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Concert Series and Events

Expats Christmas Gathering, December 29

Expatriots of all nationalities and their American spouses, partners and friends are invited for an evening of drinking, dancing and merriment to celebrate the season.

Old Time Pals in Concert, December 28

Bob Douglas, Adam Granger and Pop Wagner in concert.

The Celtic Junction Christmas Céilí, December 15

Boiled in Lead Acoustic Yule Party, December 14

This show will be a "Yule Party" - a holiday event with special guests, including a traditional mummers mystery play and 'The Short Swords', a rapper sword dance team.

Celtic Open Mic Night, December 8

Contra Dance, December 1

RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 16th Annual Fàilte Ball, December 1

Sweet Colleens CD Release Concert, November 30

“These guys take you on a wild, high–energy trip from Belfast, to Kentucky, to Louisiana, to Nova Scotia, to Kingston and back home again all in one set. My legs are tired just thinking about it.” - Mike Pengra

The IMDA Honors Kieran Folliard, November 24

Come join the Irish Music and Dance Association in honoring the many contributions of Kieran Folliard to our community - as a promoter of Irish music and dance, pub host, entrepreneur, and community leader.

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, November 17

Piper Paddy Keenan in Concert, November 16

Irish Music Awards 2010 'Top Uilleann Piper' and 2011 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner, Paddy Keenan performs in concert with guitarist Eugene Durkee.

Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Dáithí Sproule in Concert, November 4

Workshops with Maighread and Dáithí, November 3

By the Traditional Singers Club.

Larry Nugent & Patsy O'Brien in Concert, November 3

Laurence will be delving deep into his repertoire for a night of tunes and songs that have established him as one of Ireland's finest exports of traditional Irish flute playing.

Irish Set Dance, October 27

Kevin Burke in Concert, October 20

"Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be - probably the greatest Irish fiddler living." - The Village Voice

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, October 19

Máirtín de Cógáin Project: From Cork with Love, October 14

“From Cork with Love”, brought to you with as much attention as only an exile can give. An evening full to the brim with songs of love, romance, heartache and dreams, with a few stories and mighty tunes thrown in between.

Contra Dance, October 6

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance. Live music with Danebodium! 

Voices United for Separation of Church and State, September 30

A family-friendly benefit event featuring folk, blues & gospel music by Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, Mother Banjo Band, Baby Grant Johnson and more! 

The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer, September 23

A one-woman show written and performed by Máire Clerkin and directed by Dan O'Connor. 

Norman Kennedy in Concert, September 22

Presented by The Traditional Singers Club

The National Endowment for the Arts has called Norman Kennedy "a master traditional artist who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions." 

Monthly Céilí Dance, September 15

Irish Set Dance, September 8

Contra Dance, September 1

Monthly Céilí Dance, August 18

Irish Fair Minnesota, August 10-12 at Harriet Island in Saint Paul

Contra Dance, August 4

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance.

Celtic Open Mic, July 28

Monthly Céilí Dance, July 21

Billy McLaughlin & Mithril in Concert, July 20

Irish Set Dance, July 14

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches with singer Chris Wright, June 30

MIM Artist Concert, June 16

Harry Bradley (flute, uilleann pipes), Felix Dolan (piano), Jesse Smith (fiddle), Devin Shepherd (fiddle) and Eileen Gannon (Irish harp). Concert is part of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend event.

Monthly Family Céilí Dance, June 15

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 14-17

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend 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 and lectures.

Country Western Concert & Dance with the Cactus Blossoms & Pop Wagner, June 2

Irish Set Dance, June 1

Sean Nos & Old Style Irish Dance Workshop, May 12

Two afternoon workshops with Danielle Enblom: Basics of Sean-Nós and Clare style steps.

Fundraiser for Orkestar Bez Ime: An Evening of Balkan Music & Dance, May 12

 The 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians winners, Orkestar Bez Ime, are using their cash prize to travel to Serbia this summer.

Adam Kiesling Old-Time CD Release Party, May 6

Adam Kiesling's latest release 'Unclouded Day'! Musical guests include Meghan Dudle, Colin Harris, Eric Lind, Gary Powell and Dakota Dave Hull.

Celtic Open Mic, May 5

Workshops with Len Graham and Brían Ó hAirt, April 30

Learn more about the Ulster Ballad Tradition with Len Graham or learn the Connemara style of sean-nós dancing with Brían Ó hAirt.

Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt: Songs from the Ulster and Connemara Traditions, April 29

Celtic Players present Scenes from a Celtic Album, April 27-28

A compilation of stories, poems and dramatic scenes from Shakespeare, Liam O'Flaherty, Brian Friel, Tennyson, Billy Collins and others.

The Outside Track in Concert, April 21

'Group of the Year' at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards! 

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, April 20

RSCDS Grand Ball, April 14

The Twin Cities branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will be holding their 36th annual Grand Ball with a Roaring Twenties theme.

Irish Set Dance, April 13

Macalester Pipe Band in Concert, March 31

The concert will feature the Grade 5 pipe band and Grade 3 pipe band, and Highland Dancers.

Belfast or Bust! Fundraising Ceili, March 24

Let's send two O'Shea dancers to the World Irish Dance Competition in Belfast!

Saint Patrick's Day Irish Dance, March 17

Studios of North Celtic Junction Open House, March 11

1-5pm. Brian Barnes, Laura MacKenzie, Gary Rue and Pop Wagner invite you to a studio open house. 

Art Opening: Works in Mohair by Pop Wagner, March 11

The woven fiber cinches Pop Wagner designs and makes have their lineage in the tradition of Navajo cinch makers. 

Irish Set Dance, March 10

Fitz Night, March 4

The second annual gathering to honor and remember the one and only Tim "Fitz" Fitzgerald. Bring your stories.

Night at the Races, March 3

It's time to place your bets! TCRE welcomes you to join us for an evening of food and fun at this annual tradition. 

The Fretless in Concert, March 1

The Fretless fuses the worlds of folk and chamber music in a wild amalgam they like to call Rad Trad.

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, February 25

The Center for Irish Music and Kieran Folliard, Honorary Event Chair and local founder of 2 Gingers Whiskey, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends, and join us!

Scottish Ramble Ceilidh, February 18

  Dance music by the Gunn Slingers.

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, February 17

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band!

HiBs in Concert, February 11

Bring your sweetie(s) or just your sweet-self for a romantic pre-Valentine concert with the HiBs.

Solo Bagpipe Competition, February 11

If you can't get enough bagpipes, come cheer on the competitors at the solo bagpipe competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota Bagpipe and Drum Society.

Garnet Rogers in Concert, February 10

...a master musical storyteller, often dealing in songs of the heart, Rogers digs an emotional well and invites the listener in for a long, refreshing drink. - Dirty Linen

Irish Set Dance, February 4

Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well!

Bua in Concert, February 3

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Brían Ó hAirt: vocals, concertina, sean-nós dance; Sean Gavin: flute, uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd: fiddle; Brian Miller: guitar, bouzouki, vocals.

Celtic Open Mic Night, January 28

Celtic Open Mic sponsored by the IMDA and the GNIPC. Bring out your stories, songs, jokes, bands, and instruments!

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, January 20

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band!

A Scottish Music Workshop, January 14-15

Focusing on Scottish dance music for musicians of all levels. All interested musicians encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity. Instructors: Hanneke Cassel (fiddle) and Dave Wiesler (piano)

Bach and Jazz, January 14

What do Bach and jazz have in common? Lots. Come hear some of Bach’s music as well as some jazz inspired by him and some of Bach’s music… jazzed. 

Presented by the Bach Society of Minnesota.

Hanneke Cassel and Dave Wiesler in Concert, January 13

This duo brings rhythmic and innovative piano and award winning Scottish and Cape Breton style fiddle to the CJ stage. 
Presented by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society

Two Tap Trio in Concert, January 7

High energy traditional Irish music with a trio of outstanding musicians: Brian Miller, Nathan Gourley, and Norah Rendell.