Celtic Ensemble Prep

with Lindsay & Jordan

Tuesday, July 7, 2020


Celtic Ensemble Prep

  • Celtic
  • Celtic, Contemporary
  • Celtic, Trad
  • Instrumental
  • School of Music class

In this ensemble prep class, we will break down all the elements of playing and performing Celtic music! We’ll teach the melodies, ornamentation and interpretation of some of our favorite Celtic tunes (not just Irish). We’ll cover our approaches to improvising accompaniment through discussion of the modes, harmonic vocabulary and rhythmic techniques unique to the Celtic styles. And of course, we’ll discuss arranging ideas, performance, and session etiquette. 
Because this class will be online, recorded melodies, backing tracks, and sheet music will be provided so that students can learn at their own pace. Each week, we’ll review the past week’s tune(s), with each student having an opportunity to perform the tune (or backing) and receive feedback. Basic skills on your chosen instrument and chord knowledge are highly recommended. At the end, we’ll try to assemble a group recording of one or two of the tunes we work on!

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm on Tuesdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28, Aug. 4, 11

Please note: Limited to 12 students (16 yrs of age or older); Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 15 minutes before the class begins. 3 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is cancelled due to low enrollment, you will be notified and receive a full refund.

Lindsay Straw

  • Acoustic
  • Celtic
  • Folk
  • Guitar
  • Singer/Songwriter
  • Trad
  • Vocal
  • World

Traditional ballads have been a source of inspiration for Lindsay Straw since her childhood in Montana, but she truly grew into the art when she became immersed in Boston’s Irish and folk music scenes.

There she began to tie together the threads of the traditions she was most passionate about: English, Scottish, Irish and American songcraft. While in college, she founded a young Celtic trad band, The Ivy Leaf, which she draws from to fill out the music on her new second album, The Fairest Flower of Womankind. In addition to her own sensitive, agile accompaniment on guitar and bouzouki, Straw is joined by members of The Ivy Leaf, Daniel Accardi (fiddle), Armand Aromin (fiddle), and Benedict Gagliardi (concertina, harmonica), plus renowned Maine guitarist Owen Marshall (The Press Gang). Throughout, Straw’s tender vocals and careful arrangements draw out the inner depths of these old songs, telling tales of women from beyond the ages. A ballad needs commitment to be told, a belief in the importance of its story.

Bright Young Folk said of her 2015 debut solo album, “My Mind From Love Being Free has finally announced Lindsay Straw onto the folk scene in magnificent style”.  A generous grant from Club Passim’s Iguana Music Fund and a successful Kickstarter campaign allowed her to record and release her second album, The Fairest Flower of Womankind, in April 2017.

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