Lindsay Street is a five-member band that plays roots music from Ireland, England, Quebec, Scandinavia, and France, as well as original compositions. Inspired by the past as well as emerging musical traditions, Lindsay Street delivers rich and varied arrangements that connect the old and the new.
Full of unexpected surprises, they sometimes sing in French, stomp on the ground and rock the unexpected chord change. The group brings to light a simple good-heartedness with their creative use of accordion, guitar, violin, mandolin, bodhran, bouzouki, banjo, whistles, and other assorted instruments.
Northwest Public Radio icon and folk musician Dan Maher says of the group, “They’re right up there with the best who do this kind of thing.” Playing gigs in the Pacific Northwest since 2004, this lively troupe has taken the stages of the NW Folklife Festival, Tumbleweed Festival, NW Washington Fair, Subdued Stringband Jamboree, Chuckanut Radio Hour, Pacific NW Folklore Society, breweries, coffee houses, wineries, eateries, park concert series and impromptu street-side gigs across the region.
My first reaction to this recording was – these people are having fun! That began with the colorful and whimsical cover artwork and continued with the upbeat, happy and sometimes humorous tunes and songs. Lindsay Street have been playing around the Pacific Northwest since 2004. They play tunes from all around the oceans; Scandinavia, Quebec, the British Isles, France, their home in Bellingham, and other lands.
Heavy Bug is their second CD after their debut My Bird (2006). It has a nice mix of traditional and original tunes and songs from the British Isles, France and Scandinavia, influenced by where they live on the Pacific Northwest coast in Bellingham, Washington.
The opening tune, Heavy Bug, composed by band member Jean Rogers, begins with a fine guitar intro by Jean, then joined by Bryan Early on the bones, followed by Elizabeth Elton on violin, and finally Robin Elwood on the button accordion. It has a lively Scandinavian dance feel to it, and is followed by a Stefan Brisland-Ferner tune from the Swedish group Garmarna, with Bryan switching to bodhran in a steady beat. This is music to make you want to dance. They play with a feeling that they’ve played together for many years, which they have.
Next is a song, Pour un Instant, sung by Jean and Liz, which Jean brought with her from her days in Montréal. It conveys the lively spirit of French Canada. This is followed by a lively Laura’s Wedding Waltz (by Dan Newton) featuring Robin’s fine accordion playing, which transports you to a sidewalk café in Paris.
Following that are a series of British Isles songs and tunes including a lively version of Boneparte’s March; the traditional English song, Nottamun Town; a lively jig, Jiggery Poker Work, by English melodeon player Jon Spiers; a lovely (but to me, less familiar) version of the female sailor song, Lovely Nancy; a set of Irish tunes - Kerfunken (jig), Liverpool Hornpipe, and Mountain Road (reel); a charming, yet meditative version of Adieu Lovely Nancy, inspired by one of Bryan’s sailing adventures around the San Juan Islands; and Miss Lindsay Barker, an English waltz by Andy Cutting, followed by an Irish jig, O’Farrel’s Welcome to Limerick, which Lindsay Street retitled Squirrelly (“because it is”).
The recording finishes with a Scandinavian holiday tune set of drinking and fighting; Au Bord de la Fontaine, a French drinking song of friendship turning into a lover’s fight, followed by a traditional French waltz; and Heir to an Air, an original Celtic style slow air composed by Jean Rogers.
These lively, charming and often humorous songs and tunes are guaranteed set your feet to dancing and raise your spirits – highly recommended to cheer you up on some of the dreary rainy days we experience in the Pacific Northwest. Well done, Lindsay Street! Stewart Hendrickson
"This is an amazing, amazing album. They should be doing a lot more
festivals and a lot more touring. Good stuff. They are right up there
with the best who do this kind of thing." —Dan Maher, Inland Folk, Northwest Public Radio
“These lively, charming and often humorous songs and tunes are
guaranteed to set your feet to dancing and raise your spirits – highly
recommended to cheer you up on some of the dreary rainy days we
experience in the Pacific Northwest. Well done, Lindsay Street!” —Stewart Hendrickson, Pacific Northwest Folklore Society
“Heavy Bug will become a permanent part of my morning music rotation, along with Bare Necessities, Wild Asparagus, Sharon Shannon, Evan Lurie, Kevin Burke, Thunderhead, and Blowzabella. You'll be keeping pretty good company in Minnesota.” —Dan Newton, composer, arranger, accordionist and frequent guest on Garrison Keillor’s A Prairie Home Companion
"Bust out the kilts and the tall, frosty mugs for this one. This
recording sounds excellent...Each member is rock solid and tight
throughout." —Adam Brown, What's Up magazine
Lindsay Street at the 10th Annual Peace Builders Awards Gala
Nov, 16 06:00 PM
The Majestic Ballroom 1027 N Forest St. Bellingham, WA 98225
The Whatcom Dispute Resolution Center's (WDRC) Peace Builder Awards Gala gets more amazing every year. Silent auction, food and drinks, hilarious improv theatre, music, and the peace builder awards themselves. We love playing at this event and are delighted to be asked back again!
Firehouse Artists and Friends Fall Rendezvous!
Nov, 17 06:30 PM
Firehouse Performing Arts Center 1314 Harris Avenue, Bellingham WA 98225.
Please come join all your Firehouse friends and fellow artists for a fun fall gathering. Find out what the future holds for the Firehouse and how you can become a part of that future.
Live music provided by Lindsay Street! There will be some beverages on hand and feel free to bring along a potluck dish to share. This is a wonderful way to connect with your fellow friends and artists. Hope to see you there!
