Past Events 2018
Connla in Concert, Jan 13 TICKETS
Hailing from the cities of Armagh and Derry and considered the Hottest New Group out of Northern Ireland, (Chicago Irish American News), Connla have been quickly making an impact on the folk/traditional scene with classic Irish instrumentation – uilleann pipes, harp, flutes, whistles,bodhran and guitar – and potently alluring, intensely emotive vocals. Connla is Ciara McCafferty (vocals), Ciaran Carlin (Flute/Whistles) and Paul Starrett (Guitar) Emer Mallon (Harp) and Conor Mallon (Uilleann Pipes/Whistles).
Dakota Dave Hull & Liz Draper, Jan 12 TICKETS
Dakota Dave Hull with bassist Liz Draper play from their recently released CD, Another Cup. Dave is a towering figure in his field, considered a peer by the finest folk musicians this country has produced, including Doc Watson, Norman Blake, Utah Phillips, Paul Geremia, and Dave Van Ronk, who called him “one of the best guitarists in the world.” Opening set by Adam Kiesling.
Celtic Holiday Hooley, Dec 14, 15, 16, 21, 22 TICKETS
Holiday fun for the whole family! Celebrate the season with a variety show of traditional folk music, Irish step dance, carols, cute kids, and Santa, hosted by comedian Joshua Will and Natalie O'Shea.
Yulefest XI, Dec 8
7:30pm. $15 admission. Annual Irish music benefit for The Food Group (formerly known as the Emergency Foodshelf Network) featuring local favorites Barra, The HiB's, Patsy O'Brien, and The Eddies. A silent auction will be held.
Celebrate the talents of the Center for Irish Music's Advanced Youth Ensemble! This exciting lineup of young musicians includes banjo, fiddle, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar and singing! They've been working for the past few months on a variety of new material and this concert will feature the best of what these young musicians have to offer.
Adam Kiesling/Scott Keever Double Album Release, Nov 30 TICKETS
Two acoustic musicians, Adam Kiesling and Scott Keever, both celebrate the release of their latest albums.
Midway Holiday Pop Up Shop, Nov 24
10am-4pm. Kick off the holiday shopping season by shopping at the 4th Annual Midway Holiday Pop-up Shop on Small Business Saturday. Midway Holiday Pop-up Shop is our Small Business Saturday event to help up to 30 wonderful small businesses, crafters and artists from around St Paul and the Twin Cities to complete during the holiday shopping season, We will provide you with a wonderful shopping experience with live music, food and children activities.
Nomadi in Concert, Nov 17 TICKETS
The newest Bulgarian folk band in town, Nomadi, is thrilled to announce their very FIRST concert! А special night of live Bulgarian music with the sounds of modern and traditional folk patterns. Members of this unique band are Alexandra Georgieva (vocals, gadulka, keyboard), Natalie Nowytski (vocals), Nikolay Gueorguiev (gadulka), Toli Georgiev (clarinet, bagpipe (gaida), keyboard), and Eric Ray (accordion).
IMDA Honors Bill Conlan, Nov 16
The community is cordially invited to IMDA Honors Bill Conlan! IMDA Honors is a celebration of the outstanding contributions of the keepers of our Irish traditions, those who share their gifts generously, enrich our lives and help to preserve our traditions for future generations.
The Nordic Fiddler's Bloc, Nov 9 TICKETS
The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc is a fiddle trio from Norway, Sweden and the Shetland Islands who swiftly gained a reputation for their gripping and unique blend of fiddle music since their inception in early 2009.
Beidh ‘Cóisir Uí Riada’ againn agus muid ag éisteacht le príomhchomórtas amhránaíochta ar an sean-nós an Oireachtais, Corn Uí Riada. Beidh neart comhrá, craic, tae is bríoscaí againn.
We will have an ‘O Riada Party’ as we listen to the flagship competition of the Oireachtas, Corn Uí Riada. This competition crowns the champion of the old style sean nos singing with participants from around the globe. We will have plenty of conversation, laughs, tea and biscuits.
Wails from the Cauldron: A Truly Celtic Haunting, Oct 31, Nov 2, 3
Phoenix Theatre, the Celtic Junction's resident theatre company, presents an original Halloween show. The show blends Celtic and world mythology, folklore, and history in a musical and theatrical revue. It evokes the deep roots and origins of Halloween in the Celtic festival of Samhain and its reshaping through time by Irish immigrants arriving in the nineteenth century.
