Irish Arts Week 2020

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Irish Arts Week Poster featuring Lugh Lamfhada, the pan-European Celtic sun god

 

Welcome to the 5th annual Irish Arts week!

Irish Language Exhibition, April 17

Free to the public. Minnesota premiere of the Irish Government’s traveling Irish language exhibition.

Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge / Irish Language Weekend, April 17-19

Curtha in eagar ag Coláiste na nGaedheal Celtic Junction Arts Center MN
Organized by Celtic Junction Arts Center’s Irish College of MN

I gComhar le Gaeltacht MN
In collaboration with Gaeltacht MN 

Beidh Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeilge ar siúl i St. Paul, MN ar an 17ú, l8ú, & 19ú lá d’Aibreán 2020. Beidh ranganna ann do chuile dhuine ó thosaitheoirí go cainteoirí líofa.

An Irish Language Weekend will be held in St. Paul, MN on the 17th, 18th, & 19th of April 2020. There will be classes for everyone from absolute beginners to experienced learners. 

Leacht le Dáithí Sproule / Lecture with Dáithí Sproule, April 17 @ 7:45 pm - 8:45 pm

$10 (Free to Irish Language Weekend participants.)
Dáithí Sproule explains the connection music groups Skara Brae and Altan have with Irish music and the Gaeltacht. This lecture will be mostly in English. Located in the multi-purpose room. 

 

Saturday, April 18

Leacht le Brian Ó Conchubair / Lecture with Brian Ó Conchubair, April 18 @ 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm

$15. (Free for Irish Language Weekend participants.)
Brian Ó Conchubair gives a lecture titled, “Douglas Hyde’s Journal Tour of America” which he helped translate from the original Irish into English for the first time in 2019. This will be a fascinating look at Douglas Hyde’s travels in America in 1905/1906 during which he raised funds and awareness for the revival of the Irish language. Lecture will be mostly in English and will be located in Inis Meain.

The Beltane Boys in Concert, April 18 @ 7:30 pm

$15. The Beltane Boys are a unique Celtic band from the Pacific Northwest, combining virtuosic solo performances with three-part vocal harmonies and refined ensemble playing. Laura MacKenzie will join them on stage. 

CJAC Saturday Night Session, April 18 @ 9:30 pm

Free! Come one, come all! Join us after the Beltane Boys concert with your instruments for a fun session in the remodeled lobby space. Don’t play an instrument? Come and enjoy music, company, and craic! Find us in the lobby.

 

Sunday, April 19

Workshop: Scottish Gaelic Puirt-a-Beul April 19 @ 1:30 - 3:00 pm

$20. Gaelic singer and scholar Richard Hill will present and teach a Scottish Gaelic workshop on “mouth-music” or puirt-a-beul.  By studying and singing simple dance tunes, participants will take a look at the eternal rivalry between the wintry Cailleach and Brìde, spirit of spring.

CJAC’s Children’s Fair, April 19 @ 2:00 -4:00 pm

Free and open to the public! Bring your kids and check out some of what goes on at the Celtic Junction Arts Center. Your young ones can dance a jig, try out instruments, listen to some rollicking tunes, enjoy storytime and puppets, play games, and munch on some snacks.

Workshop: Essentials of Scottish Fiddling, April 19 @ 3:15 - 4:45 pm

$20. This Scottish fiddle workshop is designed to introduce the basic characteristics of Scottish fiddling, including the Scots snap, birl, and the stylistic principles governing the strathspey and the traditional “MSR” or March, Strathspey and Reel set.

Workshop: Adapting Pipe Tunes to Flute and Whistle, April 19 @ 3:15 - 4:45 pm

$20. In this “Pipe Line to Flute” workshop, the group will explore a range of pipe music which is often heard on other instruments as well. Participants will learn a number of simple tunes and practice applying the stylistic palette which distinguishes Scottish bagpipe music to the whistle and flute.

