2024 Concerts & Public Events

These events are open to anyone who would like to experience the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, whether or not they are registered in workshops or youth programs. Parents, partners, friends, fans, music-lovers are all welcome!

Kick-off Event

Thursday, June 6th, 7:00-10:00pm

LOCATION: Urban Growler, Barrel Room

COST: $15 adults (includes a drink ticket) | Youth 18 & under are free.

Join us at Urban Growler at 7pm for an intimate performance from this year's visiting master artists. Then, enjoy a complimentary drink and snacks while we introduce the 2024 Fitz Scholarship recipients and introduce this year’s Master Artists. We'll wrap up the evening with a traditional session, so bring your instruments if you would like to join in!

Great Session Experience

Friday, June 7th from 7:00-9:00pm

LOCATION: Celtic Junction Arts Center

COST: FREE!

The 2024 Great Session Experience will bring together the Twin Cities Irish music community for many simultaneous in-person sessions around the Celtic Junction Arts Center. Musicians and non-musicians alike are invited to join in the fun. There will be a cash bar and much merriment!

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Master Artists Concert

Saturday, June 8th, 7:30pm

LOCATION: Celtic Junction Arts Center

COST:
Adults $25 advance / $30 at the door | Youth 18 & under are FREE

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 our visiting master artists performing together on one stage!

Joey Abarta in Concert

Sunday, June 9th, 6:00pm

LOCATION: Scanlan Music Hall at the Center for Irish Music

COST: $20 advance / $25 at the door

Don't miss this cd-launch concert of uilleann piper Joey Abarta's second solo album, King of the Blind to close out the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. This acoustic concert will be presented in the Scanlan Music Hall and open to the first 50 people who purchase tickets.

Joey Abarta is an award-winning uilleann piper who has spent more than half his life traveling, teaching, and performing. Originally from California, he first received instruction on the pipes from Dubliner Pat D’Arcy, a founding member of the Southern California Uilleann Pipers Club. He went on to receive 2nd place at the All Ireland Fleadh in piping in 2009, and first prize at the An tOireachtas, becoming the the first American uilleann piper to do so since 1969. Joey is an active contributor to his local Boston scene and was the 2015 recipient of the Artist Fellowship in the Traditional Arts from the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

"Every piece on King of the Blind has a charm and beauty of its own, whether it’s the eerie title air or the rollicking set of reels which ends this album." - Alex Monaghan, Irish Music Magazine