The Celtic Junction

Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

836 Prior Avenue
St. Paul, MN, 55104

Past Events 2016

Celtic Christmas Hooley, Dec 17

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Holiday fun for the whole family with traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa! Come for the mulled wine & popcorn, stay for the cheer. [More]

Celtic Christmas Hooley Matinee, Dec 18

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A mid-afternoon show so no one has to miss the holiday fun! Traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa! [More]

Yulefest IX, Dec 3

7pm. Admission $15 at the door. Announcing YULEFEST IX- the musical event that feeds the hungry featuring Barra, The HiBs, The Eddies, and Patsy O'Brien.

Over the last eight years , the annual YULEFEST event has raised well over $12,000 to feed the hungry in MN. A completely volunteer-run event, YULEFEST comprises a full night of Irish, folk and roots music by some of St Paul's finest musicians, plus a formidable silent auction supported by local businesses large and small. 100% of the proceeds from the auction and ticket price are donated directly to The Food Group who distribute and promote healthy food to over 200 partner food shelves and meal programs.

Advanced Youth Ensemble in Concert, Dec 3

The Center for Irish Music presents a lineup of thirteen skilled musicians performing on fiddles, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar and singing! [More]

 


The 2nd Annual Midway Holiday Popup Shop, Nov 26, 10am-4pm

Start checking-off your holiday shopping list with gifts that have a St Paul twist. This year, it’s easier than ever to shop local for the holidays. There will be small businesses, crafters, artisans and artists, from St Paul and around the Twin Cities, selling their wares and goods, in a festive holiday atmosphere. Come out to enjoy the music, holiday stories and more, all while you support our local small businesses, and fill your holiday list. 

Bua in Concert, Nov 20

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“Bua evokes the good times that Irish traditional music so often celebrates,” playing in a manner to “raise the rafters with their playing, charm with their singing, and delight with their contemporary energy.”

Bua is a quartet comprised of Brían Ó hAirt: vocals, concertina, sean-nós dance; Sean Gavin: flute, uilleann pipes; Devin Shepherd: fiddle; Brian Miller: guitar, bouzouki, vocals. [More]

IMDA Honors John McCormick, Nov 19

Irish Music and Dance Association is delighted to recognize the lifelong devotion and committment that this wonderful musician and teacher has made to Irish music and to the Twin Cities community. [More]



Bollywood to the Max: Fashion Show + Dance Party, Nov 13

Bollywood to the Max is Bollywood Dance Scene's hottest fundraiser of the year! Watch 33 models take the ramp to display a collection of Indian and South Asian clothes by local designers and boutique owners. Afterwards, get on the dance floor and move to some Bollybeats, come dance with us!  [More]

 

Frankie Gavin in Concert, Nov 11

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With Tommy McCarthy and Louise Costello.
"Innovation may be the buzz-word in Traditional music, but Frankie Gavin's digressions are not in the common areas of tempo and superficial style-impressions. His contemporary borrowings of art-deco and music-hall Irishness are re-jigged in original avenues of exploration. His dextrous treatment of troublesome tunes might get even the Pope out on the floor, his orchestration could break hearts. A superbly uncompromising player, he makes refreshment of the old by picking out and polishing every detail and setting it off in a steady, listenable pace. Gavin edgy and brilliant on both fiddle and flute, with always the most meticulous attention given to tone and variation. Live, his tune sets are perfectionism that drive and are driven by an audience spontaneity that spurs Gavin to push fiddle from shriek to rasping bass." - Fintan Vallely, Sunday Tribune [More]

Brass Lassie in Concert, Nov 5

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Opening set by Dáithí Sproule with Mary Vanorny & Laura MacKenzie.
BRASS LASSIE is a 10-piece ensemble performing extraordinary settings of Scottish, Irish and French music augmented by a 4-piece horn section, percussion and bass. [More]

The Bear and the Hive: Writing Poetry Inspired by Your Cultural Heritage(s), Oct 29

In this three-hour Celtic Collaborative workshop, taught by Lynette Reini-Grandell, students will 1) learn how to discover the images and stories from their various cultural backgrounds, 2) look at pictures and poetic models for inspiration, 3) write poems inspired by their personal narratives, and 4) share their work and plan future explorations.[More]

