This course will examine some recurrent themes of traditional Irish folk ballads and lyrical songs covering the period from medieval times to the present. We will examine songs of the sea, the supernatural, prison and martyrs, immigration/emigration, historical figures, love, rebellion, humor, children, and (of course) drinking. The eight sessions will be a mixture of discussion, listening to CDs, watching videos, hearing live performances by guest musicians, and participating in impromptu singsongs.
LEADER: Bill O’Neal is a retired high school teacher of English, and a semi-professional musician/singer who has regularly performed Irish folk music here and in Ireland for nearly four decades.
TUESDAYS: 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville