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Keane Sense of Rhythm's Open House & Holiday Jam, Dec 21

Check out TCJ's newest residents! There will be holiday music, baked goods, an ugly sweater contest, jamming and more! Bring your shoes, ugliest sweater, and holiday cheer.

Celtic Christmas Hooley, Dec 19 & 20

Holiday fun for the whole family - traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids and--- SANTA! Come for the mulled wine & popcorn; stay for the cheer.

IMDA Christmas Ceili, Dec 13

Live music with the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Mike Whalen teaches and calls the dances.

Yulefest VII: a Charity Fundraiser, Dec 13

Featuring Barra, The Hi-Bs and The Eddies! Now in its seventh year, Yulefest passes on all proceeds to The Food Group (formerly The Emergency Foodshelf Network)! 

Boiled in Lead Acoustic Yule, Dec 12

Rocking acoustic Yule celebration of edgy dance tunes, border-busting ballads and other-wordly original songs. 

Christmas with O'Rourke's Feast, Dec 5

IMDA Honors Laura MacKenzie, Nov 22

Join the Irish Music and Dance Association in celebrating the lifelong community contributions of the Twin Cities' own Wind Powered musician.

Workshop: Fiddling, Celling, Violing and Singing, Nov 9 with Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards, Nov 9

An all-female string group brought together by the love of traditional American music and the myriad of ways it can be expressed in a chamber-folk setting.

Patsy O'Brien in Concert, Nov 1

Award-winning, NPR-featured songwriter Patsy O'Brien's writing reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, as well as showing off his critically acclaimed songwriting and guitar skills.

The Jacobite Harp with Ann & Charlie Heymann, Oct 25 and 26

Ann will perform on a replica of this Bunworth harp, and all music will be that which would have been heard and performed in Ireland during Bunworth’s life in the mid-18th century.

The Murphy Beds, Oct 11

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. 

The North Star Gaelic Singers, Oct 4

Presented by the Traditional Singers Club. A new trio created to perform unaccompanied singing of Scots Gaelic songs includes Laura MacKenzie, Katharine Grant, and Scott Bartell.

GNIPC 2014 Tionol Concert, Sept 27

The concert features three of the finest uilleann pipers living in the United States: Joey Abarta, Tom Klein, and Tommy Martin. Concertgoers will be treated to diverse styles, idioms, and sensibilities.

A Gaelic Harp Celebration, Sept 26

This event will feature local harpers Kassandra Cruit, Mattie Ernst and Hannah Flowers performing solo and with Ann & Charlie on repertoire that they have been learning from Ann during the year.

Musical Tribute in Memory of Lyle Lofgren, Sept 21, 2-6 pm

Returned to the moon, then to infinity and beyond. August 7th, 2014. Lyle came into this world singing, and that's the way he left it. This will be an afternoon in celebration of Lyle's life, the music he loved, and the songs he sang.

Claudia Schmidt with The Eighthead Band, Sept 20

Claudia will be joined by Dean MaGraw on guitar, Jim Anton on bass and Marc Anderson on percussion. Together they're Eighthead, creating a heady brew of musical influences and styles.

Matt Mancuso & Patsy O'Brien in Concert, Sept 6

New York fiddle master and ex Lord of The Dance lead fiddle player Matt Mancuso marks his visit to St Paul with a performance with Patsy O'Brien, performing selections form their critically acclaimed album "Road Work" and more.

CIM Open House &10th Anniversary Celebration, August 24

Irish Céilí Dance, August 16

See you at the Fair! August 8-10

Hosted by our resident partners, Irish Fair MN, on Harriet Island. That's where we'll be. See you there! 

O'Rourke's Feast CD Launch, July 25

 The band plays a wide variety of Irish traditional music, jigs and reels of course, plust slow airs, marches, set dances, hornpipes and polkas, as well as a number of original tunes by Paddy O'Brien and Sherry Ladig arranged with harmonies.

Irish Céilí Dance, July 19

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, July 13

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, June 29

Paddy O'Brien & Chulrua, June 28

Offaly-born button accordion icon and 2012 Gradam Ceoil Traditional Composer of the Year, Paddy O'Brien presents his trio Chulrua (Nathan Gurley on fiddle and Brian Miller on guitar) for an evening of traditional Irish music.

Irish Céilí Dance, June 21

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

Youth Acting Workshop, June 17-19

Julia Carey presents an acting workshop for young people.

