Irish Arts Week April 16 - May 1

Irish Arts Week 2021
Artwork by Carrie Finnigan

Welcome to the Fifth Year of Irish Arts Week!

Local artist, Carrie Finnigan reimagines Lugh Lámhfhada (Lugh of the Long Arm), the pan-European Celtic sun god, as the guiding symbol for our Irish Arts Week. Master of all arts, his "long arm" was the dawn reaching across a horizon. Like Lugh, we reach out our arm to strengthen the international links between the Global Irish family during this pandemic time. 

Our crowded schedule of "craic, ceol, agus cainte" (fun, music, and talk) illuminates a sunburst of Celtic activity in 2021. Highlights include celebrating the friendship between Irish and Indigenous cultures in the Kindred Spirits program created with Celtic Junction Arts Center and Aonach Mhacha in Armagh; and, The Center for Irish Music linking with the Traditional Arts Partnership in Northern Ireland. 

We at the Irish Fair of Minnesota - in partnership with the Celtic Junction Arts Center -hope you enjoy the cultural vibrancy contained in our Arts Week.

Thank you,

Patrick O'Donnell
Irish Arts Week Director

Friday, April 16

Taking Flight Collective

Taking Flight Collective Virtual Concert, April 16 @ 7:30 pm CDT/ 1:30 am IST

Streaming via Facebook Live, CIM's YouTube, and the CIM website. Free. Join us for a night of locally-produced traditional Irish music on flute, fiddle, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and gorgeous vocals! The Taking Flight Collective is a cohort of 3 award-winning musicians and Center for Irish Music students, Joe De Georgeo (fiddle), Ian McKenna (accordion) and Adrienne O’Shea (flute & vocals). They will be joined by guitarist and bouzouki player Brian Miller, who is also their mentor for this year-long project. Presented by the Center for Irish Music.

 

Saturday, April 17

Liz Weir- Irish storyteller, for Irish Arts Week

Telling the Tale: Storytelling from an Irish Seanchai, April 17 @ 12 pm CDT/ 6 pm IST

Register for the Free Online Workshop. Liz Weir, an internationally known storyteller from North Ireland, presents a workshop on important aspects of telling traditional stories, with an emphasis on the Irish. Liz has been telling stories for almost 50 years and was the first winner of the International Story Bridge Award. Presented by Story Arts of Minnesota.

 

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Common Tunes Session with Mary Vanorny: Family Edition, April 17 @ 2 pm CDT/ 8 pm IST

Streaming via Facebook Live, CIM website, and CJAC website. Free. Playing together is at the heart of Irish traditional music. While playing together has been a challenge over the past year, we have been finding ways to do it anyway! We invite you to play along with fiddler Mary Vanorny and special guests from the Center for Irish Music including family members like Claire and Ben Vanorny, folks from the Miller/Rendell household, and the O'Shea's. Tunes will be drawn from the resources on the CIM website (2021, 2020, 2013, and 2010), plus some surprises! Check out the tunes here and be sure to join us. Presented by the Center for Irish Music and the Celtic Junction Arts Center.

 

Lecture with Dáithí Sproule

Gaeltacht Lecture with Dáithí Sproule, April 17 @ 6 pm CDT/ 12 am IST

Register for the Free Zoom Webinar. Dáithí Sproule explains the fascinating connection music groups Skara Brae and Altan have with Irish language music and the Gaeltacht.

