4th Annual Irish Arts Week, May 3-12
Welcome to the Fourth Year of Irish Arts Week: May 3-12, 2019
“Make it new.” Spotlighting the new in Minnesota’s Irish culture, this 1920s artistic slogan guides the 2019 Arts Week as our ten-day schedule is crammed with original content. The larger context for our work is the Irish government’s Global Ireland 2025 initiative doubling Ireland’s global economic and cultural footprint. Brian O’Brien, the Consul General from Chicago’s Irish consulate, will discuss this initiative and Brexit. The Irish Fair, a multi-generational family event in its 40th year, and the Celtic Junction celebrating its 10th anniversary, both demonstrate Minnesota’s dynamic and continuing contribution to enlarging this cultural footprint.
We at the Irish Fair of Minnesota hope you enjoy the cultural vibrancy contained in our Arts Week.
Irish Arts Week Director
Friday, May 3
7:30-10:00 p.m. SuperCELTifragilisticexpialidocious: Dance and Art Ball. $15 in advance $20 door. Tickets: celt.bpt.me Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N. St. Paul, MN 55104. Cash bar available. SuperCELTifragilisticexpialidocious: The Art Ball with folk/punk duo Langer's Ball and D.J. Drew Miller. Art and dance mingle on a hopping dance floor awash in Celtic mythology and art imagery.
Saturday, May 4
Whole Day Celebration of Celtic Junction’s 10th Anniversary and Irish Arts Week Kick-Off Day!
1:00-2:00 pm. Courtney Buck "Murder Ballads - From Ireland and abroad.” $10 per person. McKiernan Library. Gothic and blood-curdling story-based songs are explored in this unique session.
2:00-3:00 pm. Carrie Finnigan. "Drawing Celtic Mythology." $10 per person. McKiernan Library. Discover the extraordinary pantheon of Celtic gods, goddesses, warriors, and creatures.
3:00-4:30 pm. Ethna McKiernan 'Swimming with Shadows' Poetry Book Launch. Free. Celtic Junction Studio 2. Minnesota’s premier female poet unveils her latest collection.
4:30-5:30 pm. Consul General Brian O’Brien on Brexit and the Global Ireland 2025 initiative. Free. Celtic Junction Main Room. Learn how Ireland’s government is linking up with Irish communities to double Ireland’s economic and cultural footprint.
5:30-10 pm. Celtic Junction’s 10th Anniversary celebration, launch of the 4th Irish Arts Week, and IFM’s 40th year. Free. Celebrate multiple anniversaries with our launch night.
5:30-6:00 pm. Gallery opening with Margaret Mulligan. Free. Enjoy the latest exhibition from this energetic artist.
6:00-8:00 pm. Tom Crann, MPR radio host, acts as Master of Ceremonies for musicians and speakers featuring Irish Consul General, Brian O’Brien. Free. Cash bar available. Multiple speakers and musicians celebrate the impact and achievement of the Celtic Junction
8:00-10:00 pm. Party with The Gunn Slingers. Free. Cash bar available. Round out the night with a rocking dance band.
Sunday, May 5
12-2:00 pm. Historic Bus Tour of St. Paul’s Connemara Patch. $30 per person. Tickets: bustour.bpt.me Celtic Junction Arts Center, 836 Prior Ave N. St. Paul, MN 55104. Limited to 30 participants. Take a 1950s vintage bus to Connemara Patch and take a walking tour of the historic area with the ebullient tour guide Teresa McCormick. Witness a re-enactment of Minnesota's oldest murder mystery from 1839 as the nortorious Edward Phalen assails John Hays.
2:00-4:00 pm. Children's Fair. Free. Celtic Junction Arts Center. Sample our Irish community center’s activities for kids!
6:30-9:00 pm. Tenor Paul Byrom. Tickets: $25 in advance; $30 at the door. Tickets. Celtic Junction Arts Center. Cash bar available. Discover one of Ireland’s premier tenors and a former member of Celtic Thunder. The Dublin-born tenor has been in the music industry for over 20 years, recording his first album "The Golden Voice" as a boy soprano aged 14. His second release, entitled VELVET, was in 2005 and reached #2 in the Irish music charts which has led to many appearances on Irish Television and Radio, including "Celebrity Jigs and Reels" where he reached the grand final. In 2007 Paul became one of the original soloists in the hit show Celtic Thunder. He toured North America and Australia with the group and had six #1 World Billboard albums. He has since left the production and his following album "THIS IS THE MOMENT" debuted at No.1 on the World Billboard Charts and was shortlisted for a Grammy Nomination. Last year Paul's latest album THINKING OF HOME reached the top of the iTunes, Amazon and World Billboard Charts and he has just been named for the second time in three years, The Irish Tenor Of The Year by the Irish Music Association.
