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 2017

Winter Rhythm Intensive, Dec 27-30

10am-3pm. $295. Ages 10-55. Register.
Join us for the KSR Winter Rhythm Intensive with guest teacher Bruce Demorrow, a KSR alumni! Intermediate and advanced tap workshops focused on building technique, musicality, improvisation, and choreography. All dancers get the opportunity to work with live musicians while creating work and having an opportunity to perform a finale on Saturday at Can Can Wonderland!

Celtic Christmas Hooley, Dec 15,16,17

Four shows. Two evening, two matinee! 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.

No Sweat Irish History Book Club, Dec 12

FREE (excluding cost of the book which participants acquire!). Crammed with fun yet informative bite-sized mini-narratives, Jonathan Bardon's A History of Ireland in 250 Episodes, takes the reader on a time-traveling journey through Irish history from the Ice Age to the twenty first century. First meeting: Tues, Dec 12 at 7:00pm in the Eoin McKiernan Library in Celtic Junction. Please read the first 25 episodes in this volume. If interested, contact Patrick at patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu


Enjoying Poetry in Slow Motion Study Group, Dec 11

FREE (excluding cost of book which participants acquire). While going at a much slower pace than a book club, this group will read Irish poetry in a reflective, accessible and enjoyable way. Beginning with the "Crossways" section [up to p.27 in most editions] of The Collected Poems of W.B. Yeats [any edition], it will hold its first meeting on Mon, Dec 11 at 7:00pm in the Eoin McKiernan Library in Celtic Junction. If interested, contact Patrick at patrick.odonnell@normandale.edu


Christmas Céilí Dance, Dec 9

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

Traditional Irish folk dancing with live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called, families welcome! Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.

Voices from the Famine Ship, Dec 7 and 8


Directed by Patrick O'Donnell, the company's actors and writers have collaborated together to create scripts and characters in a uniquely powerful and authentic 'living anthology' format. This production will bring alive the voices that were swept away by the devastating famine that gripped Ireland between 1845-1851. 

Yulefest X, Dec 2

A holiday concert to benefit The MN Food Group featuring Barra, The HiBs, Patsy O'Brian, and The Eddies. 

Advanced Youth Ensemble Holiday Concert, Dec 2

Celebrate the talents of the Center for Irish Music's Advanced Youth Ensemble! This exciting lineup of young musicians includes banjo, fiddle, button accordion, flute, whistle, piano, guitar and singing! They've been working for the past few months on a variety of new material and this concert will feature the best of what these young musicians have to offer. Full group arrangements will be mixed with solos, duos and trios in what promises to be a magical afternoon of traditional Irish music.

Mid-Way Holiday Pop-Up Shop, Nov 25

Midway Holiday Pop-up Shop is our Small Business Saturday event to help up to 30 wonderful small businesses/crafters from around St Paul and the Twin Cities to compete during the holiday shopping season. We will provide you with a wonderful shopping experience while supporting Shop Local and small businesses.

Researching Irish Ancestors on the Internet, Nov 18

Just how much research on an Irish ancestor can you do online? In this overview of Irish genealogical websites, learn about the basic as well as more specialized online resources for identifying Irish ancestors. [More]

Famous Irish Authors Visiting Minnesota: Lord Dunsany, Nov 18

Presented by Patrick O'Donnell. Celebrated for his inspirational influence on authors as varied as H. P. Lovecraft and J.R.R. Tolkien, and writing in a variety of genres over five decades, Dunsany is arguably the founding "grandfather" of speculative imaginative fiction. What is beyond dispute is that he is easily one of the most extraordinary - and little known - geniuses in the Irish Literary Renaissance. [More]

Mundy in Concert, Nov 17


At the age of 21, one of Irelands most popular singer-songwriters, Mundy, released his debut Album ‘Jelly Legs’ on Epic Records. The critically acclaimed debut produced by ‘Youth’ went on to sell 60,000 copies around the world. Now ‘Jelly Legs’ has reached that 21 year milestone. It has come of age and remains a timeless, ageless classic. Mundy is marking this occasion with a world tour. [More]


Norah Rendell and the Lost Forty, Nov 10 

Three time Live Ireland “Best Irish Vocalist” Norah Rendell heads up a powerful song-based trio with top-notch multi-instrumentalists, Brian Miller and Randy Gosa. [More]

