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Concert Series and Events

Celtic Christmas Hooley, Dec 17

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

Celtic Christmas Hooley Matinee, Dec 18

 Traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa!

Yulefest IX, Dec 3

The musical event that feeds the hungry featuring Barra, The HiBs, The Eddies, and Patsy O'Brien.

Advanced Youth Ensemble in Concert, Dec 3

The Center for Irish Music presents a lineup of thirteen skilled musicians performing on fiddles, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar and singing! 

The 2nd Annual Midway Holiday Popup Shop, Nov 26, 10am-4pm

Come out to enjoy the music, holiday stories and more, all while you support our local small businesses, and fill your holiday list.

Bua in Concert, Nov 20

Bua is a quartet comprised of Brían Ó hAirt: vocals, concertina, sean-nós dance; Sean Gavin: flute, uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd: fiddle; Brian Miller: guitar, bouzouki, vocals.

IMDA Honors John McCormick, Nov 19

Irish Music and Dance Association is delighted to recognize the lifelong devotion and committment that this wonderful musician and teacher has made to Irish music and to the Twin Cities community.

Bollywood to the Max: Fashion Show, Nov 13

Bollywood Dance Scene's hottest fundraiser of the year! Watch 33 models take the ramp to display a collection of Indian and South Asian clothes by local designers and boutique owners.

Frankie Gavin in Concert, Nov 11

With Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.

Brass Lassie in Concert, Nov 5

BRASS LASSIE is a 10-piece ensemble performing extraordinary settings of Scottish, Irish and French music augmented by a 4-piece horn section, percussion and bass.

Mooncoin Ceili Dancers 40th Anniversary Party, Oct 22

Please join the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers to celebrate 40 years of performing Irish dance from the Midwest to Ireland!

Aislinn Gagliardi in Concert, Oct 21

Aislinn Gagliardi is an Irish harpist and composer based in Chicago.

Fundraiser for the new McKiernan Library, Oct 15

Celebrate the rich cultural legacy of our Celtic community as we preserve the past and forge the future. 

Scottish Cèilidh, Sept 23

Impromptu performances by the community, then Scottish cèilidh dancing with music by the wonderful Neil Gunn & The Gunn Slingers.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Sept 18

Irish Ceili Dance, Sept 17

Traditional Irish folk dancing with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Nearly halfway to Paddy’s Day: An evening with Boiled In Lead, Sept 16

BiL play as a semi-acoustic 4-piece with core members Todd Menton (vocals, guitar, bodhrán, whistle), Drew Miller (bass), and David Stenshoel (fiddle) joined by Michael Bissonnette (percussion).

"Copley Street" CD Release, Sept 11

Boston based Uilleann piper Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley are two of America’s great young trad musicians, who have been playing music together daily since 2013. Their debut duo album, Copley Street, featuring Owen Marshall on Greek bouzouki, has an undeniable chemistry and demonstrates a nuanced understanding of each the other's playing.

Irish Ceili Dance, August 20

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, July 31

Weekly Scottish Song Workshops, Sundays through July 10

Laura will be sharing sharing long-time favorite songs, plus Scots Gaelic songs learned more recently from Nova Scotian and Scottish sources.

Weekly Scottish Music Workshops, Sundays through July 10

Tunes and Tea! Laura MacKenzie will be sharing a diverse repertoire of Scottish Music from all regions, Notations provided. Open to all melody instruments.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, July 10

Scottish Music Workshop by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, July 8

Work with this amazing duo! The focus of the workshop will be learning tunes by ear, understanding and performing idiomatic bowing and ornamentation, hearing chord progressions, and creating rhythmic accompaniments.

Scottish Cèilidh, June 17

Come and enjoy a Scottish-style ceilidh featuring the Gunn Slingers.

MIM Master Artists Concert, June 11

Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. Featuring the 2016 visiting artists: Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, and Brendan Dolan who perform as The Pride of New York!

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 10-12

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 and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists.

Dakota Dave Hull: The Sacred and the Profane, June 4

A special concert to celebrate the release of Dave's two new CDs, "Heavenly Hope" and "This Earthly Life."  Opening set by Adam Kiesling.

