Celtic Songs

with Lindsay Straw

Thursday, May 2, 2024


Celtic Songs

  • A capella
  • Celtic
  • In-Person Classes
  • Trad


If you like a song with a juicy story and lots of room for melismatic ornamentation to show off your vocal flexibility and creativity, traditional Irish and Scottish folk songs are for you! No instrument needed for this vocal-centric class, where we’ll focus on the distinctive lyrics, melodies and ornamentation of Celtic music. Each week we’ll explore a new batch of songs and their historical background, also discussing modes, stylistic delivery, legendary singers and sources along the way. In the final class, students will be encouraged to perform one song with their own interpretation or arrangement.

This class will be held from 6:30-7:45pm ET on ThursdaysMay 2, 9, 16, 23, 30

Please note: The class will be held at The Passim School of Music which is located at 26 Church St. Cambridge, MA. Classrooms are located on the third floor and, unfortunately, we do not have an elevator.

Limited to students 16 yrs of age or older; Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Online sales end 2 hours before the class begins. 4 students are required for this class to meet. If a class is canceled 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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