CJAC Fundraiser: Going Digital with Community History, Oct 28


Come celebrate the opening of the beautiful McKiernan Library and support the Library’s goal of creating a digital archive of local Irish community history. The event will feature one-of-a-kind opportunities to support the technology, community outreach and staffing needed to make this goal a reality. [More]

Boo: The Art of the Ghost Story, Oct 28

Ghouls, spirits, the Undead. What makes a story scary? In this two hour Celtic Junction Arts Center 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. [More]

IMDA Honors Will Kenny, Nov 4

The Irish community will gather for an evening of music and storytelling to recognize Will Kenny of Gaeltacht Minnesota for 20 plus years of devotion to teaching the Irish language. [More]

Unique Aspects of Irish Research, Oct 21

Please is an essential element of Irish genealogical research. Learn what records were created and/or indexed at different jurisdictional levels and what tools you need to research them. [More]

Michael Dean: Indefatigable Irish-Minnesotan Singer and Song Catcher, Oct 21

Presented by Brian Miller. Dean’s dual role as compiler of his own song book, The Flying Cloud, and as source singer for multiple academic song collectors make him a unique and important person for the history of Upper Midwest folk song. [More]

The Three Bonnies, Oct 19, 20, 21


The Three Bonnies is an exhilarating, funny, frightening, sexy multimedia piece using video, dancers, horses and the blues to explore the challenges of male-female relationships. The Three Bonnies will have you tapping your toes and thinking about that guy or gal you left behind. [More]

Tannahill Weavers in Concert, Oct 13


As they approach their 50th anniversary in 2018, the Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland's premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can't get better...yet continue to do just that. [More]

Wild Colonial Bhoys, Oct 6


Wild Colonial Bhoys is more than just an Irish band - they are an Irish American band. Theirs is like a blended whiskey: it’s a musical melding of both the old and the new, from the peat smoke scent of the ould sod to the can-do spirit that embodies the American dream. [More]

Travel into words: Writing about (Irish) travels, Sept 23

Learn how to become a travel writer. Reflect on Irish sites while also appreciating their history and significance with in-class discussions and exercises. Discover how a travel writer can articulate personal impressions of Ireland within its contexts as a contemporary European state and also a deeply ancient spiritual nation. Taught by Martie McMahon. [More]

Alison Perkins & Nicolas Brown in Concert, Sept 22 TICKETS

Alison Perkins and Nicolas Brown have been playing Irish traditional music on uilleann pipes, flute and fiddle together for close to a decade. Together, they research forgotten settings of obscure tunes and bring them to listeners with a style that is at once unapologetically old fashioned, fresh, vibrant and spirited. [More]

Turning real people into fiction: Learn how to write Historical Fiction, Sept 20 - Oct 25

How do writers generate ideas and do research to create historical fiction? How do they distinguish between factual journalism and imaginative reconstruction? How are characters based on historical personages ethically created? Join internationally celebrated writer, Nicole Mary Kelby, as she unpacks her 2014 novel, The Pink Suit - an account of the characters surrounding the creation of the famous outfit worn by Jacqueline Kennedy - to answer these and other questions. Taught by Nicole Mary Milligan. [More]

No sweat Irish!: Spoken Modern Irish Gaelic, Thursdays, Sept 14 - Nov 16

Learn how to speak and write the Irish Gaelic language in a fun, relaxed, and innovative community environment using contemporary approaches to language acquisition. Incorporating conversation, songs, and games, this 10-week course takes the pressure and hard work out of Irish Gaelic and makes it an enjoyable and creative pursuit. Taught by Tommy Jeffers. [More]

Roots into Words: Reading and Writing the Ethnic Autobiography, Irish Style!, Tuesdays, Sept 19 - Oct 10

This class will help you to write and to understand memoirs written with an eye on heritage. You will explore expressions of Irish identity through in-class exercises, readings, and discussion. You will unearth and give voice to memories, stories, and family legacy. Participants will purchase and read selections from the instructor’s essay collection, Irish-American Autobiography. Taught by Jim Rogers. [More]

 Starting Your Irish Genealogy, Sept 16

You want to find your ancestors in Ireland, but how and where do you start? This class will cover the basics of all genealogy research, then focus on finding that elusive information in Ireland. [More]

Briste in Concert, Sept 15


Direct from Ireland, an exciting new mix of Country, Folk and Irish Traditional Music! Banjo, guitar, Irish flute, whistle, low whistle, and bodhrán. [More]

Creating Characters That Dance: Exploring Female Self Image in Young Adult Fiction, Sept 9

