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.  Digital downloads are available at and iTunes (search for Folk Songs You Never Sang).  Or, leave me a message using the contact page on this website.  Tell me what you want and your address.  I’ll give you the address to send a check for $15.00 plus $3.00 for shipping.  I’ll mail you your order.  (It’s old fashioned, but it works!)

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.



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. For a taste of the CD listen to "Oh, the Wind and Rain/The Quail It Is a Pretty Bird" and "Let No Man Steal Your Thyme."

Oh, the Wind and Rain/The Quail It Is a Pretty Bird
Let No Man Steal Your Thyme