The Celtic Junction

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

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836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104


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. The focus will be on the cycles of life and the Gaelic harp's three magical musics in context with the horsehair and gut-strung harps of medieval Wales and Scotland. Don't miss this opportunity to hear and learn about the famous instrument from its foremost representative. [More] FREE EVENT

Scots Gaelic Song & Pipe Music, April 25

Music starts at 7:30pm. $13.BUY TICKETS NOW from Jennifer
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. Vocalist Jennifer Licko, who also plays guitar, keyboards, bodhran and dances, has been studying and performing Scots Gaelic song for the past 15 years. She is joined by Dick Hensold on pipes and whistle. Please note that Highland pipes are NOT used for this program–NONE of the instruments used are very loud. This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota state arts board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Scots Gaelic SINGING Workshop, April 26

9:30-10:30am. $10. BUY TICKETS NOW from Jennifer
With Jennifer Licko´s Scots Gaelic Song workshop, no previous Scots Gaelic language knowledge is needed. The study focus is on the music and the purpose of the song. Although, one should expect a few language explanations as needed for the singing. The workshop provides students with the experience of learning the musical purpose of each song. Before a dance tune is learned, the dance step is demonstrated to visually see how the tune rhythm matches with the dance step. As a work song is learned, work song motions are made while singing in order to feel the emphasis on the beat and understand the rise and fall of the song. Jennifer began competitive Scottish Dance at the age of 9 and competed as a premier Highland Dancer until age 22. She also has a degree in Music Education and has been teaching Celtic cultural arts through music and dance in school settings since 2003.
This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota state arts board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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. Born and brought up in Aberdeen, he was a neighbor of the great ballad singer Jeanie Robertson and during the evolving folk scene of the 1960′s he picked up many songs from her and from other singers such as the bothy ballad singer Jimmy McBeath and the traveller and street singer Davie Stewart. [More]


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.” 
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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, sessions and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists. [More]

MIM Master Artists' Concert, June 14

The Master Concert is a signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. The concert not only showcases each visiting musician’s artistry and repertoire, but offers both classic and unique musical pairings. This year’s Master Concert will feature visiting artists Oisín Mac Diarmada, Catherine McEvoy, John McEvoy, John Blake, and Rita Gallagher. [More]

The Celtic Junction is an all ages venue.
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