Irish Music Resources


Part of our mission of "handing down the tradition" is to provide access to the music for anyone who is interested.  This section of our website is designed with learners in mind.  Take a look at the following free resources on our website:

  • Common Repertoires - Two curated collections of tunes that many musicians in St. Paul & Minneapolis play at sessions.  In 2010 and 2013, most of our students learned this material.  The resource includes recordings (slow & fast), and sheet music in pdf format.  We are creating a new common repertoire for release in 2018! 
  • Local Sessions - A session is what we traditional musicians call something that outsiders might call an Irish "jam session". At a session, the musicians are playing in tunes in unison, often in groups of three, in medleys.  For example, three reels, three jigs or three polkas in a row.  We are fortunate to have lots of sessions in the Twin Cities.
  • Rental Instruments - Did you know that CIM rents out Irish music instruments?  We only rent them out to students, so sign up for a few lessons!!
  • IMDA Tune of the Month - For many years, Amy Shaw wrote a "tune of the month" column for the Irish Music and Dance Association's newsletter.  Some of these tunes are on this page on our site.  

Feel free to contact the Center for Irish Music with any Irish music questions.  We will try and answer them ourselves, or hand over your inquiry to one of our experienced instructors.