Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music, Art & Language

Celtic Junction Arts Center

Best Cultural Center in North America –IrishCentral, 2018

836 Prior Avenue, St. Paul, MN, 55104

A 501(c)(3) organization

Studios of North Celtic Junction Open House, March 11

1-5pm (coincides with art opening in lobby)

Meet the teaching artists of North Celtic Junction: Brian Barnes, Gary RueLaura MacKenzie, and Pop Wagner.

 Brian Barnes: Guitar and Mandolin

Beginner to advanced from 8 years old to 108. Guitar styles are basic beginning, folk, bluegrass, celtic, blues and jazz, gypsy swing, beginning classical and fingerstyle. Lessons available in music theory and improv, and in reading/writing notation. Mando styles include bluegrass, Celtic, beginning classical, and jazz.

Brian has toured Japan, Holland, Germany, Austria, France, Italy, Spain, Belgium, and Switzerland (as well as the U.S. and Canada) as a Bluegrass musician; performed Country music at concerts and festivals in eastern Europe; traditional Irish in America and Ireland; blues in Hungary; French music at Lincoln Center; American Swing and Latin music in Vienna. As a core musician on a nationally broadcast radio program, he worked with famous performers such as Garrison Keillor, Minnie Pearl, Rose Maddox and Johnny Gimbel. As a musician and orchestra director for the nationally renowned Ethnic Dance Theatre, he performed Russian, Serbian, Croatian and Bulgarian Music on traditional instruments. He’s studied Balalaika with a Russian priest, percussion with drummers from the Ossetian and Uzbeki state orchestras, jazz guitar with a Berkley grad, Bulgarian bagpipes in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Contact Brian directly at 612-217-0564 or at info@brianbarnesmusic.com 

 Gary Rue: Theatrical/Pop/Trad

Gary Rue has been writing music for a wide variety of applications since his early teens: pop performance, music theater, television and film. In addition, Mr. Rue has served as conductor and arranger for The Drifters, The Shirelles, The Coasters, and Gene (Town Without Pitney) Pitney. Gary currently teaches songwriting and “Creating Music Theatre”; publically at McNally Smith College of Music in St Paul, and privately at New Music Arts (North Celtic Junction).

Contact Gary at 612.987.6392 or gary@newmusicarts.org


 Laura MacKenzie: Traditional Wind Powered Music

Laura offers private lessons, classes and workshops on flute, whistle, Scottish smallpipes and traditional song. Beginners are welcome, and new students of all ages may begin at any time. Traditional repertoire, styles, techniques and lore - as gleaned from many years in Irish and Scottish music - are passed on with great care and expertise through Laura's instruction.

Laura MacKenzie has learned from many noted tradition bearers on both sides of the Atlantic, and has herself been recognized as a master folk artist. She has received numerous honors and performing arts awards for her participation and dedication in this realm of music, including being selected for the original Cherish the Ladies series, featuring noted women in Irish music in America. Most recently, Laura was awarded a Bush Foundation Fellowship in Traditional and Ethnic Performing Arts, one of the nation’s most prestigious artists awards. Laura performs and teaches on an array of wind-powered instruments, including wooden flutes, whistles, concertina, Scottish smallpipes, border greatpipes, French cornemuse, medieval greatpipes, gemshorn and voice. Enjoying a richly varied career in traditional music, Laura has performed and recorded with diverse ensembles, worked with theatrical productions and for public radio, and has performed at festivals across the United States. She can be heard on a multitude of recordings and on several documentaries. Laura currently performs solo, with Gary Rue, Laura MacKenzie & The Lads, Ross & MacKenzie, Willow Brae (harp and winds) and with Dáithí Sproule.

Contact Laura at laura@lauramackenzie.com or 651-398-5055

photo of Pop by Marc Norberg Pop Wagner: Old-time/Country Blues

Pop Wagner offers instruction to individuals and small groups in finger-style guitar, oldtime fiddle repertoire and mohair weaving. He is also available for a variety of programs including dances, classes, concerts, parties and educational presentations.

Pop appeared frequently on Public Radio's A Prairie Home Companion during the show's formative years and for the last four decades has worked his cowboy magic throughout 44 states and ten countries in schools, colleges, folk clubs, festivals, rodeos, picnics, concert halls and on radio and television. His cowboy anthems crackle with the warmth of a prairie campfire and his old time fiddle tunes set toes a-tappin'.

Contact Pop by phone or email at: 612-817-5898 or popwagner@mac.com