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					                                         IMDA Irish Community Resources list
                                                                                                           July, 2011
                                                  Compiled by the Irish Music & Dance Association; last updated July 27, 2011.
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      IRISH DANCE PERFORMANCE GROUPS                                    IRISH STEP DANCE SCHOOLS (Continued)
Biddies Galore                                                      McKenna School of Irish Dance
―3 women who can‘t stop dancing‖                                    "It's all about the FUN of learning Irish Dance!"
St. Paul, MN                                                        Classes in Eden Prairie, MN
Sheila Jordan, (651) 488-1494                                       Therese McKenna Nahorski, (952) 949-9008                                    
Green Fire Irish Dancers
Old Style, Sean Nos, Modern Step and Set Dancing,                   North Star School of Irish Dance
Céilí dancing in period costumes                                    “Offering a joie de vivre approach to Irish Dance
Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN                                          for all ages.‖
Edward Koehne, (612) 927-9615                                       Classes in Minnetonka, MN.                                              Beth Pitchford, Instructor                                     Children's classes: Deanne's Dance Studio,
                                                                    (952) 473-3903
Knocknagow Irish Dancers
                                                                    Adult classes: Beth, (612) 840-6633
Step, Set and Céilí Dancing
St. Paul, MN
Betsy Wing, (651) 646-3661                                          Northfield Dance-n-Fitness                                                    Classes in Northfield, MN
                                                                    Colleen Day, (507) 663-7814
Mooncoin Céilí Dancers
Céilí, Set and Step dancing since 1976
Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN                                          O’Shea Irish Dance
Kim Keeler, (651) 295-5257                                          "Director Cormac O'Se,                                            Original Cast Member of Riverdance"                                               Cormac O'Se TCRG & Natalie O'Shea, (612)722-7000
Trasna na dTonnta
―Across the Waves‖ – Spreading the céilí tradition
                                                                    Classes for preschool thru adults at the Celtic Junction,
Minneapolis & St. Paul, MN
                                                                    836 Prior Ave. St. Paul
Súin Swann, (612) 618-0766
                                                                    Rince na Chroi Irish Dancers
           IRISH STEP DANCE SCHOOLS                                 ―Irish dance classes for children and adults with an
                                                                    emphasis on performances and teamwork!‖
corda mór irish dance                                               Classes in St. Paul, MN
Classes in Edina, MN, Fauna Gille TCRG                              Katie Stephens Spangler, (651) 645-4292                                                                                  
Emerald Isle Irish Dancers                                          Saint Paul Irish Dancers
Classes in Wyoming, MN                                              ―Providing a Gateway to Irish Culture through Dance‖
Sheila Jordan, (651) 488-1494                                       Classes in St. Paul and the surrounding Metro area                                              Eileen Dahill, (651) 603-1839
Escalate Irish Dance
Classes in Maple Grove, MN
Escalate Dance & Theatre Studio                                     Shamrock School of Irish Step Dance
Erin Cooney ODCRN, (763) 416 -1299                                  "An acclaimed competitive and performance dance school                                        offering group and individualized instruction"                                Classes in Bloomington, Eagan & Richfield, MN
                                                                    Rachel Jones TCRG, (952) 891-8540
Flanagan Irish Dancers
Classes in Winona, MN
Kate Flanagan TCRG, (507) 454-3956

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          SEAN NÓS AND OLD STYLE DANCE                                       TWIN CITIES IRISH SOCIAL DANCING
                  INSTRUCTION                                          Regular monthly Céilí dances
Sean-Nós Dance                                                         Whether you've learned the steps and dances at any of
This is an old style of dancing that is most associated with the       the above classes, or are a complete novice, you are
west of Ireland, particularly Connemara. Sean nós dance is low         welcome to join the fun with live traditional Irish music
to the ground stepping out to the music, similar to tap dance. Its     provided by our very fine local musicians. Each dance we
style is more relaxed than modern Irish step dancing, so it is well    do is taught by the caller, and there are always plenty of
suited to participation by all ages. With its emphasis on providing    experienced dancers to help newcomers along.
low key percussive accompaniment to traditional Irish music, sean
nós footwork is great fun to watch, but especially to listen to! The     First Saturday Afternoon Céilí- Dubliner Pub, 2162
steps are improvisational and typically done solo or in very small       University Av., St. Paul, 2 to 5 pm. Dances taught and
groups. Although stage performances are becoming more                    called by Paul McCluskey. $3 suggested donation.
popular, many still consider some of the best sean-nós dancers to        Third Saturday Night Céilí with the Twin Cities
be the "old timers" stepping it out in the dark corners of the pub.      Ceili Band - The Celtic Junction, 836 Prior Ave. N., St.
