Past Events 2013
A Hearthside Holiday Hooley, December 21
Join New Folk Record Musicians, Family and Friends for a Joyous Celebration of the Season! Featuring Greg Herriges, Chad McAnally, Todd Menton and the O'Shea Irish Dancers. [More]
Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, December 15
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! [More]
IMDA Christmas Ceili, December 14
Join the Twin Cities Ceili Band and caller Mike Whalen for the Irish Music and Dance Association Christmas Ceili. Come for the dancing, for music, for the fellowship! Bring a Christmas treat to share and wear your best ugly Christmas sweater for the Ugly Christmas Sweater Contest. [More]
Yulefest VI: a Charity Fundraiser, December 14
Music at 7pm, $15 admission. Featuring Barra, The Hi-Bs and The Eddies!
Three of St Paul's most beloved bands come together to spread holiday cheer and promote good will with great live music and a silent auction. Now in it's sixth year, Yulefest passes on all proceeds to The Emergency Foodshelf Network! Barra is one of Minnesota's longest-playing traditional Irish bands and a perpetual favorite at ceilis. They will certainly bring their signature mixture of tunes and songs. The Hi-Bs, Kate and Jode Dowling, are dazzling, dynamic instrumentalists who are long-time stalwarts of the local Irish music scene and not-to-be missed performers. The Eddies are a high energy vocal group who can not only sing the rafters down with rousing sea shanties, but will surprise you with a variety of songs of work, love and death sung in three and a half part harmony. Beer and wine bar available.
Nollaig Shona: A Celtic Christmas, December 8
Featuring Andrea Beaton (Cape Breton - fiddle) Troy MacGillivray (Nova Scotia - fiddle and piano), and Nuala Kennedy (Co. Louth, Ireland- flute, whistles, and song). [More]
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The Beggar Boys: A Celtic Nativity, December 6
Experience the richness of the unique blend of traditional and original songs and tunes as The Beggar Boys retell the Christmas Story - a perfect way to brighten your holiday season. The powerful and beautiful vocals of guest singer Kerri Joy blend with uilleann pipes, fiddles, whistle, and guitar to create the Beggar Boys' signature blend of traditional songs and tunes and powerful originals, called "lush and revealing" by the Boston Globe. [More] BUY TICKETS NOW
Celtic Open Mic Night, November 30
Music begins 7:30pm, $5 admission
A little song, a little dance, a little Celt-zer in your pants! Open mic for singers, players, dancers, story tellers and practitioners of Celtic mime.
Hanneke Cassel & Mike Block, November 29
Fiddle, Cello, and Song. "This duet has got to be one of the most exciting developments in the String World since the legendary Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas, and these two have upped the ante considerably by including ingenious treatments of modern pop songs, classical crossover covers, Hanneke's extremely soulful compositions and Mike's brilliant, often hilarious original songs. There appears to be nothing these two can't do musically, from the deepest traditional wellsprings to driving toe-curling acoustic fireworks. 2 huge personalities let us into their amazing musical world." - Darol Anger, Grammy-nominated Fiddler and Berklee Faculy [More]BUY TICKETS NOW
IMDA Honors Tom Dahill, November 16
Doors at 7pm. Program begins at 7:30pm. $5 suggested donation.
Join us in celebrating the lifelong community contributions of local musician and song-man Tom Dahill!
Cash bar available. All proceeds from the evening benefit the IMDA's Educational grant fund.
Ann Heymann: Meet the Gaelic Harp, Nov 8
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.
Gaelic harper Ann Heymann is a pioneer who recreated techniques documented in medieval manuscripts to recreate a performance practice that is the basis for courses in Ireland, Scotland and around the world.
