Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event 2017
February 25, 2017
5:00pm - silent auction reception & dinner
7:00pm - doors open for concert guests, second silent auction reception
8:15pm - concert
Thanks to everyone who made this year's event a massive success. We are happy to announce that we reached our goal of $10,000 for Instruments for CIM program! Thank you! We look forward to seeing you on Saturday February 24th, 2018!
The Center for Irish Music and honorary chair, Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Professor Emeritus of the University of St. Thomas, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at the Celtic Junction Arts Center for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event.
Éigse [eg-shuh] is an Irish word used for festivals celebrating traditional Irish arts and culture. It is in this spirit that we gather for an evening to raise funds for The Center for Irish Music and the mission of handing down traditional Irish music.
This semi-formal evening event includes two ticket options for attendees: come early to share a meal provided by Cara Irish Pubs, or join us later in the evening for the silent auction and concert featuring the stellar traditional Irish music of the CIM Instructors who boast recording, award winning, and world touring artists among their number.
2017 CIM Honorary Event Chair, Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Ph.D.
Thomas Dillon Redshaw is professor emeritus of the University of St. Thomas. He served as the editor of the Irish American Cultural Institute's journal Éire-Ireland until the institute moved to New Jersey in 1995. The following year, he helped establish the Center for Irish studies at the University of St. Thomas and served as the first editor of the school's New Hibernia Review. Redshaw’s academic expertise is in Modern and Contemporary Irish Literature, with a particular focus on poetry, and he is a strong advocate for preserving Minnesota's strong Irish culture and heritage. Redshaw has a MA in Anglo-Irish literature from University College, Dublin, and a doctorate in English from New York University. He is also a fellow of the Institute of Irish Studies at Queen’s University, Belfast.
"I first fell in with Dublin fifty years ago in the midst of the 'Ballad Revival'. Ronnie Drew and the Dubliners grabbed me by the ears and thrust me into cellar sessions, pub-singing, and concerts by Sean O Riada's Ceoltoiri Chualann and later The Chieftains.
Virtuoso singing and thrilling fiddle and bodhran playing soon taught me--as Irish traditional music does--much about the inner life of Ireland--a life that thrives to this day.
The Center for Irish Music has, for twelve years, passed on that rich tradition by nourishing expert teaching, sponsoring lively performances throughout the Twin Cities, and sending competitors to the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil and, last year to the fleadh in Ennis, Co. Clare. A legend in its own short time, the Center for Irish Music testifies to the vibrancy of the Twin Cities' diverse musical life."
- Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Ph.D., 2017 Honorary Chair
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