The Celtic Junction

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Past Events 2012

Expats Christmas Gathering, December 29

7:30- 11:30 pm. Expatriots of all nationalities and their American spouses, partners and friends are invited for an evening of drinking, dancing and merriment to celebrate the season. Enjoy the company of treasured friends while making new ones.

Old Time Pals in Concert, December 28

Bob Douglas, Adam Granger and Pop Wagner in concert. [More]

 

 

The Celtic Junction Christmas Céilí, December 15

An evening of Irish céilí dancing taught and called by Mike Whalen, with traditional Irish dance music played by the Twin Cities Céilí Band. [More]

Boiled in Lead Acoustic Yule Party, December 14

Celebrate the holidays with “...one of the most innovative world beat bands...” (NPR) 

This show will be a "Yule Party" - a holiday event with special guests, including a traditional mummers mystery play and 'The Short Swords', a rapper sword dance team. [More]

Celtic Open Mic Night, December 8

Sponsored by the GNIPC and the IMDA. Bring out your dancers, pipers, singers, story tellers and comedians... A great time for participants and audience alike. [More]

Contra Dance, December 1

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance. Live music with Danebodium! Instruction begins at 7:30pm and the dance begins at 8pm. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors.

RSCDS - Twin Cities Branch 16th Annual Fàilte Ball, December 1

"Fàilte" means welcome in Gaelic, and all Scottish dancers, beginners and experienced, are most welcome! The Fàilte Ball is intended to be a gentle introduction to the ball scene for newer dancers, and a fun night for all. Enjoy a scrumptious dessert buffet, live music, and dancing in a semi-formal setting. Visit the RSCDS website for details. 

Sweet Colleens CD Release Concert, November 30

“These guys take you on a wild, high–energy trip from Belfast, to Kentucky, to Louisiana, to Nova Scotia, to Kingston and back home again all in one set. My legs are tired just thinking about it.” - Mike Pengra, Producer, Minnesota Public Radio – 89.3FM The Current  [More]

The IMDA Honors Kieran Folliard, November 24

Come join the Irish Music and Dance Association in honoring the many contributions of Kieran Folliard to our community - as a promoter of Irish music and dance, pub host, entrepreneur, community leader, Irish Fair Board Chairman, great friend the Center for Irish Music and all around great gent! Music, dance, theatre, poetry and lots of friends! Bring a dessert to share. [More]

 

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, November 17

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen! [More]

Piper Paddy Keenan in Concert, November 16

Irish Music Awards 2010 'Top Uilleann Piper' and 2011 'Lifetime Achievement Award' winner, Paddy Keenan performs in concert with guitarist Eugene Durkee. A founding member of the Bothy Band, Paddy has been compared to both Jimi Hendrix and John Coltrane. Paddy's flowing, open-fingered style of playing can be traced directly from the style of such great Travelling pipers as Johnny Doran. [More]

 

 

Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Dáithí Sproule in Concert, November 4

A rare opportunity for two good friends to take the stage together, Irish traditional singer Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and guitarist Dáithí Sproule. [More]




Workshops with Maighread and Dáithí, November 3

The Traditional Singers Club is committed to promoting traditional singing styles that, for the most part, evolved without instrumental accompaniment and without concert halls! The following two workshops with singer Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and singer/guitarist Dáithí Sproule explore the lessons, stories and philosophy behind two leading practitioners of Irish traditional song who have unique first hand experience with working out accompaniments for songs and with bringing the magic of Irish traditional singing into a concert setting. [More]

Larry Nugent and Patsy O'Brien in Concert, November 3

"Laurence Nugent, flute and whistle player is a man not given to stray notes or empty promises." - Hot Press Magazine – Dublin, Ireland

"One of Irish music’s recognized master musicians," (Irish Music Magazine), Laurence will be delving deep into his repetoire for a night of tunes and songs that have established him as one of Ireland's finest exports of traditional Irish flute playing. Accompanying Larry on guitar will be Cork-born, award-winning musician, Patsy O'Brien. [More]

Irish Set Dance, October 27

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and friends. Get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! Doors 6:30, dance 7-9, $5 admission.

Kevin Burke in Concert, October 20

"Lyric, fluid and precisely as tricky as he needs to be - probably the greatest Irish fiddler living." - The Village Voice

A solo concert by the amazing Kevin Burke, fiddler for The Bothy Band, Patrick Street, and The Celtic Fiddle Festival. [More]

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, October 19

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen! [More]

Máirtín de Cógáin Project: From Cork with Love, October 14

“From Cork with Love”, brought to you with as much attention as only an exile can give. An evening full to the brim with songs of love, romance, heartache and dreams, with a few stories and mighty tunes thrown in between. Máirtín de Cógáin, vocals, bodhrán, storytelling, dance; Brian Miller, guitar, bouzouki, backing vocals; Devin Shepherd,fiddle.  [More]

Private Event, October 13



Contra Dance, October 6

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance. Live music with Danebodium! Instruction begins at 7:30pm and the dance begins at 8pm. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors.