Dáithí Sproule, a native of Derry who has lived for many years in Minnesota, is one of Irish music's most respected guitar accompanists and a singer in English and Irish. Dáithí started out his career in the influential group, Skara Brae and is a member of the internationally renowned Irish band Altan. In addition to performing and recording, Dáithí is a sought-after teacher and lecturer on subjects ranging from guitar styles, song accompaniment, and Irish traditional music to Irish language, literature, and mythology.  He has taught at University College Dublin, the University of Minnesota, and the University of St. Thomas, and is an instructor at the Center for Irish Music in St. Paul.  He is a 2009 recipient of a Bush Artist Fellowship from the Minnesota-based Archibald Bush Foundation. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

 

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Get Up Your Irish! Ten Year Reunion, April 17 @ 7:30 pm CDT/ 1:30 am IST

Register for the Free Zoom Webinar. Live stream with the cast of Get Up Your Irish and see the video premiere of the play filmed in 2011 at the Steppingstone Theatre. Learn about the Irish that immigrated to Minnesota in the 1880s from expert Jane Kennedy - an oft-overlooked part of Minnesota history on which this play was based.

Get Up Your Irish is the story of a young boy's journey from Ireland to a new home in the shantytown of Connemara Patch in Saint Paul. Painted with the stereotype of the combative Irishman, this young hero finds the courage to face conflicts with his fists down and to unite his community.

Presented by CJAC's Concert and Event Series.

Sunday, April 18

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Nuns and children, Sean Ross Abbey by Flickr user IrishMotherBabyHomes (CC BY-NC 2.0)

Mother and Baby Homes Report, April 18

Padraig Ó hAoláin

The Mother and Baby Homes Report has been postponed, due to the death of Padraig Ó hAoláin, champion of the Gaeltacht and father to one of our presenters.  He dedicated his life working for the good of the country, so that the native love of the language, the sea, and the bog could be held tight, and that “boats away” would no longer be the destiny for the people of the Gaeltacht.

We offer our deepest sympathy to our dear friend Fionnuala and her family.  May his gentle soul rest in peace.

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Conor McPherson's one-act play Come On Over, April 18 @ 7 pm

Streaming. $10. Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre, a new theatre group dedicated to the presentation of
Celtic dramatic literature is proud to present the regional premiere of Conor McPherson’s one-act play, Come On Over. First produced at Dublin’s Gate Theatre in 2001, Come On Over was described by the London Telegraph as, “piercingly evocative, powerfully exploring the tension between human and divine love.” Due to subject matter and language, Come On Over is not suitable for children. Presented by Out of the Mist Celtic Theatre.

Monday, April 19

Tuesday, April 20

Irish Fair Town Hall for Irish Arts Week

Irish Fair Town Hall Meeting, April 20 @ 6:30 pm CDT/ 12:30 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. As part of our spring celebration of Irish Arts, join us via Zoom to meet members of the Irish Fair Board of Directors, hear about our mission and get the latest on our Fair's exciting reinvention for 2021. The meeting will include time for Q&A. Presented by Irish Fair of Minnesota.

Wednesday, April 21

Rory Gallagher

Irish Blues Legend Rory Gallagher: a class with Patsy O'Brien, April 21 @ 7 - 8:00 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. His Music. His Ireland. His Legacy. All about the internationally-renowned blues guitarist Rory Gallagher, from his early days growing up in an Ireland that had just discovered rock’n’roll, to attracting the respect and admiration of musical giants like Jimi Hendrix and Brian May. Presented by Patsy O’Brien.

Participants must register online by “purchasing” this class through the link above. You will receive a Zoom meeting link from the instructor on the 21st of April. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

Thursday, April 22

OID Preschool

Free Irish Dance Classes, April 22 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Free in-person! O'Shea Irish Dance has free trial classes for Preschoolers and Beginners. Families with little dancers who want to try a class can writeoidadmin@osheairishdance.com to reserve a spot.

Reservation, distancing, temperature screening, and masks required.  Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance.

Irish Arts Week 2021

Drawing Celtic Mythology: a talk by Carrie Finnigan, April 22 @ 7 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. Artist Carrie Finnigan shares how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, and landscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation. 

