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PostPosted: Wed Sep 20, 2006 9:21 am 
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Hi -

I just wanted to tell you all about a festival I am organizing focusing on our next generation of musicians.

The Young Irish Musicians Weekend is a student-centered course for young musicians (under 21) and their families with master-led instrument workshops, panel discussions, student-led interviews, master and student performances, ceili and sessions. A parallel program for families is also being planned. We hope to attract students from across the region including Chicago, St Louis, Milwaukee and Cincinnati. Our confirmed master artists are James Kelly, Fintan Vallely, Daithi Sproule, Paddy O’Brien and the Doon Ceili Band.

The dates are June 22-24, 2007 in St Paul, Minnesota. Classes are limited to students under the age of 21 though we will have all-ages evening public events on Friday and Saturday. We are doing our best to keep this very affordable and family oriented including dorm rooms at a local college for $25 a night! Keep in mind, Northwest Airlines has their headquarters here so flights are more reasonable than you might think.

Pass the word, if you would! Visit our website for updated information, as it is available: http://www.centerforirishmusic.org

Thanks, Kate Dowling


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 4:47 pm 
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The 1st Annual Young Irish Musician’s Weekend , will be held in Minneapolis and Saint Paul June 22-24, 2007. The weekend is ideal for students under 21 at intermediate and advanced levels of playing. Space is limited to the first 100 applicants.

Students will meet other people their age from around the globe who are just as passionate about their art and culture as they are. Participants will engage with our internationally recognized master musicians, including James Kelly, Tommy Martin, Paddy O'Brien, Daithi Sproule, Fintan Vallely and the Doon Ceili Band, exploring not only music but Irish heritage as well. The weekend features classes, student performances and (of course!) loads of sessions. This exciting event is sure to inspire our next generation of musicians in a fun, safe, non-competitive environment.

Aside from our featured musicians (listed above) we have additional regionally and internationally recognized artists on staff including Laura MacKenzie, Cormac O’Shea, Sean Egan, Brian Miller, Jode Dowling, Charlie Heymann, Todd Menton, Fintan Moore, Patrick O’Donnell and more.

We are also presenting three evening public events including a ceili, a concert and a student & master recital, so that those who’d like to hear and see these maters musician’s have an opportunity to do so.

We’ve tried hard to ensure that this fun weekend is also affordable for families. An early-registration discount applies - the basic fee is $185 before April 1, 2007 and $225 thereafter. The College of St Catherine in St. Paul has partnered with us to use their dorm rooms which are very affordable – between $35 and $40 per night per room. Parents are also encouraged to attend classes including introduction to Irish language, history, literature, tin whistle and Irish dance. These parallel programs cost only $25 per person.

Registration, schedules, accommodation, transportation, press and artist information is available on our website http://www.centerforirishmusic.org.

Check it out! Thanks! - Kate Dowling

The Young Irish Musician’s Weekend is presented by The Center for Irish Music. The Center for Irish Music is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization teaching traditional Irish music to students of all ages on a variety of instruments. It is the Center’s vision to support the traditional Irish music community in the Twin Cities into the future. Contact The Center for Irish Music via email at irish.music@comcast.net or via post at P.O. Box 7034 St. Paul, Minnesota 55107 or call 651-493-2022.


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NOTE: Due to strong demand, this festival is now open to students of ALL AGES!
Come play and learn with:
James Kelly
Tommy Martin
Paddy O'Brien
Daithi Sproule
Fintan Vallely


Inquiries - irish.music@comcast.net or 651-493-2022
Register at www.centerforirishmusic.org


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