Film - The Camino Voyage, April 19 @ 5 - 7 pm

$10. Inis Mor (Studio 1). A crew including a writer, two musicians, an artist, and a stonemason embark on an inspiring and dangerous 2,500 kilometre modern-day Celtic odyssey from Ireland to Spain.

An Evening with John Dingley, April 19 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm

Admission at the door: $10 Adults/$8 Seniors (over 60), $5 Children (under 16)
Join us for an evening of entertainment with local Welsh-native, singer, poet, actor, author, and character extraordinaire. John will also be signing copies of his book, A Visit Home.

Monday, April 20

Free Irish Dance Class: Preschool, April 20 @ 4:45 - 5:30 pm

Free for PreSchoolers 3-5 years old. This O’Shea Irish Dance class is just 45 minutes long and focuses on fun and games. Children are encouraged to follow directions, work together, and learn about their bodies for dancing.

Free Irish Dance Class: Beginners, April 20 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Free for Students ages 5-13 years. Try an Irish step dance class with O’Shea Irish Dance! Students build strength and establish familiarity with the music as they begin with the fundamentals essential to Irish dance, including foot placement, body alignment, and basic steps.

Irish Blues Legend Rory Gallagher, April 20 @ 7:30 - 8:30 pm

$10. McKiernan Library.
His Music. His Ireland. His Legacy. All about the internationally-renowned blues guitarist Rory Gallagher, from his early days growing up in an Ireland that had just discovered rock’n’roll, to attracting the respect and admiration of musical giants like Jimi Hendrix and Brian May. Presented by Patsy O’Brien.

Tuesday, April 21

Irish Language Blessings and Curses, April 21 @ 6:30 - 7:30 pm

$10. Located in the McKiernan Library. There are no limits to the language mastery in this literary jewel, with expressions that are sought after, and curious phrases that can delight or upset an acquaintance.  Join Lavinia Finnerty as she shares some of these gems, and stories from her own upbringing.

Wednesday, April 22

Free Irish Dance Class: Preschool, April 22 @ 4:45 - 5:30 pm

Free for PreSchoolers 3-5 years old. This O’Shea Irish Dance class is just 45 minutes long and focuses on fun and games. Children are encouraged to follow directions, work together, and learn about their bodies for dancing.

Free Irish Dance Class: Beginners, April 22 @ 5:30 - 6:30 pm

Free for Students ages 5-13 years. Try an Irish step dance class with O’Shea Irish Dance! Students build strength and establish familiarity with the music as they begin with the fundamentals essential to Irish dance, including foot placement, body alignment, and basic steps.

Galway Art Show '20 at Emmett's Public House, April 22 @5:30 - 7pm

Free. "The Culture of The West Coast in the Art of Clare and David Pelzer" at Emmett's Public House located at 695 Grand Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105.

Hear Irish-American artist Clare Pelzer speak about her new work on the art wall at Emmett’s public house. When she’s not working behind the bar at Emmett’s, Clare is honing her skills as a fine artist. Like her father, David Pelzer, also an artist, Clare works mainly in pencil and digital and oil print. Inspired by her childhood growing up in Connemara, Ireland, her works include depictions of “The Lost Isle” oil on board, or “Slainte!” digital drawing, reflecting Ireland’s beautiful nature and its people. Artwork from Clare’s father, who currently resides in Ireland, will also be on display. His works include “Inishmaine Abbey” charcoal on paper (print), and “Joyce Country Boy and Lamb” oil on board (print). Chat with Clare while viewing her artwork and enjoy a pint at the same time. Prints for sale.

Free Irish Dance Class: Adults, April 22 @ 7:00 - 8:45 pm

Free. Join an O’Shea Irish Dance class and get a thorough work out while learning some steps with other adults. Come on in, it’s fun! Located in Studio 3. 

An Evening with James Joyce, April 22 @ 8 - 9:30 pm

$10. McKiernan Library. (Limited seating.)
Staged Readings illuminating the life and work of this world-famous modernist genius, James Joyce (1882-1941).

