Celtic Ballads - Songs, Poems, and Stories

Celtic Ballads - Songs, Poems, and Stories with Bobbie Pell

Bring your guitar, fiddle, dulcimer, wooden spoons, voice, or just a good sense of humor to this workshop on traditional Celtic folksongs. Songs of betrayal, comedy, love, and romance will fill the air. Students will be exposed to the popular tunes and learn to compose narrative lyrics in ballad form and its variations. No musical background is necessary.

Delve into the ancient stories of honor, betrayal, mystery, comedy, and true love sprinkled throughout the literary legacy of the British Isles. The class will focus on the European ballads collected by Dr. Frances Child and American variations collected by Cecil Sharpe and Dame Olive Campbell. Poetic form and structure of balladry will be taught so students may create their own narrative ballads.

This small group class is presented in collaboration with John C. Campbell Folk School and Lessonface.

Class Goals

  • GOAL 1: To familiarize students with the tri-fold format of the Ballad: literary fiction (story), poetry, and lyrical narratives (songs).
  • GOAL 2: To activate students to participate in the communal recreation of ballads in group choral stanzas, repeated meter lines, and formal refrains.

Age Range


Skill Level

None needed

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About the John C. Campbell Folk School & Lessonface

Since 1925, the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, North Carolina has transformed lives, and brought people together in a nurturing environment for experiences in learning and community life that spark self-discovery. Since 2012, Lessonface has connected more than 30,000 students with over 2,500 great teachers for live music, language, and arts lessons online, delivering on our mission to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably.

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This class will be offered on July 8 as part of LESSONFEST, our weeklong festival of free classes and activities.

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Single 55-min session on Monday, July 8, at 6 pm ET | 3 pm PT.

Enrolled students receive lifetime access to the video recording of the class.

6:00 PM - 6:55 PM EDT
Celtic Ballads - Songs, Poems, and Stories
Bobbie Pell

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Bobbie Pell

Bobbie Pell

For over 35 years, Bobbie Pell has shared her love of story with audiences of all ages through written works, storytelling performances, and workshops. Her specialty area, Celtic folklore and traditions, focuses on faerie lore, ballads, and archetypical myths. Her first book, THE HIGHLAND HEART, explores themes of true love, faerie encounters, and a hero's journey to wholeness.

About Lessonface, PBC

Lessonface's mission is to help students achieve their goals while treating teachers equitably. Since 2012, we've hosted more than 30,000 students and 2,000 teachers for over 500,000 music, language, and arts lessons and classes online.

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