Traditional Irish Singing: A Journey of Ireland Through Song

Wednesdays 6:30 - 8 pm 1/11 - 3/15 (10 weeks)

Traditional Irish Singing: A Journey of Ireland Through Song
Age Adult
Event Type Class
Department Vocal Performance
Day Wed
Instructor Edel Meade
Status inperson event




Ireland has a rich legacy of traditional music, storytelling, and songs passed down through generations in the oral tradition. Join our visiting Fulbright Scholar from Ireland, Edel Meade, who will lead this course based on traditional Irish singing from the hills of Donegal, the rugged cliffs of Kerry, the wilds of Connemara, and lots more! 


Over the course of 10 weeks, Edel will share her passion for the songs from her homeland, including the ancient sean-nós tradition, as well as English-language folk songs encompassing otherworld songs, emigration songs, love songs, songs of the sea, and Child ballads. These captivating songs are typically sung without accompaniment in the old style. Participants will gain a fascinating insight into Ireland’s rich cultural heritage and the practical skills to perform these songs in a supportive, nurturing setting. The course will be taught in English but will introduce participants to songs in English and Gaelic. Translations and phonetics will be provided where necessary.

About Edel Meade


A strikingly original artist working in the field of jazz, folk and contemporary music; Edel Meade is a vocalist, songwriter, performer and educator from County Tipperary, Ireland with a passion for the songs and culture of Ireland and Scotland. Her latest album Brigids and Patricias was released in 2021 to critical acclaim, reflecting on what it means to be a woman living in 21st century Ireland, informed by Irish history, folklore and contemporary society following on from the success of her debut album, Blue Fantasia in 2017. She spent over a decade working as a professional jazz singer in Dublin before moving to Limerick in 2018 to hone her songwriting skills at University of Limerick. The change in location gave her the freedom to explore new musical terrain and to explore her identity as an Irish singer, Irish songwriter and Irish woman. These days, for Edel, music-making is less about playing within the confines of a specific genre and more about stretching her abilities as a creative artist with something to say. Edel is an experienced educator and holds Masters Degrees in Songwriting and in Irish Traditional Music Performance and Bachelors Degrees in Jazz Performance and in Journalism with the Irish language. She has studied Scots-Gaelic singing at Sabhal Mòr Òstaig on the Isle of Skye, Scotland; and is currently undertaking intensive training in the art of sean-nós singing with Rev. Nóirín Ní Riain with support from the Arts Council of Ireland.