Celtic Junction Arts Center

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Past Events 2018

Scotland's Dàimh in Concert, Feb 15


Taking their name from the Scottish Gaelic word for kinship, ‘Gaelic Supergroup’ Dàimh (pronounced dive) are a 5 piece band based in Lochaber in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland; an area as much renowned for its scenic beauty as for its rich musical and cultural heritage. Recent accolades include 2014’s award for the Best Folk Band in Europe at the prestigious Folkherbst competition in Germany and 2015's win of Folk Band of the Year at the Scottish Traditional Music Awards. In 2016, The Hebridean Sessions was nominated for Album of the Year, and Dàimh vocalist Ellen MacDonald was awarded Gaelic Singer of the Year by Scots Trad Music Awards.

Searson in Concert, Feb 11


Giving Canada’s old time sounds a renewal into modern roots. Seamlessly blending spirited    fiddling, energetic dancing and gorgeous harmonies. A love of incorporating the Ottawa Valley style music with Celtic, East Coast, Scottish and various other styles can be heard throughout the Searson sisters' performance.


Poetry in Slow Motion study group, Feb 10

The next meeting of 'The Poetry in Slow Motion' study group is on Sat, Feb 10 at 11:00 am in the EML. The group is reading the hypnotically luminous section "The Wind in the Reeds" from The Collected Poetry of W.B. Yeats. This is a free event and is open to the public. If interested, please contact Patrick at patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu [Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]

Celtic Christian Spirituality, Jan 30 - March 6

Learn about the origins of Celtic Christianity and the enduring and fascinating legacy of the Irish Saints in time for the feastdays of St. Brigid (February 1) and St. Patrick (March 17) in this 6 week course.


Introduction to the Course of Irish History, Jan 29 - March 19

With John Davenport. A survey class in Irish history for all levels of learners using the classic text, The Course of Irish History in its most recent edition[T.W. Moody and F.X. Martin (et. al.); New York: Rinehart, Roberts Publishers, 2012. 5th edition]. The class will take into account the various perspectives on Ireland's history in a non-ideological and fun manner.


Liam Miller's Dolmen Press: Making Thomas Kinsella's The Tain and John Montague's The Rough FIeld, Jan 27

From the 1950s and into the 1980s, Liam Miller played a central role in Irish graphic arts, Irish theatre, Irish Catholicism, and Irish poetry. Above, he and his Dolmen Press brought the parochial and backward parish of Irish publishing out of isolation and into international critical repute.

Brass Lassie's Album Fundraiser Kickoff! Jan 20

BRASS LASSIE combines traditional Scottish and Irish tunes, songs and styles with dazzling modern horn lines, featuring fiddles, flutes, pipes, concertina, step-dance, a powerful 4-piece brass section, and smart, joyous arrangements from top-notch jazz arrangers.

No sweat Irish!: Spoken Modern Irish, Jan 18 - March 22

With Tom Jeffers. Learn how to speak and write the Irish Gaelic language in a fun, relaxed, and innovative community environment using contemporary approaches to language acquisition. Incorporating conversation, songs, and games, this 10-week course takes the pressure and hard work out of Irish Gaelic and makes it an enjoyable and creative pursuit.

Moving into Intermediate Research, Jan 20

Where to look for obituaries, ship records, immigration records, naturalization records, clues to locations in Ireland, etc. We will also cover documentation as we go along. Be sure to bring your questions and/or problem areas for discussion. Join Audrey and continue your search for your ancestors.

The Irish History Book Club, Jan 17

The Irish History Book Club will meet on Wed, January 17 in the EML from 7:30-9:00 p.m. They are reading up to episode 50 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes. This free event is open to the public and all are welcome to attend and contribute to the group's conversations. Any questions can be directed to Patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu