Minnesota Irish Music Weekend At Home

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June 10-13, 2021

Join the Center for Irish Music for for Minnesota Irish Music Weekend!

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, presented by the Center for Irish Music, is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages for a weekend of workshops, lectures, a Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic concerts.

Each of our visiting artists is recognized for their musical mastery, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music.

2020 Master Artists

  • Matt Cranitch - fiddle
  • Conal Ó Gráda - flute, whistle
  • Benny McCarthy - accordion
  • Pauline Conneely - banjo
  • Danny Diamond - fiddle
  • Seán Gavin - flute, uilleann pipes
  • Brían Ó hAirt - song, concertina

2020 Local Teaching Artists

  • Danielle Enblom - dance & movement for Trad Immersion Camp
  • Hannah Flowers - harp (teen program & adult workshops on Sunday)
  • Brian Miller - accompaniment workshops (Sunday)
  • Amy Richter - bodhrán workshops (Saturday)
  • Dáithí Sproule - host for interviews
  • Mary Vanorny (fiddle) - Irish Trad Immersion Camp

2020 Programs & Workshops

2020 Concerts & Public Events

All concerts in central standard time (CST) and will broadcast from the Center for Irish Music's website (click here for the live stream page). Unless otherwise noted, concerts will run for 60 minutes. Tune in 15 minutes early for pre-concert chat. Concerts are free, but a suggested donation of $10/concert to help support our artists is appreciated. 

  • Saturday, June 6th, 7:30pm - MIM @ Home Preview Concert: Pauline Conneely 
  • Sunday, June 7th, 7:00pm - MIM @ Home Preview Concert: Brian ÓhAirt, unaccompanied song concert
  • Wednesday, June 10th, 7:30pm - MIM @ Home Preview Concert: Advanced Youth Ensemble showcase
  • Thursday, June 11th, 7:30pm - Virtual Opening Reception, featuring Pauline Conneely and Benny McCarthy in concert
  • Friday, June 12th - Great Session Experiences (links will be posted on this page by noon on Friday)
    • 6:00pm-7:00pm - Junior Session, online via Zoom
    • 7:00-8:00pm - Song session, led by Brian Miller via Zoom
    • 7:30- 9:00pm - TUNES with sets led by visiting artists and local musicians, hosted by Mary Vanorny via Zoom
  • Saturday, June 13th, 3:00pm - Concert: Conal Ó'Gráda
  • Saturday, June 13th, 7:30-10:00pm - Concert: Seán Gavin, Danny Diamond & Brian Miller, live from the Celtic Junction Arts Center
  • Sunday, June 14th, 3:00pm - Concert: Matt Cranitch

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.