Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

The Master’s Choice CD Launch featuring Martin McHugh, May 17

Music starts at 7:30pm. $10 admission at the door for adults, $5 for children 12 and under.

'A gem of a person, he's that player that we all gather around - it's as much about his company as it is about his music. Marty's love of the music and his beautiful steady playing have influenced an entire generation in Minnesota.'
-Liz Carroll, Chicago

Martin McHugh, master accordion player and well-loved keeper of Irish tunes, is recognized for his role in sustaining and fostering Irish music around St. Paul, Minnesota during the 1960s and 1970s and remains a strong and influential presence today. Originally from Castlerea, Co. Roscommon in Ireland, Martin has inspired and encouraged a great number of the musicians who make the Twin Cities such a lively Irish music scene. His music, musicianship and good humour have enlivened many a session, fueled many a player, stirred many a dancer’s foot, and gladdened many a heart.

We are celebrating the launch of Martin McHugh’s first CD “The Master’s Choice”. The evening will begin 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 (an Irish dance) called by Mike WhelanSpecial guest musicians will join for the Céilí, and members of the Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band will perform at the intermission. Refreshments, and CDs, will be available.

This festive evening is open to all. Come for the great music, fun and the celebration of a man who has given so much to the local community through music, wondrous wit, good cheer and friendship - Martin McHugh.

'Martin McHugh has been the shining light and the steady rock at the center of the traditional Irish music scene in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area for decades... For us in the Minnesota Irish music scene this is without a doubt an historic recording!'
-Dáithí Sproule