Workshops and Classes with Danielle Enblom                               Paul, 7:00 to 10:00 pm. Dances taught and called by
Classes, workshops and performances in sean-nós,                         Mike Whelan with Irish dance music by the Twin Cities
Cape Breton and Irish step dance                                         Ceili Band. Admission $5 per person, $20 maximum                                                 per family.
                                                                       Regular weekly set dancing
Sean Nós Dance with the Lóma mór Irish Dance Club
Bi-weekly lessons and regular gatherings –                               Every Thursday – Ivy Building for the Arts
   details at for details                                2637 - 27th Avenue South in Minneapolis, right along
Private and small group lessons -                                        the Midtown Greenway. Set dances are taught and led
   email for details                               by Tim McAndrew, with the Twin Cities Céilí Band
                                                                         providing the music. Dancing from 7-10 pm, year-
           IRISH SET DANCE INSTRUCTION                                   round. $7 per person.
                                                                       Several other céilís are held around the Twin Cities
Set dancing is a particular form of Irish social dancing
                                                                       during the year, with two huge dances every year on
done in a set of four couples in a square (but you don't
                                                                       St. Patrick‘s Day. There are evening dances and hourly
have to come in couples!)
                                                                       lessons during the day at Irish Fair of Minnesota
Every Thursday – Ivy Building for the Arts                             ( on the 2nd weekend in August.
2637 - 27th Avenue South in Minneapolis, right along the               Sign up for céilí news via e-mail by sending a note to
Midtown Greenway. Set dances are taught and led by            Updated information on Irish
Tim McAndrew, with the Twin Cities Céilí Band providing                social dance events, including directions and maps, is
the music. Dancing from 7-10 pm, year-round. $7 per                    available at:
                                                                                CÉILÍ AND SET DANCE TEACHERS
              CÉILÍ DANCE INSTRUCTION                                  The following people teach Irish social dancing in a
Céilí dances are made up of groups of dancers –                        variety of settings and are available to teach and call
sometimes couples, or groups of 3, 6, 8 or more. You do                dances for your special event.
not need to bring a partner. Come by yourself and make                   Karen Cieminski –
new friends, or bring a friend or several. It‘s a whole lot              Máirtín de Cógáin - Set & Céilí dances,
of fun, it's great exercise, and whichever of these places                  (310) 447-4839,
you choose, you'll be dancing with a lot of really nice                  Linda Doran –
people.                                                                  Súin Swann –
                                                                         Tim McAndrew -
Wednesday night Irish céilí dance classes                                Paul McCluskey -
Learn the basic steps, and then join in the dances.                      Mike Whalen -, (651) 645-9506
They all run year around, they are open to all ages, and                 Ann Wiberg – (651) 776-7184
all are free:
   Conway Recreation Center - 2090 Conway,                                             IRISH DANCE CLUBS
   St. Paul. This class is held in a park and rec gym, and             Lóma Mór Irish Dance Club
   is taught by a trio of fine dancers/instructors, Ginny,             Set, Céilí and other styles of social dance
   Becky, and Dan, who will provide plenty of special                  Classes and dances in St. Paul, Minneapolis & Northfield
   attention for your particular level of experience. The              Karen Cieminski, (651) 501-0113
   class runs from 7:00 to 8:30 pm. Free.                    
   Dubliner Irish Pub - 2162 University Av., St. Paul.       
   Learn Irish dancing in a genuine Irish Pub with a
   wooden floor that has known a whole lot of dancing
   feet. Steps and dances are taught by Súin Swann.
   Basic beginning steps are taught from 7:30, followed
   by advanced lessons and dancing until 9:30 pm, with
   more dancing afterwards to live music. Year-round;
   no children, and must be of legal drinking age tor
   remain past 9:00 pm. Free.

