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

Past Events 2015

Celtic Holiday Hooley, Dec 18 & 19

Holiday fun for the whole family; traditional folk music, Irish step dance, Christmas carols, cute kids, and Santa! Come for the mulled wine & popcorn, stay for the cheer. This family evening will feature the O'Shea Irish Dancers and musicians Aidín Ní Shé, Todd Menton, Cory Froelich, Cormac O'Se, and John Wright. [More]

Cajon Workshop with Paul Jennings, Dec 13

Cajon workshop with Paul Jennings author of Hal Leonard Cajon Method and Hal Leonard Djembe Method. Join Paul for this beginner cajon workshop where you will learn how to play with correct tone, technique, and learn some fun rhythms too. [More]

IMDA Christmas Céilí, Dec 12

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

Come dancing at the Irish Music and Dance Association Christmas Céilí (Irish Folk Dance.) Dances that YOU do! Live Irish dance music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called by Mike Whalen.

Charlie Heymann’s Yuletide Sing, Dec 12

 with special guests Paddy O’Brien & Erin Hart, Tom Klein, Shawn McBurnie, and Hannah Flowers.
5pm. $10 at the door, $5 for CIM students.

Bring your family, friends and voices! This program will present a mix of rare and popular seasonal songs and tunes, with lots of sing-alongs for a fun, family-oriented event for all ages.[More]

CIM's Advanced Youth Ensemble Concert, Dec 12

3-5pm. $5 at the door, $20 per family, kids under 12 are free.

This year's advanced youth ensemble features an exciting line up of twelve young musicians playing fiddle, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar, and song. They will perform new material in full group arrangements, solos, duos, and trios. Hear lovely traditional Irish music by these hardworking and gifted musicians at this special afternoon event!

The Harp and The Loon Anthology Book Launch, Dec 11

Eighteen local writers in one fantastic volume! Featuring the writing of: Carol Connolly, Tom Dahill, John Dingley, Mike Faricy, Erin Hart, Amanda Hughes, Tracie Loeffler, Ethna McKiernan, Bridget Murphy, Paddy O'Brien, Patrick O'Donnell, Natalie O'Shea, David O'Sullivan, Eddie Owens, Jim Rogers, and Bill Watkins. [More]

Yulefest VIII, Dec 5

7pm. $15 donation requested at the door.

Music for giving! All Irish line-up includes Barra, The Hi-Bs, Patsy O'Brien, and The Eddies! All proceeds go to the Food Group for stocking food shelves in Minnesota. There is plenty of room so bring all your friends, catch the harmony and check out the silent auction. There will be beer/wine available for purchase and a fine craic.

Midway Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Nov 28

Celebrate Small Business Saturday! Start checking-off your holiday shopping list with gifts that have a Midway twist. Come to The Celtic Junction where Hamline Midway neighborhood businesses, crafters, artisans and artists will be selling their wares and goods in a festive holiday atmosphere. Come out and enjoy carols, activities for the kids, holiday stories and more - all while you support our local businesses and fill your holiday list with gifts from right here in the neighborhood.[More]

Irish Céilí Dance, Nov 21

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]

Romanian Party with Sâmbra Oilor, Nov 21

BUY TICKETSPetrecere româneasca cu Sâmbra Oilor!

Katrina Mundinger is proud to present music and dance tunes from Romania, focusing on the region of the Banat located in the southwest of the country. Katrina will be playing the taragot, a rare instrument that she is introducing to Minnesota. Joining her in this new ensemble are Sydney Lefevre (violin), Matt Miller (bass), Natalie Nowytski (voice), Jim Parker (kontra and guitar), Eric Ray (accordion), and Jenny Schultz (cimbalom). [More]

IMDA Honors Erin Hart, Nov 20

7pm. $5 donation requested at the door, with proceeds benefitting IMDA's Educational Grant Program.

