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keith MicFolk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School, The Album, is now complete!  Tara McGovern (my partner in FSYNSIGS) and I are joined on the CD by uilleann pipper Jon Cooper.  The CD release party is scheduled for July 8, 2017, at Uptown Bill’s Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. The show starts at 7:00 p.m.

Here are a couple of tracks from the new album.  This is
Tara singing the English Ballad, ” Let No Man Steal Your Thyme:”

And here I am singing the cowboy song, “I Ride an Old Paint,” with uilleann pipes and fiddle:

Want some more? Here,  Tara and I sing and play a couple of traditional  songs with the long-lived Irish band, The Beggarmen. This will give you an idea of the quality and sensibility (respectful to tradition but open to possibilities) that we bring to our music.  Both songs were recorded on The Beggarmen’s third CD, A Soft Day, which was produced with a Major Artist Grant from the Iowa Arts Council.

Beggarmen in a Row

The Beggarmen in Concert

Here I am, singing a traditional Irish lullaby based on the belief that when a baby smiles in his sleep, he is talking with the angels, “The Angels Whispered.”

Listen toTara singing “The Foggy Dew,” a song that commemorates The Easter Uprising, a 1916 Irish Republican attempt to secede from Great Britain.

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What’s This?

Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School is one folk musician's effort to document, honor and share a collection of folk songs I love and my personal history with them through research, essays, and performance. Read the essays here and watch this site for future performances.

What’s New?

Tara McGovern and I, joined by uilleann piper Jon Cooper, have completed the album version of Folk Songs You Never Sang in Grade School. Our CD release party is scheduled for July 8, 2017, at Uptown Bill's Coffee House, 730 S. Dubuque St., Iowa City. The show starts at 7:00 p.m. For a taste of the CD listen to "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme" and "I Ride an Old Paint" with "Midnight on the Water."

I Ride an Old Paint/Midnight on the Water
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme