Expanding your Song Repertoire
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 class, 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 to help memorize
melody, and Shay will provide hand-outs with the lyrics...lots of them!
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.