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   TRADITIONAL MUSIC INSTRUCTION                                           MUSICIANS (continued)
The Center for Irish Music                                     Brian Boru Irish Pipe Band of St. Paul
Dedicated to teaching traditional Irish Music                  Irish/Scottish Bagpipes
to all ages at all levels.                                     St. Paul, Minnesota
(651) 815-0083                                                 Andy More, Booking/Band Manager, (763-222-4703)
at The Celtic Junction                               
836 Prior Ave N, St. Paul, MN 55104                                                      Chulrua
                                                               Irish Traditional Music, Button Accordion, Fiddle,
Laura MacKenzie
Flute, whistle, Scottish small pipes, voice/song;
                                                               St. Paul, MN – tours nationally and internationally
teaching from Northfield, MN studio and from the
                                                               Paddy O’Brien, (651) 698-2258
Celtic Junction in St. Paul (returning to Junction in Sept.)
(651) 398-5055                                                                                Clairseach
Katie McMahon                                                  Ann and Chuck Heymann
Former Riverdance singer and harpist teaches beginning         Wire-strung harp, cittern, accordion,
and intermediate Harp & Voice in Minneapolis, MN               guitar, whistle and vocals
(612) 850-3159                                                 (507) 647-3333                                                              

James Plattes                                                  Common Chord
Beginning through Advanced Irish Fiddling, Mandolin, to        Vocal ensemble performing traditional and new songs
all ages, in his Southwest Minneapolis studio.                 for children and families
(612) 861-2954 or (612) 616-4343                               Minneapolis, MN                                            Contact: Alisa Mee, or                                                   Jessica Lee,

            IRISH MUSIC SESSIONS                               Curtis & Loretta
                                                               Celtic harp, mandolin, mandocello, guitar, vocals.
There are many Irish traditional music sessions regularly      Ballads, instrumentals, and more
held around the Twin Cities. Date/Time may change so           Minneapolis, MN
please contact the venue before heading out.                   Loretta Simonet, (612) 781-9537
(See ‗Venues‘ for location and phone #).             
Instrumental Music                                   
Sunday 4 pm (beginners) – Keegan’s Pub, Minneapolis
                                                               Tom Dahill
Friday evening – Merlins Rest, Minneapolis
                                                               Uilleann pipes, vocal, fiddle, guitar
Sunday at noon – Kieran’s Pub, Minneapolis
                                                               St. Paul, MN
Sunday 6 pm (advanced) – Keegan’s Pub, Minneapolis
                                                               (651) 334-2880 (preferred)
Unaccompanied Singing (Traditional Singers’ Club)    
Last Sunday of the Month, 2 - 4 pm - Keegan's Pub,
Minneapolis                                                    Máirtín de Cógáin
                                                               Solo Performer - Storytelling, songs in
         MUSICIANS – BANDS & SOLO                              English & Irish, Bodhrán
                                                               Rochester, MN and all around (310) 447-4839
                                                               Fax: 5' 11"
Traditional Irish Music with Fiddle, accordion, guitar,
flute, vocals, octive mandolin, hurdy gurdy, bodhrán.
Saint Paul, MN
Deborah Martin, (651) 357-0400                                       The Máirtín de Cógáin Project                                              Máírtín de Cógáín & his band
                                                               Ireland's Folk songs & Storytelling, Music, Tae and a bit
Black Rose Roisin Dubh
                                                               of dancing maybe
Traditional Irish, Scottish and American folk music done
                                                               Rochester, MN and all around (310) 447-4839
with a flair for the modern audience and with a taste for
the theatrical. (And a few eclectic covers thrown in for
variety's sake.)
Minneapolis/St. Paul MN
Royce Lerwick, (612) 819-2412                                  The Dirty Hurlers                                A blend of traditional and contemporary Irish music,                            ranging from the Dubliners and Clancy Brothers to                                   Flogging Molly and the Pogues.
                                                               Fiddle, Guitar, Bass, Tin Whistle, Drums, Bodhrán
                                                               Morehead, MN
Banjo, bouzouki, guitar, fiddle,
                                                               John Rian, (218) 939-1038
clarinet, tin whistle, accordion, vocals
Paul Wehling, (612) 788-3262

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             MUSICIANS (continued)                                           MUSICIANS (continued)
Doon Ceili Band                                                  The Gallivanteers
Irish Traditional Music, specializing in old traditional dance   Irish, American Irish, American folk music
tunes, 3 Fiddles, 3 Flutes, Button Accordion, Piano              St. Paul, MN
St. Paul, MN                                                     Pat Gallivan, (651) 552-9306
Paddy O'Brien, (651) 698-2258                                                                                                            Giggin Siles
Double Fiddles                                                   Traditional and not so traditional tunes
Spirited fiddle music, pipes and song from Scotland, Cape        sung in English and Gaelic
Breton and County Donegal Ireland featuring Iain                 Kia Cashman,
MacGillivray Chuck Butler on fiddles, and Sue Spencer  
and Jim Ofsthun on vocals.                                       Siles/156389824484
Duluth, MN                                                       Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club                                         Devoted to promoting the playing, construction, and lore                                            of the uilleann (Irish) pipes.
