In This Issue:
Upcoming Events

Friday, April 17th
Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Daithi Sproule launch their new CD, BRIGHT AND EARLY, at the Celtic Junction.  Doors open at 7pm, music starts at 7:30pm.

Saturday, April 18th
Irish music competition at the Minneapolis Feis.  All registrations are through Feisworx.  For more information, contact Emily.

Sunday, April 19th
Irish music competition at the OID Feis.  All registrations are through Feisworx.  For more information, contact Emily.

Saturday, April 25th
Don't miss Bua in concert - including our own Brian Miller - at the Celtic Junction at 8pm!  

Sunday, April 26th
Private lessons with Sean Gavin and Brian O hAirt from Bua available between noon and 2:15pm.  See article, below, for more information.

**SAVE THE DATE** Sunday, May 31st
CIM Spring Recitals 1-6pm.  More information in next month's newsletter.

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.
Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients of the Timothy Fitzgerald Scholarship!!

The 'Fitz' Memorial Scholarship is awarded on an annual basis at �igse CIM, A Gaela event to CIM students of exceptional dedication and talent to their music.  You can find out more about this program and read about our past recipients here.

Under 12 - Ava Sackaroff

Under 19 - Hannah Flowers

Adult - Pat Lyles

Bua45-minute private lessons available with Bua musicians at CIM
     Sean Gavin - pipes, whistle & flute
     Brian O hAirt - concertina, song

The lessons will be held in the CIM classrooms at the Celtic Junction at the following times:


Available on a first-come, first-served basis!  Contact Erika to book your lesson.  Payment must be received in advance to confirm the lesson.  The cost is the regular CIM private lesson rate of $43.00.
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.  

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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Happy Spring, CIM supporters!

We have been enjoying a slightly quieter month so far with Saint Patrick's Day behind us followed by a welcome spring term lull. We are catching up while preparing for the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend and a summer term full of fantastic Irish music programming.

Here are a few important announcements for you this April Thursday morning...

1 - Thank you to all who helped with St. Patrick's Day performances and booth volunteers!  Browse a few photos from that weekend, below.

2 - CIM is hiring a part-time administrative assistant to add to our existing administrative team.  Please share the job posting with anyone you think might be a great addition.  We are accepting applications until Friday, April 10th.  Some of you may be aware that our wonderful office manager, Erika Nelson, is expecting in June. She will be taking a maternity leave throughout the summer.

3 - The 8th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is just 10 weeks away! Spread the word to your friends, near and far!  June 12-14, 2015.

--Norah Rendell
, CIM Executive Director

Welcome home, D�ith�!

CIM instructor, D�ith� Sproule has returned from a long cd-launch tour with his band, Altan, and is back teaching at the CIM.  We are happy to have you back, D�ith�!

The following classes start this week:

Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers - Tuesdays 6-7pm - $120
Singing Irish Gaelic Songs - Thursdays 8-9pm - $120

To register, please click on the links above! 

June 12-14, 2015
MIM logo - need better resolution

Registration is open for:

Teen Program 
with visiting Irish artists!

Beginner Program
with Danielle Enblom

Irish Trad Immersion Camp - NEW
(Friday only, with CIM instructors)

To register, check out our programs and pricing page

FINANCIAL AID IS AVAILABLE - Apply before May 15th

Tickets for the master concert are for sale online!
Saturday, June 13 at 7:30pm

Adult workshops will be listed and open for registration this week.

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

We are looking for volunteers for the MIM weekend.  To volunteer, please contact Becky Bollinger at [email protected]

 Summer Camp Registration is Open! 

Each summer, the CIM plans a selection of fun, creative, physically active, and educational music camps that cater to new and experienced students alike. With a central location at the Celtic Junction, near to the beautiful Newell Park, many CIM camps include a daily jaunt outside to relax in the fresh summer air.


For ages 8-12.  Taught by Mattie Ernst.  Camp meets daily from 1pm-3pm, July 13th-17th.  Tuition:  $114.00






For ages 4-7. Camp meets daily from 9am-12pm, August 10th-14th.  Tuition:  $149.00


For ages 8-12.  Taught by Norah Rendell.  Camp meets daily from 9:30-11:30am, August 24th-28th.  Tuition:  $114.00


For complete information about each of these camps and to register, please visit our website.


Early Bird Discount 2015

Make sure you register by April 15 to receive the discount rate.



The Irish Music & Dance Association of the Twin Cities offers educational grants to help students of any age to pursue an interest in the traditional arts of Ireland. Grants may be used for classes, fees, travel expenses, equipment purchases or other purpose which supports the applicant's learning.

The IMDA's goal is to help students who love Irish music or dance to continue their study, move to the next level of mastery and share their interests with others. They ask grant recipients to bring their new skills back to the community by performing at an IMDA event. They hope that recipients of IMDA Educational Grants will continue their study long into the future and, in so doing, enhance the cultural life of our community. The Irish Music and 
Dance Association considers the program an investment in the future.

Since its start in 2006, the program has made grants to musicians, dancers and students of the Irish (Gaelic) language. The recipients have used their grants for travel expenses, to help with the purchase an instrument, and for classes. The options are as broad as the ideas of the applicants.

For more information and to download a grant application, please visit the IMDA's website

Applications are due by April 27th, 2015
Thank you for making this 
St. Patrick's Day season so memorable!
We offer our sincere thanks to all of our performing musicians and booth volunteers who helped to make both the IMDA Day of Irish Dance and St. Patrick's Day Celebrations so memorable!  Thank you, also, to those of you who so heartily applauded our performances and who came by our booth to find out more about the CIM. We appreciate you!

Our Advanced Youth Ensemble performs on the main stage 
with instructor Brian Miller

CIM booth volunteers Jeanne and son Emiliano

Randy Gosa, AJ Srubas, Norah Rendell, & Brian Miller provide live music for the Rince na Chroi Dancers
836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104