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

MIM Master Artists Concert, June 11

7:30pm. Advance tickets $20, $23 at the door.BUY TICKETS FROM CIM

With the members of band Pride of New York plus Shiela Shigley! Presented by the Center for Irish Music, the MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend.


Joanie Madden - Tin whistle 

Joanie Madden is an award-winning whistle and flute player who has been the leader of Cherish the Ladies since its inception. Born in New York of Irish parents, she received her musical training early in life listening to her father and his friends play music at family gatherings and social events. Within a few short years she had won both the world championship on the concert flute and whistle. During that time, Joanie also became the first American to win the coveted Senior All-Ireland Championship on the whistle.  Joannie is the top selling whistle player in history having sold over 500,000 solo albums. In addition to the fifteen albums Joanie has recorded, arranged and produced for Cherish the Ladies, she has also released collaborative acclaimed albums with the group Pride of New York, a duet album with her father Joe Madden, A Galway Afternoon, and three highly successful solo albums: A Whistle on the Wind,  Song of the Irish Whistle and Song of the Irish Whistle 2.

Brian Conway - Fiddle

All-Ireland fiddler Brian Conway performs with a skill, grace, and force that are steeped in the tradition but distinctively his own. New York born, he is a leading exponent of the highly ornamented Sligo fiddling style made famous by the late Michael Coleman and passed on to him by legendary Martin Wynne and fiddle great Andy McGann. Brian has several recordings to his credit; they include two solo releases, First Through the Gate in 2002 and Consider the Source in 2008, and two trio albums, The Apple in Winter (with Tony DeMarco and Caesar Pacifici) in 1981 and A Tribute to Andy McGann (with Joe Burke and Felix Dolan) in 2000.

Billy McComiskey - Button Accordion

Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Billy McComiskey grew up in a family steeped in traditional Irish heritage and music. He picked up the button accordion at age six, inspired by his uncles’ playing and his mother’s love of the music and at age 15, met his mentor, Sean McGlynn, a master of the East Galway style. Billy won the All-Ireland Senior accordion title in 1986. Brian has recorded three albums with the Irish Tradition (a trio featuring Brendan Mulvihill and Andy O’Brien) and two with Trian (a trio featuring Liz Carroll and Dáithí Sproule), as well as two solo CDs for Green Linnet / Compass.

Billy also composes in the Irish traditional idiom, and has had the honor to have several tunes accepted into the living tradition, including collection into Josephine Keegan’s new collection of Irish Traditional Tunes, A Drop in the Ocean. Billy takes deep pride in his role in the development of the Irish traditional music community in the Baltimore-Washington area where he lives, and is known on both sides of the Atlantic as a keen teacher and promoter of Irish traditional music.

Brendan Dolan - Piano, Flute

Brendan Dolan, the son of pianist Felix Dolan, is one of the most respected and inventive keyboardists in Irish music today. A multi-instrumentalist, he also plays flute, tin whistle, drums and guitar.  He has worked with accordionist John Whelan, singer/songwriter Cathie Ryan, Andy Statman and Itzhak Perlman, and can be heard on the latest recordings of Billy McComiskey, Brian Conway, and The Green Fields of America.

Brendan has taught Irish music in a wide variety of settings, including a vibrant school of Irish music for children in the New York City area as well as at workshops at the annual Augusta Heritage Center in Elkins West Virginia, and the Irish Arts Week in East Durham, New York.

Brendan completed a Master’s degree in Irish and Irish-American Studies at NYU and has an advanced certificate in archives, also from NYU. As an archivist, Brendan has also worked to pass on the tradition while working on the Tamiment Library’s ‘Archives of Irish America’ that includes the Mick Moloney Irish-American Music and Popular Culture Collection. Brendan made the music more widely accessible via social media outreach, through museum exhibits, blog posts, theater productions and original lectures.