Shakespearean Acting Workshop, June 17-19

Julia Carey is offering a Shakespeare workshop. The workshop will study: Text Analysis, Shakespeare as Director, and Shakespeare Monologues.

MIM Master Artists' Concert, June 14

The Master Concert is a signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. This year’s Master Concert will feature visiting artists Oisín Mac Diarmada, Catherine McEvoy, John McEvoy, John Blake, and Rita Gallagher.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 13-15

Presented by the CIM, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, and sessions.

CIM Youth Fundraiser Concert, May 31

The Center for Irish Music presents a fundraising concert to support the Travel Fund featuring the CIM Advanced Youth Ensemble and other talented young traditional musicians who traveled to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, May 18

Looking to learn some new tunes? Interested in adding to your repertoire of techniques? Do you seek performance options in addition to participating in sessions?  We are the Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers and we'd like you to join us for our meeting!

Irish Céilí Dance, May 17

Bring the whole family, see your friends, and let's have some fun! Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill in Concert, May 16

“The remarkable duo has honed a ravishing repertoire by distilling the melodic essence of traditional Irish tunes. Hayes and Cahill have distinguished themselves by bringing chamber music’s intensity and dynamic control to folk tunes.” 
Seattle Times

Norman Kennedy in Concert, May 10

Norman Kennedy is one of Scotland’s finest traditional singers with a unique repertoire of folk songs and ballads in both Scots and Gaelic.

Scots Gaelic SINGING Workshop, April 26

The workshop provides students with the experience of learning the musical purpose of each song.

Scots Gaelic Song & Pipe Music, April 25

Scotland´s Western Isles have preserved a wealth of traditional Scots Gaelic songs, as well as music for the pipes. This new duo combines these two ancient musical traditions, with forays into related music. 

The Gaelic Harp & Its Three Musics, April 18

This will be the fourth in a series of five free public seminar-performances featuring a thousand years of the harp tradition of Ireland and Scotland. 

OBI Unveiled: An evening of new music and old favorites, March 29

Balkan party band Orkestar Bez Ime (OBI) returns to Celtic Junction for a special premier of their new folk-inspired compositions amidst traditional audience favorites—an evening made possible by a grant from the American Composers Forum. Special guest: Eric Ray.

Saint Patrick's Day Dance, March 17

A ceili in the large studio, and a set dance in the middle! Good company, great craic, and genuine conversation.

Kickin' It Irish, March 14, 15, 16

Pop Wagner & Adam Granger: Happy Landings CD Release, March 2

Join Pop Wagner and Adam Granger as they celebrate the release of their new recording “Happy Landings” for a fun filled evening of music and repartee as only these two can provide.

Twin Cities Robert Emmet's Hurling Club Annual Fundraiser: Night of the Races, March 1

FullSet Workshops, February 27

The incredible musicians of FullSet are teaching fiddle, song, uilleann pipes, accordion (B/C), and bodhrán! Private lessons are available on Feb 28th as well. Check it out!

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, February 22

The Center for Irish Music and Jim Rogers, Honorary Event Chair and director of the Center for Irish Studies at the University of Saint Thomas invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event. 

Irish Céilí Dance, February 15

Bring the whole family, see your friends, and let's have some fun! Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Located in Inis Meáin.

Special Sweet Colleens Valentine’s Concert, February 15

The Twin Cities’ Sweet Colleens are bringing their genre-busting Celti-Cajun Folk-Pop sound to the Celtic Junction for a special Valentine’s weekend concert. 

Garnet Rogers in Concert, February 14

...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 

The Birds, the Bees & The Gaelic Harp, February 14

Being on Valentine’s Day, this program will focus on music of love and romance and delve into the harp's gender identity in mythology and lore.

Sacred Harp Winter Singing, February 8

 Join shape-note singers from around the U.S. for a celebration of Sacred Harp singing from the Cooper “blue book”.

Robert Burns' Night Ceilidh, January 25

The Minnesota Scottish Fair & Highland Games and the Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association invite you to join us in celebration of Scotland's favorite bard on January 25th. 

Norah Rendell in Concert, January 24

A wonderful night of rare and moving traditional songs, carefully handpicked from sources from Ireland and Canada.

Irish Céilí Dance, January 18

Beoga in Concert, January 17

"...madcap genius, master craftsmen. In Beoga, the Irish music world found another prodigy.” -Irish Music Magazine

Ann Heymann: Old Stories for a New Year, January 10

After two hundred years of silence, the famous harp of Ireland and Scotland is once again being heard and Minnesota is playing a key role in its revival.