Thursday, April 23

Drawing Celtic Mythology, April 23 @ 7:30 - 8:30 pm

$10. Takes place in the McKiernan Library. Artist Carrie Finnigan shares how the haunting and magical gods, goddesses, heroes, magicians, and landscapes of the Celtic realms can be given creative expression and re-interpretation. 

Friday, April 24

Scottish Ceilidh with the Gunn Slingers, April 24 @ 7 - 10 pm

$10 at the door. A monthly Scottish social dance at the Celtic Junction Arts Center! Learn a variety of dances (don’t worry, we’ll teach you!) and hear music from featured local artists. We’ll see you there. Bring your friends! Located in Inis Mor.

Poetry Reading by Ailbhe Ni Ghearbhuigh, 2020 O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner, April 24 @ 7:30 - 9 pm at UST

Free. Hear the latest winner of the annual O’Shaughnessy Poetry Award given by UST’s Center for Irish Studies read her bilingual work in English and Irish and sign copies of her books.  Takes place at the John Roach Center on the St. Paul campus of University of St. Thomas at the corner of Summit and Cleveland avenues.

Saturday, April 25

O'Shea Irish Dance Feis, April 25 @ 8 am - 2 pm at Gangelhoff Center

Free to the public. An Irish stepdance competition at which students from many different Irish dance schools compete in front of judges who score them out of 100 points. Top dancers in each age level and skill level receive medals or trophies as awards. Learn more here.  Competition located at the Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University, 235 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104.

Irish Storytime, April 25 @ 10:30 - 11 am

Free. Located in the multi-purpose room. 
Storytime for children in Irish and English with Alisa Mee & Lavinia Finnerty!

Murder Ballads from Ireland and Elsewhere, April 25 @ 11 am - 12 pm

$10. Held in the McKiernan Library. Featuring musicians, Michael Sawyer and Courtney Buck, this event features songs about murder from across the pond with ballads and stories that made it from Ireland, Scotland, and England to the mountains of Appalachia and beyond.

Colloquium – O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize Winner Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh, April 25 @ 12- 1 pm

Free and open to the public. Held in the McKiernan Library. Irish College of MN’s Lavinia Finnerty in conversation with O’Shaughnessy Poetry Prize 2020 Winner, Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh. Ailbhe Ní Ghearbhuigh is an Irish poet who writes in the Irish language. Visit her website here.

New Hibernia Review Panel & Discussion, April 25 @ 1 - 2 pm

Free. Held in the McKiernan Library.
Discussion of the  New Hibernia Review, its history and importance and significance as the quarterly journal created by the University of St. Thomas’s Center for Irish Studies since the 1990s led by David Gardiner, the new Director of the Center. A discussion of one or more recent articles follows.

 

Sunday, April 26

Slip into Spring Feis, April 26 @ 8 am - 2 pm at Gangelhoff Center

Free to the public. An Irish stepdance competition at which students from many different Irish dance schools compete in front of judges who score them out of 100 points. Top dancers in each age level and skill level receive medals or trophies as awards. Learn more here.  Competition located at the Gangelhoff Center at Concordia University, 235 Hamline Ave N, St Paul, MN 55104.

Monday, April 27

Lecture – Despair in the Heartland, April 27 @ 7:30 - 8:40 pm

$10. Located in the McKiernan Library. Jane Kennedy tells the story of the Connemaras of Graceville.  Featuring original research, this substantive talk will present an account of how Connemara emigrants from Ireland’s western seaboard suffered through and survived one of Minnesota’s harshest winters in 1880.

Tuesday, April 28

Ambassador's Reception, April 28 @ 7 - 9pm

Stay tuned for details on this wrap-up celebration of the Irish Arts Week!

Daniel Mulhall is an Irish diplomat who is the current Ambassador of Ireland to the United States. He has also been Ireland's Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Germa