Irish Pub Songs

with Lindsay Straw

Tuesday, July 30, 2024


Irish Pub Songs

  • Celtic
  • In-Person Classes


Learn a collection of classic Irish pub songs and ballads so you’re ready to bring a song or two to your next session! In this class, the focus will be on singing so no instrument is required, but chord charts will also be provided for anyone who would like to bring theirs. We’ll learn a variety of well-known and more obscure songs that have great choruses, memorable melodies and straightforward arrangements. Along the way we’ll discuss the history, symbols/meaning, and the vocal style and ornamentation. Each week we’ll add a new song or two while further practicing and developing the past week’s songs.

This class will be held from 8:00-9:15pm ET on Tuesdays Jul. 30, Aug. 6, Aug. 13, Aug. 20  (Make up: Aug 27)

Please note: Limited to students age 16 and up. Pre-sales are highly encouraged! Sales end 2 hours before the class begins. 4 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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