Upcoming Classes & Events


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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!


Uisce Gorm Adult Ensemble

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
Experience the enjoyment and challenge of playing music with others in a mixed instrument ensemble! Together, the group works on new and old repertoire, with Dáithí Sproule, a world-class instructor and performing musician, as mentor.


Wren Intermediate Ensemble

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
This ensemble is for learning to play together with fellow musicians, challenging one another to learn new tunes and belt them out with great rhythm and style. This ensemble will meet in person and will focus on playing together with other accompaniment and melody players. As a group, the Wren Intermediate Ensemble is non-competitive. Taught by flute player and guitarist Iain Dove McAfee.


Introduction to Tin Whistle for Kids

The Center for Irish Music 836 Prior Avenue North, Ste. 400, St. Paul
Join Iain Dove McAfee this summer for a continuation of Norah's beginning tin whistle class! The tin whistle is a rewarding Irish instrument and a great fit for young musicians with small hands. We will help your child learn to play jigs, marches and polkas! Parental support of a regular practice routine is expected.


Irish Myths & Legends

Online Event MN
We are lucky enough to have an abundance of old stories preserved in manuscripts dealing with Otherworld creatures and legendary kings, queens and heroes. In this class Dáithí and students will be reading translations of the old myths and legends — these always give rise to fascinating and entertaining conversations, often with lessons for the present. This class will be dealing with stories not covered in previous sessions.