Céilí hosted by Mooncoin Céilí Dancers, May 21

Come to the 40th Anniversary Celebration for Mooncoin Céilí Dancers! That old Mooncoiner himself, Mike Whalen, will call the dances, and the Twin Cities Céilí Band will play the tunes.

Angel Foundation Benefit with Irish band Legacy, May 15

All proceeds from this event benefit The Angel Foundation which provides emergency financial assistance, education, and support for adults with cancer and their families. 

Huntington's Disease Benefit Concert with Larry Long & Joe Savage, May 14

The evening benefits the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, started by Woody’s wife Marjorie in 1968.

Matthew Byrne in Concert, May 1

Traditional singer and song collector from St. John's, Newfoundland! Recipient of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year for his album, Hearts & Heroes. Matt is one of the leading presenters of the unique singing traditions of Newfoundland.

Katie McNally Trio Concert and Workshops, April 30

Cape Breton Fiddle & Celtic Accompaniment Workshops and evening concert.

Ghosts of 1916, April 24

 Presenting the ghosts of 1916 from both the Irish and British sides. Connolly, Clarke, Pearse, McDermott, Plunkett, and MacDonagh are joined by General Sir John Maxwell and the Grand Dame Britannia to provide multiple perspectives on arguably the most important event in modern Irish history.

Night of Remembrance, April 23

A celebration featuring the music of The Tim Malloys, beer to toast, food and general craic. Presented by the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling and the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

John Doyle in Concert, April 22nd

Immensely talented and blessed with an acute ear, a wicked sense of rhythm and seemingly endless stream of magic in his playing, composing, performing and producing, John Doyle is solidly establishing himself as one of the most versatile, creative and prolific voices in folk and traditional Irish music.

Saint Paul IAW Workshops and Céilí, April 16

Free, fascinating workshops and educational activities from Noon to 5:30pm. Topic details listed. Followed at 7pm by the Third Saturday Céilí with music by the Twin Cities Céilí Band.

Saint Paul IAW Reception, April 15

Celebrate the opening of the Irish Arts week. The Celtic Junction announces the Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library.

April Verch Band, April 8

April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions.

Folk Songs of Another America: Field Recordings of the Upper Midwest, April 1

A concert celebrating James Leary’s Grammy-nominated publication. Featuring: Kip Peltoniemi, Laura MacKenzie,  “Clawhammer” Mike Sawyer, Brian Miller, Diane Jarvi, Kari Tauring, Phil Nusbaum & Sherry Minnick, Sarah Larsson & Katherine Parent.

St. Patrick's Day Irish Ceili Dance, March 17

Traditional Irish folk dancing with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band.Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.

Highland Traditions Piping Concert, March 12

Presenting the finest in Highland Piping, Drumming, and Dancing.

The Alan Kelly Gang, March 4

Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish Music band from the west of Ireland and Scotland. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro!

Philippine Eagle Benefit, Feb 26

With the Brian Boru Pipe Band, Laura MacKenzie, Garrigan's Quarrel, Jode & Katy Dowling, Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson, John Dingley, and the O'Shea Irish Dancers. Includes a preview of the theatrical documentary "Bird of Prey", a silent auction, and a cash bar.

Skally Line CD Release Party, Feb 21

With Dakota Dave Hull and Pop Wagner. The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel.

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 20

An evening in celebration of the Center for Irish Music!

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Feb 14

A bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island playing Irish, Acadian, French & original numbers.

A Burns Night Ceilidh, Jan 29

Hosted by the Twin Cities Scottish Club, The Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games, and Minnesota Scottish Celtic Highland Dance Association.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Jan 24

A meeting of fiddlers interested in playing and learning tunes.

Hannah Flowers presents Harps of Éire, Jan 23

Harpist Hannah Flowers along with Mattie Ernst, Ann and Charlie Heymann, and David Ochs present Harps of Éire.

Irish Céilí Dance, Jan 16

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.

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante in Concert, Jan 16

Scottish folk music with members of the Battlefield Band!