The Detroit Irish Music Association (DIMA) is a non-profit organization, dedicated to preserving and promoting traditional Irish music and culture in Southeast Michigan. The group has been responsible for growing and nurturing several generations of traditional musicians in the Detroit area, going back to the 1970's. It has been based in various spots around metro Detroit over the years, from Ferndale's White Heather Club, to the Gaelic League in Detroit's Corktown neighborhood. Since 2010, it has proudly been based at the Green Wood Center, on Ann Arbor's east side.
Detroit Irish Music Association is not affiliated with Green Wood FUMC, though we enjoy a wonderful partnership and the use of their beautiful facility.
The Detroit IMA is a Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Comhaltas is the largest cultural organization in Ireland with hundreds of branches worldwide. Comhaltas was founded in 1951 with the purpose of preserving our cultural heritage. Comhaltas embraces people irrespective of status, creed or politics. The bonding of youth and age is one of the highlights of our branch. The music, song and dance of Ireland has woven a pattern of friendship in the community and their many friends and members throughout North America and the world.
DIMA meets on Thursday evenings from September through May. On a typical Thursday, you can find a traditional Irish session for both beginner and intermediate players happening in the main area of the building starting from 7:00pm (to learn more about Irish sessions, visit our resources page (coming soon!). Hot tea and light snacks are available free of charge (feel free to bring a snack to share if you wish!), and listeners are always welcome. Private or group lessons take place in smaller rooms throughout the building, and generally run concurrent to the session.
Parking is free and located directly in front of the building. The facility is ADA compliant.
We meet at 1001 Green Rd. Ann Arbor, MI 48105