Make plans to experience Ireland at MIM’s sixth annual celebration of Irish music and culture. Enjoy music, crafts, Irish dancing, cultural talks, and more; it’s a perfect way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day!
Sponsored by APS
Supported by the Irish Cultural Center and McClelland Library
Gifts Available for Purchase
9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
The Museum Store will feature a wonderful selection of Irish CDs, books, ornaments, and gifts.
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Have your picture taken with costumes and props at MIM’s custom photo booth, and instantly get your own copy to take home.
Bodhrán Drum Craft
9:30 a.m.–4:00 p.m.
Play Irish rhythms on your very own Irish drum! Make and decorate a bodhrán, which is played in Irish traditional music and has a special drumstick called a “tipper.” MIM volunteer team members will be on hand to help you craft your own drum and tipper out of recycled materials.
Performance: Music of the Irish Fiddle
Join local violinist and fiddler Taylor Morris as he returns to MIM for a performance highlighting the joy, depth, and musicality of Irish fiddling. An Arizona native, Morris enjoys blurring the line between violin and fiddle. After studying classical violin at Arizona State University with Dr. Katie McLin, he spent four years touring the world as one of five fiddlers with Barrage, a world-music violin troupe based in Canada. His travels, both with Barrage and on his own, have led to performances in forty-seven states and thirteen countries with musicians from a multitude of backgrounds.
11:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Add a touch of color and whimsy to your Saint Patrick’s Day look! Have your face painted with a colorful design by the artists of Evolving Through Art.
Celtic Harp Workshop
11:30 a.m.–12:15 p.m.
Take part in a fun, interactive workshop and learn to play a tune or two on the Celtic harp, the emblematic instrument featured on Ireland’s coat of arms! Join expert local harpist and Certified Therapeutic Harp Practitioner Jocelyn Obermeyer for a group mini-lesson for all levels and try your hand at the harp.
Space is limited at this workshop as there will only be approximately fifteen instruments; first come, first served.
Irish-Inspired Lunch Menu Available for Purchase
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.
Stop by Café Allegro and enjoy a special menu featuring traditional Irish favorites including:
• Creamy Leek and Potato Soup with Bacon and Parsnips
• Irish Aged Cheddar Cheese and Ale Soup with Rutabaga
• Lacquered Corned Beef with Honey and Dijon Mustard, Boiled Potatoes, and Carrots
• “Bangers and Mash” with Onion Gravy and Roasted Vegetables
• Guinness and Orange Chocolate Cake
• Irish Soda Bread
Performance: Songs and Music of Ireland
Don’t miss this joyful and culture-tinged mix of Irish music, vocals, and perhaps even a few Irish tales thrown in for good measure! Come experience the lilting voice of internationally renowned tenor Michael McCall, who has performed in countries such as Austria, Greece, Germany, and the United States. A talented singer, composer, and conductor, McCall studied conducting with Leonard Bernstein during the Kiel Musikfest in Germany and has served as a guest conductor with the Prague Symphony Orchestra.
Culture Talk: “The Music of What Happens”
When legendary Irish hero Finn McCool was asked to name the best sound, he answered simply, “The music of what happens.” Music, story, poetry, landscape, and life are integrated in Irish lore—it’s just what happens. On Saturday, guests will hear from Doug Bland, adjunct faculty at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, and on Sunday from Liz Warren, director of the same institute. Join them to hear stories and lore from Ireland’s mythic past and present to learn how it all comes together!
Maguire Academy Irish Step-Dance Performance
Witness the high energy of Irish dancing in a performance by the students of the Maguire Academy of Irish Dance. Directed by professional Irish step dancer Darren Maguire, this group provides a taste of authentic Irish dance and music you won’t want to miss!