Ann and musical husband Charlie Heymann will give a series of five seminar-performances in the coming year at the Celtic Junction. These events, supported by a Minnesota State Arts Board “Arts Learning” grant, are free and open to the public. The first, "Meet the Gaelic Harp" will include an introduction to the instrument and an overview of its history and music. [More]
Skara Brae in Concert, October 27
Skara Brae, the legendary Irish vocal group, was formed in the 1960s by Dáithí Sproule and Maighread, Tríona and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill. Members of the group have gone on to form some of the world's best-known and best-loved Irish bands, including the Bothy Band, Altan, Bowhand, Trian, Touchstone, Nightnoise, Relativity, Coolfin, and T with the Maggies. This is their first US tour. Presented by the Traditional Singers Club with support from the Irish Music and Dance Association. [More]BUY TICKETS NOW
Dakota Dave Hull CD Release, October 19
"One of the best guitarists in the world." —Dave Van Ronk
Dakota Dave Hull is happy to announce a special concert celebrating the release of his new double CD Under the North Star. Patrick Harison will be doing an opening set and we'll also be honored by a very special guest appearance from Butch Thompson! Located in Inis Mór. [More] Buy Tickets Now
Celtic Junction Harvest Ceili, October 19
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. [More]
Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, October 19
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 inaugeral meeting! Located in the multi-purpose room. [More]
'Falling of the Pine' CD Release, October 12
A native of the northern Minnesota logging town of Bemidji, Brian Miller and Wisconsinite Randy Gosa perform the Irish-influenced music of men who roamed the Great Lakes region in the days when pine was king. Miller and Gosa celebrate the release of their new album of this music 'Falling of the Pine'. [More}
Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection Concert & Celebration, October 4
The Paddy O'Brien Tune Collection Apprenticeship concert featuring a group of apprentices from the Center for Irish Music, and the regular Tuesday night apprentices (aka O'Rourke's Feast). This event is also the official launch for Volume Two of the Tune Collection! [More] Buy Tickets Now from Paddy
The GNIPC 2013 Tionól Concert, September 28
The Great Northern Irish Pipers Club, the upper Midwest U.S.’s premier uilleann piping association, is pleased to host internationally acclaimed performing artists Joey Abarta, Patrick Cannady, and Patrick D’Arcy to be the featured clinicians for its 2013 Tionól. [More]
POSTPONED Yeats: Romantic Revolutionary, September 15
A program of poetry, song, dance and drama in celebration of the work of the great poet W.B. Yeats and Irish Patriots. Directed by Julia Carey and performed by Dáithí Sproule and actors and dancers from The Celtic Junction. New dates to be determined. [More]
Matt Mancuso & Patsy O’Brien in Concert, September 14
New York fiddle master and former Lord of The Dance lead fiddle player Matt Mancuso marks his first visit to St Paul with a performance with Patsy O'Brien, performing selections form their critically acclaimed album "Road Work". [More]
POSTPONED Shakespeare: Voice & Speech Workshop, September 7/8
The Celtic Junction is hosting a Shakespeare/Voice and Speech Workshop on Saturday and Sunday 7/8 of September from 10.00 am -12.30 pm. This was created in response to the work done in the workshops that took place in June. They were successful and well attended and participants requested more work on voice production, text analysis and presentation. The workshop costs $50 and is suitable for all age groups from 9 years to adult. If you are interested in performing and would like to extend your skills in relation to Shakespeare and performing in a large space please join us. New dates to be determined.
Munnelly & Conneely in Concert, September 7
“Dave and Mick are master musicians no doubt about it, they have the credentials: the track record, the bands, albums and collaborations, but here you get more than just great musicianship, you get a dialogue, a conversation happening now, not parroted lines from some slickly rehearsed ensemble, that is the real excitement here. Cleary they have practiced long and hard, there are gaps and stops and changes of rhythm, which the boys hit spot on, but you’d be forgiven if you thought they’d just walked into the pub and played straight of the cuff.” - Seán Laffey [More]
Hawaiian Shirt and Tiki Bar Ceili, August 17
7-10pm, $5 per person, $20 family maximum
Featuring live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band in their Hawaiian best! (Elvis sighting not guarateed.)
See you at Irish Fair, August 9-11
The Irish Fair of Minnesota, the nation’s largest free celebration of Irish culture will take place Friday, August 9 - Sunday, August 11. The unique once a year celebration offers attendees an opportunity to celebrate authentic Irish Heritage through a multitude of activities. For details, visit www.irishfair.com.