Kate and Jode Dowling                                            St. Paul, MN
Irish music for weddings, dances for any occasion,               Tom Klein, (651) 227-3367
on fiddle, flute and whistle.                          
West St Paul, MN (651) 493-2022                                                                       Greenwood Tree                                        Hammered dulcimer, bowed psaltery, guitar,
Dunquin                                                           mandolin, bodhrán
Traditional Irish instrumental music                             St. Paul, MN
on fiddle, Irish flutes and whistles, piano                      Stu Janis, (651) 402-3252
St. Paul, MN                                           
Sherry Ladig, (651) 644-4779                                                                       A Handful of Fun                                              Eclectic Irish Folk
The Durty Nellys                                                 Minneapolis, MN
Up tempo Celtic Rock band playing covers of such bands           Judith Clancy, (612) 702-0429
as U2, Cranberries, Van Morrison, Pogues, Flogging Molly,
originals, jigs and reels, and more!                             Heritage
St. Paul, MN                                                     Traditional music of Ireland and Scotland on fiddle,
Dave Phipps, (651) 402-5663                                      guitar, mandolins, tin whistles, Scottish small pipes,                                        bodhrán and vocals                                       Minneapolis, MN
The Eddies                                                       Kathleen Green (612) 869-3316
The one-of-a-kind great singers of shanties and other  
upscale songs of life.                                 
Phil Platt, (612) 625-1442                                       The Hibernians Band                                          Performing the music of well known American Irish songs                                         Twin Cities, MN
Erin Rogue                                                       Chris Kalogerson, (952) 935-9065
Irish and beyond... playing traditional Irish music in 
untraditional ways.                                              The HiBs
Twin Cities, MN                                                  Traditional Irish dance music on fiddle, flute and whistles,
Robin Brown, (763) 753-6542                                      bouzouki, bodhrán and more.                                       West St Paul, MN                                                Jode Dowling, (651) 493-2022
Forty Shades of Green                                  
Traditional Celtic vocal/instrumental music; fiddle,   
whistles & flute, guitar, bodhrán, bass                          Highland Paddy
Twin Cities, MN                                                  High energy Irish music with lots of craic!
Kevin Carroll, (651) 983-6384                                    Lots of sing-a-longs and rebel tunes mixed in with a                                         whole lot of entertainment.                                          Pennywhistle, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, bodhrán,
Gaelic Tribe                                                     banjo, flute, guitar, and more...
Whistle, fiddle, guitar, vocals, flute, bodhrán,                 St. Paul, MN
Traditional Irish and original compositions.                     Tim, (763) 257-7664
Rochester, MN                                          
Harmon Pierce, (507) 356-8912 [day: (507) 253-2911]    

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            MUSICIANS (continued)                                         MUSICIANS (continued)
Hounds of Finn                                                Bob Lies
Celtic Folk Rock                                              Great Highland Bagpipes
The Hounds are a 4-piece acoustic group that perform          Dance Piper and Soloist
Irish folk-rock and roots music from around the world,        Twin Cities, MN (651) 276-2655 (cell)
along with original material — topped off with traditional
Irish and Scottish tunes.
St. Paul, MN                                                  A Little of the Ready
Pete McCauley, (651) 558-6290                                 (Skiffle, Irish, Folk Rock!)                                          We play a mix of folk, classic rock and original material                                        all flavored with the taste of Ireland, an handful of
                                                              energy and four part harmonies.
InishMohr                                                     Twin Cities, MN
Lively traditional Irish and Scottish dance music,            Leslie Rich, (952) 297-4093
interspersed with a few ballads.                    
