Expand your Folk Song Repertoire – Shay Black

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Shay Black

About the Workshop

Shay Black is known for his extensive knowledge of the Irish, English, Scottish, and other folk traditions, and he loves sharing this knowledge.  In this workshop, Shay will teach a number of songs from differing traditions. His teaching style is through learning by repetition, so no background knowledge of music theory is necessary. He starts from “If you can hum it, you can sing it.” Bring a recording device if you want to remember the melody, and Shay will provide hand-outs with the lyrics.


About Shay

Irish-born Shay Black has lived in the east bay for fifteen years, and his most regular gig these days is the weekly “Starry Irish Session” at The Starry Plough pub in Berkeley. With a background steeped in traditional and folk music, he regularly performs with brothers Michael and Martin, and also at times with sisters Frances and Mary Black. In Europe, he has also toured and recorded with the late great Stan Hugill and the fabled sea shanty group Stormalong John and Irish band Garva. Shay continues to be an avid songcatcher. He has a huge song collection, and has taught repertoire building at many music camps and festivals. He currently teaches “Expand your Folk Song Repertoire” as a weekly Monday class at the Freight and Salvage in Berkeley. The class series runs for six weeks during which Shay teaches songs from the Irish, Scottish and English folk traditions, along with some standards and anthems.  www.Black-Brothers.com