Join the Irish community in honoring the long term contributions of author, singer, concert promoter, tour guide and IMDA co-founder Erin Hart. This will be an evening of music, song, spoken word and fellowship as we recognize Erin for her amazing contributions to our community. Bring a dessert to share.

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Nov 15

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]

Patsy O'Brien in Concert, Nov 14


Award-winning, NPR-featured songwriter Patsy O'Brien's writing reflects his penchant for seamless genre-hopping, as well as showing off his critically acclaimed songwriting and guitar skills. His song " Sacco and Vanzettti ( Rise and Unite)" won Best Songwriting Award from the CT Folk Alliance in 2003. [More]

Laura MacKenzie Concert and CD Launch, Nov 7


Laura MacKenzie and Dáithí Sproule will be joined by Andrea Stern on harp, the spectacular Mary Vanorny on fiddle, the versatile and mighty Michael Bissonnette on percussion and the delightful, dynamic Danielle Enblom on fiddle and stepdancing. [More]

Open the Door for Three, Oct 30


A road-tested, audience-approved, high-octane, fist-in-glove, laughing-out-loud trio of Irish musicians; including Liz Knowles (fiddle), Kieran O'Hare (uilleann pipes, whistles, flute), and Pat Broaders (bouzouki, vocals).

Dress up! Band will be choosing the best Halloween costume! [More]

The Murphy Beds in Concert, Oct 18


“their great feat turns out to be taking what’s best of the classic Irish folk revival without falling into any of its clichés. The resulting album bears repeated listening from start to finish, with ten beautiful, crystalline songs.” -Huffington Post

The Murphy Beds (Jefferson Hamer and Eamon O’Leary) present traditional and original folk songs with close harmonies and deft instrumental arrangements on bouzouki, guitar, and mandolin. They have performed and collaborated with artists across the folk spectrum including Beth Orton, Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy, Anais Mitchell, and Sam Amidon. [More]

Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty: CD Launch for 'Spinning Yarns', Oct 3


Featuring Live Ireland’s “Best Irish Vocalist of 2011 and 2012”, Canadian singer, Norah Rendell heads up a powerful song-based trio with top-notch multi-instrumentalists, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa. Inspired by Celtic traditions from Newfoundland to Minnesota, Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty unearth heirloom songs with Irish-American and Canadian roots and perform them with passion and nuance. [More]

Patsy O'Brien & Matt Mancuso, Sept 19


An open, warm and welcoming introduction to a masterclass in fiddle, guitar, songcraft and the reworking of standards [...] there’s real musical intelligence at work here.” – Tom Lynch, Free World Music  [More]



Todd Menton CD Release, Sept 18


..”great grunge guitar over Morris tunes and old reels…witty originals, too. Great stuff, more please.” ——Folk Roots

Todd Menton celebrates the launch of his new recording, “Rosie In the Stars” with a lively concert! Guests include Lehto & Wright. Cash bar available. [More]  

Uilleann piper Tommy Martin with Patsy O'Brien, August 29


World renowned Irish ("Uilleann") piper Tommy Martin comes through St Paul this summer for a long awaited - and all too rare - performance. Tommy will be joined by Patsy O'Brien on guitar and vocals. The two have a long history of performing together across the US and Scandinavia, not to mention they were roommates and regular stalwarts on the Dublin trad music scene back home in Ireland before emigrating to the States. [More]

OID Summer Camp, August 17-20

Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance. Have fun, dance, and play games all with an Irish flare! For ages 3-6, and 5-10. [More]

Julia Carey's Acting Workshops, Aug 17-21

Julia Carey will be returning to The Junction in August 2015 and will be teaching two workshops: Junior Musical Theatre Workshop and Presentation for ages 7-14 AND Acting Comedy Workshop and Presentation for ages 17 and up. [More]

Makem & Spain Brothers, August 18


Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and three male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. Makem and Spain are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music. [More]

