Minnesota Irish Music Weekend

MIMFinal500June 13-15, 2014

Visiting Artists

Oisín Mac Diarmada - fiddle

Catherine McEvoy - flute, whistle

John McEvoy - fiddle

John Blake - guitar, piano, flute

Rita Gallagher - song

Presented by the CIM, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists.  

Each of the 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.   We are pleased to welcome all five of our visiting artists to MIM for the first time!

Broadening this MIM weekend’s program are six regionally-based artists who are well-known for their musicianship and teaching: Kate Dowling (whistle), Randy Gosa (banjo and mandolin), Tom Klein (uillean pipes), Brian Miller (bouzouki and accompaniment), Brían Ó hAirt (Irish language song, sean-nós dance and concertina) and Dáithí Sproule (interviews, song and lilting).   Workshops will offer opportunities to consider unique aspects of the music, such as “Up or down?  Pick direction on tenor banjo and mandolin,” and “A view from outside: Exploring your piping.” 


  • Children's Program for students age 7 to 11 (beginner to intermediate level)
  • Teen Program for students from ages 12-19 (intermediate to advanced level)
  • Adult Program offering a wide a variety of 80-minute workshops and lectures on fiddle, flute, whistle, piano, guitar accompaniment, traditional song, sean-nós dance, concertina and more.  

Register before June 1st for discounts

Public Events


The Great Session Experience - Friday, June 13th.  7-9pm at the Celtic Junction, free
This event will bring together the Twin Cities Irish music community with six simultaneous sessions, including one dedicated to song. This event is free and open to the public.  Wine, beer and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar. 


MIM Master Concert - Saturday, June 14th, 7:30pm at the Celtic Junction tickets
Featuring our five visiting artists from Ireland.  Don't miss the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend.  

Late Afternoon Concert and Demonstration - Traditional Gaelic Harp with Ann Heymann and apprentices - Saturday, June 14th, 4:45-5:30pm, free  

Minnesota plays a key role in the Gaelic harp revival. Sit back and listen to the cláirseach—Ireland's national symbol; traditional and historical music played by expert Ann Heymann and two Legacy Fund students: Mattie Ernst and Hannah Flowers.

Pre-concert Dinner* & Session - Saturday, June 14th, 5:30-7:30pm 

Tickets can be purchased for individual events and in packages, and registration is now open.  *Pre-orders for dinner are required as we will have the dinner catered.  Order dinner on the registration form.

This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.