The Ivy Leaf is a young band with a lot of experience, and a history of bringing traditional Irish tunes and songs to a variety of venues all over New England. They love performing, both on-stage and for events, as well as educating and talking about the history of Irish music and their unique instruments with audiences of all ages. In addition to their public performances, they specialize in educational concerts and in providing music for weddings. They love working with couples to design a unique soundtrack to accompany their big day. Brides & grooms - ask about about their wedding packages!
A young stalwart of traditional Irish music in Boston, The Ivy Leaf features Caroline O'Shea (flute, whistle, vocals), Armand Aromin (fiddle, whistle), and Lindsay Straw (guitar, bouzouki, banjo, vocals). The members' diverse backgrounds in Berklee College of Music, All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil competitions, and the rich Irish culture of Boston combine to produce a sound that is “vibrant and sure-footed, and tailored to fully reveal each tune's character and personality” (Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter). Highly sought after to play for weddings and other private events, the Ivy Leaf has also been featured at prestigious local venues such as Club Passim in Cambridge, the Irish Ceilidh Club of Rhode Island, and the New England Folk Festival. The group also teaches for the Boston Reynolds-Hanafin-Cooley branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann music school, as well as private lessons in the area. Their first album, released in March of 2012, “features nimble playing and skilled arrangements that convey a great enthusiasm for traditional Irish music” (Dan Neely, Irish Echo).
PLEASE NOTE: Our song list does not include the vast, innumerable repertoire of Irish jigs, reels, hornpipes, polkas, etc. that we play - it'd be impossible to list them all! It does, however, include the vocal songs we perform, as well as a selection of slower waltzes, airs, and tunes that are appropriate for weddings and similar events.
Children's Birthday Parties
Sweet 16 Parties
Wedding Cocktail Hours
The Eagle's WhistleTraditional
Twisting of the RopeTraditional
I Saw Three ShipsTraditional
Merrily Kissed the Quaker's WifeTraditional
Give Me Your HandO'Carolan
The South WindTraditional
The Old WaltzTraditional
Inion Ni ScannlainLunasa
The Island of WoodsLiz Carroll
Song of the PassionTraditional
East of LinlithgowLindsay Straw
The Night Visiting SongLuke Kelly
On Raglan RoadLuke Kelly (Patrick Kavanagh)
Red Is The RoseLuke Kelly
Wild Mountain ThymeTraditional
Falling SlowlyGlen Hansard
Fields of GoldSting
I Will WaitMumford and Sons
Bring Me A BoatKate Rusby
High On A HillKate Rusby
Follow the HeronKarine Polwart
Billy TaylorKarine Polwart
Northern SkyNick Drake
The Bonny Light HorsemanJohn Faulkner
Low, Low Lands of HollandDolores Keane
Galway BayDolores Keane (Frank Fahy)
The Month of JanuaryDolores Keane
Craigie HillDolores Keane
Down By The Sally GardensW.B. Yeats
I'll Tell Me Ma
As I Roved OutTraditional
The Fields of Athenry
My Wild Irish Rose
When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
Black Velvet BandThe Dubliners
Too Ra Loo Ra
Star Of The County Down
Green Grows The LaurelTraditional
$300 - $3000
fiddle, whistle, banjo
flute, whistle, vocals
bouzouki, banjo, guitar, vocals
Bobby Casey, Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford, Luke Kelly, Kevin Crawford, Kate Rusby, Karine Polwart, Donal Clancy, Caoimhin O Raghallaigh, Bothy Band, Planxty
Church Service in Barrington, RI on 03/17/2013
"I thought they were wonderful. They played beautifully; they were generous with they time; and as accommodating as you could ask for. AND NICE!"
- Raymond B.
Wedding Ceremony in Yarmouth Port, MA on 10/09/2011
"Future brides, I highly recommend the Ivy Leaf to play at your ceremony and confidently recommend them for other types of special events as well. They played during our wedding ceremony earlier this month in a Catholic church and the music was perfect -- very heartfelt and beautiful, it was just what I was hoping for. In addition, I found Lindsay, the point of contact for the band, very easy to work with and friendly, which is invaluable in the midst of wedding planning mayhem. She helped me find the best two songs for the procession and seemed as enthusiastic as I was for the Big Day! Thank you, all, you played a very special role on a very special day. -E"
In addition to Boston, The Ivy Leaf will also travel to Braintree, Cambridge, Newton, Readville, Brookline Village, Medford, Randolph, Milton, Quincy, Wallaston, Watertown, West Medford, Weymouth, Arlington Heights, Holbrook, Melrose, Nonantum, North Quincy, Waverley, Dorchester, East Weymouth, Hyde Park, Mattapan, North Weymouth, Oakdale, South Weymouth, Waltham, Babson Park, Avon, Canton
and many other locations in and around the Boston area.
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