What makes the teenage protagonist, competing with her friend to be as thin as possible, in Laurie Halse Anderson's young adult novel Wintergirls so real and riveting? Have you ever wanted to know what it's like to be somebody else, if even for a day? This class is all about imagining characters, playing roles, building a persona, and understanding what makes a character "real." It is designed for teenage/young adult girls aged 13-19 who are readers, writers, and dancers and want to get deeper into the characters they create: whether on paper, on the stage, or just in their minds. Taught by Jacqueline Hesse. [More]

Hermitage Green in Concert, Aug 24

The Limerick based 5 piece have gone from Strength to strength since their decision to go full time, back in 2013. Starting out as a folk outfit at jamming sessions in a Limerick City bar and evolving since to incorporate more pop and rock elements while still using a lot of traditional folk instrumentation. [More]

Harper Seumas Gagne in Concert, July 14


Presented by The Scottish Harp Society of America, this concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Scottish Harp Weekend and features the playing and singing of the visiting presenter, judge, and instructor Seumas Gagne. [More]

Harp Workshop, July 14

Guitar players can create tremendous energy and flow with the rhythms they strum when they accompany singers and tune players. We can do the same thing with our harps, and in this workshop Seumas will show you how without ever looking at a note of written music. Part of the Minnesota Scottish Harp Weekend. 

MMC presents Celtic Rock Night, June 16 


One night, three acts: Sweet Colleens, Leslie Rich, and the Tim Malloys in a powerhouse Celtic rock showcase. [More]


MIM Master Artists Concert, June 10


The MIM Master Concert is the signature event of the Minnesota Irish Music weekend. The concert not only showcases each visiting musician’s artistry and repertoire, but offers a chance to hear both classic and unique musical pairings.

Minnesota Irish Music Weekend, June 9-11

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]

Sean-nós Dance Workshops with Brían Ó hAirt, May 14 & 15

Learn sean-nós (old-style) dancing with Brían Ó hAirt. Two workshops available, one for all levels, and one for advanced. Presented by the Lóma mór Irish Dance Club. [More]


Kevin Crawford & Cillian Vallely in Concert, May 7


Flute player Kevin Crawford and uilleann piper Cillian Vallely from Lunasa perform music from their duo recording On Common Ground and more. [More]

Northerly Gales "Together"  CD Launch Party, April 29

$5 admission. 7-11pm.

Join the Northerly Gales to celebrate the launch of their debut album. They will be joined on stage by both the Unwelcome Visitors and The Langer's Ball.

St. Paul Irish Arts Week, April 21-April 30

In this the second year of the St. Paul Irish Arts Week, we will dig further into the deep Irish roots in Saint Paul's history with presentations by the musician and author, Tom Dahill, tours of the new Eoin McKiernan Memorial Library at the Celtic Junction Arts Center, and seminars on famous Irish visitors to Minnesota including Oscar Wilde, W.B. Yeats, Eamon de Valera and Brian Friel. We also plan on repeating our popular Irish History Bus Tour of Saint Paul! Presented by Irish Fair of Minnesota. Sponsored by CJAC, EML, OID and other community partners. [More]

Children's Fair, April 23

FREE Children's Fair here at the Celtic Junction Arts Center! Dance, music, face painting, games, crafts and FUN!  Part of the St. Paul Irish Arts Week [More]


Eoin McKiernan Library Grand Opening, April 22

Celebrate the Grand Opening of the Eoin McKiernan Library with us at The Celtic Junction! Part of the St. Paul Irish Arts Week [More]

Ailie Robertson and Norah Rendell in Concert, April 9


Getting back to their roots at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance before the founding of their award-winning band, The Outside Track, Norah Rendell (vocals, flute & whistle) and Ailie Robertson (harp) are reuniting for a rare duo performance at the Celtic Junction. This concert will feature songs, tunes, original and traditional compositions. [More]

Bob Douglas' Just Tunes! CD Release, March 24

Bob Douglas launches his new CD featuring three of his outstanding bands!

  • The Biscuit Brothers with Adam Granger
  • The Tune Jerks with Adam Kiesling and Tom Schaefer
  • Captain Kaliber with John McCormick, Patsy O’Brien, Amy Shaw, and Mary Vanorny [More]

The Outside Track, March 21


Scots,Irish and Cape Breton fusion of songs, tunes and step-dance with Emerald Rae (fiddle/step-dance), Teresa Horgan (vocals/flute), Ailie Robertson (harp), Fiona Black (accordion), and Eric MacDonald (guitar). [More]

St. Patrick's Day Irish Ceili Dance, March 18 

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 live music from the Twin Cities Ceili Band. Dances taught and called, families welcome! Presented by the Irish Music and Dance Association.