Digging in Haunted Ground: Learn to write your Mystery Tale, Oct 18-Nov 22

This six-week Celtic Collaborative class will explore key elements in writing a multi-layered, atmospheric mystery story. Students will read and analyze instructor Erin Hart’s first novel, Haunted Ground, and learn about that novel’s unusual origin and development. The class will kick off with a general discussion about classic mystery themes and subgenres, and practical nuts and bolts elements of mystery writing. [More]

Mooncoin Ceili Dancers 40th Anniversary Party, Oct 22

Please join the Mooncoin Ceili Dancers to celebrate 40 years of performing Irish dance from the Midwest to Ireland! The evening includes appetizer and dessert potluck, socializing, shared stories, and a ceili with live music called by former Mooncoin member, Mike Whalen. [More]

Boo: The Art of the Ghost Story, Oct 22

$35 per student.11-2 pm. Instructor Jacqueline Hesse jch68@comcast.net 
(Contact Jacqueline of interest before Oct 20th, bring cash or check to class.)

Ghouls, spirits, the Undead. What makes a story scary? In this three hour Celtic Collaborative class, we will explore the history of the ghost story, the elements that make up a scary tale as well as writing prompts that will help you go deeper into what scares people.  

Jacqueline Hesse has an MFA from Hamline University and teaches literature and writing as an adjunct professor for Minnesota State Colleges and Universities. She has ten years of participating in and leading graduate-level writing workshops. She has written four middle grade novels, two young adult novels and a handful of short stories. Her childhood fascination with the gothic and horror continues with her (so far) seven ghost stories for young adults.

Aislinn Gagliardi in Concert, Oct 21

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Aislinn is an Irish harpist based in Chicago. Drawing from her background in Irish dance and influenced by a diverse musical range from classical to Cape Breton, Aislinn’s voice and distinct style shines through her music in an open and honest way. Known for her syncopated and rhythmic accompaniment, her compositions and arrangements offer a fresh perspective to the Irish music tradition. [More]


Fundraiser for the new Eoin McKiernan Library, Oct 15

Please Join us for an extraordinary evening celebrating the new Celtic Junction Arts Center, in support of the Eoin McKiernan Library. Celebrate the rich cultural legacy of our Celtic community as we preserve the past and forge the future. [More]

CANCELLED Dale and Blair's Kitchen Party, Oct 7

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featuring Dale Brown and Blair McEvoy of the Dust Rhinos

Unfortunately the Kitchen Party has been canceled due to illness- nothing serious- but no Kitchen Party, alas. Sorry for any inconvenience caused to our patrons. [More]

Scottish Cèilidh, Sept 23

The first half of the evening will be your opportunity to get up and give us a song, a poem, play a tune, even tell a story - or just sit back and enjoy the cèilidh atmosphere with a beverage from the CIM cash bar. For the second half, we will push back the chairs and enjoy Scottish cèilidh dancing with music by the wonderful Neil Gunn & The Gunn Slingers. These social dances will be “called”, so you can learn as you go! [More]


Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Sept 18

1:30-3:30pm, in the multi-purpose room

Fellow Fiddlers! Looking to learn some new tunes? Interested in adding to your repertoire of techniques? Do you seek performance options in addition to participating in sessions? We meet monthly to jam, and learn new tunes and techniques. We welcome players of all styles and at all levels - we think Scottish music is so wonderful that we want to share our passion and we think you will find it as much fun and think it as beautiful as we do! We also welcome players of other instruments!

Irish Ceili Dance, Sept 17

7-10pm. $10, $5 for ages 12 and under and 60 and up, free for kids ages 5 and under. Located in Inis Meáin.Traditional Irish folk dancing with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Nearly halfway to Paddy’s Day: An evening with Boiled In Lead, Sept 16 

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BiL play as a semi-acoustic 4-piece with core members Todd Menton (vocals, guitar, bodhrán, whistle), Drew Miller (bass), and David Stenshoel (fiddle) joined by Michael Bissonnette (percussion). With their music ever-evolving, BiL draw from their extensive catalog, and will add a few new twists and turns to the night, including a tribute to the late Dave Swarbrick (without whom…) [More]

