Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 14-17
For schedule and registration, visit the Center for Irish Music. Early-bird registration discounts are available online before June 1st.
The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend (MIM) is a unique festival presented by the Center for Irish Music that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with youth and adult learners for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a dance and a concert.
Featured artists include Belfast-born flutist Harry Bradley, recognized as one of the most distinctive flute players in Ireland in what will be his premiere performance in the U.S.; and Felix Dolan, inducted into the prestigious Irish Music Comhaltas Hall of Fame in 1997 and described as the best ceili band keyboard player ever. Bradley and Dolan are two of five master artists who will participate in the three-day festival, which will include a Saturday evening public concert featuring all five master musicians, and weekend workshops in flute, fiddle, Irish harp, piano and uilleann pipes for youth and adults; and lectures on Irish music history. Workshops begin at 9:30 am daily and range in price from $15 to $30. All events are held at The Celtic Junction.
MIM’s assembly of master Irish music instructors includes the best talent from both the United States and Ireland. In addition to Bradley and Dolan, the weekend will feature award-winning fiddler Jesse Smith who has toured and recorded with the great Irish band Danú; and Chicago-based fiddler Devin Shepherd, a member of Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” Bua. They will also be joined by harpist Eileen Gannon, a teacher and award-winning performer who was named All-Ireland Senior Harp Champion in 2000, the first mid-westerner to achieve the title.
The weekend will also feature some interesting events for Irish music aficionados such as a lecture on the music of the famous Sligo fiddler, Michael Coleman who emigrated to New York in 1914 eventually making over 80 of the most influential recordings of Irish traditional music of the century. You won't want to miss a fascinating interview by local musician and scholar, Dáithí Sproule, of New York pianist, Felix Dolan on the history of the Irish music scene in New York. Felix Dolan recorded a tribute album to Michael Coleman with Andy McGann and Joe Burke and will have many interesting stories to tell about famous Irish American musicians from that area.
Visit the Center for Irish Music for details about the Beginner Program for children ages 7-12, Intermediate and Advanced Youth Program 12-21 yrs, and the Adult Program – Workshops, Lectures & Private Lessons.
This activity is funded, in part, by the Minnesota State Arts Board through the arts and cultural heritage fund as appropriated by the Minnesota State Legislature with money from the Legacy Amendment vote of the people of Minnesota on November 4, 2008.