Past Events 2019
Patsy O'Brien and Dick Hensold in Concert, June 23 TICKETS
An evening of traditional Celtic music with unique and innovative arrangements. Concert includes a variety of songs from Britain and Ireland accompanied by guitar, Northumbrian smallpipes and a variety of whistles. Music also includes traditional and historical tunes from Cape Breton Island, Scotland, Ireland, and Northumberland with a good measure of original music in the traditional style.
Join us for a monthly Scottish Ceilidh at the Celtic Junction Arts Center! Learn a variety of dances (don't worry, we'll teach you!) and hear music from featured local artists! We'll see you there!
MIM's Master Artist Concert, June 15 TICKETS
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Master Artists Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. Don't miss this rare chance to see the Friel Sisters, Pauline Conneely, Randal Bays, Christian Stevens, and Brian Miller perform together on one stage!
11th Annual Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 14-16
Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend 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.
Digitization Day, May 19
Have any old photos you’ve thought about adding to the McKiernan Library’s local history digital archive? We will have four scanners and volunteers available to help convert your (2-D) physical items to digital files.
Honeywine: featuring Dennis Curley, Dorian Chalmers, and Becky Schlegel, May 17 & 19 TICKETS
Pure, sweet trio singing with a real Americana sound. Join us for this unique, exciting show, and hopefully, your cheers and applause will make it onto the live recordings that we will be capturing!
Dan and Bonnie Milner, May 11 TICKETS
Dan and Bonnie Milner sing traditional Irish, Irish-American and maritime songs solo and in unaccompanied harmony.
Presented by The Traditional Singers Club and Celtic Junction Arts Center's Eoin McKiernan Library.
Piper Paddy Keenan in Concert, May 10 TICKETS
Founding member of the Bothy Band, Irish Music Awards 2010 'Top Uilleann Piper' and 2011 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner, Paddy Keenan has been compared to both Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane.
Irish Tenor Paul Byrom, May 5 TICKETS
Fans remember him as one of the original members of the world-renowned all-male singing group Celtic Thunder, which he joined in 2007. During his time with them, the group had six #1 World Billboard albums and appeared in several television specials on PBS stations throughout the country. Since leaving the group in 2010, he’s had a highly successful solo career, with his first post-Celtic Thunder recording “This is the Moment” also debuting at #1 on the World Billboard Chart, and his latest album "Thinking of Home" has also reached the top of the iTunes, Amazon and World Billboard Charts.
CJAC'S Children's Fair, May 5
A FREE open house for children and their families to see, hear, and play at Irish Dance, Music and Stories, with crafts, games, popcorn, and juice!
It's been ten years since we opened our doors and it's time for a hooley! We'll have light snacks, entertainment, a special appearance from the Consul General of Ireland, and plenty of good craic. We'll round out the night with Neil Gunn and Gunnslingers.
Margaret Mulligan is a Chicago based artist who paints using oil, watercolor, and pastels as her principal media. Margaret began drawing and painting while living in Italy. Recent works include Irish inspired series of representational paintings. In this series, Margaret hopes to share her love for the culture and lifestyle of her late father.
SuperCelt Dance & Art Ball, May 3 TICKETS
Never seen before in Minnesota and inspired by “Atelier des Lumières” in Paris. You’ll see art and dance mingling in an immersive art film experience: projected moving images of Celtic mythology and artwork accompanied by the folk/punk duo The Langer’s Ball and DJ Drew Miller.
King Arthur, Tales from Wales, April 25
Presented by well-known author and photographer Gareth Roberts of Wild Wales Tours & Walkabouts and the St. David's Society. Come enjoy some Welsh storytelling!
The Lost Forty CD Release Concert, April 13 TICKETS
Celebrate the release of The Lonesome Hours of Winter! “[The Lost Forty] makes old Minnesota folk songs feel relevant and alive. …Surely, the ghosts of Minnesota are listening to their songs, reimagined, with pride. …The Lonesome Hours of Winter is a fabulous album.”
–The Irish Echo
Dylan Foley in Concert, April 7 TICKETS
Dylan Foley, A 4-time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, Dylan was a student of the great Rose Flanagan (the original fiddler in Cherish the Ladies) and counts Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Mike McHale, and Monsignor Charlie Coen among his primary influences. He is a vibrant stylist whose playing has been called “impeccable and spirited.”
St. Patrick's Day Dance, March 17
Featuring the Twin Cities Ceili Band! Dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey.
Fun for the whole family!
Kickin' It Irish, March15,16,17 TICKETS
Celebrate Saint Paddy's Day in true Irish style with Kickin' It Irish! Featuring Dublin native and original Riverdancer Cormac O'Sé, Kickin' It Irish is a modern fusion of show-style Irish dance and live Irish music. The lineup consists of 22 world-class dancers, and a driving dance band.
Téada in Concert, March 10 TICKETS
One of Irish traditional music’s leading exponents, Téada is driven by a fascination for the timeless, expressive force of music inherited from previous generations of musicians. Irish Music Magazine describes the band as “at the cutting edge of the next generation of Irish musicians…with a fierce familiarity with the old ways.”
Téada is Oisín Mac Diarmada (fiddle), Séamus Begley (vocals, accordion), Paul Finn (accordion), Damien Stenson (flute), Seán Mc Elwain (guitar), Tristan Rosenstock (bodhrán). Special Guest: Samantha Harvey (dance, piano).
Come Dance With Me In Ireland is a musical and dramatic performance based on the life and works of William Butler Yeats. Join Celtic harper and storyteller Patrick Ball for an evening celebrating Ireland’s greatest poet.
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 23 TICKETS
The Center for Irish Music and emcee Máirtín de Cógáin invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends, and join us for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, an evening in support of traditional Irish music.
Eileen Ivers in Concert, Feb 9 TICKETS
Grammy awarded, Emmy nominated, original Musical Star of Riverdance, Nine Time All-Ireland Fiddle Champion, fiddler Eileen Ivers has established herself as the pre-eminent exponent of the Irish fiddle in the world today. Eileen Ivers plays with renowned musicians Buddy Connolly (accordion, whistles, keyboard), Matt Mancuso (guitar, trumpet, fiddle, vocals), Lindsey Horner (upright bass, baritone sax), and Dave Barckow (guitar, percussion, vocals).
Connla in Concert, Jan 13 TICKETS
Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry and considered the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News), Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene with classic Irish instrumentation – uilleann pipes, harp, flutes, whistles,bodhran and guitar – and potently alluring, intensely emotive vocals. Connla is Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).
Dakota Dave Hull & Liz Draper, Jan 12 TICKETS
Dakota Dave Hull with bassist Liz Draper play from their recently released CD, Another Cup. Dave is a towering figure in his field, considered a peer by the finest folk musicians this country has produced, including Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Utah Phillips, Paul Geremia, and Dave Van Ronk, who called him “one of the best guitarists in the world.” Opening set by Adam Kiesling.