The official hotel for the GNIPC 2014 Tionól is the Days Inn University Ave. SE, at 2407 University Ave. SE in Minneapolis (612-623-3999). Mick Bauer has reserved a total of four rooms there for Friday 9/26 through Sunday 9/28 (two nights total). If you wish to add a night onto either end of the reservation, this shouldn’t be a problem. The rate they’ve tentatively quoted us is $164/night; I’m hoping to negotiate that down.
As of today, three of these rooms are still available!
If you’d like one of them, please email Mick as soon as possible (mick att wiremonkeys dott org), saying how many people you’ll be traveling with. You’ll have to pay for the room; when you check in, the reservation will be transferred to you.
And if you live in the Twin Cities and plan on attending the Tionól, please register soon at http://www.gnipc.org/tionol-main/tionol-2014/ — the sooner we know who’s coming, the sooner we’ll know how many private lessons everyone can have!
Hope to see you at the Tionól!
September 27th – 28th, 2014
The Great Northern Irish Pipers Club, the upper Midwest U.S.’s premier uilleann piping association, is pleased to announce that internationally acclaimed performing artists Joey Abarta, Tom Klein, and Tommy Martin will be the featured clinicians for its 2014 Tionól, to be held Saturday 27 September and Sunday 28 September 2014 at The Celtic Junction in St. Paul, Minnesota (836 Prior Avenue, 55104).
Featuring the innovative, lesson-oriented format we pioneered at last year’s GNIPC Tionól, we’ll again guarantee every attendee private instruction from visiting artists, in addition to group sessions led by the GNIPC’s senior pipers. And, of course, visiting artists will perform on Saturday evening (7:30 pm on 9/27/2014) in a GNIPC 2014 Tionól Concert, which will be free for Tionól attendees and open to the general public.
Register Online Now! The $120 Registration Fee covers three days of high-quality piping instruction and playing sessions, and includes admission to the Saturday night concert. GNIPC members who are current with dues receive an additional 10% off (you can renew your membership through Febr. 2015 here: http://www.gnipc.org/membership/ ).
Tionól Registration for GNIPC Member: $108
Registration (Non-Member): $120
Tionól Concert Only (GNIPC Member): $9
Tionól Concert Ticket Only (Non-Member): $10
Note: meals are not included. We’ll provide opportunities to order inexpensive lunches all three days.
As we do every year, the Great Northern Irish Pipers Club will perform at the IMDA Day of Irish Dance at Landmark Center this coming Sunday, March 16th. Our performance begins at 3:40 pm in the Tea Room (3rd floor courtroom). Hope to see you there!
The Minneapolis Star Tribune article we’ve been talking about is now on the newsstands and online, and it’s terrific! Everyone who was at the March 2nd General Meeting was quoted, and the piece includes both video and photos.
Special thanks to Tom Klein for reaching out to the local media — the timing of this article is no coincidence — and most of all to Jeff Strickler, who spent quite a bit of time with Tom and Mick (he even bought us lunch), and attended the entire March 2 meeting along with photographer Marlin Levison. Clearly, Jeff is a journalist who cares about getting things right, and he’s done us a very good turn indeed in helping get the word out about our singular instrument!
Here’s the complete set list from this past Sunday’s General Meeting. Hope to see you next month!
- Jigs: Newport Lasses (aka Trip to Athlone) / Gander in the Pratie Hole
- Jig: When Sick is it Tea You Want?
- Jigs: Out on the Ocean / The Cordal (aka Julia Clifford’s Jig) / Blarney Pilgrim / Jimmy Ward’s
- March of the Kings of Laois
- Reels: Rainy Day / Silver Spear
- Garret Barry’s Reel / Corney is Coming
- Reels: The Old Bush / Maid in the Cherry Tree
- Jig: Tatter Jack Walsh
- Jigs: Rolling Wave / Rambling Pitchfork
- Jigs: Humors of Ballyloughlin / Old Tipperary
- Jigs: Walls of Liscarrol / East at Glendart / Bill Hart’s Jig
- March: Eagle’s Whistle