Séamus Pender / Bio

-From the “Land of Song” to the “Land of Liberty”
-From Ireland to America-
-Ballads, Songs and Their Stories-
With Séamus Pender

Séamus is a professionally trained baritone who has performed his special blend of
songs and stories in colleges, schools, libraries, museums, churches, pubs, coffee houses, and concerts throughout the United States.

Séamus has been heard at John Barleycorn’s in NYC, The Emerald Isle in Chicago, The Purple Shamrock in Boston, The Abby in New Orleans, The Driftwood in Lake Tahoe, Billie’s in Key West, The Irish Brigade in Kansas City, Matt Kane’s in Washington DC, McGrath’s in Killington VT, Mull’s Portland ME, Muldoon’s Providence RI, The Plough & Stars, Cambridge MA, The Canadian Club, Miami, and many, many, MORE!

Séamus studied voice at the Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center in Key West, Florida, at The Bright Lights Vocal Jazz Workshop at The University of Massachusetts and with the Roy Hart Theater.

Séamus is a collector of songs, a “Song Catcher,” specializing in the ballads, songs and lore of Ireland, but he also draws his rich repertoire from Scotland, Australia, the British Isles, and North America. Although he is steeped in the “Irish Song Tradition,” he often includes a wide variety of material in his programs that ranges from “The Great American Song Book” to “Country-Western” from Sing-a-Longs to Broadway Tunes; from Comic Ditties to Murder Ballads; and from Old Favorites to Work Songs and Sea Shanties.

Séamus not only sings the songs but tells their story by providing their histories and explaining their meanings. His shows are educational, entertaining and informative.

Séamus always encourages his audiences to join in the fun by clapping, singing along and by sharing a song, a story, a poem, or a toast and he is always eager to honor requests and to collect new material.

Séamus holds a Master’s degree in Creative Arts in Education and is a Senior Lecturer in the Humanities at Franklin Pierce University, Rindge, New Hampshire

Séamus is a recipient of numerous Massachusetts Art Grants and the Professional Development and Performing Artist Award from The Massachusetts Cultural Council and The Elder Arts Initiative. He is a long-time member of The American Conference for Irish Studies and Ceoltóirí Éireann Comhaltas (Society of the Musicians of Ireland).
Bookings: 978-827-5655 Penders@franklinpierce.edu

General Info

Band Members
Eillen Moore Quinn
Artist Name
Séamus Pender
Profile Page
Active Since
Celtic / Irish / Folk

Contact Info

Ashburnham, MA