Kickin' It Irish on Saint Paddy's Day, March 17


Celebrate Saint Paddy's Day in true Irish style with Kickin' It Irish! Featuring Dublin native and original Riverdancer Cormac O'Sé, Kickin' It Irish is a modern fusion of show-style Irish dance and live Irish music. The lineup consists of 22 world-class dancers, and a driving dance band. [More]


Kickin' It Irish, March 10, 11, 12


An evening of percussive toe taps & tunes!

An Irish dance and live music performance featuring O'Shea Irish Dance and a driving dance band. 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]

One World Consort and guest Celtic musician, Laura MacKenzie, Feb 26


One World Consort and guest Laura MacKenzie perform special arrangements of Celtic-inspired music, drawing upon traditions from Scotland, Ireland, England, France, Cape Breton, and beyond along with OWC's diverse repertoire from a broad range of musical traditions. [More]

Éigse CIM, A Gaela Event, Feb 25

The Center for Irish Music and honorary chair, Thomas Dillon Redshaw, Professor Emeritus of University of St. Thomas, 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 19

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!

Benefit for Birds of Prey, Feb 18

The Raptor Resource Project is holding a benefit for birds of prey. Featured guests include: Emmy award-winning producers George Howe and Tim Jacobsen on their new project "Decoding the Driftless", Vanessa Green on Osprey surveys in the Twin Cities, and John Howe on the reboot of our kestrel nestbox program. [More]

Book Launch for Danny Who? Four Decades of Irish Music, Feb 17

Not your ordinary staid book release. Join us for readings, skits (performed by the Celtic Collaborative), songs, dancing, music, and Q & A with author/performer/musician, Tom Dahill, at the release of "Danny Who? Four Decades in Irish Music" (Celtic Collaborative Press, 2017). [More]

The Lost Forty, Feb 10


“A wonderful exploration of and oft-overlooked facet of the Irish American experience… …brilliantly curated and superbly executed.”  –Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo

Brian Miller and Randy Gosa return for a concert of newly unearthed songs lovingly revived from the rich folksong heritage of the Great Lakes. [More]

Ten Strings And A Goat Skin, Feb 4


Ten Strings And A Goat Skin is a bilingual folk/fusion trio from Prince Edward Island who present traditional and original music inspired by their Atlantic Canadian histories and roots, and infused with pop and world rhythms. [More]

Workshop: Songs from the MN Folksong Collection, Jan 22

3pm. Multi-purpose room (2nd floor, south end)
This is a free workshop on traditional folk songs that were collected in northern Minnesota. The songs will be drawn from the previously unpublished field recordings that are now available online via the Minnesota Folksong Collection website. Lyric sheets provided. Please feel free to bring recording devices as well.

Irish Ceili Dance, Jan 21

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.

Robert Burns Night Ceilidh, Jan 21

6:30 - 10pm. Door: adults $25, 16 yrs and younger $6, 5 yrs and younger free, $60 family max

Another year for our family oriented Burns Night. Social starts at 6:30 pm with a cash bar and light tea and shortbread. The MN Scottish Fair will have meat pies to purchase. The entertainment starts out with the traditional toasts then on the Highland and Country dancing followed by the ever popular ceilidh dancing. Featuring the band Dalwinnie, Macalester Pipeband, MSCDA and RSCDS dancers.

Midwest Pipe Band Association Regional Solos Contest, Jan 21

4pm. Free to the public. Co-sponsored by the Minnesota Scottish Fair.

Watch some of the best pipers in the area compete! Top three qualifiers from each grade advancw to the finals in Palatine, IL. The McCracken Pub will have a cash bar available.

Window on Wales, Jan 21-Feb 25

Immerse yourself in the Literary Heritage and Culture of Wales. Explore the character of a small country and the personalities that give it life in this six week Celtic Collaborative class. Find yourself visiting a world of words through an eclectic collection of Welsh stories and poetry. [More]

World Building: Building the House of Story, Jan 21

Build a better fictional world to build a better tale in Celtic Collaborative’s new creative writing one-day workshop. From J.R.R. Tolkien to J.K. Rowling and beyond, learn how successful writers have created worlds. [More]