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Wednesday, August 6
Todd Menton plays once again at the Dubliner Pub from 9pm - 12am.  Pub songs and lively tunes galore!

Friday - Sunday, August 7-9th
Head over to Harriet Island in St. Paul for a weekend full of festivities at the Irish Fair of Minnesota.  Please see the article, at right, for full details on where and when to find CIM ensembles and instructors performing during the weekend.

Tuesday, August 11th
Morga brings their upbeat Irish trad style to the Twin Cities for one night!   7:30pm at the Celtic Junction.

Saturday, August 15
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION DEADLINE:  If you are applying for financial aid for fall term at CIM, please get your application in by the end of the day on the 15th.  Click here for full details and to download an application.

The Celtic Junction hosts a monthly ceili from 7-10pm for the whole family!  Music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Tuesday, August 18th
Don't miss the Makem & Spain Brothers at the Celtic Junction at 7:30pm.

Sunday, August 23rd
Please join us for our annual open house!  2-5pm at our CIM studios at the Celtic Junction.  See article, at right, for more details.  

Saturday, August 29th
CIM instructors, Brian Miller & Norah Rendell play at the Dubliner pub with piper, Ryan Bhenke and bouzouki player, Buddy Ferrari.  9:00pm-midnight. 

Saturday, August 29th 
Uilleann piper Tommy Martin and guitarist and singer Patsy O'Brien combine their talents for a night of music at the Celtic Junction, 7:30pm.

Fall term begins on Tuesday, Sept. 8th

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.
Two CIM Students Traveling to Ireland for the 
Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann!!

Two students from the Center for Irish Music will be traveling to Sligo this week to compete 

Adrienne O'Shea  (13 yrs.) will be competing in Irish language song, English language song, tin whistle, and piano accompaniment. She has been a CIM student since she was very young and has studied with Dáithí, Cory, Norah and Brian.  

Moira Flagstad  (16 yrs.) will be competing on tin whistle She has been taking tin whistle lessons from Brian Miller for 9 years and and also studied fiddle with Jode and Nathan.

Adrienne and Moira will also compete in the duet category, with Adrienne on Irish flute and Moira on whistle.  They will both be attending the Scoil Eigse, which is a series of day-long intensive instrument-specific workshops with master artists in the days leading up to the competitions.

Performing their duet at the Midwest Fleadh, May 2015

Best of luck to each of you! We are so proud of you! Comhghairdeas!!!
**Watch for special Facebook updates and photos from Sligo from August 9th - 16th!


Private lessons with Mórga

Members of Mórga are available to teach private lessons between Sunday, August 9th-Wednesday August 10th
To set up a private lesson, contact Mórga directly at  Lessons would be on hour for $60, time & location to be set up between you and the band.

Danny Diamond - fiddle
David Munnelly - accordion
Dominic Keogh - flute
Jonas Fromseier - banjo & bouzouki

Don't forget to catch Mórga's show at the Celtic Junction on Tuesday, August 11th at 7:30pm!

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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.  

'Like' CIM on Facebook!
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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.

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CIM has a LinkedIn group and we encourage CIM members to contact each other via this social networking site.
Sunset at the Irish Fair of MN
Good morning friends!

The Irish Fair of Minnesota, our local FREE Irish festival is only 4 days away!! Join in the fun on Harriet Island from August 7-9 for performances, demonstrations and sessions.  See below for details on how to connect with CIM at Irish Fair.  

On Sunday, August 23rd, we hope ALL of you will join us from 2-5pm for our Annual Open House at the Celtic Junction.  Come play a tune, meet our instructors, attend a demonstration (all ages), see our space and sign up for Fall lessons & classes.

We are still looking for volunteers for the CIM booth at Irish Fair, particularly on Sunday afternoon. Please sign up for a couple of slots and thank you!! 

Registration is open for our Fall term!  You can register online now for group classes and ensembles. Private lessons can be set up directly through Chelsea at  If you have a prefered lesson time (or day) from a previous term, please register as soon as possible to reserve your spot.  August 20th is the deadline for returning students to reserve private lesson times.  Fall term starts Tuesday, September 8th.

If you have questions about programming, please contact me directly and I will try and point you in the right direction or pass you onto one of our wonderful instructors.  

Finally, I am very proud to tell you that CIM has two students traveling to Sligo, Ireland to compete in the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil next weekend, August 14-16.  Please join me in wishing Adrienne O'Shea and Moira Flagstad all the very best on their trip and competitions.  