A high energy band featuring bouzouki,              
multiple winds (flutes, whistles and Renaissance pipes),
bodhrán and guitar.                                           Locklin Road                                           Traditional Celtic and original music played in                                             updated folk style
                                                              Minneapolis, MN
Irish Brigade                                                 Sheri O’Meara, (763) 516-1443
Vocals, guitar, flute, whistle, boudhran, bass      
+ Engaging Irish Music                              
Twin Cities, MN (651) 283-6821                                    Laura MacKenzie                                   Wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, Scottish small
                                                              pipes, border pipes, Medieval great pipes, voice
The Irish Minstrels                                           Twin Cities, MN (651) 398-5055
Music, friends, family and fun are what             
the Irish Minstrels Band is all about.              
Spring Valley, MN
Melissa Schmidt,                     Laura MacKenzie and The Lads                                        A traditional trio with a richly Irish core, also performing
                                                              music from Scotland, Cape Breton, Galicia and Central
Tom Klein                                                     France, featuring wind-powered instruments with
Performance on the uilleann (Irish) pipes for all occasions   percussion and guitar.
St. Paul, MN (651) 227-3367                                   Twin Cities, MN (651) 398-5055                                                             
Harpist Amy Kortuem and her Celtic Band                       Chad McAnally
Amy Kortuem on Celtic harp and vocals, along                  Irish wire strung harp for all occasions
with violin, whistles and drum.                               Minneapolis, MN (612) 968-4222
Performing traditional Irish and Celtic music       
along with Amy‘s originals.                         
Amy Kortuem (507) 387-2564                                        Patrick McCormick                                            Bagpipes
                                                              Twin Cities, MN (651) 353-1612
Sherry Ladig                                        
Pianist, composer, arranger (all styles)
St. Paul, MN                                                  Mag McDermott                                         Fiddle performance and lessons                                           Twin Cities, MN (612) 743-0698
The Langer's Ball
Good. Irish. Music.                                           McInnis' Kitchen
St. Paul, MN (651) 485-8090                                   Fiery Irish twin-fiddle music from Mark Monroe and                                       Chuck Butler and song by Sue Spencer and Jim Ofsthun,                                        in the spirit of Newfoundland, Ireland and Cape Breton.
                                                              Duluth, MN
Traditional music for dancing & listening           
Rosemount, MN
Kevin Carroll, (651) 983-6384                                 Katie McMahon                                    The Original Voice of Riverdance                                     Minneapolis, MN (612) 850-3159
Andrew K Lewis                                      
Great Highland Bagpipes
Dance Piper and Soloist                                       Todd Menton
Twin Cities, MN (315) 440-4985 (cell)                         Vocals, guitar and mandolin                                             (612) 824-2789

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            MUSICIANS (continued)                                         MUSICIANS (continued)
Brian Miller and Minnesota Lumberjack Songs:                  Ring of Kerry
Irish and Scottish music from the Northwoods of               Traditional Irish instruments and lots of voice
early Minnesota.                                              playing a high-energy blend that is animated,
Voice, guitar, bouzouki, flute                                ruggedly beautiful and fun.
St. Paul, MN                                                  St. Cloud, MN
Brian Miller, (651) 245-3719                                  Paul Cotton, (320) 251-0601                                 
                                                              Ross and MacKenzie
Minnesota Police Pipe Band                                    Ross Sutter and Laura MacKenzie, offering concerts
Competition and performance pipe and drum corps               and family programs of Scottish and Irish music.
Minneapolis/St. Paul MN                                       Twin Cities, MN (651) 398-5055
Sally Gordon, Band Manager, (612) 280-5351                    Ross Sutter -                                                  Laura MacKenzie -                                        
The New Pearl Buttons                                         Rumgumption
Civil War-era American music (instrumental and songs)         Traditional Scottish and Irish music
St. Paul, MN                                                  and traditionally rooted new music                                         Minneapolis, MN                                           Shawn McBurnie, (763) 913-8189
Night Scotsman                                      
Traditional Scottish music                          
St. Paul, MN                                                  The Serfs                                         Irish Pub Rock                                           The Serfs are a 5 piece electric/acoustic band that blends
Northern Gael                                                 traditional Irish drinking songs and rebel tunes with a
Flute, whistle, pipes, concertina, fiddle, guitar & bodhrán   little Rock N Roll! From great songs from Flogging Molly
Laura MacKenzie                      and The Pogues to original songs, The Serfs deliver with
or Ross Sutter                             up beat Irish Pub Rock!
