Our Oral History Project!

With support from a Minnesota Historical Society grant, CJAC’s Eoin McKiernan Library did its first oral history project on the Irish music community of the Twin Cities. Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community: 1950-1990 consists of conversations between interviewer Dáithí Sproule and 14 community members.

Click the narrator (interviewee) below to access their interview.


Jamie Gans

Nick Lethert

Cindy Tritz

Jenny Bach

Ann Heyman

Laura MacKenzie

Pete Tritz

Tom Dahill

Charlie Heymann

John McCormick

Mike Whalen

Sam Dillon

Sheila Jordan

Martin McHugh

Irish Music and Musicians in the Twin Cities Community: 1950-1990 was made possible by a grant from the Minnesota Historical Society, the generous donations of community members and the support of the Celtic Junction Arts Center board.

In addition to the complete interview audio and transcripts available in our digital collection and accessible through this page, we have also created an online exhibition of select soundbites from the oral history project mixed with photos and other resources. The online exhibition is intended to complement the physical exhibition now on display in the exhibition hall outside the McKiernan Library space at the Celtic Junction.

The McKiernan Library extends deep gratitude to the 4 narrators (interviewees) who participated in this project and to Dáithí Sproule who did all the interviewing and transcribing.  Thank you all so much!


This publication was made possible in part by the people of Minnesota through a grant funded by an appropriation to the Minnesota Historical Society from the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund. Any views, findings, opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the authors and do not necessarily represent those of the State of Minnesota, the Minnesota Historical Society, or the Minnesota Historic Resources Advisory Committee.