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Inish Mohr 11-22-2014


features a variety of Irish and Scottish traditional dance tunes including jigs, reels, and hornpipes, interspersed with a few ballads.

The synergy between band members Tim Gadban (guitar, vocals, hammer dulcimer, keyboards), Scott Marsalis (Irish flute, penny whistle), Jim Moss (bouzouki, low whistle, penny whistle, Scottish smallpipes, Irish flute) and Lisa Soltermann (Bodhrán, penny whistle, vocals) produces high energy, foot tapping fun.

Tonight at 7!

Wine Class #3 – Bubbles, Bubbles Everywhere

What gives champagne it’s characteristic bubbles?

What’s the difference between champagne and sparkling white wine?

Learn to celebrate in style in our 3rd installment of the popular UMC Wine Class with Rootstock’s Certified Wine Specialist, Kurt Hegland.
Glasses raise at 3pm Sunday, Dec. 7th.

Prost! Salute! Sláinte! Cheers!

November 11thBy Comments Off

Otter Creek comes to UMC

With 10 instruments between them and 53 strings to tune Otter Creek  burst onto the national Folk scene in 2012 with back to back hit albums on the Folk Charts. In the 4 years since the husband and wife duo began playing together, Otter Creek has won multiple awards for their virtuosic instrumentals, adept songwriting, and visionary arrangements of traditional and original tunes. They have drawn praise from around the country leading one critic to describe them as “a duo that is both a technical marvel and tastefully perfect.” Their second album Shiver Into Spark (September 2012) has garnered attention as a collection of “songs that appeal to the heart and mind as well as the ear” and a work of “superb musicianship underpinned by stunning technique” (Greg Harness, Rootsworld Magazine).

Often compared to Dave Carter and Tracy Grammer, Pete and Anne Sibley, or Tim O’Brien, Otter Creek’s classical training, combined with Peter’s deep roots in the folk tradition enable them to cross boundaries among musical genres. They have performed with the Salt Lake Choral Artists and the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society in the Utah and Nevada premieres of Carol Barnett’s Bluegrass Mass, and performed with the Utopia Early Music Ensemble in programs that blend classical and folk traditions. They are also sought after session musicians and in addition to frequent studio work have performed on stage with well-known singer songwriters Peter Mayer, Kate MacLeod, and Alicia McGovern and have opened for acts such as Claire Lynch and Mitch Barrett.

In addition to their polished sound as a duo, Peter and Mary’s daughters, (The Three Muses) often appear on stage with them. Drawing frequent comparisons to the Peasall Sisters their three part harmony and infectious charm never fail to put a smile on every face in the room.

Recent and upcoming performances include:  Tom May’s nationally syndicated “River City Folk”, The Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, KS), Utah Arts Festival (Salt Lake City, UT),  The Florence Folk Festival, (Florence, OR), SLCC TV “Brewin’ Bistro”, The Tucson Folk Festival (Tucson, AZ), Groovefest (Cedar City, UT), and the IAMA/Gallivan Folk and Bluegrass Festival.


November 11thBy Comments Off

Sweet Rhubarb!

Sweet Rhubarb is based in St. Paul, Minnesota. Our music infuses elements of folk, bluegrass, country, pop, and this n’ that.


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Wine Class #2: Fun Wines for Thanksgiving


Fall is here, and brings with it a familiar bouquet of smells and flavors, most notably those around a Thanksgiving table.
If you’re hosting and want a wine that will compliment your pumpkin pie, or are a guest and want to bring the perfect host gift, tuck in to our table on Nov. 2nd from 3PM-5PM and learn about some great, fun Thanksgiving wines.

Turkey Parking available.

October 19thBy Comments Off

Black Water Blues Band – IBC Youth Showcase Winners

Last night UMC was host to an event put on by MusicWorks MN and the MN Blues Society. Four bands competed in the Youth Blues Showcase to determine which would represent Minnesota at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN.


All the bands were spectacular… Sit Jazz Down, Colin Campbell and the C-Notes, Since Tuesday and the Black Water Blues Band. These young people played their hearts out for a packed house and a panel of judges that were comprised of some of the most influential blues players, venue owners, promoters and advocates in MN. It really was a night of fantastic music.


The Black Water Blues Band won the competition and MusicWorks MN will be helping them get to Memphis. They and the runners-up, Colin Campbell and the C-Notes, will both be scheduled at UMC to perform a ticketed 2 hour show and will be given the option to record that show to make a live album through a partnership with Essential Sessions Studios.


Keep your eye out for these shows in 2015, and if you see their names on a bill here at UMC or anywhere else make sure you go support these young bands…you won’t be disappointed, they are first-class performers.

Congratulations to all the young musicians!


Most of the young people in the competition last night were attendees at MusicWorks MN’s Blues U, a summer camp that teaches you how to play in a blues band with the Twin Cities best artists. To support this good and vital work please visit  and ALL THE MONEY RAISED AT THIS YEAR’S GIVE TO THE MAX DAY WILL GO TO FUND BLUES U! On Nov. 13th go to and make a donation!

October 13thBy Comments Off

Youth Blues Showcase

The best young blues bands in MN compete for the honor of representing Minnesota when we send them to Memphis, TN for the International Blues Challenge.

Presented in partnership with MusicWorks Minnesota and the MN Blues Society. Youth Showcase Poster

October 6thBy Comments Off