Voices United for Separation of Church and State, September 30

A family-friendly benefit event featuring folk, blues & gospel music by Dan "Daddy Squeeze" Newton, Mother Banjo Band, Baby Grant Johnson and more! This event is part of a nationwide weekend of musical events to celebrate – and defend – the vital principle of church-state separation. Entertainers in all 50 states will participate in house concerts and shows at larger venues to bring people together on behalf of our First Amendment freedoms. [More]

The Bad Arm – Confessions of a Dodgy Irish Dancer, September 23

A one-woman show written and performed by Máire Clerkin and directed by Dan O'Connor. 'Those artful jigs. Those brilliantly executed hornpipes. Those tapping toes. Those long, high-flying legs. Sweet, hardworking, skilled little Maire Clerkin would be the very picture of Irish dancing’s graceful ideal…if it weren’t for that one protruding, silhouette-destroying arm. That bad, bad arm. Poor thing. She’ll never grow up to hoof it in “Riverdance” — let alone win the approval of her gifted, stern, dance teacher/mother.' - Scott Stiffler, Downtown Express, NY  [More]

Norman Kennedy in Concert, September 22

Presented by The Traditional Singers Club

The National Endowment for the Arts has called Norman Kennedy "a master traditional artist who has contributed to the shaping of our artistic traditions." He has woven "the old ways" of his native Scotland into his own life and he passes it all on through singing and storytelling.

Always a delightful and engaging performer! [More]

Monthly Céilí Dance, September 15

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen! [More]

Irish Set Dance, September 8

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing!

Contra Dance, September 1

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance. Dances called by Jim Brooks and live music by the Grit Pickers. Instruction begins at 7:30pm and the dance begins at 8pm. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors.

Monthly Céilí Dance, August 18

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band, dances called by Mike Whalen. [More]

Irish Fair Minnesota, August 10-12 at Harriet Island in Saint Paul

Don't miss Irish Fair, it's certainly where we'll be!

Contra Dance, August 4

Contra dance refers to several partnered folk dance styles in which couples dance in two facing lines, sometimes described as New England folk dance. Dances called by Don Gatheridge and live music by Greenwood Tree.  Instruction begins at 7:30pm and the dance begins at 8pm. Admission is $7, $6 for seniors.

Celtic Open Mic, July 28

Sponsored by the GNIPC and the IMDA. Bring out your dancers, pipers, singers, story tellers and comedians... A great time for participants and audience alike. [More]

Monthly Céilí Dance, July 21

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band! [More]

Billy McLaughlin & Mithril in Concert, July 20

If you don't know Billy McLaughlin's stunning music and the inspiring story of what he's been through to continue playing guitar then you should not miss this show! He'll be sharing his best known compositions for solo guitar as well as a few new songs before handing the stage over to the amazing Celtic music group, Mithril. Don't miss the first-ever MN performance by this Gulf Coast quartet who last performed with Billy alongside the Mobile Symphony. [More]

Irish Set Dance, July 14

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! [More]

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches with singer Chris Wright, June 30

Chris will deliver a public lecture on the Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o Riches project. Following the lecture, Chris will be joined by local musician Laura MacKenzie in a concert highlighting some of the songs and music contained in the project's archives. Presented by the Twin Cities Singers Club. [More]

MIM Artist Concert, June 16

A once in a lifetime chance to see these world renowned Irish traditional musicians take the stage together: Harry Bradley (flute, uilleann pipes), Felix Dolan (piano), Jesse Smith (fiddle), Devin Shepherd (fiddle) and Eileen Gannon (Irish harp). Concert is part of the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend event, everyone welcome. [More]

Monthly Family Céilí Dance, June 15

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band! [More]

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 14-17

The Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival presented by the Center for Irish Music that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with youth and adult learners for a weekend of workshops, lectures and a rare and virtuosic concert on Saturday night. [More]

Country Western Concert & Dance with the Cactus Blossoms & Pop Wagner, June 2

Pop and The Cactus Blossoms team up to treat you to a night of Country Western music complete with a chance to get on the dance floor.  [More]

Irish Set Dance, June 1

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! [More]

Sean Nos & Old Style Irish Dance Workshop, May 12

Two afternoon workshops with Danielle Enblom: Basics of Sean-Nós and Clare style steps. [More]

 