Mórga in Concert, August 11


Energy, passion, respect, and fun. Four words that sum up the musical mission statement behind Mórga. The band combines an unashamedly vintage sound, harnessing the energy and drive of the great bands of the 1920s and 1970s, with a taste for unusual tunes- adding the combined abilities four of today's leading Irish traditional instrumentalists to create a unique, energy-packed sound. Morga are David Munnelly (accordion) Danny Diamond (fiddle) Jonas Fromseier (banjo and Greek bouzouki) and Dominic Keogh (flute and bodhrán). [More]

OID Summer Camp, July 20-23

Presented by O'Shea Irish Dance. Have fun, dance, and play games all with an Irish flare! For ages 3-6, and 5-10. [More]

Scottish Music Workshops, July 17

A day of Scottish workshops offering fiddle, cello, guitar and whistle with a performance by the instructors that evening. Instructors include Mike Block, Hanneke Cassel, Laura MacKenzie, and Dáithí Sproule. [More]

Yeats Alive, June 26

7:30pm. $5 at the door.
Celtic Collaborative’s 10th show will celebrate the great Irish Nobel Prize-winning poet, W. B. Yeats (1865-1939). Yeats 150: Minnesota celebrates the birth year of W.B. Yeats will involve 10 actors performing, inhabiting, conjuring, and provoking to life the intricate spiritual passion and heartbreak of his questing poetry. Directed by Patrick O’Donnell and featuring Mike Casey, Brian Casey, John Concannon, Kevin Geraghty, Kathleen Heaney, Eddie Owens, Sarah Geraghty, Daniel Duren, and Mike Deignan, the production is part of a worldwide recognition of the vitality and enduring power of Yeats.

The show will look at Yeats in three broad phases: as a dreamy lovelorn romantic who became an ardent cultural nationalist (1880-1900); as a fierce champion of Irish artistic integrity and an early modernist (1900-1915); and, a national poet meditating on the tragedy and nobility of Ireland’s struggle to become independent and to free its imagination from life-denying ideologies (1916-1939). When performed (rather than simply read aloud), the poetry of Yeats is revealed as intensely dramatic and filled with spiritual contradictions, longing, doubt and “unquiet dreams.” This promises to be an exhilarating production.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend (MIM), June 12-14

Presented by the CIM, 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.

Each of the visiting artists is recognized for their musical mastery, and will offer insights and techniques to help learners tap into the deep roots of traditional Irish music. We are pleased to welcome all five of our visiting artists to MIM for the first time! [More]

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend Master Concert, June 13

Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. Featuring the 2015 visiting artists: Joanie Madden, Mick Mulcahy, Louise Mulcahy, Michelle Mulcahy, Bridget Fitzgerald, and Sean Clohessy. 

The concert showcases each visiting musician’s artistry and repertoire, and offers a chance to hear both classic and unique musical pairings. [More]

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, May 17

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]


Leo & Anto in Concert, May 9


Leo Moran of the Saw Doctors and Anthony Thistlewaite of The Waterboys are bringing their acoustic show to The Junction! With The Saw Doctors on sabbatical, and with Anthony’s and Leo’s troubadour feet becoming itchy, the two friends put together a show to bring around that will include different takes on well-known Saw Doctors’ songs, versions of lesser-known and less-played songs, a few from Anthony’s solo-albums and other songs written recently with Padraig Stevens. [More]

Bua in Concert, April 25


“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.”

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]

Minnesota Tartan Day Céili, April 18

Scottish culture with music, dancing, and song. 

Admission $5.00 for persons over 15 years of age.
Social hour begins at 5pm, program starts at 6pm.

This is an evening to celebrate Minnesota Tartan Day 2015Program includes: piping by the Macalester Pipe Band, Calling of the Clans by Minnesota Coalition of Scottish Clans, Kilt Christening, MSCDA Dance performance, RSCDS/Twin Cities Chapter dance, Tartan Day 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award and more!