                                                              Guitar, Bass, Harmonicas, Drums, Percussion, Vocals
Paddy O'Brien                                                 Minneapolis, MN
Button Accordion                                              Booking/info:
St. Paul, MN
                                                              Spring-Heeled Jack
Paddy O'Brien, (651) 698-2258                                         Traditional Irish / Celtic Rock                                           Fiddle, Acoustic Guitars, Mandolin, Bass, Vocals
                                                              Minneapolis / St. Paul, MN
O'Rourke's Feast                                              Kevin Brown, (612) 331-4132
Irish Traditional Music, arrangements of jigs, reels,
hornpipes, clan marches, slow airs, 3 Fiddles, 2 Flutes,
Button Accordion, Piano
                                                              Daithi Sproule
St. Paul, MN
                                                              Traditional songs in English and Irish,
Paddy O'Brien, (651) 698-2258
                                                              Guitar, Gaelic language                           West Saint Paul, MN, (651) 757-0115
Paddy Wagon
                                                              Daithi Sproule & Laura MacKenzie
Irish Music with a twang
                                                              Music of Ireland and Scotland
Acoustic folk/traditional/country
                                                              Twin Cities, MN
Guitars, fiddle, tin whistle, harmonica,
                                                              Laura MacKenzie, (651) 398-5055
stand up base, vocals
St. Paul/Minneapolis, MN
Tim Flynn, (651) 334-7115                                              Andrea Stern                                            Celtic Harp
Poitin                                                        (612) 722-9790
Mike & Patti McLoughlin, (218) 483-4227             
Hawley, MN                                                                                          Ross Sutter
Norah Rendell and Brian Miller                                Vocals, guitar, button accordion, bodhrán
Traditional Irish Music and Contemporary Folk,                Children‘s programs & school residencies
vocals, flute, guitar.                                        Minneapolis, MN (612)-331-1968
St. Paul, MN                                        
Brian Miller, (651) 245-3719                        ,                     Sweet Colleens
                                                              Fiddle, accordion, guitar, drums, bass, vocals
                                                              (612) 821-0454
                                                                          MUSICIANS (continued)
                                                              Tara Hill
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Button accordion, banjo and fiddle                                      IRISH ORGANIZATIONS
St. Paul, MN (651) 773-9703
Peter Tritz,                             Ancient Order of Hibernians - MN Office
Tim Malloys
Irish Music with an energetic Minneapolis/Saint Paul edge   The Celtic Junction
Vocals, guitar, whistle, accordion, drums, bodhrán          ―Weaving the traditions of Dance, Music,                                 Art and Language‖                                          A Center for the Arts with classes in Irish Step Dance;
Facebook, Twitter, Reverbnation, SonicBids                  Traditional Irish Music; Ceili and Social Dance; Irish
                                                            Mythology and History; Celtic Spirituality; World Art and
Thistledown                                                 classes in the Irish language for children and adults. Visit
Scottish and American music                                 our Public art gallery displaying local artisans of pottery,
St. Paul, MN                                                painting, and instrument making. Come to our Concerts                                       and Hooleys! Space available for event rental                                         (performance space, dance studios, classrooms, music
Twin Cities Ceili Band (TCCB)                               area and lobby.)
Traditional Irish music for Irish social dancing            836 Prior Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104
Twin Cities, MN                                             (612) 722-7000 ~
Tom Lockney, (651) 917-9071                                 Center for Irish Studies                                         New Hibernian Review
Two Tap Trio                                                University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN
Traditional Irish Music, vocals, fiddle, flute, guitar,     Jim Rogers (651) 962-5662
also available with Irish dancers.                
St. Paul, MN                                      
Brian Miller, (651) 245-3719                                Children’s Program of Northern Ireland                                         The program brings children 10 to 11 years old from                                          Northern Ireland to Minnesota and surrounding areas for
Wild Colonial Bhoys                                         5 weeks in the summer. This is a cross community
Irish Acoustic Rock                                         program bringing Protestant and Catholic children
Adam Coolong                                                together. The children learn first-hand that diverse                                  people can and do live in harmony.                                   (651) 405-1108
Willow Brae                                       
Celtic harpist Andrea Stern and traditional wind
player/singer Laura MacKenzie, offering concerts            Emerald Society of Minnesota
and community programs.                                     PO Box 4423St.Paul, Mn.55104
Twin Cities, MN                                   
Laura MacKenzie, (651) 398-5055                             Friends of St. Patrick-MN Chapter,            Building positive and on-going relationships between                                     Minnesota and Northern Ireland. Affiliated with the
                                                            Saint Patrick Centre in Downpatrick, Northern Ireland.