 

Fundraiser for Orkestar Bez Ime: An Evening of Balkan Music & Dance, May 12

Help OBI run away with the Roma! The 2011 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians winners, Orkestar Bez Ime, are using their cash prize to travel to Serbia this summer. There, they will study at Amala, a school dedicated to the music, language, and dance of the Roma culture— widely known as Gypsy. Amala School presents the unique opportunity to discover Romani and Serbian culture in an authentic setting. Give OBI a hand and enjoy a night of Music & Dance at the same time! [More]

Adam Kiesling Old-Time CD Release Party, May 6

Come celebrate old-time stringband musician Adam Kiesling's latest release 'Unclouded Day'! Musical guiests include Meghan Dudle, Colin Harris, Eric Lind, Gary Powell and Dakota Dave Hull. [More]

 

Celtic Open Mic, May 5

Sponsored by the GNIPC and the IMDA. Bring out the dancers, pipers, singers, story tellers and those who fancy themselves funny... A good time for participants and audience alike. [More]

Workshops with Len Graham and Brían Ó hAirt, April 30

Learn more about the Ulster Ballad Tradition with Len Graham or learn the Connemara style of sean-nós dancing with Brían Ó hAirt. [More]

Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt: Songs from the Ulster and Connemara Traditions, April 29

Join Len & Brían for an evening of entertainment spanning the Ulster and Connemara traditions and beyond, while celebrating the release of their duo album Of Two Minds. Come experience stories, songs, dance and music from these vibrant Irish regional traditions woven into one magical evening. Sponsored by The Traditional Singers Club. [More]

Celtic Players present Scenes from a Celtic Album, April 27-28

The Celtic Players, a theatre group that draws upon the Celtic tradition in literature from around the world, performs "Scenes from a Celtic Album", a compilation of stories, poems and dramatic scenes from Shakespeare, Liam O'Flaherty, Brian Friel, Tennyson, Billy Collins and others. [More]

 

The Outside Track in Concert, April 21

'Group of the Year' at both the Live Ireland Music Awards 2012 and the TIR Irish Music Awards!  A stunning synthesis of virtuosity and energy, The Outside Track's marriage of Canadian, Scottish and Irish music and song has been rapturously received around the world. Hailing from Scotland, Ireland, Cape Breton and Vancouver, its five members are united by a love of traditional music and a commitment to creating new music on its foundation. Using fiddle, accordion, harp, guitar, flute, step-dance and vocals these five virtuosos blend boundless energy with unmistakable joie de vivre. [More]

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, April 20

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band! [More]

RSCDS Grand Ball, April 14

The Twin Cities branch of The Royal Scottish Country Dance Society will be holding their 36th annual Grand Ball with a Roaring Twenties theme.

Irish Set Dance, April 13

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! [More]

Macalester Pipe Band in Concert, March 31

The concert will feature the Grade 5 pipe band and Grade 3 pipe band, Highland Dancers, as well as some solo performances by excellent pipers and drummers. [More]

Canceled: A Ross Sutter Bananaversary, March 25

Sorry folks, this date is sadly canceled for health reasons. Send good thoughts to Ross, and stay tuned for a new Bananaversary date coming later this year.

 

Belfast or Bust! Fundraising Ceili, March 24

Let's send two O'Shea dancers to the World Irish Dance Competition in Belfast! [More]

 

 

Saint Patrick's Day Irish Dance, March 17

A céilí dance in Inis Mor with the Twin Cities Céilí Band, and an Irish set dance in Inis Meáin with live music by Suzanne and Dace Rhees and Marty McHugh. [More]

OID Private Event, March 16



Studios of North Celtic Junction Open House, March 11

1-5pm. Brian Barnes, Laura MacKenzie, Gary Rue and Pop Wagner invite you to a studio open house. Meet the teaching artists of North Celtic Junction, sign up for lessons and peruse the new works on display created by Pop Wagner. [More]

Art Opening: Works in Mohair by Pop Wagner, March 11

The woven fiber cinches Pop Wagner designs and makes have their lineage in the tradition of Navajo cinch makers. In Navajo culture, the horse was incorporated into daily living and into rites and ceremonies.  Articles related to the horse rightfully had great value. This reverence for fine craft and design of the utilitarian cinch can be seen in the work of modern day mohair cinch makers, Navajo and non-Navajo alike. [More]

Irish Set Dance, March 10

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! [More]

Fitz Night, March 4

The second annual gathering to honor and remember the one and only Tim "Fitz" Fitzgerald. Bring your stories. Bring your instrument. Bring your voice. Bring your dancing shoes. Bring other people. 7pm - 12am