Thanks for being a part of the CIM family!  See you at the Fair... 
--Norah Rendell,  CIM Executive Director

Moira & Brian fleadh
Moira Flagstad will compete in U18 whistle and U18 duet with Adrienne.
Adrienne piano fleadh
Adrienne O'Shea will compete in U15 whistle, Irish language song, English song, accompaniment and U18 duet with Moira.
FallClassesRegister NOW for Fall Term at CIM
CIM harp instructor, Chad McAnally
    CIM offers instrumental and singing classes for children, youth, and adults taught by world-class teachers - both privately
and in a group setting.  Fall term begins Tuesday, September 8th and is 17 weeks long. 
    You can register here for group classes.  For private lessons, please contact our administrative assistant,
Chelsea.  Many of our instructors  have full schedules, so we recommend reserving a lesson time as soon as possible.

For more information about classes and instructors, please join us at our open house on August 23rd.  More details in article, below.   


Children's Classes

Celtic Cuties, 2-4 yrs- Thursdays 9:15am
Singing Sweeties, 4-6 yrs - Thursdays 10:00am
Write a Tune!, 8-12 yrs - Wednesdays 7:15pm
Tin Whistle Troupe, 6-9 yrs - Tuesdays 4:45pm
Irish Gaelic Songs for Young Singers, 10-14 yrs - Tuesdays 6:15pm
Budding Bodhráns, 7-10 yrs - Thurs 4:45pm

Youth Ensembles

Beginning ensemble, 8-12 yrs - Mondays 4:30pm
Fiddle ensemble, 12-16 yrs - Wednesdays 5:00pm
Swallowtail ensemble, 9-13 yrs - Wednesdays 5:00pm
Corncrake ensemble, 9-13 yrs - Mondays 4:30pm
Starling Int-Adv. ensemble, 8-12 yrs - Thursdays 5:00pm
Advanced Youth Ensemble, 10-17 yrs - Thursdays 4:45pm
Linnet ensemble, 14-18 yrs - Mondays 7:00pm

Adult Classes & Ensembles

New Ensemble - Tuesdays 7:00pm
Young Adult Ensemble - Tuesdays 6:30pm
An Luan - Wednesdays 7:30pm
Open Sky Ensemble - Mondays 6:30pm
Irish Pub Songs - Tuesdays 7:30pm
Beginning Irish Language - Tuesdays 8:00pm
Learning Traditional Songs in English and Irish - Thursdays 7:00pm
Singing Irish Gaelic Songs - Thursdays 8:00pm
Accompaniment Seminar - Thursdays 7:00pm
Chords for Beginners - Thursdays 8:00pm

We hope to see you at 
the Irish Fair of Minnesota
August 7-9th 
on Beautiful Harriet Island in St. Paul!
IrishFairWhat could be better than spending three days on beautiful Harriet Island, enjoying the music, dance, culture, and foods of Ireland?   
We are delighted that CIM has a presence at
the Irish Fair of Minnesota each year and contributes to this very special weekend!  Visit our information booth to hear the latest about upcoming events, catch performances by many of our ensembles and instructors throughout the weekend, and swing by the Children's Tent for demonstrations for the wee ones.

**We need you!**  Each year we host a CIM information booth in the marketplace tent. Irish Fair booth 2010We humbly ask for your help in staffing these areas.  Whether you can fill one slot or several, please take a look at our sign-up list and volunteer as your schedule allows.  We appreciate any time that you can give!   


WOW!  You will be able to enjoy performances by CIM students and instructors over all three days of this fabulous event.  Here is the schedule of CIM ensemble performances.  For a detailed schedule of ensemble AND instructor performances, stop by our information booth at the fair.






4:30pm  - 5:30pm

Summer Performance Ensemble
&  Young Adult Ensemble

River Stage

- 6:30pm

Instrument demonstration by Summer Performance Ens. & Young Adult Ens.

Children's Tent







Summer Performance Ensemble
&  Young Adult Ensemble

Main Stage


Instrument demonstration by
Young Adult Ensemble

Children's Tent

- 5:00pm

Scot Rans & Ben Crowe

Tea Room







Open Sky Ensemble-
acoustic set after mass

Outside Hospitality Tent near Main Stage


An Luan


- 4:00pm

An Luan Ensemble

Tea Room

CIM Open House  
August 23rd from 2-5pm
Ryan Behnke gives an uilleann pipes demonstration at last year's
open house.
Please join us for our annual open house on Sunday, August 23rd.   We have planned group class and instrument demonstrations, an informal music session, and tours of our studio spaces.  We will provide drinks - please bring a baked item to share!  We encourage newcomers and returning students to join us.  Bring your questions about CIM and your instrument(s), and come meet our staff, instructors, and fellow CIM students.  

  WHAT:  CIM open house 
  WHEN:  Sunday, August 23rd, from 2-5pm
  WHERE:  The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior
                 Avenue North, St. Paul, MN


2:00pm            Snacks, session, tours of our CIM rooms
2:15-3pm         Class demonstrations every 15 minutes
3:00pm            Gathering in CJ Studio 2 - view photos
3:30-4:30pm    MORE Class demonstrations every 15 minutes

Session during last year's open house
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836 Prior Avenue North
St. Paul, MN  55104