Participants must register online by “purchasing” this class at the link above. You will receive a Zoom meeting link from the instructor on the 22nd of April. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

Friday, April 23

Irish Echo Arts and Culture Awards

Irish Echo: Arts and Culture Awards, April 23 @ 5 pm CDT/ 11 pm IST

Streaming live from Belfast. €9. Irish Echo invites you to nominate those arts and culture heroes of the pandemic from across Irish America who have kept your spirits high since March 2020 with their music, acting, art, and cultural endeavor. Honorees will receive a medal and certificate and will appear on our special awards program. Register to watch the awards live for a €9 fee at the link. Presented by the Irish Echo.

Saturday, April 24

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Food Drive at The Celtic Junction, April 24 @ 9 am - 5 pm CDT

Drop-off food drive. The Celtic Junction will be a non-perishable food and personal items donation collection site for the Midway Food & Empowerment Project through our friends and neighbors at the Hamline Midway Coalition.

In addition to non-perishable food items, the Midway Project is accepting donations of diapers, wipes, and formula as well as personal care items like soap, shampoo, conditioner, toothpaste, and toothbrushes. More info and other ways to contribute and volunteer are described on their website. Presented by the Hamline Midway Coalition with thanks to the volunteers from Irish Fair of Minnesota and Celtic Junction Arts Center.

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O'Shea Irish Dance Feis, April 24 at Gangelhoff Center

A Covid conscious Irish stepdance competition at which students from many different Irish dance schools compete in front of judges who score them out of 100 points. Top dancers in each age level and skill level receive medals or trophies as awards. Dancers register at Feisworx. Due to the pandemic, this competition is not open to spectators but some portion may be live-streamed. Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance.

Norah Rendell and Brian Miller

Norah Rendell and Brian Miller in Concert, April 24 @ 7:30 pm CDT/ 1:30 am IST

Streaming via Facebook Live and the CJAC website. Free. Norah and Brian unearth heirloom songs with Irish-American and Canadian roots and perform them with passion and nuance. They also play enough jigs and reels to put a spring in your step–even over the internet. Celebrate Minnesota Artists with us during Irish Arts Week. Presented by CJAC's Concert and Event Series.

Inishfree Farm for Irish Arts Week

Celtic Twilight: A Labyrinth Talk and Film Screening at Innisfree Farm, April 24 @ 6:30-8:30pm

In-Person. $10. Celtic Twilight is a healing event that features “Labyrinths: Ancient Paths for Modern Seekers” a talk by Lisa Moriarty and “Enbarr, Horse of the Sea” a short-film premiere by Sarah Kiani. This event takes place at Innisfree Farm located at 13575 Hilary Path, Hastings, Mn 55033. Dress for the weather, it may be cold. There is a fee of $10 at the gate. There is limited parking so a registration per vehicle is required. Register at the link above. Presented by Innisfree Farm.

Sunday, April 25

Feis

O'Shea Irish Dance Feis, April 25 at Gangelhoff Center

An Irish stepdance competition at which students from many different Irish dance schools compete in front of judges who score them out of 100 points. Top dancers in each age level and skill level receive medals or trophies as awards. Dancers register at Feisworx. Due to pandemic restrictions, the competition is not open to spectators but some portion of the event may be live-streamed. Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance.

Doherty Family

Doherty Family Seminar with Brian Miller, April 25 @ Noon CDT/ 6 pm IST

Register for the Free Zoom Webinar. Librarian Brian Miller expounds on the music recorded in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1958 by St. Paul musician Marge Sontag (née Doherty) and other members of the Doherty Family.  These archival recordings were made at the home of Tony and Margaret Doherty on Selby Avenue. They feature the family patriarch Tony Doherty (1896–1972) on fiddle, daughter Marge on piano and accordion, daughter Mary on piano, and daughter Joan on piano. Presented by CJAC's Eoin McKiernan Library.