Liam Ó Maonlaí in Concert, Oct 20TICKETS
Liam Ó Maonlaí is a charismatic and soulful performer of Irish traditional music and Irish song and is best known as the singer of band Hothouse Flowers
Liam O'Maonlai has given CJAC permission to offer a public screening of a rarely seen all-access documentary of the Hothouse Flowers on tour in 2002. This documentary has never been made available for purchase - you will only see it here!
Please join us for an extraordinary evening in support of Celtic Junction Arts Center and its Eoin McKiernen Library!
Hannah Flowers CD Launch and Concert, October 12 TICKETS
Harpist and singer Hannah Flowers celebrates the launch of her debut album “Amhrán na Cruite” (“Song of the Harp”).
The Harvest Home, Sept 22
Join the members of Trian - Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey and Dáithí Sproule - for a day of Irish music workshops, interview, community lunch and a Saturday night concert.
Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Sept 14 TICKETS
Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones are known for their quality musical presentation of Irish patriotic songs and traditional music featuring fiery introductions and storytelling from Derek.
O'Carolan: Rí na nDall/ King of the Blind~ Album Release Party, Sept 8 TICKETS
7:30pm. Advance $15. $20 door. Songs and Tunes of Turlough O’ Carolan, Ireland’s most celebrated harper, singer-songwriter. Chad McAnally, Irish harp with Cory Froehlich, vocals and flute, Mary Vanorny, Fiddle and Mary Burke, viol da gamba.
2018 Family Fringe Festival, Aug 2-5 and 9-12
Link to shows on MN Fringe. The 2018 Family Fringe performances will take place August 2-5 and 9-12 at Celtic Junction Arts Center in Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone.
Playful, lyrical, and ironic, F.Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940) is the most refreshingly sophisticated and slyly humorous of Minnesota's great twentieth century writers. As an Irish-American cash-strapped devotee to the charisma of wealth, he employed his ambiguous status to paint rich descriptions of his St. Paul roots and upbringing, largely around Cathedral Hill and Summit Avenue.
Irish Book Club, July 25
7:30-9pm in the Eoin McKiernan Library (EML). Free.
They are reading from episodes 100-110 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes and (an optional extra reading) reading pp.174-239 in The Flowering of Ireland. 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.email@example.com.
We are pleased to bring Brendan O'Brien, a senior psychotherapist and 20-year family constellator from Cork, Ireland, to lead us in a weekend of Family Constellations where we will explore the unresolved trauma of migration in our family story, and understand the role of songs and stories in helping us heal.
Come celebrate the launch of WCB's newest CD! Friday Night Live! was recorded live at the 2017 Irish Fair MN.
Poetry in Slow Motion study group, July 14
11AM in the Eoin McKiernan Library (EML). Free.
The group is reading the meditative and haunting section "Michael Robartes and the Dancer" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org[Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]
Harpist Stephanie Claussen, July 13
7:30pm. Free Admission. Harpist Stephanie Claussen performs and teaches throughout the Twin Cities. She has recorded multiple albums (including "Soirée à Montpellier" and "Light So Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas") and released a book of harp arrangements with Mel Bay Publications in 2016. Claussen is a two time winner at the Master level in the Minnesota Scottish Harp Competition. In 2017 Judge Seumas Gagne awarded her one of the highest scores he has ever given in the Master category, calling Claussen's performance “exceptional.”
This activity is made possible, in part, by funds provided by the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) through a grant from The McKnight Foundation.
Irish History Book Club, June 20
7:30-9:00pm in the EML (McKiernan Library). They are reading from episodes 90-100 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes and (an optional extra reading) reading pp.132-174 in The Flowering of Ireland. 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.email@example.com
Introduction to James Joyce and Dubliners, June 11-July 9
Learn how the extraordinary genius, James Joyce (1882-1941), employed his concept of the epiphany to examine the ordinary lives of the Dublin middle class in his highly accessible and ironically observed collection of fifteen stories, Dubliners (1914). The course will examine the biography of Joyce, his importance within the Irish Literary Revival, his respectful yet contentious relationship with the older W.B. Yeats, and the models Joyce sought to emulate and surpass as he interrogated the spiritual paralysis he saw at the heart of the colonized metropolis.
Oral History Project Launch Party, June 16
The Eoin McKiernan Library is celebrating the completion of an oral history project with a concert and exhibition of photos at the Celtic Junction. The concert will feature performances and stories from musicians interviewed for the project including Marty McHugh, Tom Dahill, Ann and Charlie Heymann, Laura MacKenzie, John McCormick, Pete Tritz and Dáithí Sproule.
