Finding New Songs in Old Ballads: A Songwriting Workshop

Finding New Songs in Old Ballads: A Songwriting Workshop

  • Celtic
  • Celtic, Contemporary
  • Celtic, Trad
  • School of Music workshop
  • Singer/Songwriter


What is a ballad? And why, as a song form, does it continue to enchant us today? From traditional balladry to 21st-century singer/songwriters, we’ll explore this timeless musical form and discuss how we can incorporate ballad elements into our own songwriting. With writing prompts and listening examples, this interactive workshop will have participants flexing their newfound ballad-writing skills, with the option to share their work with the group at the end.

This class will be held from 11:00am – 12:30pm ET on Monday, Jan. 18th.

Please noteLimited to 10 students; 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.

Molly Pinto Madigan

  • Folk Rock
  • Singer/Songwriter

Hailed for her angelic voice and haunting compositions, Molly Pinto Madigan won first place in WUMB’s Boston Folk Festival Songwriting Contest and was named “Artist of the Year” at Salem State University, her alma mater.  Since her debut as the lead singer for the teen bluegrass band Jaded Mandolin, Madigan has submerged herself in the dark, luscious world of ballads, drawn to their magic, and her original songs echo with the whisperings of the American and European traditional music.

Madigan has performed extensively around the Boston area at venues like Club Passim, The Boston Celtic Music Festival, First Night Boston, Cantab Lounge, notloB Parlor Concerts, Campfire Festival, The Lizard Lounge, and The Bull Run, sharing the stage with some big names in folk music, including Claire Lynch, Scott Alarik, Bridget Fitzgerald (of Cherish the Ladies), Robbie O’Connell (of The Clancy Brothers), Susan Cattaneo, Tracy Grammer, and John Carter Cash. Molly has been featured on WUMB’s Local Folk, WATD’s Almost Famous, as well as WBRS’s Off the Beaten Path.  She recently won first place in the Family Folk Chorale Songwriting Contest, and was awarded a prestigious Passim Iguana Music Fund for her album, “Wildwood Bride.”

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