Minnesota Irish Music Weekend

June 13-16, 2019MIM Logo 

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, presented by the Center for Irish Music, is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert.

Each of our 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.

All MIM events, with the exception of the Opening Reception will be taking place at the Celtic Junction Arts Center at 836 Prior Avenue North.

2019 Visiting Master Artists

  • The Friel Sisters
    • Sheila Friel - uilleann pipes, song
    • Clare Friel - fiddle, song
    • Anna Friel - flute, song
  • Pauline Conneely - banjo
  • Randal Bays - fiddle
  • Christian "Junior" Stevens - concertina, accordion
  • Brian Miller - guitar, bouzouki

Local Teaching Artists

  • Dáithí Sproule - host for conversations with Friel Sisters and Randal Bays, song workshop (Saturday)
  • Mary Vanorny (fiddle) - Irish Trad Immersion Camp (Friday)
  • Seán Gavin (flute) - Irish Trad Immersion Camp (Friday), and adult flute workshops (Saturday)
  • Danielle Enblom (dance) - music-focussed percussive dance workshops for adults (Saturday)

Programs & Workshops

Concert & Public Events*

  • June 13 - Opening Reception & Friel Sisters Interview - 7:00pm-9:00pm, at 755 Prior Avenue
  • June 14 - Great Session Experience - 7:00pm, FREE and open to public, cash bar, bring your instruments and friends!
  • June 15
    • MIM Master Artists Concert - 7:30pm, don't miss this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to hear this concert.
    • 4:45pm-5:30pm - Teen Trad Showcase hosted by Victoria Pierce & Adrienne O'Shea
    • 5:30pm-7:00pm - Pre-concert dinner & session


The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is three days full of incredible music and fun activities.  We need volunteers like you to make it a success!  Registration, concert set-up, food set-up, and general clean-up…..even just an hour of your time can make a big difference.  Please consider sharing your talents with the CIM community by sending an e-mail to volunteer@centerforirishmusic.org with your name, phone number, e-mail, available day/time and any specific areas of interest.  You can also submit an on-line volunteer form here.  All ages are welcome!

*All 2019 events are taking place at our host building, the Celtic Junction Arts Center at 836 Prior Avenue N. St. Paul MN 55104, with the exception of the Thursday evening Welcoming Reception which will be across the street at 755 Prior Avenue N., directly under the green water tower, south of Blackstack Brewery.

Thank You to the 2019 event sponsors:

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