      IRISH LANGUAGE INSTRUCTION                            Sponsors of the Young Ambassador Program, a program
Gaeltacht Minnesota                                         for young adults to travel to Northern Ireland to learn
Irish language groups and instruction.                      about the country's history, cultures, and reconciliation
Free classes on Monday nights.                              efforts.
Also, language workshop opportunities.                      (612) 396-7703,               
The Celtic Junction
Irish language classes for children, teens and their        Great Northern Irish Pipers' Club
parents, using songs, rhymes and stories. The instructor    Devoted to promoting the playing, construction,
is Tom Jeffers, Dublin native and Irish Gaelic Teaching     and lore of the uilleann (Irish) pipes.
Assistant at the University of St. Thomas. Fee.             St. Paul, MN                                  Tom Klein, (651) 227-3367                 
                                                            Ireland Chamber of Commerce in the USA
                                                            (952) 449-5213,
                                                            Irish Genealogical Society International
                                                            A worldwide community of Irish Genealogical researchers
                                                            – people looking for their Irish and Scots-Irish ancestors
                                                            in Ireland and around the world. We are an all volunteer
                                                            non-profit organization based in the Twin Cities with
                                                            members in 10 countries and all fifty of the
                                                            United States.
                                                            1185 Concord Street No, Suite 218
                                                            South S. Paul, MN 55075

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   IRISH ORGANIZATIONS (continued)                                     IRISH PUBS FEATURING MUSIC
Irish Fair of Minnesota                                                       (continued)
Providing expression for all things Irish and linking the     Dubliner Pub
past, present and future of Irish culture in Minnesota.       2162 University Ave. W (at Vandalia), St. Paul, MN
836 Prior Ave. St. Paul, MN 55104                             (651) 646-5551 -
952-irish 11 (952-474-7411)
                                                              Half Time Rec
                                                              1013 Front Ave, St. Paul, MN
Irish Music and Dance Association (IMDA)                      (651) 488-8245 -
Celebrating Irish traditions since 1983
                                                              Jake O’Connor’s Public House
236 Norfolk Ave NE, Elk River, MN 55330
                                                              200 Water Street, Excelsior, MN
Lisa Conway, (612) 990-3122
                                                              (952) 908-9650 -                                               Keegan’s Irish Pub
                                                              16 University Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN
Minneapolis St. Patrick’s Day Association                     (612) 252-0880 -
763-234-7111,                                            Kieran’s Irish Pub
                                                              601 1st Avenue N, Minneapolis, MN
The Minnesota Feis                                            (612) 339-4499 -
An Irish Dance & Music Competition
Held in September at the St. Paul RiverCentre.                Kip's Irish Pub and Restaurant                                      9970 Wayzata Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN
                                                              (952) 367-5070 -
Minnesota Irish Cultural Center (MICC)
                                                              The Liffey
Working to create a nonprofit Center dedicated to the
                                                              175 West 7th, St. Paul, MN
study, preservation and celebration of Irish culture in all
                                                              (651) 556-1420 -
of its many forms. A potential site has been identified,
and fundraising is underway.                                  Merlins Rest                                               3601 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN
Kevin Carroll, Executive Director -     (612) 216-2419 -
or (651) 983-6384                                             O’Donovan’s Irish Pub
St. Paul St. Patrick’s Association                            700 1st Ave. N., Minneapolis, MN                                       (612) 317-8896 -
(651) 592-8977                                                O'Gara's Bar & Grill and O'Gara's Garage                                           164 Snelling Avenue N, St. Paul, MN
Traditional Singers' Club                                     (651) 644-3333 -
Supporting and encouraging involvement and excellence         Paddy Ryan's Irish Pub
in Irish and related singing traditions                       709 Rodeo Circle, Hudson, WI
Twin Cities, MN                                               (715) 381-8205 -
                                                              Shamrock’s The Irish Nook
                                                              995 W. 7th at Randolph, St. Paul, MN
Twin Cities Feile                                             (651) 228-9925 -
Irish Music & Dance Competition
Sponsored by Shamrock School of Irish Step Dance                                  IRISH PUBS
                                                              Blarney Pub & Grill
Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club                        412 - 14th Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN                                            (612) 331-1527 -
