Minnesota Irish Music Weekend

Opening Reception · Master Artists Concert · Great Session Experience · Workshops

June 11-14, 2020MIM Logo 

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, presented by the Center for Irish Music, is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert.

Each of our visiting artists is recognized for their musical mastery, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music.

Stay tuned for announcements about our lineup for June 2020!

2019 Visiting Master Artists

  • The Friel Sisters
    • Sheila Friel - uilleann pipes, song
    • Clare Friel - fiddle, song
    • Anna Friel - flute, song
  • Pauline Conneely - banjo
  • Randal Bays - fiddle
  • Christian "Junior" Stevens - concertina, accordion
  • Brian Miller - guitar, bouzouki

2019 Local Teaching Artists

  • Dáithí Sproule - host for conversations with Friel Sisters and Randal Bays, song workshop (Saturday)
  • Mary Vanorny (fiddle) - Irish Trad Immersion Camp (Friday)
  • Seán Gavin (flute) - Irish Trad Immersion Camp (Friday), and adult flute workshops (Saturday)
  • Danielle Enblom (dance) - music-focussed percussive dance workshops for adults (Saturday)

Programs & Workshops


The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is three days full of incredible music and fun activities.  We need volunteers like you to make it a success!  Registration, concert set-up, food set-up, and general clean-up…..even just an hour of your time can make a big difference. Volunteer for two or more hours, and you'll get drink tickets that can be used at any of our public events over the weekend! 

Click here to sign up.

Contact volunteer@centerforirishmusic.org with questions.

*All 2019 events are taking place at our host building, the Celtic Junction Arts Center at 836 Prior Avenue N. St. Paul MN 55104, with the exception of the Thursday evening Welcoming Reception which will be across the street at 755 Prior Avenue N., directly under the green water tower, south of Blackstack Brewery.

Thank You to the 2019 event sponsors:

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