"Copley Street" CD Release, Sept 11

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Boston based Uilleann piper Joey Abarta and fiddler Nathan Gourley are two of America’s great young trad musicians, who have been playing music together daily since 2013. Their debut duo album, Copley Street, featuring Owen Marshall on Greek bouzouki, has an undeniable chemistry and demonstrates a nuanced understanding of each the other's playing. Their music includes offbeat settings of well-known tunes and beautiful pieces that seem to languish in obscurity. "Copley Street" is a wonderful album from two stunning young players that adds to Boston’s rich history of traditional Irish music. They will be joined for this CD launch by the inimitable Brian Miller. [More]

Irish Ceili Dance, August 20

7-10pm. $10, $5 for ages 12 and under and 60 and up, free for kids ages 5 and under. Traditional Irish folk dancing with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, July 31

Looking to learn some new tunes? Interested in adding to your repertoire of techniques? Do you seek performance options in addition to participating in sessions? We are the Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers and we'd like you to join us for our meeting! [More]




Weekly Scottish Song Workshops, Sundays through July 10

2pm, drop in class. $5 suggested donation. No need to register. Attend as few or as many classes as you like. Located in Laura's Studio. Bring a recording device.

Laura will be sharing sharing long-time favorite songs, plus Scots Gaelic songs learned more recently from Nova Scotian and Scottish sources. Scots Gaelic Songs starts June 5th. Lyrics, tea and cookies provided.


Weekly Scottish Music Workshops, Sundays through July 10

3pm in Laura's studio. $5 suggested donation. No need to register. Attend as few or as many classes as you like. Bring a recording device. Tunes and Tea! Laura MacKenzie will be sharing a diverse repertoire of Scottish Music from all regions, Notations provided. Open to all melody instruments.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, July 10

Looking to learn some new tunes? Interested in adding to your repertoire of techniques? Do you seek performance options in addition to participating in sessions? We are the Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers and we'd like you to join us for our meeting! [More]




Scottish Music Workshop by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas, July 8

Work with this amazing duo! The focus of the workshop will be learning tunes by ear, understanding and performing idiomatic bowing and ornamentation, hearing chord progressions, and creating rhythmic accompaniments. [More]

Scottish Cèilidh, June 17

Come and enjoy a Scottish-style cèilidh! The first half of the evening will be your opportunity to get up and give us a song, a poem, play a tune, even tell a story - or just sit back and enjoy the cèilidh atmosphere with a beverage from the CIM cash bar. For the second half, we will push back the chairs and enjoy Scottish cèilidh dancing with music by the wonderful Neil Gunn & The Gunn Slingers. These social dances will be “called”, so you can learn as you go! [More]

MIM Master Artists Concert, June 11

Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. Featuring the 2016 visiting artists: Joanie Madden, Brian Conway, Billy McComiskey, and Brendan Dolan who perform as The Pride of New York!  [More]


Great Session Experience, June 10

7-9pm. Free and open to the public.
The Great Session Experience brings together the Twin Cities Irish music community with six simultaneous sessions, including one dedicated to song. Our goal is to fill every corner of the Celtic Junction with Irish traditional music.

 Bring your instrument, your musical pals and family members and join in a session, or start one of your own. You may even want to simply relax and enjoy listening to the music over a drink with a friend. Non-musicians are most welcome! Wine, beer and snacks will be available for purchase at the bar.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 10-12

Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend is a unique festival that pairs world-class traditional Irish musicians and teachers with learners of all ages and abilities for a weekend of workshops, lectures, the Friday night Great Session Experience and a rare and virtuosic Saturday night concert featuring the visiting artists. [More]

Dakota Dave Hull: The Sacred and the Profane, June 4

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A special concert to celebrate the release of Dave's two new CDs, "Heavenly Hope" and "This Earthly Life."  Opening set by Adam Kiesling. [More]

Céilí hosted by Mooncoin Céilí Dancers, May 21

7-10pm. $5 per person, $20 family maximum.

Come to the 40th Anniversary Celebration for Mooncoin Céilí Dancers! That old Mooncoiner himself, Mike Whalen, will call the dances, and the Twin Cities Céilí Band will play the tunes.

Angel Foundation Benefit with Irish band Legacy, May 15

12-4pm. $10 Admission at the door. 9yrs and under are free.

All proceeds from this event benefit The Angel Foundation which provides emergency financial assistance, education, and support for adults with cancer and their families. Entertainment generously provided by Irish band Legacy! Beverages and small snacks will be available for sale. 

Huntington's Disease Benefit Concert with Larry Long & Joe Savage, May 14

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Join American Troubadour Larry Long and Joe Savage for an evening of songs, stories and music celebrating the inspiration of American folk artist Woody Guthrie, who lost his life to Huntington’s disease (HD). The evening benefits the Huntington’s Disease Society of America, started by Woody’s wife Marjorie in 1968. It promises to be an evening of wonderful music, extraordinary talent and an opportunity to help find a cure for this devastating disease. [More]

New Gothic Tales, May 13

7:30pm. FREE Chills! Attend a reading of completely original writings by the students of "The Shudder Effect/Gothic Tales class". This fun evening will be hosted by Jacqueline Hesse, author and creative writing professor. Brought to you by the Celtic Collaborative.

 

Matthew Byrne in Concert, May 1

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Traditional singer and song collector from St. John's, Newfoundland! Recipient of the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Award for Traditional Album of the Year for his album, Hearts & Heroes. Matt is one of the leading presenters of the unique singing traditions of Newfoundland as well as an accomplished interpreter of traditional song from various traditions. [More]

Katie McNally Trio, April 30

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"The new face of Scottish fiddling in the USA" (The Living Tradition), Katie McNally has made waves in both the American folk music scene and abroad since the release of her debut album Flourish in 2013. Her latest project synthesizes her elegant and powerful fiddling with the talents of genre-crossing Neil Pearlman on piano and Shauncey Ali on viola. Katie's evocative interpretation of Scottish and Cape Breton tunes, combined with Shauncey's powerful harmonies and counterpoint, all anchored by Neil's rhythmically driving piano accompaniment creates a uniquely arresting take on traditional music. [More]

Cape Breton Fiddle & Celtic Accompaniment Workshops, April 30

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Taught by Katie McNally (fiddle) and Neil Pearlman (accompaniment). [More]

Saint Paul Irish Arts Week, April 15-24

This inaugural Saint Paul Irish Arts Week commemorates, through multiple events and performances, the historic 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising. All programming and events listed. 

Brought to you by Irish Fair of Minnesota, The Celtic Junction, and the Consulate General of Ireland in Chicago. [More]

Ghosts of 1916, April 24

7:30pm-9pm. $5 Admission. Presenting the ghosts of 1916 from both the Irish and British sides. Connolly, Clarke, Pearse, McDermott, Plunkett, and MacDonagh are joined by General Sir John Maxwell and the Grand Dame Britannia to provide multiple perspectives on arguably the most important event in modern Irish history.

Night of Remembrance, April 23

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A celebration featuring the music of The Tim Malloys, beer to toast, food and general craic. Presented by the Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling and the Irish Fair of Minnesota.

John Doyle in Concert, April 22nd

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"Doyle on guitar has risen to a level occupied by him alone. No one in Irish traditional music is a better guitarist than him right now. His chops, always assured and adroit, have now entered a rarefied zone of inspired, instinctive, in-the-moment creativity that made me gasp in awe and for breath... [H]is vocal delivery and his songwriting have never been more impressive, reaching an apogee in “The Arabic,” where his singing and guitar accompaniment on his own song were unforgettable. What are they putting in the potable water where John resides that has made him so mind-vaultingly good?" -Earle Hitchner, The Wall Street Journal and the Irish Echo [More]

Saint Paul IAW Workshops and Céilí, April 16

Free, fascinating workshops and educational activities from Noon to 5:30pm. Topic details listed.

Followed at 7pm by the Third Saturday Céilí with music by the Twin Cities Céilí Band. $5, $20 family maximum. [More]

Saint Paul IAW Reception, April 15

7:30-9:30pm, FREE

Celebrate the opening of the Irish Arts week. The Celtic Junction announces the Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library. Music by the Center for Irish Music.


April Verch Band, April 8

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April Verch steps, sings, and fiddles with a fresh and feisty approach to deep North American traditions. Touring the world to share songs from her milestone 10th album (The Newpart), Verch's performances combine her delicate voice, energetic footwork, and stunning playing, a trifecta of talents she brings together simultaneously. [More]


Folk Songs of Another America: Field Recordings of the Upper Midwest, April 1

A concert celebrating James Leary’s Grammy-nominated publication. Featuring: Kip Peltoniemi, Laura MacKenzie,  “Clawhammer” Mike Sawyer, Brian Miller, Diane Jarvi, Kari Tauring, Phil Nusbaum & Sherry Minnick, Sarah Larsson & Katherine Parent.[More]

The Shudder Effect: Study and Write your Gothic Tale, begins March 26

In this four week Saturday morning class, students will read and then dissect and discuss Bram Stoker’s Dracula's Guest, Ray Bradbury's The Veldt, and Stephen King's The Night Flier as well as shorter works in class, to discover the structural elements that create the shudder effect. Presented by The Celtic Collaborative. [More]

St. Patrick's Day Irish Ceili Dance, March 17

7-10pm. $10, $5 for ages 12 and under and 60 and up, free for kids ages 5 and under. Traditional Irish folk dancing with music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.

