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

Ailie Robertson and Norah Rendell in Concert, April 9

Music starts 7pm, doors at 6:30pm. Advance tickets $12, $16 at the door. $5 for those 18 and under and college students. (College students please bring ID.)


Getting back to their roots at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance before the founding of their award-winning band, The Outside Track, Norah Rendell (vocals, flute & whistle) and Ailie Robertson (harp) are reuniting for a rare duo performance at the Celtic Junction. This concert will feature songs, tunes, original and traditional compositions. 

Canadian singer, Norah Rendell, has been named “Best Vocalist of the Year” by the Live Ireland Awards three times and nominated for “Best Traditional Singer of the Year” by the Canadian Folk Music Awards in 2009. Rendell's performances have been featured at festivals across North America and on MPR’s Heartland Radio, CBC’s Canada Live, BBC Radio 3, BBC Radio Scotland and Radio nan Gaidheal. 

Ailie Robertson is a musician in the broadest sense: composer, arranger, teacher, improviser and harp virtuoso. “Her synthesis of Irish, Scottish and contemporary harping technique into an individual style represents the realization of otherwise unimagined possibilities for the Celtic harp” (Niall Keegan, 2006). 

Ailie has some of the most impressive credentials in the Scottish harp world. A 5-time National Mod Gold Medalist, she was also 1st prizewinner at the inaugural London Harp Competition, and best overall musician at the Edinburgh Competition Festival. She has represented Commun na Clarsach for Scotland at the Pan Celtic Festival in Ireland, and in 2005 she was awarded a scholarship from the ESU in recognition of her ‘virtuosic clarsach playing’, and was a winner of the St Albans New Roots award. She was the winner of the Live Ireland award for ‘Instrumental Cut of the Year’ for her debut album ‘First Things First’. 

“…clear, expressive singing, which is among the best on today’s Celtic folk scene. It all adds up to a brilliant album I could listen to all day–in fact, I just have!” – Stephen Winick, Huffington Post 

“A fine singer of traditional ballads.” Alex Monahan, Living Tradition 

“Rendell’s vocals are a revelation – pure, strong, and expressive.” Rob Weir, SingOut! magazine 

"innovative, assured and beautiful...her harp exerts an undeniable and inexorable tug at the heart strings" - Scotland on Sunday

"'First Things First' is a golden opportunity to hear a harp played with flair, precision and consummate skill, plus passionate drive and gentle reserve. There's many clichés you could use such as 'old head on young shoulders', and 'talent beyond her years' – but they don't come close. Simply listen to this album to hear a harp played as never before. You know without doubt you're listening to inspired genius." - Folkwords

"a player of Ailie's class has the ability to tear your heart out" - Maverick