- School of Music class
In this class, we will explore the role of both melody players and accompanists, but more importantly the relationship between these two. We will learn a group of tunes from the Scottish, Irish and Cape Breton traditions and discuss the arranging process as we collaborate on our material. We will learn some theory and discuss chord choices, bass lines, and rhythm.
This class is recommended for intermediate-advanced melody players with some tune repertoire already under your belt. For accompanists, knowledge of chords and keys will be expected and you should be able to read through a chord chart. This class is open to any melody instrument as well as guitar, piano, bouzouki and cittern.
This class meets 8:00-9:15pm on Tuesdays from Jan. 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12.
Please note: The Passim School of Music is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.
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.
Cara Frankowicz is known best as a player and teacher of Irish traditional music. However, her reputation as a versatile, innately musical fiddle player surpasses the limits of just one genre. She is equally at home leading a weekly Irish traditional music pub session as she is improvising bluegrass licks, performing with a string section in an amphitheater, writing and recording string arrangements, or coaching young chamber music groups.
Cara has appeared across the globe, both as a soloist and with international acts such as The Three Irish Tenors, Cherish the Ladies, and The Chieftains. In 2013, she completed a cross-country tour with her all-female quartet The Forge, which culminated in a featured performance at the Folk Alliance International Conference in Memphis, Tennessee. As an instructor, Cara is lauded for her innovative teaching methods and supportive, collaborative spirit.
Cara currently leads a weekly session in Boston and teaches group fiddle classes with the Hanafin-Cooley Branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann (Dublin-based international organization for the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music). In 2015, Cara began full time graduate studies at Northeastern University, where she is a candidate for a Master of Fine Arts in Information Design + Visualization.