Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

The Harvest Home, Sept 22

Begins 9am and wraps up at 10pm after the Trian concert. For full details and registration, please visit the Center for Irish Music website.

Featuring Trian

Join the members of Trian - Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule - for a day of Irish music workshops, interview, community lunch and a Saturday night concert. We welcome all instrumentalists, singers and music enthusiasts to join in this wonderful one-day celebration of traditional Irish music and culture!

Workshops

Fiddle, accordion, guitar, song, and repertoire workshops. All ages are welcome! 

Á la carte workshop cost:
$35/workshop when you register by August 31st
$40/workshop after August 31st

Interview with Liz Carroll by Dáithí Sproule, 2:30pm
$15 when you register by August 31st
$18 after August 31st

Saturday Night Concert - Trian, 7:30pm
Don't miss this opportunity to hear Trian in concert featuring compositions by Grammy-nominated fiddler, Liz Carroll, songs by Dáithí Sproule of award-winning band, Altan, and the virtuosic playing of Billy McComiskey.

$20 when you purchase your tickets by August 31st • $25 after August 31st
$10 youth tickets for ages 18 and under

Full-Day Package Deal & Current Student Discount

Come for the full day and save 10% before August 31st! The package deal includes your pick of 1 workshop or interview for each period (1, 2 & 3) plus the concert. Lunch is not included, but can be purchased with your registration. Students can also bring lunch along. When registering online, enter discount code HHpackage to your shopping cart at checkout to get the discount. This code is only valid until August 31st. 

Current student discount: CIM students who are currently registered for classes or have taken lessons or classes in the past two semesters are eligible for an additional 5% discount on Harvest Home workshops, interviews and concert when registering by midnight on August 31st. When registering online, enter the discount code Pumpkin to your shopping cart at checkout to get the 5% discount. This code is only valid until August 31st.

Liz Carroll

Liz Carroll is an award-winning Irish-American fiddler and composer. Born in Chicago to Irish parents, she began learning traditional tunes when she was five years old. In her teens, she competed at the Fleadh Cheoil, eventually earning prestigious title of senior All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, the second American to have ever completed this achievement at the time.

 Liz has toured as a solo artist and with the Greenfields of America, Trian, String Sisters, and as part of the duo Liz Carroll & John Doyle. She's featured on eleven albums and has appeared on many more. Liz is a recipient of the National Heritage Fellowship Award (1994), a lifetime honor presented to master folk and traditional artists by the National Endowment for the Art. In 2009, she became the first Irish-American musician nominated for a Grammy, and in 2011, she became the first American-born composer honored with the Cumadóir TG4, Ireland's most significant traditional music prize.

 Liz's newest album, String Sisters: Between Wind and Water (2018) features six of the world's best fiddlers and has been called an "album that’s as fascinating in its scope as it is exciting in its delivery" (FolkWords Reviews.)

Billy McComiskey

“Billy McComiskey is the finest and most influential B/C box player ever to emerge from the US. In that sense, Billy’s place within the transatlantic pantheon of Irish button accordionists is both high and secure, and Outside The Box will only strengthen that judgment.” – Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal / Irish Echo 

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Billy McComiskey grew up in a family steeped in traditional Irish heritage and music. He began playing button accordion at age six, inspired by his uncles’ playing and his mother’s love of the music. Billy won the All-Ireland Senior accordion title in 1986 and has recorded three albums with the Irish Tradition (a trio featuring Brendan Mulvihill and Andy O’Brien) and two with Trian, as well as two solo CDs for Green Linnet / Compass. 

Billy also composes in the Irish traditional idiom, and has had the honor to have several tunes accepted into the living tradition, including collection into Josephine Keegan’s new collection of Irish Traditional Tunes, A Drop in the Ocean. He won the Irish Echo’s Album of the Year for his 2008 Outside the Box and was their 2011 Traditional Artist of the Year. 

Billy teaches musicians all over the world, as well as in his home state, as a master through the Maryland Traditions apprenticeship program. He has been invited to share his outstanding talents at the White House, the Kennedy Center, and throughout the U.S., Ireland, and beyond. In 2016, Billy was named a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellow.

Dáithí Sproule

Dáithí Sproule is a native of Derry who has lived for many years in Minnesota. He is one of Irish music’s most respected guitar accompanists, and one of the first guitarists to develop DADGAD tuning for Irish music. Dáithí started out his career in the influential group, Skara Brae. He has performed and recorded with many great traditional Irish musicians, including James Kelly, Paddy O’Brien, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey, Tommy Peoples, Seamus and Manus McGuire, Randal Bays, James Keane, the Kane Sisters, and Dermy and Tara Diamond, and is a longtime member of the internationally renowned Irish band Altan. 

Dáithí’s original compositions have been recorded by Skara Brae, the Bothy Band, Altan, Trian, Liz Carroll, Aoife Clancy, Loreena McKennitt, the RTE Concert Orchestra, 10,000 Maniacs, and others. His song, “The Death of Queen Jane”, was featured in the 2013 Coen brothers film, “Inside Llewyn Davis”. He is known for his innovative arrangements of traditional songs, and in 1995 he released his first solo album, A Heart Made of Glass, with songs in English and Irish. In 2008 he released an instrumental guitar album “The Crow in the Sun”, featuring 13 original compositions. “Lost River, Vol. 1.” followed in 2011, 

In addition to performing and recording, Dáithí is a sought-after teacher at the Center for Irish Music (and all over the world) and lecturer in subjects ranging from guitar styles and song accompaniment to Irish traditional music, language, myth and literature.