.  Registration is open.
  • �igse CIM, A Gaela Event  is on Saturday, February 21st.  Now is the time to invite your friends, make a reservation, and help us spread the word about this wonderful evening in support of traditional Irish music.  Tickets are available online here.
  • Save the Weekend of June 12-14th for the 8th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend.  We are currently assembling the planning team for the MIM weekend.  If you are interested in helping organize this weekend, please contact Norah directly.  Keep up to date on the site at

--Norah Rendell, CIM Executive Director
Gaela Header with Stars

�igse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather for an evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish Music and the mission of handing down the tradition.


This semi-formal event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.




5:00pm   silent auction reception and refreshments
6:00pm   dinner is served
7:00pm   doors open for concert-only attendees, silent auction reception
8:00pm   concert begins and silent auction bidding closes
10:00pm silent auction check-out


Concert & silent auction reception - $25
Dinner, silent auction reception & concert - $60
Table sponsorship - $600

Tickets are available for purchase online or call Erika at 651-815-0083

Auction photo by Ahania Photography
 We are gratefully accepting
 donations now for our silent
 auction.  For more details
 and to submit our on-line
 auction donation form, visit
 our auction page.   For 
 questions, please contact
 Emily Flagstad, our silent
 auction coordinator.  Thank
 you in advance for your

For complete information regarding tickets, donations, volunteering, and sponsorship, please visit the  Eigse CIM site.  Thank you!

Spring term begins on February 2nd.  Register by January 19th to receive your 5% early bird family discount.  Returning students, please reserve your private lesson times by the end of the day on January 12th. 

Children's classes

� Celtic Cuties - simple songs for little ones (2-4yrs)

� Singing Sweeties - perfect first song class! (3-6yrs)

� Sprouting Songsters (5-9yrs)

� Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers (10-14yrs)
� Budding Bodhr�ns
� Tin Whistle Troupe

� Youth Ensembles


Adult classes

� Music of Turlough O'Carolan
� Playing Irish Tunes by Ear
� Intro to the Hammered Dulcimer

Irish Pub Songs

� Learning Traditional Songs in English and Irish
� Singing Irish Gaelic Songs 

� Multi-instrumental ensembles
� Beginning Irish Language 


To set up private lessons this term, contact Erika

Center for Irish Music is partnering with the East Metro Symphony Orchestra for Irish "Origins" Concert on March 8
Sunday, March 8th at 3:00pm
Irish "Origins" Concert
East Metro Symphony Orchestra

in collaboration with The Center for Irish Music Young Adult Ensemble

Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, Woodbury, MN


This concert will be a new collaboration with The Center for Irish Music (CIM) in St. Paul. CIM's Young Adult Ensemble, directed by Norah Rendell, will perform traditional Irish music, EMSO will perform orchestral music based on these traditions (much of which will be procured from the Contemporary Music Centre of Ireland), and together they will perform orchestrations of Irish traditional music originally prepared for the traditional Irish band Altan and the RT� Concert Orchestra in Dublin, a U.S. premiere.  One of the orchestral arrangements is a composition of D�ith� Sproule, "The Roseville".




Tickets will go be on sale soon.  Information can be found at

Cherish the Ladies will be performing in the Ordway's new concert hall on St. Patricks Day, March 17th, at 7:30pm.  Save the date and reserve your tickets now to this not-to-be-missed event! Some of our students might even get up on stage and play with Cherish. 

SPECIAL OFFER:  CIM newsletter subscribers receive a
$10 discount on the Cherish the Ladies concert
at the Ordway Theatre on March 17th.  
Use promo code [IRISH10] when calling for tickets.  


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