Upcoming Classes & Events


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Uilleann Pipes Workshop with Colm Broderick

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
Colm is a multiple All-Ireland champion piper and was selected by Na Píobairí Uilleann as the inheritor of Liam Ó Floinn’s pipes, on Liam’s death in 2018. Having recently been awarded the Gold medal at the Seán O’Riada Bonn Oir competition in Baile Mhuirne, Co. Cork, Colm was invited to a private reception in Áras an Uachtaráin hosted by the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins. While here Colm performed a private concert for the president.


MIM Kickoff Celebration

Urban Growler Brewing (Barrel Room) 2325 Endicott St, St. Paul, MN
Gather at 7pm to enjoy live music from the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend visiting artists. At 7:45pm, there will be a brief program including an introduction of the 2022 MIM visiting artists, the Fitz Scholarship recipients, and an unveiling of the Center for Irish Music's big plans to expand our space at the Celtic Junction. A session will follow the program. Bring your instruments!


Great Session Experience

Celtic Junction Arts Center 836 Prior Ave N, St Paul, MN
The Great Session Experience brings together the Twin Cities Irish music community with multiple sessions happening simultaneously at the Celtic Junction Arts Center. Our goal is to fill every corner of the Celtic Junction with Irish traditional music. Bring your instrument, your musical pals and family members, and join in a session or start one of your own! You may even want to simply relax and enjoy listening to the music over a drink with a friend. Non-musicians are most welcome.


MIM Master Artists Concert

Celtic Junction Arts Center Outdoor Stage 836 Prior Avenue North, St. Paul
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Master Artists Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. Don't miss this rare chance to see Kathleen Conneely (whistle), Seán Clohessy (fiddle), and John Coyne (bouzouki/song) play from their recently released album “All Jokes Aside”. “Their music is simply top shelf and if you’re a traditional music lover it’s one you’ll absolutely have to have to hear for yourself.” says the Irish Echo. In addition, visiting artists Ivan Goff (Danú) on uilleann pipes and flute, award-winning singer and fiddle player Eimear Arkins (Clare), accordion and banjo player Natasha Sheehy (Limerick), and multi-instrumentalist Sky Kelsey (Alaska) will perform together on one stage at the Celtic Junction Arts Center’s Outdoor Stage!


Open Sky Adult Ensemble

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
Open Sky Ensemble celebrates its 10th anniversary in 2022! We have a great variety of instruments right now but are always happy to add more. If you know many tunes and have a fair amount of CIM instruction under your belt, come join this fun Monday evening adult ensemble!


Learning to Play Together – CANCELLED

Online Event
If you are a student who has learned a few tunes, but still feel like you are in over your head when playing with a group, this is the class for you!

You don’t have to be able to play “at speed” or perfectly, the class will accommodate the participants’ skill levels as they progress to the inherent joys of playing music with other people. While our lessons are being conducted online, we will focus on playing with an accompanist or following another melody player. Melody instruments only.


Combined Intermediate Ensemble (Redwing & Osprey)

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
Directed by Mary Vanorny and Hannah Flowers, students will learn tunes and arrange them in sets to perform together as a group. This class has a strong focus on building ensemble skills including playing fluently, adding variations, listening to each other, maintaining excellent rhythm, using simple harmonies, preparing for performance, increasing knowledge of traditional Irish music, and having fun with each other and the music!