Alumni Ceili featuring the Twin Cities Ceili Band, July 20
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. [More]
Bollywood Birthday Bash and Fundraiser, July 13
Irish traditional cellist and Bollywood dancer, Maialuna, is hosting a Bollywood dance show, class, and party! All funds generated by this event go towards her impending trip to Ireland to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann! Simultaneously and serendipitously, we’ll celebrate her 16th birthday. [More]
Jack Klatt "Love Me Lonely" CD Release Concert, June 28
With special guest, Spider John Koerner. Jack Klatt's latest solo effort features sixteen tracks of both original and traditional compositions recorded with one mic, one guitar and one voice. Klatt has once again teamed up with Minneapolis producer Dakota Dave Hull to capture the intimate, age old sound of the lone bluesman and balladeer. Spider John Koerner will open up the night. [More]
The Big 5 Acting Workshop, June 21-23
The workshop teaches five essential truths about acting that are the results of 30 years research and practice combining the psycho/physical elements of the actor’s process and the intuitive/spiritual aspects of the actors work. If you are a professional actor wishing to review and refresh you skills or a student with an interest in acting this workshop can help you. [More]
MIM Master Artists' Concert, June 15
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 Geraldine Cotter, Eamonn Cotter, Oisín McAuley, Eileen O'Brien, and Meaití Jó Shéamuis. The audience will be treated to the synchronicity of the Cotters’ duet, the legacy of the O’Brien’s repertoire, the distinctive vocal styling of Mattie Joe, and the genre-bending virtuosity of McAuley. [More]
Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 13-16
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, Friday night ceili, social community meals with sessions and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists. This year's visiting artists are Geraldine Cotter, Eamonn Cotter, Oisín McAuley, Eileen O'Brien, and Meaití Jó Shéamuis.
Youth Acting Workshop, June 11-13
Internationally known acting teacher Julia Carey is working with Natalie O’Shea at the Celtic Junction to create an acting workshop for young people. Julia and Natalie were the creative partnership behind the critically acclaimed Theatre Exchange in Minneapolis from 1988 to 1992. They have subsequently worked together in New York and London and are looking forward to new collaborations in Minneapolis. [More]
Advanced Youth Ensemble Fundraiser Concert, May 31
Come enjoy an inspiring night of traditional Irish music from the Center for Irish Music's Advanced and Intermediate Youth Ensembles. Many of these talented young musicians will have just returned from competing at the Midwest Regional Fleadh in Saint Louis and they are looking forward to sharing their new music with you! [More]
Fearsome Critters Preview Concert, May 24th
See a live Squonk! (Please don’t stare.) Witness the world’s first trained Hoop Snake act! Shawn McBurnie & The Slight Exaggerations perform original songs featuring Fearsome Critters from Northwoods folklore. Tales of these colorful creatures traveled across the country, being swapped and embellished in logging, mining, or railroad bunkhouses; around trappers' fires; and anywhere frontier workers relaxed. Shawn and fellow musicians bring the critters to life in a variety of musical styles. The audience is invited to learn a bit about the menagerie and chime in on choruses - this is singable and family-friendly music, but by no means aimed solely at the younger set! Special appearance by performance artist Heather Zehr. [More]
The Master’s Choice CD Launch featuring Martin McHugh, May 17
Master accordion player, shining light, and steady rock at the center of the traditional Irish music scene in the Twin Cities for decades, Martin McHugh celebrates the release of his first CD. The evening begins with a concert set featuring Martin along with Dáithí Sproule (guitar), Laura MacKenzie (flute, whistle, concertina) plus a special guest or two, and will continue with a Céilí called by Mike Whalen.[More]
Fearsome Critters Workshops with Shawn McBurnie, May 15
Shawn will present two workshops. For children; Spotting Fearsome Critters in the Wild: practice ‘singing to your squonk’ while exploring Minnesota folklore, history, and humor. And, a songwriting workshop for teens and adults; A Fearsome Journey: a look inside one songwriter’s working process. [More]
Andrea Beaton in Concert, with Dick Hensold and Dirk Freymuth, May 5
This concert of traditional Cape Breton Scottish fiddling and piping will focus on the musical and cultural interplay between the fiddle and pipes, two instruments that have had a long, close, and mutually influential relationship in Cape Breton. [More]
Celtic Open Mic Night, May 4
A little song, a little dance, a little Celt-zer in your pants! Open mic for singers, players, dancers, story tellers and practitioners of Celtic mime. Whatever that is. [More]
Contra Dance, May 3
7pm with teaching at 6:30pm. Live music!
