2019 Programs and Pricing

Children · Teen · Adult · Public Events

Irish Trad Immersion Camp (9-12 years)

A fun intensive Irish music workshop!

Come spend an afternoon with other young musicians who are ready to learn to play more Irish traditional music. If you already play some Irish tunes, or if you play an instrument that suits Irish music (like flute, violin, harp or guitar), join fiddler and violin teacher Mary Vanorny and flute player/uilleann piper Seán Gavin for the 2019 Irish Trad Immersion Camp.

The program is a condensed, introductory version of the teen program. Open to whistle, fiddle, flute, mandolin, banjo, guitar, harp who know five to ten Irish tunes. Music will be taught by ear. Please contact Norah at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.org if your instrument is not included in the list.

Parent pick-up is between 6:30 and 7:00pm (dinner is served at 5:45pm). Trad Camp students and families are encouraged to attend the Great Session Experience from 7-9pm.  There will be a cash bar and refreshments available to the public, so invite all of your friends to hear the music!

Age: 9 to 12 yrs
Level: Intermediate
Instructors:  Mary Vanorny & Seán Gavin

Friday, June 14th
1:30pm-5:45pm - Gathering, large & small group classes, coming together to play as one giant band!
5:45-7:00pm - dinner with other participants (included in registration, participants are superivised)
7:00-9:00pm - Great Session Experience, trad camp session led by CIM instructors

$65 before May 15th | $85 after May 15th
Registration includes Friday dinner

Register Online  - **available on pc's only**, registration does not work on handheld devices

Intermediate and Advanced Teen Program (12 to 19 yrs)

Three days with internationally renowned traditional Irish musicians. New tunes, new techniques, new and deepened musical friendships!

This course is specifically designed for teens (and some pre-teens) that already play Irish instruments at an intermediate to advanced level. Fiddlers, flute and tin whistle players, singers, guitarists, pipers, pianists, harpists, banjo & bodhrán players will all have the opportunity to learn from the visiting artists in small class sizes. 

Intermediate and Advanced Teen Program registrants are encouraged to stay for the Friday night Great Session Experience (GSE) from 7-9pm, although the GSE is an optional part of the program. Teens will be supervised at the teen session. We encourage families to come and join in the fun at the Great Session Experience.  There will be a cash bar and refreshments available to the public, so invite all of your friends!

Age: 12 to 19 yrs
Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Instructors: MIM visiting artists

Friday, June 14th 1:30-9:00pm – Welcoming, workshops, teen dinner, The Great Session Experience from 7-9pm (optional)
Saturday, June 15th 9:30am-4:30pm – Workshops and sessions, 4:45pm-5:30pm Teen Trad Showcase, 7:30pm Concert (optional)
Sunday, June 16th 11:00am-4:30pm – Workshops, sessions & closing

Cost (includes teen dinner on Friday):
$195 before May 15th | $235 after May 15th

Teen Trad Showcase on Saturday afternoon from 4:45-5:30pm - featuring performances by local young traditional musician (that's you)! If you would like to sign up to perform in the showcase, contact Norah Rendell at nrendell@centerforirishmusic.org.

*Teen program schedule is subject to minor changes, and will be confirmed prior to the weekend.

Registration **available on pc's only**, registration does not work on handheld devices


Adult Program – Workshops, Lectures, & Events  

Music Workshops

The Minnesota Irish Weekend offers a selection of workshops, lectures, a demonstration and fascinating interviews with the visiting artists.  There is something for everyone, musicians and non-musicians alike. Instrument-specific workshops with the visiting artists are available throughout the weekend on whistle, flute, fiddle, banjo, uilleann pipes, accordion, guitar, lilting and song.  General workshops for all Irish instrumentalists, singers and dancers are also available this year.

Detailed decriptions of each lecture/talk will be available on the Adult Workshops page once the course offerings are finalized. Package deals and schedules will be on the registration form.

Workshops: $35 until May 15th; $40 after May 15th
Interviews & Lectures: $16 until May 15th; $19 after May 15th

Package Discount
Register for 5 or more workshops, interviews or lectures and receive 15% off*! Just use code MIM5+ at checkout when registering online.

Registration **available on pc's only**, registration does not work on handheld devices

Public Events

These events are open to anyone who would like to experience the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, whether or not they are registered in workshops or youth programs. Parents, partners, friends, fans, music-lovers are all welcome!

Don't forget to check out the interview of Randal Bays (Sunday), and the Saturday lectures, dance and song workshops that are on offer throughout the weekend!


  • 7:00pm-9:00pm Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Opening Reception featuring an interview of the Friel Sisters by Dáithí Sproule followed by a session. Other visiting artists will be introduced as well. All are welcome. Refreshments provided.
  • Cost: $15, free for youth students who are registered for MIM programs (Trad Immersion Camp, Teen Program)
  • Location: 755 Prior Avenue North, across from the Celtic Junction under the green water tower, south of Blackstack Brewery
  • Purchase tickets with workshop registration or individually via Paypal


  • 7:00pm-9:30pm Great Session Experience.  Come join one of many sessions led by musicians in the Twin Cities community. Multi-ability sessions available including a song session. Free and open to the public. Concessions available.


  • 4:45-5:30pm, Teen Trad Showcase featuring talented young local musicians - all are welcome!
  • 5:00pm Pre-concert public gathering, dinner* & session.  
  • 7:30pm MASTER ARTISTS CONCERT - $6/$20 before May 15 | $10/$25  after May 15

*A reservation is required for dinner.