In This Issue:
Upcoming Events

Monday, February 2nd
Spring term begins at CIM! It's not too late to register.  See more information in article, at right.

Saturday, February 14th
Join the Rince na Chroi Irish dancers for the tenth anniversary of "From the Stage to your Heart," accompanied by the Two Tap Trio.   7pm at O'Shaughnessy Auditorium at St. Kate's.

Tuesday, Febrary 17th
Todd Menton brings his delightful tunes and songs to the Dubliner Pub from 9pm - 12am.

Saturday, February 21st
Don't miss our greatest fundraising event of the year!  Eigse CIM, A Gaela Event includes a dinner by Cara Irish Pubs, a concert with our CIM instructors, a silent auction, and WOW raffle. More information in column, at right.

Thursday, February 26th
Todd Menton performs once again at the Dubliner Pub from 9pm - 12am.

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.
The CIM could really use 3 iPads this 
year at our Eigse event.  
If you just happen to have 3 old iPads just "hanging around," we would be happy to take them off of your hands! 

Please contact Erika if you can help us out. Thank you!
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.  

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Dear CIM supporters, 

We are in the midst of the busy season here at the CIM with many exciting events and programs happening in the next few 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 has started!  Registration is open now and there are several classes that don't begin until later, so please check our website for listings.
  • 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.
  • As in previous years, the CIM will have a presence at both the IMDA's Day of Irish Dance and St. Patrick's Day celebrations.  (Sunday, March 15th and Tuesday, March 17th)  The schedule of CIM performances will be available soon, but until then we could use your help staffing our information booth on both days.  
  • 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 began on Monday, but it's not too late to register!  The following classes are available, with some starting later in the term (marked with an asterisk).

Children's classes

� Celtic Cuties - simple songs for little ones (2-4yrs)  *begins in April

� Singing Sweeties - perfect first song class! (3-6yrs)  *begins in April

� Sprouting Songsters (5-9yrs)  *begins Feb. 10

� Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers (10-14yrs)  *begins in April
� Budding Bodhr�ns
� Tin Whistle Troupe
 I Continued  *begins Feb. 11

� Youth Ensembles  *intermediate ensembles begin Feb. 10,11,12 


Adult classes

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

Irish Pub Songs

� Learning Traditional Songs in English and Irish  *begins in April
� Singing Irish Gaelic Songs  *begins in April

� Multi-instrumental ensembles
� Beginning Irish Language   *begins in April


To set up private lessons this term, contact Erika

 Aisling Gheal: The Traditional and Classical Music of Ireland 
Sunday, March 8th at 3:00pm 

Loft Stage at East Ridge High School, Woodbury, MN


The East Metro Symphony Orchestra (EMSO), in collaboration with the Center for Irish Music (CIM), is delighted to present Aisling Gheal (Bright Vision), a unique joint concert exploring the remarkable intersections between traditional Irish music and the classical orchestra music it inspired.


To celebrate the St. Patrick's Day season EMSO and CIM have created a remarkable program that includes a set of arrangements created for the great Irish band Altan by Fiachra Trench to perform with symphony orchestra, a set of traditional Irish jigs, hornpipes, reels, and and airs (including a tune written by our own Daithi Sproule, "The Roseville") played by CIM's Young Adult Ensemble.  


Admission to this wonderful event is $10 for adults, $6 for seniors, while those 18 and under are free! Presale tickets will be available beginning February 9th at the CIM office or through EMSO members.  Cash is preferred, but checks will be accepted.




 More 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.  

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