Monday, May 6
7:30-9:00 pm. Silver Apples of the Moon: The Strange Genius of W.B. Yeats. $10 per person. Celtic Junction/McKiernan Library. Celtic Phoenix Theatre. Meditate on the transformations in the life and genius of the great Irish poet with Celtic Junction’s resident acting group.
Tuesday, May 7
5:00-6:00 pm. Tom Dunn “Irish in MN”. Free. Joe and Stan’s Pub 949 7th St. W, St. Paul, MN 55102. Hear Tom Dunn speak about his wonderful photo exhibition of the MN Irish community at Joe and Stan’s pub.
7:30-9:00 pm. Documentary film: "Máirín de Burca: A Loner's Instinct". $5 per person. Celtic Junction/McKiernan Library. A candid portrait of an Irish campaigning feminist and political activist.
Wednesday, May 8
5:00-6:00 pm. Clare Pelzel Art Wall. Free. Emmett's Public House 695 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105. Hear Irish-born artist Clare Pelzel speak about her new work on the art wall at Emmett’s public house.
7:30-9:00 pm. Patsy O'Brien. The Boy Patrick – The story of Patrick. The boy who became a saint. $10 per person. Celtic Junction/McKiernan Library. A musical and educational presentation on the youth of Ireland’s national saint.
Thursday, May 9
7:30-10:00 pm. Danny Schwarze "Small Adventures" album launch. Free. FINNEGANS Brewery. 817 5th Avenue Minneapolis MN 55404. The Inland Seas are the opening band at Danny Schwarze’s of The Northerly Gales solo debut album "Small Adventures".
Friday, May 10
7:00-8:30 pm. Sonoglyph: Literary and Musical group. Free. Eastside Freedom Libraray 1105 Greenbrier St, St Paul, MN 55106. An energetic performance group blending music, poetry, and the spoken word.
7:30-9:00 pm. Paddy Keenan. $18 in advance $22 at the door. Tickets. Celtic Junction Arts Center. Cash bar available. A performance by one of Ireland’s most accomplished uilleann pipers.
Saturday, May 11
3:00-5:00 pm. O’Shea Irish Dance Spring Recital. $10 per person. Celtic Junction Arts Center. The unstoppable and world class OID showcases its youngest dancers.
3:00-4:00 pm. Dan Milner The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883. $5 per person. McKiernan Library. New York-based author and music historian discusses his well-regarded song history book.
7:00-9:00 pm. Dan and Bonnie Milner in Concert (sponsored by the Traditional Singers Club). $10 in advance, $15 at the door, 18 and under free. Senior discount available at the door. Tickets. Celtic Junction Arts Center – Main Room. Dan and Bonnie Milner sing traditional Irish, Irish-American and maritime songs solo and in unaccompanied harmony. Dan, a geography professor and world traveler, grew up in a singing Irish family in Birmingham England, Ballybunion, Ireland and Brooklyn, New York. His Smithsonian Folkways CD, Irish Pirates Ballads, received 2 Indie Award nominations in 2011. Bonnie's interest in sea songs was sparked by hearing shanties sung at Mystic Seaport in Connecticut, and carried further by her friendship with the last working shantyman, Stan Hugill. She is a member of the renowned, all-woman quartet, The Johnson Girls. Dan and Bonnie have toured extensively in Europe and North America.
Sunday, May 12
1:00-6:00 pm. Center for Irish Music Spring Recital. Free. Celtic Junction Arts Center. The award-winning musicians of this St. Paul gem demonstrate their abilities.
5:00-8:00 pm. Bonfire and Labyrinth. Free. Newell Park. Our community Bonfire is complemented with a new 30-foot "Creativity Labyrinth" created by Marilyn Larson. Celebrate the arrival of summer in ancient Irish fashion. Musicians and dancers welcome! All ages. Family friendly.