Highland Traditions Piping Concert, March 12

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Presenting the finest in Highland Piping, Drumming, and Dancing.
Experience traditional to modern bagpiping by two highly respected artists, Mike Breidenbach and Andrew Lewis. They will be accompanied by two of the finest drummers in North America, Owen Sehon and Hunter Gullickson. Champion highland dancer, Alexandra Schmitz, will add to event's pageantry by performing breathtaking highland dances like the Highland Fling. [More]

The Alan Kelly Gang, March 4 

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Powerful, emotive and critically acclaimed Traditional Irish Music band from the west of Ireland and Scotland. Fronted by Ireland’s piano accordion maestro, The Alan Kelly Gang have firmly established themselves as one of Ireland’s leading contemporary traditional music groups. Their strong dynamics, driving rhythms and buoyant harmonies will draw even the most fainthearted listener into the passion that they put into the music they play. [More]

Philippine Eagle Benefit, Feb 26

With the Brian Boru Pipe Band, Laura MacKenzie, Garrigan's Quarrel, Jode & Katy Dowling, Tom Dahill and Ginny Johnson, John Dingley, and the O'Shea Irish Dancers. Includes a preview of the theatrical documentary "Bird of Prey", a silent auction, and a cash bar. [More]

Skally Line CD Release Party, Feb 21

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With Dakota Dave Hull and Pop Wagner. Like to hear well-crafted arrangements, tight harmonies, and old school brother duet music? You will LOVE the Skally Line. The Skally Line brings a passion for old country music, fiddle tunes, blues, ballads, and gospel. We also write music with an especial focus on Minnesota stories and themes and both of us enjoy tight arrangements that put the sizzle on each piece of musical steak. [More]

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 20

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The Center for Irish Music and honorary chairs Peter Killen of Cara Irish Pubs and Claire Killen of Emerald Real Estate 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]

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Feb 14

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A bilingual trad/folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island playing Irish, Acadian, French & original numbers. Happy Valentine's Day! "…the young trio has steadily made a huge name all over the Maritimes over the past two years and has seemingly played absolutely everywhere,….this on-fire fiddle/guitar/percussion trio have harnessed an Acadian traditional spirit between them that is completely intoxicating, playing everything from French to Irish to even Gypsy music. You just never know where their ceaseless energy will take you next." - The Guardian  [More]

A Burns Night Ceilidh, Jan 29

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Hosted by the Twin Cities Scottish Club, The Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games, and Minnesota Scottish Celtic Highland Dance Association. We will have traditional toasts, music and dance. Highland dancing, Country dancing and The Macalester Pipe Band. Join in the dancing led by Chandi McCracken from the Royal Scottish Country Dance Society with live music by Dalwinnie. Light appetizers including haggis with tea are included. Traditional Scottish Meat pies and cash bar will be available for sale.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Jan 24

Looking to learn some new tunes? Interested in adding to your repertoire of techniques? Do you seek performance options in addition to participating in sessions? We are the Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers and we'd like you to join us for our meeting! [More]

 

 

 

Hannah Flowers presents Harps of Éire, Jan 23

Professional harpist Hannah Flowers along with Mattie Ernst, Ann and Charlie Heymann, and David Ochs present Harps of Éire. This concert features tunes and songs both ancient and modern. [More]

Irish Céilí Dance, Jan 16

Bring the whole family, see your friends, and let's have some fun! Irish social dancing with live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Located downstairs. [More]


Alan Reid & Rob van Sante in Concert, Jan 16

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Scottish folk music! Alan & Rob present an evening of old and new music, featuring Alan's compositions, Battlefield Band favourites and songs from Rob. The show combines Rob's open tuned lead and accompaniment guitar work, Alan's keyboard, guitar, and accordion and fine harmony singing from both. [More]