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A community of like-minded music lovers keeps the CIM humming along.


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Learning from the Masters

The four members of Pride of New York pay it forward at the Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, a fun-filled festival of music and song.

From Cincinnati to Ennis

In 2016, CIM sent 24 students to the Midwest Fleadh–including two who traveled all the way to Ireland.

Music for the Ages

From tiny Tin Whistle Troupes, to traditional Irish music sessions around the Twin Cities, the Center for Irish Music kindles a love for learning in players of every age.

Founding Principals

CIM co-founders Jode and Kate Dowling had a vision “to help make a place to grow up having fun and learning this great, life-long joy.”

At the Fleadh

Lessons from Scoil Éigse

Thanks to community support, 18 students from the Center for Irish Music attended Scoil Éigse tuition-free, spending four full days in music workshops taught by some of Ireland’s master artists.

Making Headlines

CIM students make the papers during their trip to the Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

Sights & Sounds

Field trips during Fleadh week taught CIM students about the sense of place in Irish music.

Early to Ennis

CIM students are about to touch down in Ennis for the world’s biggest weekend of Irish music.

Irish Gazette Features CIM

Thanks to the Irish Gazette for sharing our students’ success at the Midwest Fleadh Cheoil in May.

Teacher Feature

The Reel Deal

The Reel Deal

CIM instructor Brian Miller found a way to connect his love of Irish music to his northwoods roots.

Student Spotlight

Emerging Artist

Emerging Artist

Harpist Hannah Flowers is having serious fun following her passion for traditional music all the way to Ireland.

CIM Social

Morien seems to be fitting right in Ennis.

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Happening now at our Open House! Stop by and join in or grab a drink and listen!

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The HiBs are at the River Stage right now - don't miss them! @irishfairmn

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A group hug to start our second day of ceili band competition. CIM's U 18 band is just about to play.

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One-fifth of this year's Fleadh Cheoil competitors are from overseas, but the hometown talent is hard to beat.

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