Students will explore self-expression through sensory and figurative language in multiple poetic forms, including persona poetry, section poems, and narrative poetry. We will examine the work of W.B. Yeats and other contemporary poets. In this course, poetry is approached as a playful experiment. All skill levels are welcome; if you’re having fun, then you’re doing it right!
Poetry in Slow Motion Study Group, June 9
11:00 am in the EML (Eoin McKiernan Library). The group is reading the meditative and haunting section "The Wild Swans at Coole" 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 firstname.lastname@example.org[Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]
Following up on the talk given on Family Constellations and Healing Immigration Trauma given during Irish Arts week, we are offering a more in depth introduction to this powerful process.
Leslie Rich is a singer-songwriter from Belfast, Northern Ireland. He has been the principle songwriter for Celtic bands, A Little Of The Ready and Hounds Of Finn and currently fronts the rock band, Leslie Rich & The Rocket Soul Choir. Leslie will share the stories, images, songs and poetry that created HIS history of the North.
Introduction to Drawing Celtic Mythology, May 17-June 7
Learn how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, and landscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation in a class for beginners and enthusiasts at all levels. The principles of formal composition and color theory will be applied to this inspirational mythic and iconic imagery.
Sophie and Fiachra, May 19
Described as “Invigorating” by The Irish Times, Sophie & Fiachra take the Traditional Music of Quebec and Ireland and mate it in a unique way, remaining true to their roots while creating a new and original sound. Their sound is rooted in the Fiddle playing and singing of Quebecoise Sophie Lavoie, the uilleann piping and Banjo playing of Fiachra O’Regan from Ireland. Their sound is sweetened all the more by Gaelic and French Canadian song arrangements.
Finding an Immigrant’s Place of Origin, May 19
10:30am - Noon. In the EML with Tom Rice.
What are best strategies and sources to uncover this most important key to extending a lineage back to the birthplace in the mother country?
Unlocking the Mystery of Sherlock Holmes, May 12-19
Holmes. Explore the fiction (particularly A Study in Scarlet and The Sign of the Four) cultural assumptions (and blind spots!) and biography of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and his most famous creation Sherlock Holmes in this class for readers and lovers of classic Victorian literature.
Learn how the multi-talented genius, William Butler Yeats (1865-1939), employed Irish mythology as inspirational source material to spark into being the Irish Literary Renaissance from 1885-1939, to write profound mystical Irish poetry, and to craft plays of heroic dignity.
Old time and Irish Fusion! For this very special concert, Jamie will be accompanied on guitar by his old friend, local Twin Cities guitarist and singer, Dáithí Sproule, who is looking forward to adding some songs with Jamie from their old repertoire. Special guests will include Jamie’s musical partners of yore – local legends Martin McHugh and Laura MacKenzie.
David Power and Willie Kelly, April 28
Join uilleann piper David Power and fiddler Willie Kelly for an intimate evening of fine traditional Irish music. Touring on the strength of their recent CD release, “Apples in Winter”, these are two of the most accomplished and respected names in the Irish music world today. Plus! Special workshop opportunity presented by the Center for Irish Music!
Children's Fair, April 22
1-3pm. Free and open to the public. For young people 2-12ish.
Hosted by the Celtic Junction Arts Center in collaboration with O'Shea Irish Dance, Center for Irish Music, Eoin McKiernan Library, Irish Fair of Minnesota, Irish Music and Dance Association, Irish Dance Parents Association and the Minnesota Feis. Dancing! Music! Storytime! Fun to be had by all youngins!
Ireland in Black & White, April 21
Part of the Welcome Reception for Saint Paul Irish Arts Week. Free.
Emotive and luminous fine art photographs inspired by the landscapes of my ancestors, Ireland.
Welcome Reception for Arts Week, April 21
Celebrating Celtic Junction Arts Center's win as Best Irish Cultural Center in North America!
Justin Dolan, Vice Consul, from the Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago will be the keynote speaker and there will be music from the the Center for Irish Music. Let's celebrate our win with tunes, company, and craic!
Kick Off Day for Irish Arts Week, April 21
Join us for part or all of the day as we celebrate the first full day of Irish Arts Week!
Seven events nestled inside including: a play, two educational talks, an unusual Irish class, an IGSI panel, the Welcome Reception with Justin Dolan, Vice Consul, from the Consulate General of Ireland-Chicago, and a family céilí dance.
Four of these events are FREE!
Irish Singer Máirín Uí Chéide, April 7
County Galway native Máirín Uí Chéide will lead an afternoon workshop and perform an evening concert of unaccompanied traditional song presented by the Traditional Singers Club of the Twin Cities.
