Midwest Fleadh 2024
Chicago, Illinois- April 26-28

General Information

The Midwest Fleadh Cheoil (pronounced 'flah') is the main regional traditional Irish music competition, hosted annually by a Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch that is based in the Midwest. In 2024, the fleadh will be hosted by Murphy Roche at the Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook, Illinois on April 26-28th. 

Sign up for Fleadh Cheoil Midwest updates:  https://midwestfleadh.org/

This is a great opportunity to improve your skills & music through competition (including receiving comments from experienced judges/instructors in the field). Additionally, the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil is an amazing opportunity to connect to a larger community of Irish musicians. You will also experience the enjoyment and satisfaction of focusing on becoming a better musician. The Fleadh atmosphere is a great gathering of musicians - it's a fun and supportive environment. The goal is to have fun through meeting and hearing other talented young traditional musicians in the Midwest.

We hope you will join us this year!



Crowne Plaza Chicago-Northbrook

2875 North Milwaukee Avenue

Northbrook, Illinois 60062, USA


Rooms are $115 plus tax, which includes breakfast.

Important: Please only make reservations through this  Reservation Link  using the group code CFL

What to Wear

Group Competitions -  refer to the CIM Fleadh Ensemble Costume Guide.  Please contact Lily to order a Fleadh costume.

Solo, duets & trios - A nice outfit that you are comfortable in, (like your CIM shirt). You will notice that the competitions are quite casual, and some competitors wear very casual clothes.

The Competitions - Information

CIM supports students preparing for solo, duet and trio competitions at the fleadh. Private weekly lessons are necessary if you would like to compete.  It takes instructors' time and expertise to come up with repertoire, variations etc.  Please respect instructors' time if you need extra time from them (you might want to book a few extra lessons, for example) and don't hesitate to contact admin@centerforirishmusic.org to help with booking these. 

Choose your tunes and songs early, making sure they are memorized with variations at least a month ahead of time.  Practice rigorously so that you can relax and enjoy yourself at the competition!  Attend CIM's Practice Fleadh to get your competition jitters out!

All competitions are open to the public. Family members are encouraged to listen to competitions on Friday and Saturday, whether you know someone who is competing or not. Spectators (family members and guests 10 years and older) must purchase a Spectator’s Wristband which is $10 in advance and $12 at the door. This admits you to all competitions including the Band competitions on Saturday night.  

All families, instructors and students should plan to attend the Saturday night group competitions (Ceili Band and Grúpa Ceoil). It’s like a concert with a great lively atmosphere – the best part of the weekend.  Don't miss it, and wear your CIM t-shirts (available from the office for $15).

CIM Open Mic Night: Duos, Trios & Groups - Friday, April 5, 7:00pm

All Duo and Trio groups entering fleadh competitions are encouraged to sign up for a slot at CIM's Open Mic Night: Duos & Trios only! This will be a fun way to share your hard work with a supportive audience, and get a chance to hear your peers before the fleadh. Sign up here: Duos and Trios Night

Practice Fleadh - Saturday, April 6, 2-5pm

Sign up here for this free opportunity to try your tunes out for CIM instructors (20-minute slots).

U18 and Senior competitors should sign up one slot per competition you are entering. U15 and U12 can sign up for one slot per competition or one slot per 2 competitions since there are less tunes to get through in the allotted time.

Please plan to arrive 15 minutes before your assigned time so you can have your instrument out, tuned, and be ready to play.


  • Go to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil page on the Midwest Fleadh page. Registration is open, please register ASAP.
    • A late fee of $50 will be applied after April 5th. Entries close on April 12th. 
  • It is $15 per solo competition, $10 per duet/trio competitor. 
  • Check the box for the $25 non-CCÉ members fee. CIM students are not CCÉ members as CIM is not a Comhaltas branch. 
  • You MUST register ONLINE for ALL solo/duet/trio competitions in one instance. 
    • A $20 dollar registration fee will be charged per family so please complete all your family’s entries in one instance. If you break your family's entries into two (or more) instances, you will be charged for Registration fees every time.
    • Incomplete (unpaid) entries are not registered. If you are unable to complete the entry process fully in one session, please re-start the process from the beginning.
  • CIM will register and cover the cost of the groups (Grupa Cheoil and Ceili Bands).

Qualifying for Ireland

Musicians who place first or second in the Midwest competitions qualify to compete in Ireland at the All-Ireland Fleadh. The All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil / Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann will be in Wexford, Co. Wexford from August 4-11, 2024. More information is on the fleadhcheoil.ie website.

For several years, many CIM students have decided to make the trip to Ireland with their families, and in 2017-2019, 2022 and 2023, groups from the CIM competed in Ireland. Depending on the year, CIM has sent an instructor to the All-Ireland to support competitors, but not to chaperone.  All of these families are available to share information about any aspect of the trip to Ireland with you! Contact Norah Rendell at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.org for more information.