Artisans NW Market
Dec, 02 02:00 PM
Lindsay Street at the Depot Market Square, Bellingham, Washington!
Bellingham's new Sunday market with a great mix of artists, food and music.
Lindsay Street informal acoustic session at City Dogs Grooming in Bellingham, WA. The band helps City Dogs celebrate one year at their new location on the corner of Holly Street and Lakeway and 15 years since they first opened in Bellingham.
Local art, fabulous people and awesoome dogs! A great chance to hear some new tunes and pick up a Lindsay Street CD as a holiday present.
An Evening with Lindsay Street Band at Stella Art Bar
Dec, 14 08:30 PM
It's a Celtic holiday special with the Rad-Trad-Bellinghamster band Lindsay Street.
Stella Art Bar is located at 311 East Holly Street, Bellingham, WA
Show starts at 8:30 pm and goes to late.
Blue Horse Gallery
Jan, 11 08:30 PM
Lindsay Street 8:30 to 9:30
26 Hours of Music For 26 Local Charities
26 Acts of Kindness ... For Sandy Hook Elementary
Blue Horse Gallery Friday Jan 11th Line-up: Prozac Mountain Boys, Lindsay Street, and special guests The Heligoats and Eef Barzelay from Clem Snide.
Thursday January 10th 7pm-11pm
Friday January 11th 7pm-Midnight (Lindsay Street 8:30 to 9:30)
Saturday January 12th 2pm-Midnight
Sunday January 13th 2pm-9pm
Firehouse Performing Arts Center
Jan, 12 12:00 AM
CHUCKANUT COMMUNITY FOREST CAMPAIGN BENEFIT
Saturday January 12, 7:30 P.M.
Firehouse Performing Arts Center, 1314 Harris Avenue, Bellingham
Bellingham Repertory Dance Company
Poet Kevin Murphy
Lindsay Street Band
Also present will be representatives of the campaign steering
committee, who will answer questions about the proposed Chuckanut
Community Forest District.
Suggested donation of $15.00.
Feb, 01 07:00 PM
Informal acoustic rehearsal/performance
7PM, at 711 E Holly Street, Bellingham, Washington 98225
Part of Bellingham's downtown Gallery Walk.
Bake Sale fundraiser for Alternative Humane Society.
Blue Horse Gallery
Feb, 22 08:00 PM
Returning to the fabulous and intimate Blue Horse Gallery for a roll-out of new tunes and old favorites. Good food, chocolate wine, and a relaxed place to hear the band.
The talented Taurian Brian Buller opens, with some beautiful Celtic-inspitred folktronic acoustic tunes.
301 W. Holly
Bellingham, Washington 98225
The Green Frog
Mar, 13 08:00 PM
Lindsay Street's debut at 'The Carnegie Hall' of Bellingham folk.
Please come out and make us look great!
Sharing the bill with Catkins...good old-timey stuff!
1015 N. State Street
Bellingham, Washington 98225
Various locations in Skagit and Whatcom
Mar, 16 12:00 AM
Members of Lindsay street will feature in 'Shamrock Street'...playing ourselves, except more Irish and Loud.
Details on the way....
Boundary Bay Brewery
Mar, 17 05:00 PM
Lindsay Street at Boundary Bay with Irish Dancers.
Tubb's Whiskey bar (118 W Holly Street, Downtown Bellingham)
May, 11 12:00 PM
Triple gig with Sam Chue and The Catkins.
Nice New-ish venue, good musical compatriots, and no cover!
We'll go on after the other two, around midnight!!!!!
Launch party for Bellewood Acres' fabulous new Raspberry Infused local vodka!
We'll be playing out on the fabulous patio from 1-4 PM.
It's 10 minutes from Bellingham, and they have a neat thing going at Bellewoos..local spirits, apples, a store of cool products, food, fudge, and ice cream. AND a sweet cider slushy machine. Come check it out at:
Tom Glenn Commons, near Hotel Bellweather One Bellwether Way Bellingham, 98225
Sundays afternoon outdoor arts market and concert series!
NW Washington Fair
Aug, 12 06:00 PM
Monday night, it's a hoedown Lindsay Street style, live at the Lyden Fair. NW Washington Fair is an annual event where the community celebrates its agricultural heritage, creates memories, learns and is entertained.
Honeymoon Meadery HoneyMoon Meadery 1053 North State St Alley
Aug, 23 08:30 PM
The Black Dog
Sep, 05 07:00 PM
Lindsay Street at the Black Dog wine bar and live music theater in Snoqualmie, WA.
The Attic (Lawn Concert)
Sep, 07 07:00 PM
Palouse Folklore Society welcomes Lindsay Street for an outdoor summer evening concert at The Attic (Lawn Concert), Moscow Idaho.
Sep, 08 02:00 PM
Historic Cordelia Church is the oldest Lutheran church in Idaho (established 1883) and is located about 8 miles southeast of Moscow, in a wheat field. Lindsay Street is the final performance of the free summer concert series.
Fairhaven Farmer's Market
Sep, 18 02:00 PM
Part of the “Fresh, Local, Music!” series, Lindsay Street performs in Fairhaven at the Wednesday Farmers’ Market on the Fairhaven Village Green.
Skillshare Fair 2013!
Sep, 22 01:00 PM
Hovander park.. Skilshare is an amazing 2-day swap meet of fam skills, accompanied by music and so forth! It was pretty amazing last year, and we expect great things this year too! Want to practice blacksmithing while listening to Lindsay Street? Get out there quick!