Yoga with a Celtic Slant, April 7
Celebrate the Celtic Junction's Lá Gaeilge (Irish Language Day) with Yoga Gaelach (Yoga in Irish Gaelic). Limber up, improve your sláinte (health) and pick up cúpla focal (a few basic words of Irish) while you stretch and move through the poses. For all ages and abilities. Please bring a mat if you have one.
Children and young learners will learn to speak Irish in a structured yet immersive listening/speaking style. The instructor will supply a booklet of exercises and readings for students. Lavinia Finnerty, a native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, has taught Irish in secondary school in Ireland and also more recently to adult learners in San Francisco. She has also prepared learners for the European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency.
Féile na Gaeilge, April 7
Irish Language Day at The Junction! For beginners to fluent speakers, join us for fun and educational activities in recognition of the Bliain na Gaeilge 2018 (Year of Irish) created to celebrate the language and encourage the use of Irish in Ireland and abroad.
Introduction to Irish language literature and poetry, April 4 - June 6
With Lavinia Finnerty. Deepen your knowledge and appreciation and comprehension of the Irish language by reading selections from its classic and contemporary literature in both prose and poetry. The instructor will supply a booklet of readings of accessible Irish language prose and poetry. Lavinia Finnerty is a native speaker from the Connemara Gaeltacht, she has taught Irish in secondary school in Ireland and also more recently to adult learners in San Francisco. She has also prepared learners for the European Pass for Irish/Certificate in Proficiency.
The Irish in Pop Culture: Sitcoms, Tourism, Singing Pubs and More, March 31
2pm in the EML. The Colloquium is a free lecture that is open to the public.
In an anecdotal, and sometimes faintly provocative talk, Rogers will look at some the ways the Idea of Ireland has seeped into our national fancies and fantasies—believing, as he does, that the Ireland of the imagination is by far the most powerful version.
Jim Rogers is the director of the Center for Irish Studies at St Thomas, a past president of the American Conference for Irish Studies, and the author of three books on Irish America—the most recent of which is Irish-American Autobiography.
Imanta Dimanta, March 25
“Imanta Dimanta and Friends” is an international Latvian “post-folk” band with indie folk and bluegrass influences. Join us for a Latvian folk song concert for all ages and musical tastes. Let Latvian music bring us together in the year of the Latvian Centennial!
Finding Ship Records for Irish Ancestors, March 24
10:30am - Noon in the EML. The ever elusive passenger lists are frequently the hardest information to find on your ancestors. Find out what records are available and where to find them. Instructor: Mary Wickersham, Treasurer, Irish Genealogical Society Intl. Write: email@example.com to register.
The Irish History book club, March 21
Wednesday, 7:30-9:00 pm, FREE in the EML (Eoin McKiernan Library). They are reading up to episode 70 in Jonathon Bardon's magnificent A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes and (an optional extra reading) finishing O'Kelly's authoritative study Newgrange. 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.firstname.lastname@example.org
Saint Patrick's Day Dance, March 17
All ages - dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey with lots of helpers for newcomers. Genuine, authentic, traditional Irish music with the Twin Cities Ceili Band.
Kickin' It Irish, March 10 & 11
Celebrate Saint Paddy's Day in true Irish style with Kickin' It Irish! Featuring Dublin native and original Riverdancer Cormac O'Sé, Kickin' It Irish is a modern fusion of show-style Irish dance and live Irish music. The lineup consists of 22 world-class dancers, and a driving dance band.
Poetry in Slow Motion study group, March 3
Saturday at 11:00 am FREE in the EML (Eoin McKiernan Library). The group is reading the meditative and haunting section "In the Seven Woods" 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 email@example.com [Note: this group usually meets once a month on Saturday mornings.]
Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 24
The Center for Irish Music and emcee Máirtín de Cógáin invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends, and join us for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, an evening in support of traditional Irish music.
The Parting Glass: A tribute to Corky Kittelson, Feb 18
...in the style of the Cafe Extempore and Monday Night Square Dancing.
Not All Irish Were Catholics, Feb 17
10:30am -Noon in the EML. Learn what other religions were active in Ireland and where to find their records. Instructor: Audrey Leonard with the Irish Genealogical Society International. Write firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Benefit for Birds of Prey, Feb 17
7pm.$15 at door. 17 and under $5.
An evening of learning about raptor initiatives and of live entertainment! Stay tuned!
Céilí Dance, Feb 17
7-10pm. $5 per person, $20 family maximum.
Traditional Irish folk dancing with live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called, families welcome! Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.
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 email@example.com [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 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.
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.firstname.lastname@example.org