Night at the Races, March 3

It's time to place your bets! TCRE welcomes you to join us for an evening of food and fun at this annual tradition. Enjoy a catered dinner, then win fun money by betting on horse races courtesy of Canterbury Park. Use your winnings to bid in a live auction for items provided by local businesses. Other events include a silent auction and raffle, and back by popular demand is John Cosgrove as our ever-entertaining MC. All proceeds go to TCRE programs. [More]

New! The Fretless in Concert, March 1

The Fretless fuses the worlds of folk and chamber music in a wild amalgam they like to call Rad Trad. Combining the traditional look of a string quartet with the exciting tunes, arrangements and stepdancing of the Celtic traditions, The Fretless is a lethal supergroup that is a force to be reckoned with! [More]

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, February 25

The Center for Irish Music and Kieran Folliard, Honorary Event Chair and local founder of 2 Gingers Whiskey, along with emcee Máirtín de Cogain, All-Ireland Storytelling Champion, invite you to dress up in your finest, bring your friends and join us at The Celtic Junction for Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event. [More]

 

Scottish Ramble Ceilidh, February 18

Continue the festivities enjoyed at the Landmark Center at a Scottish Ceilidh dance called by Neil Gunn.  Dance music by the Gunn Slingers. [More

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, February 17

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band! [More]

 

HiBs in Concert, February 11

Bring your sweetie(s) or just your sweet-self for a romantic pre-Valentine concert with the HiBs. This will be a special night for everyone, young and old, single, separated, or settled-down. There will be love-erly pricing for tickets bought in pairs, thematic concessions and an abundance of music and amore! [More]

 

 

Solo Bagpipe Competition, February 11

If you can't get enough bagpipes, come cheer on the competitors at the solo bagpipe competition. Sponsored by the Minnesota Bagpipe and Drum Society. [More]

 

Garnet Rogers in Concert, February 10

...a master musical storyteller, often dealing in songs of the heart, Rogers digs an emotional well and invites the listener in for a long, refreshing drink. - Dirty Linen [More]

 

Irish Set Dance, February 4

Irish Set Dance is a popular form of folk dancing in Ireland. Set dances are based on four couples in a group dancing in sequence and together. Enjoy Irish traditional music as well! Irish reels, hornpipes and jigs played by Marty McHugh, Tom Lockney and various members of the Twin Cities Ceili Band get the toes tapping and the dancing in full swing! [More]

Bua in Concert, February 3

Bua (BOO-ah) translates from the Irish as “victory” and is used among Irish speakers to wish someone good luck: “Beir bua!” = Be victorious!

Irish Music Awards’ 2009 “Top Traditional Group” is Bua, a quartet comprised of some of the most talented young musicians in the US. Brían Ó hAirt: vocals, concertina, sean-nós dance; Sean Gavin: flute, uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd: fiddle; Brian Miller: guitar, bouzouki, vocals [More]

Celtic Open Mic Night, January 28

Celtic Open Mic sponsored by the IMDA and the GNIPC. Bring out your stories, songs, jokes, bands, and instruments! [More]

Celebration of the Life of Christopher Bohen, January 22

Son, brother, husband, father, uncle, friend, teacher, writer, wit. If you knew Chris, please join us and share your stories. 2-5pm

Monthly Céilí at the Celtic Junction, January 20

Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band! [More]

 

A Scottish Music Workshop, January 14-15

Focusing on Scottish dance music for musicians of all levels. All interested musicians encouraged to take advantage of this special opportunity.

Instructors: Hanneke Cassel (fiddle) and Dave Wiesler (piano) [More]

Bach and Jazz, January 14

Featuring finger-picking style guitarist Chris Olson with Jay Epstein, drums; Chris Bates, bass; Jin Kim, baroque violin; Julie Elhard, viola da gamba; Paul Boehnke, harpsichord.

What do Bach and jazz have in common? Lots. Come hear some of Bach’s music as well as some jazz inspired by him and some of Bach’s music… jazzed. [More]

Presented by the Bach Society of Minnesota.

Hanneke Cassel and Dave Wiesler in Concert, January 13

Hanneke Cassel on fiddle is, "Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness." Boston Globe 

Dave (piano) and Hanneke (fiddle) have been playing and recording together since 2001. This duo brings rhythmic and innovative piano and award winning Scottish and Cape Breton style fiddle to the CJ stage. 
Presented by the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society [More]

Two Tap Trio in Concert, January 7

The Two Tap Trio will touch your heart and then get you up dancing! High energy traditional Irish music with a trio of outstanding musicians: Brian Miller, Nathan Gourley and Norah Rendell. Lively jigs and reels on fiddle, flute and whistle with virtuosic guitar accompaniment. [More]