Paddy O’Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule launch their new CD, BRIGHT AND EARLY, Apr 17


This long-awaited recording features the stellar accordion/fiddle duet of Paddy O’Brien and Nathan Gourley, and tuneful accompaniment by Dáithí Sproule. This CD release concert will offer a delightful mixture of stories and rare traditional music from the new album, “Bright and Early,” which features tunes carefully handpicked from the likes of legendary Irish music masters such as Tommy Potts, Paddy Fahey, Ed Reavy, Michael Coleman, and John Doherty), soulfully reinterpreted by Paddy and Nathan. [More]

Saint Patrick's Day Dance, March 17

Traditional Irish folk dancing! Dances that you do in lines, circles, and squared. Dances taught and called by Paul McCluskey. Live music by the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Sponsored by the Irish Music and Dance Association.  [More]

Kickin' It Irish, March 13, 14, 15


An evening of percussive toe taps & tunes!

An Irish dance and live music performance featuring O'Shea Irish Dance and the Two Tap Trio with artistic direction by Natalie O'Shea. Kickin' It Irish thrills us with traditional to contemporary Irish dancing with bodhran, Irish flute, guitar and fiddle - all with flair, humor, and fun. It’s a show sure to get your toes tapping and feet flying. [More]

 Kickin' It Irish Matinee, March 14


A special performance of Kickin' It Irish! An Irish dance and live music performance featuring O'Shea Irish Dance and the Two Tap Trio with artistic direction by Natalie O'Shea. Kickin' It Irish thrills us with traditional to contemporary Irish dancing with bodhran, Irish flute, guitar and fiddle - all with flair, humor, and fun. It’s a show sure to get your toes tapping and feet flying.[More]

Highland Traditions, March 7


Presenting the finest in Highland piping, drumming, and dancing. Andrew Lewis and Mike Breidenbach will take turns playing traditional and modern bagpipe music from the 1400's all the way to present day with Mike performing several of his own compositions. To add to the pageantry will be champion highland dancer Alexandra Schmitz. The pipes will accompany her as she dances the Highland Fling, the Sword Dance and a few other breathtaking numbers. [More]

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 21


The Center for Irish Music and Tom Crann, host of "All Things Considered" on MPR News, 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]

Minnesota Celtic Fiddlers, Feb 8

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]

Norah Rendell with Brian Miller, Randy Gosa and Dáithí Sproule, Jan 31


This concert will be a wonderful night of rare and moving traditional songs from her new album, "Spinning Yarns", carefully handpicked from sources from Ireland and Canada. Formerly the lead singer of acclaimed UK-based band, The Outside Track, Norah Rendell will be joined by some of the best traditional accompanists around at this concert; Brian Miller (Bua, Songs of the Northwoods) on guitar and bouzouki, Milwaukee-based Randy Gosa on mandola and guitar and Dáithí Sproule (Altan, Trian) on guitar and harmony vocals. [More]

Second Annual Robert Burns Night, Jan 17


The MSF&HG and the Minnesota Scottish Celtic Dance Association (MSCDA) are once again teaming up to celebrate the birth of Scotland famous poet Robert Burns. Join us at the Celtic Junction for an evening of song, dance, food and friends. 

Social hour begins at 6:30pm with light appetizers. The program begins at 7:30 and dancing at 8:30. Available for purchase: beer, wine and meat pies!

Gourley, Feddersen & Miller CD Launch, Jan 2


Celebrating their hot-off-the-press new CD release,  Life is All Checkered: Traditional Irish Music on Two Fiddles. Come join the party! Nathan Gourley, Laura Feddersen and Brian Miller are some of America’s most highly regarded young players of Irish traditional music. Their playing is steeped in lifelong study of the Irish tradition, and is at same time colored by their American roots. Laura and Nathan have developed a unique style of twin fiddling, sometimes playing in taut unison, sometimes exploring chordal harmonies and rhythmic and melodic variations. Brian adds tastefully intricate chords and driving rhythm on guitar and greek bouzouki. [More]