TAP/CIM Irish Arts Week

Traditional Irish Tune Exchange - TAP and CIM, April 25 @ 1:30 pm CDT/ 7:30 pm IST

Register for the Free Zoom Webinar. Join us for the beginnings of a musical friendship between Traditional Arts Partnership in South Armagh and the Center for Irish Music in Saint Paul, two music schools dedicated to teaching traditional music to students of all ages. Meet the organizers, tutors/instructors, and a group of students from each school and listen to them play locally-based tunes that they have taught one another. Presented by Center for Irish Music, Traditional Arts Partnership, and Celtic Junction Arts Center.

Singers Club

Traditional Singers Club Monthly Session, April 25 @ 3 pm CST and 9 pm IST

Online via Zoom. RSVP. Free. The Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities has met (at least!) twice a month online since March 2020, extending their previously in-person song sessions into the virtual realm. The club's focus on solo, unaccompanied singing (from Irish, American, Scottish, and other traditions) works well in Zoom!  Come join in and sing a song or just listen along. RSVP at the link above. Presented by the Twin Cities Singers Club.

Monday, April 26

Chocktaw Memorial "Kindred Spirits"

Anamchairde/ Kindred Spirits Seminar, April 26 @ 2 pm CDT/ 8 pm IST

Streaming via Facebook Live and the Celtic Junction website. Free. Anamchairde means kindred spirits. This is a free online event bringing together speakers, musicians, singers, and other performers to commemorate and celebrate the linguistic and cultural friendship between Ireland and peoples of the First Nations of America/Canada. Music, song, spoken word, and other performances have been curated into an informative and entertaining online presentation. Beidh go leor Gaeilge mar chuid den ócáid seo ón dá thaobh den Atlantach agus teangacha eile dúchais Mheiriceá lena chois sin. Presented by Aonach Mhacha and Celtic Junction Arts Center.

"Transatlantic" by Colum McCann

McCann’s ‘TransAtlantic’ with Mary McCormick, April 26 @ 7 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. Instructor Mary McCormick explains the significance, within the Irish Novel tradition, of the modern novel TransAtlantic by Irish author Colum McCann. A panel discussion and Q&A will follow the presentation.

Participants must register online by “purchasing” this class at the link above. You will receive a Zoom meeting link from the instructor on the 26th of April. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

Tuesday, April 27

Maude Gonne McBride, three-quarters standing. Posing in ornate dress with feathered hat, hand on hip. No smile.

Heroines of 1916 Easter Rising with Fred Stenborg, April 27 @ 7 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. Students from the Irish College of MN join instructor Fred Stenborg in a panel discussion to reflect on the women who were centrally involved in the foundational event of modern Irish history.

Participants must register online by “purchasing” this class through the link above. You will receive a Zoom meeting link from the instructor on the 27th of April. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

Wednesday, April 28

Black and white photo Frederick Douglas wearing a suit, face serious.

Frederick Douglass Seminar, April 28 @ 2 pm CDT/ 8 pm IST

Streaming via Facebook Live and on the Celtic Junction website. Free. The Frederick Douglas Symposium is a conversation about history, solidarity, and racial justice in Ireland and the US which took place October 30, 2020. Presenters and panelists include African-American Irish Diaspora Network founder Dennis Brownlee, Quinnipiac’s Great Hunger Museum director Christine Kinealy, Minnesota artist and filmmaker E.G. Bailey, and more. Presented by CJAC's Outreach Program.

The Langar's Ball for Irish Arts Week

The Langer's Ball All-Request Show, April 28 @ 7 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Streaming via Facebook Live. Free. Join Twin Cities-based Irish folk/punk band The Langer’s Ball for an energetic evening of originals and covers.  Playing their own brand of traditional drinking songs and original material, their sound is harder-hitting and bigger than you’d expect it ever could be. With a thumping beat and a flurry of notes and harmonies, you’ll dash to refill your drink and cheer for more. Presented by Irish Fair of Minnesota.

Thursday, April 29

OID Beginners

Free Irish Dance Classes, April 29 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Free in-person! O'Shea Irish Dance has free trial classes for Preschoolers and Beginners. Families with little dancers who want to try a class can write oidadmin@osheairishdance.com to reserve a spot.

