Local Irish Sessions

Local Sessions

CIM hosts sessions at gatherings such as the Open House, Volunteer party, special holiday sessions and at the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend. It is always appropriate to bring your instrument when you come to the Center for Irish Music!  CIM hosts a regular session called the Young Learners' Session on the 3rd Saturday of each month.

Here is a list of regular Irish traditional music sessions around the Twin Cities:

Fridays 6-9pm at The Dubliner, Saint Paul

Saturdays 10am-11:30am at the Center for Irish Music on the 3rd Saturday of the month - Young Learner's Session

Sundays 1-3pm at Kieran’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
Come eat brunch and play tunes at this family-oriented session led by CIM founders Kate and Jode Dowling, Danielle Enblom, Cory Froehlich with common appearances of Dáithí Sproule, Barry Foy.  The session is focused on young trad musicians with a goal of providing an opportunity to play in sessions, and to encourage their music in all ways possible!  Talk to your CIM instructor about being added to the Facebook message group for this session as the schedule often changes due to sports events in the area.

Sundays 4-6pm Keegan's/CIM Learners Session at Keegan’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
This beginner session is led by Pat Lyles. It is meant for people new to sessions or new to Irish music. Tom will lead you through tunes (many that are based on the CIM Common Repertoire) and familiarize you with session protocol.  The Keegan's/CIM learner's session focuses on the tunes and sets from the CIM Common Repertoire.  A new tune from the CIM common repertoire is  taught each week, and other tunes will be reviewed by playing sets from that same source. The ultimate goal is to graduate to the regular (6:00) Keegan's session and other sessions! Pat Lyles (with Tom Lockney when he is in town) is leading the charge, but CIM instructors teach a tune at 5pm occasionally.

Sundays 6-8pm at Keegan’s Irish Pub, Minneapolis
This well-attended session is recommended for our most advanced students.  Pull up a chair, grab a pint, and listen to the local masters.  Join in if and when you are ready!

Unaccompanied Singing

Final Sunday of each month 3-5pm at W.A. Frost and Company, St. Paul
This singing session is run by the Twin Cities’ Traditional Singers Club and meets in the lower level in Frost's cozy wine cellar.

Session in Dublin

Dublin session. Photo by Danny Diamond