Martin McHugh, an accordionist who kept Irish traditional music alive in Minnesota after a previous generation of players disappeared and, over the decades of music-making that followed, inspired an extraordinary revival with his soulful renditions of jigs, reels and other tunes, died this past week at his home in St. Paul. He was 92. McHugh emigrated from rural Ireland in the 1940s, joining a community of traditional musicians already playing for immigrant crowds in St. Paul’s pubs and dance halls. Over the following two decades, however, older Irish players died, moved away, or indulged other pursuits.
Claire Vanorny and Ryan Behnke bring home silver medals from the All Ireland Fleadh By Brian Miller, CIM instructor and director of the u18 céilí band This August, eighteen Center...
A gathering place for nearly two decades of music sessions and craic, Keegan’s Irish Pub on University Avenue was one of the first restaurant casualties of the pandemic, closing its doors in June 2020. Fortunately, the dedicated crew of traditional Irish music lovers and Center for Irish Music students who met there every Sunday afternoon at 4 p.m. for the Keegan’s Learners Session has hardly missed a beat.
Saint Paul, MN – Over its 16 years of “handing down the tradition,” the Center for Irish Music continues to support the next generation of artistic leaders in the community through its...
It was the All-Ireland competitions that prompted us to go to the Fleadh Cheoil in the first place. After returning from Ireland for each of the past two years, many people would often ask us, “How was Ireland? How did your kids do?” Meaning, did they win? As you probably know, despite lots of Center for Irish Music success at the regional competition (the Midwest Fleadh), very few of our young musicians received any formal recognition in the form of a trophy or a medal from the All-Ireland competitions.
Overheard in a pub somewhere in Drogheda: “Where are the kids from? They’re fantastic!” “Minnesota in the States.” “…” “It’s in the middle at the top-on the border with Canada.”...
Since 2010, instructors at the Center for Irish Music have come together to select a common repertoire-a set list of beginning, intermediate and advanced tunes that become a shared language for...
From the Center for Irish Music 2015-16 Annual Report A lucky few of the four dozen CIM students and parents who set out on a charter bus to the Midwest...
From tiny Tin Whistle Troupes, to traditional Irish music sessions around the Twin Cities, the Center for Irish Music kindles a love for learning in players of every age. With...
BEMIDJI NATIVE BRIAN MILLER UNEARTHS THE ROOTS CONNECTING MINNESOTA’S TIMBER HISTORY TO THE IRISH MUSIC TRADITION The Lost 40, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa, revive and perform the Irish-influenced songs...