                                                              Celts Irish Pub & Grill
                                                              14506 S. Robert, Rosemount, MN
                IRISH NEWSPAPER                               (651) 322-7995 –
The Irish Gazette                                             Cooper Pub & Restaurant
An Irish Cultural Newspaper                                   1607 Park Place Blvd., St. Louis Park, MN
    Publisher: Jim Brooks                                     (952) 698-2000 -                                       The Local
                                                              931 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis, MN
         IRISH PUBS FEATURING MUSIC                           (612) 904-1000 -
                                                              McGarry’s Irish Pub & Eatery
Charlie's Irish Pub at the Water Street Inn
101 Water Street South, Stillwater, MN                        5189 Main Street East, Maple Plain, MN
(651) 439-6000 -                        (763) 479-4031 -

Claddagh Irish Pub - Maple Grove                              O’Malley's Irish Pub
7890 Main Street, Maple Grove, MN                             1775 Radio Drive Suite A (City Centre East)
(763) 773-7400 -             Woodbury, MN                                     (651) 578-7007 -

Cork's Irish Pub                                              Paddy Wagon's Irish Sports Pub
                                                              133 Coon Rapids Blvd. NW
Embassy Suites Hotel
                                                              Coon Rapids, MN 55433
175 E. 10th St., St. Paul, MN
                                                              (763) 780-0500 -
(651) 224-5111 -

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       IRISH SHOPS and MERCHANTS                                               IRISH SPORTS
Celtic Threads Embroidery
                                                           Clann na Gael Football Club
Irish dance team and solo dresses
                                                           Formed in 2003 in response to the demand for an Irish
Logo wear and Gifts
                                                           Soccer Club in the Twin Cities. The club plays in the MRSL
                                                           Division 1B as well as having a team in the Holy Angels
                                                           indoor league during the winter.
Celtique Creations                               
Cathy or Rosemary Paulson                        
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
                                                           Twin Cities Gaelic Football Club
(651) 653-9165                                A community Gaelic Sports club for men and women of all                                  skill levels to participate in Gaelic Football.
T. R. Hawkinson, LTD                             ;
Historic Handcrafted Jewelry                     
Celtic designs in jewelry and other ornaments
                                                           Twin Cities Robert Emmets Hurling Club                                             Organized to promote and develop the amateur sport of
                                                           hurling in the Twin Cities and Minnesota, as well as a
Irish Blessings                                            sense of community among members.
Saints, Shamrocks and More                       
The best in Irish and inspirational merchandise. 
Mall of America, 101 North Garden
Bloomington, MN 55425 - (952) 854-4534
                                                                              IRISH TRAVEL
Irish on Grand
Irish on Grand is very much a community hub – a place      These local travel professionals can help you plan
to buy the best of Irish goods from Kerry Gold butter to   the perfect visit to Ireland.
Galway Crystal, but also a place to drop by for a chat,    Celtic Journeys
check out the newest books, find out what‘s happening in   Personalized group & individual travel to Ireland arranged
the Irish community or just to see who you might bump      by an Irish native. Exceptional journeys with outstanding
in to on a Saturday morning!                               service.
1124 Grand Avenue                                 - (651) 291-8003
St. Paul, MN 55105                               
(651) 222-5151 ~ Toll Free: (888) IRISH-55                                       Northern Ireland Travels
                                                           We specialize in personalized, self-guided trips to
Patty's Pottery                                            Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland has something for
Handmade Celtic Pottery                                    everyone - beautiful coastlines, great golf courses, lively -                     cities and sheep-covered hills. We can create a
St. Patrick’s Guild                                        memorable, one-of-a-kind visit!
1554 Randolph Ave.                                         (612) 396-7703 -
St. Paul, MN 55105                               
(800) 652-9767 -                   Terry Flynn Tours
                                                           Terry Flynn Tours has 45 years experience welcoming
                                                           American travelers to Ireland. Whatever you want to see
                                                           and do in Ireland, we can provide you with everything
                                                           you need to ensure a great vacation.
                                                           (651) 436-5652 -

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                                      IMDA Membership
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culture? Become a member of the Irish Music and Dance Association and receive the IMDA
Newsletter each month. It's a mere $20 annually for an individual membership and $25 for a
family or corporate membership.
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