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The Lindsays

ACOUSTIC • traditional irish • contemporary

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We are THE LINDSAYS

 

The Lindsays play a mix of contemporary songs, old ballads, and Irish traditional jigs and reels. Susan plays sax, Irish flute, and whistle, and Stephen, a native of Dublin, Ireland, plays guitar and sings. In full-band configuration, they are joined by Ted Mello on upright bass. The music deeply honors the Irish folk tradition, but also reflects who they are and where they've been, from folk to rock to blues to jazz to world. 

 

Vocals, Guitar / Stephen Lindsay
Flute, Whistle, Saxophone / Susan Lindsay
Bass / Ted Mello
 

 

 
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VENUES

The Lindsays have played together since 1999 in a wide variety of venues and configurations in and around Boston, as well as joining some great sessions in Ireland, Steve’s native home. Here’s a sample of some of our favorite venues to play in over the years…

Dillon’s Local, Plymouth

The Snug, Hingham

The Spire, Plymouth (opening for Lúnasa, John Doyle)

The Lighthouse, Howth, Dublin, Ireland

The Ramor Theater, Virginia, Co. Cavan

Laim Maguire’s, Falmouth, Cape Cod

Hennessy’s, Boston

The Green Briar

Sons of Erin, Cape Cod

Tinker’s Son, Norwell

Kitty O’Shea’s, Boston

The Olde Inn, West Yarmouth, Cape Cod

New World Tavern, Plymouth

T-Bones, Plymouth

The Irish Tourist Board, Boston

… and that list goes on…

Plus:

Libraries, libraries, libraries: Plymouth, Scituate, Boston, West Roxbury, Dedham, Orleans, Quincy, Tewksbury, the Old State House, and more …

Concerts at coffeehouses, waterfront concerts, gazebos, and historical properties like The Winslow House, the Mayflower (it’s true), the Viking Ship “Draken”, Plimoth Plantation, Westford Historical Society, Truro Newcomers Club, Senior Centers, Schools, and way more too numerous to list.

And weddings.

And anniversaries.

And birthdays.

And funerals, too, because that’s what music is all about: honoring life.

You get the gist. We love it all.

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READ

Susan Gedutis Lindsay is the author of See You at the Hall: Boston’s Golden Era of Irish Music and Dance (University Press of New England: 2004). 

Here's a brief synopsis:

From the 1940s to the mid-1960s, on several evenings a week, thousands of Irish and Irish Americans flocked from miles around to the huge, bustling dance halls—the Intercolonial, the Hibernian, Winslow Hall, the Dudley Street Opera House, the Rose Croix—that dotted Boston's Dudley Square. For the city's Irish population, the Roxbury neighborhood, with its ballrooms and thriving shopping district, was a vital center of social and cultural life, as well as a bridge from the old world to the new.
See You at the Hall brings to life the rich history of the “American capital of Galway” through the eyes of those who gathered and performed there. In this engaging look back at Boston's golden era of Irish traditional music, Susan Gedutis deftly weaves together engaging narrative with spirited personal reminiscences to trace the colorful dance hall period from its beginnings in 1940s Roxbury, when masses of young Irish flooded Boston following World War II, through its peak years in the 1950s, to its decline in the 1960s, when reduced immigration, urban social upheaval, and a shift in neighborhood demographics brought an end to the heyday of Irish dance hall music in Boston. After the last dance hall closed, Dudley Square musicians moved from the big ballrooms to pubs, social clubs, and private parties, preserving the music and passing it on to younger generations of Irish performers.

Get it here.

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NEWSTALK RADIO IRELAND

Documentary On Newstalk: Clear the Floor! The Story of Irish Music In Boston

CLICK: Hear the story of Irish music in Boston, with an interview with Susan Lindsay on Irish radio show NEWSTALK.