Folk singer, guitarist and Irish bouzouki player Lindsay Straw is a versatile Berklee-educated performer. When she's not recording and performing concerts of age-old traditional ballads pulled out of dusty songbooks or accompanying Irish musicians, she is performing cover songs and playing classical pieces for weddings, parties, nursing homes, pediatric centers, and a variety of other venues. She has impressed with her tender singing voice and her sensitive, agile accompaniment on guitar and bouzouki. She has released several albums, including her latest solo recording, "The Fairest Flower of Womankind" (April 2017).
Lindsay performs for all types of weddings, concerts and events. She can sing and accompany herself on guitar and/or bouzouki, or she can play all instrumental arrangements. Her primary focus is on traditional and contemporary folk music, but she also covers a growing list of pop, classic rock, indie, country and Americana songs, as well as the standard classical wedding pieces ("Canon in D," "Here Comes the Bride," "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring," etc.). Lindsay takes requests for new songs, learned and arranged just for you.
In addition to performing solo, Lindsay often plays with Irish musicians; she's happy to coordinate 1-2 to join her and give your event the feeling of a fun Irish session. She has her own sound equipment (amplifiers, PA system) and can handle events of up to 200 people. She can also rent out additional sound gear for officiants, speakers, or for use during receptions.
Lindsay plays all over the Boston area as well as Cape Cod, Western Mass, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and southern New Hampshire, Maine, and Vermont.
PRAISE from couples and clients:
WeddingWire Couples' Choice Award Winner 2012-2016!
"Working with Lindsay was one of the best decisions we made when planning our wedding. We wanted to combine all the contemporary music we love, with Irish music from our heritage, and Lindsay did a great job blending the two seamlessly. . . . I was brought to tears when I walked past her going down the aisle, and heard her playing. . . . Our wedding guests still talk about how amazing her music was, and I can't imagine our day without her." - Michaela P.
"I had the pleasure of working with Lindsay first as a bride - and as an event planner by trade I was struck by both her professionalism and warmth. I encounter a variety of vendors and manage many relationships, and Lindsay really stands out! She was so easy to work with, never mind beyond talented! After my wedding I was thrilled to able to suggest Lindsay as a great vendor to consider for some of my company events; we host multiple national sales meetings (500+ attendees) each year in addition to a number of client and prospect facing events, and we are always in the market for entertainment. I was able to book Lindsay for a hosted VIP cocktail reception for our top company performers, and again, her professionalism, communication style, and overall business acumen was unmatched. It was a huge hit and I look forward to the next event where I can partner with Lindsay. I recommend her without hesitation." - Ariana Morrow, Athena Health
"I am the activities director at an adult day health program and Lindsay Straw provided exceptional music and entertainment for our program on two occasions during the holiday season as well as St. Patrick's Day. Impressed is not even the correct word to express how blown away our clients (consisting of mostly frail older adults) and staff were by Lindsay's talent, musicianship, voice, and graciousness. Lindsay is truly one of the most authentic, unique and immensely talented young artists you will ever hear and I very strongly recommend her for all venues." - Eric at Rogerson Communities
PRAISE for Lindsay's album, My Mind From Love Being Free:
"A voice! By turns husky and sultry, clear and bright, controlled and dreamy; with hints of Cara Dillon and Geraldine Hollett, Lindsay Straw's beautiful voice shines out in this delightful debut album . . . Lindsay's obvious competence and the marvelous versatility of her voice will lead her to tackle a wider range of material in the future. There is much more to come from Lindsay Straw." - Jim McCourt, The Living Tradition
"Straw's voice is gorgeous and is perfectly capable of carrying off the a cappella contributions . . . However, she is at her best when accompanied by her joyous finger-picking guitar style . . . My Mind From Love Being Free has finally announced Lindsay Straw onto the folk scene in magnificent style." - Will Wilkins, Bright Young Folk