$7 admission with $6 for seniors. Bring a friend!
Cape Breton Fiddle workshop with Andrea Beaton, April 29
Andrea Beaton will give a 3-hour workshop for intermediate/advanced fiddlers (you have to be able to play tunes; basic technique will not be covered) and players of other instruments. These workshops will introduce the participants to playing Cape Breton music, and will cover what makes Cape Breton music unique. [More]
Matt and Shannon Heaton in Concert, April 27
“Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious. Still, they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form meant for sharing, not showing off." —Scott Alarik, Boston Globe [More]
Family Céilí, April 19
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. [More]
Comas in Concert, April 14
Comas are a band firmly rooted in Irish music, but with enough space to allow for original compositions. Their openness to new influences and a respectful eye on the past bring Comas to the forefront of what traditional music is about today. Jackie Moran (percussion), Isaac Alderson (flutes, uilleann pipes), Aidan Burke (fiddle), and Philip Masure (guitar). [More]
Celtic Players: Scenes from Dracula's Celtic Album, April 6
8pm. Dublin-born author, Bram Stoker (1847-1912) penned the most famous vampire novel, Dracula (1897) and in this show, his infamous protagonist opens his own Celtic album and selects his favorite scenes from literature and culture with a Celtic twist: meet 'The Hawk' by Liam O'Flaherty; the vicious Judge in Stoker's "The Judge's House," a certain Scottish Thane and his ambitious wife, and others in another eclectic production by St. Paul's Celtic Players.
Contra Dance, April 5
7pm with teaching at 6:30pm. Guest caller Don Gatheridge and live music with Adam Granger, JP Plomondon, and Bob Douglas. $7 admission with $6 for seniors. Bring a friend!
Twin Cities Robert Emmet's Hurling Club Annual Fundraiser: Night of the Races, March 23
Live auction, silent auction, ladies "best hat" contest and more! All proceeds go directly towards supporting the sport of hurling and the promotion of Irish culture in the Twin Cities. [More]
Saint Patrick's Day Irish Dance, March 17
Irish ceili in the largest dance hall, and an Irish set dance in the medium dance hall! Live music, all proceeds benefit cultural activiities at the Irish Fair. [More]
Contra Dance, March 1
7pm with teaching at 6:30pm. Guest caller Don Gatheridge and music will be Adam Granger, JP Plomondon, and Bob Douglas. $7 admission with $6 for seniors. Bring a friend!
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, February 23
The Center for Irish Music and Maeve O'Mara and Liam O'Neill, Honorary Event Chairs and proprietors of Irish on Grand, along with emcee Máirtín de Cogain, All-Ireland Storytelling Champion, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event. [More]
Family Céilí at the Celtic Junction, February 16
This is the last chance to go dancing with your family before the Irish version of March madness begins! 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, dances lead and taught by the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers . [More]
The 14th Annual Minnesota State Sacred Harp Winter Singing Convention, February 9
Shape note, or sacred harp singing is one of out country's oldest, most vital, and soul-stirring musical traditions, resonating through the rafters for over 200 years. Join shape-note singers from around the U.S. for a celebration of Sacred Harp singing from the Cooper “blue book”. [More]
Reception for the Consul General of Ireland, February 7
Aidan Cronin, Consul General of Ireland, arrives for his first visit to Minnesota. Please join us to welcome him in an informal reception at The Celtic Junction on Thursday, February 7th, 5:30-8pm. [More]
Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, January 19
Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen. [More]
Dakota Dave Hull in Concert, January 19
Dakota Dave Hull celebrates the release of his book and CD, Ragtime Guitar in the Classic American Style, with a solo concert. Opening set by "retro barroom-blues/folk picker" Jack Klatt.
Dakota Dave Hull's guitar style spans a wide musical geography to create an infectious, uniquely personal blend of jazz, ragtime, folk, blues, Western swing and vintage pop. [More]
Contra Dance, January 4
7pm with teaching at 6:30pm. Adam Granger and J.P. Plomondon will be playing, James Brook calling. $7 admission with $6 for seniors. Bring a friend and start the new year off right.
Garnet Rogers in Concert, January 4
...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 [More]