Reservation, distancing, temperature screening, and masks required.  Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance.

Irish Blessings and Curses

Beannachtaí agus Mallachtaí na Gaeilge le Lavinia Finnerty, 29 Aibreán @ 6:30 pm CDT/ 12:30 rn IST

Rang saor in aisce ar Zúm. Is féidir le duine mallacht a úsáid chun clú nó croí duine a bhriseadh, gan a bheith amhlabhrach. Mar sin féin is féidir beannacht a thabhairt do dhuine le galántacht agus easpa focail. “Cosán gan col agat.”

Irish Language Blessings and Curses with Lavinia Finnerty, April 29 @ 6:30 pm CDT/ 12:30 am IST

Online via Zoom. Free. In this class, discover how one can curse in Irish in a devastating fashion without being crude. Yet one can also wish someone well with unparalleled elegance and economy of words. “May your path be always safe.” 

Participants must register online by “purchasing” this class at the link above. You will receive a Zoom meeting link from the instructor, a native Irish speaker from Connemara, on the 29th of April. Presented by CJAC's Irish College of MN.

The HiBs for Irish Arts Week

The HiBs in Concert rescheduled to May 7 @ 7 pm CDT/ 1 am IST

Streaming via Facebook Live. Free. The world’s most St. Paul Irish band, The HiBs, are out of HiBrrrrnation and hungry for some tunes.  You like the fiddle?  We’ve got one.  You want to tap your toes?  We’ve got a tune for you.  You like songs sung by a genius quicky Cork-man?  Oh yes, can do.  The HiBs are a traditional music trio on fiddle, flute, tin whistle, guitar, and song.  Come listen along and celebrate MN Irish Artists with us during Irish Arts week.

The HiBs bring you the best in Irish Traditional Music, with Jode Dowling on fiddle, Kate Dowling on flute and whistle, and Patsy O’Brien on guitar and song. Presented by Irish Fair of MN.

Friday, April 30

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Irish Language Exhibition Seminar, April 30 @ 2 pm CDT/ 8 pm IST

Streaming via Facebook Live and on the CJAC website. Free. Native Irish speaker Lavinia Finnerty guides you through the Irish Government’s traveling Irish language exhibition, Éire - Athbheochan/Revival 1893-2018 with guests Fintan Moore, Nancy Stenson, and Sarah Keating. The exhibition was loaned to us by the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago. Presented by CJAC's Outreach Program.

 

Scottish social dance for Irish Arts Week

Scottish Ceilidh with the Gunn Slingers, April 30 @ 7 - 10 pm

Outdoors in-person and streaming on Facebook Live and the CJAC website. $10 in-person. Free online. Scottish social dance at the Celtic Junction Arts Center south parking lot! Learn a variety of dances (don’t worry, we’ll teach you!) and hear music from featured local artists. We’ll see you there. Bring your bubbles!

Formed by Scottish Accordionist Neil Gunn, The Gunn Slingers play a mix of traditional Scottish tunes with hard groove and high energy to create a night of dancing and craic you will never forget. Presented by CJAC's Concert Series.

Saturday, May 1

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SpringForwardMN, May 1

Spring Forward MN, a Minnesota fundraiser organized by GiveMN, launches today. Please support your favorite Irish nonprofit organization.

Celtic Junction's Top It Off Fundraiser. Help Celtic Junction raise the final 20k of the 100k matching challenge by The Junction's 12th anniversary!

Irish Fair of Minnesota's Performers Fund. Help the Irish Fair of Minnesota raise 15k to support artists this summer!

Support the Center for Irish Music on their GiveMN page!

Support

These organizations are funded in part by the generous support of the Minnesota State Arts Board, Metro Regional Arts Council, Saint Paul Star Program, and the Government of Ireland Emigrant Support Program.

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