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Lindsay Straw: Folk Guitarist & Vocalist

Boston , MA

LOCATION

Boston, MA US 02115 (map)

PHONE

617-651-0892

WEBSITE

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ABOUT US

You've picked out the venue, the theme, the food, the photographer, and maybe even started crafting some cute DIY decorations. Now it's time to set that scene to music!

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You've picked out the venue, the theme, the food, the photographer, and maybe even started crafting some cute DIY decorations. Now it's time to set that scene to music!

Bio:

A 2010 graduate of Berklee College of Music, I'm a guitarist, vocalist, and Irish bouzouki player who specializes in traditional and contemporary folk music, acoustic renditions of rock and pop songs, and the standard classical wedding repertoire. I've performed for countless weddings, parties, and corporate events, and at a variety of renowned folk music venues and house concerts throughout New England and beyond.

Why I love playing for weddings:

Performing for weddings isn't the same as playing for a regular concert, or as background music at another kind of event. For so many people, music has a real emotional power and importance. I feel there's something extra special about getting to be the one making the music to accompany one of the big, romantic moments in so many people's lives.

I'm based in Boston, Massachusetts, and I'm happy to travel anywhere in New England to be a part of your wedding in any way I can. Here are some ways past clients have booked me:
Ceremony music Cocktail hour music Ceremony & cocktail hour music (My most popular booking) Ceremony, cocktail hour & first dance music Dinner music Single song booking for first dance, father-daughter dance, etc. Live music & DJed reception music (Best for smaller weddings)
I'd love to hear about your wedding or event and your musical ideas for it. Get in touch!

For more information, song lists, and audio samples, please visit my website. Read less
Ceremony Music

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INFO FOR CEREMONY MUSIC

What ceremony music arrangements can you provide?
Instrumental - Solo, Soloist / Vocalist
What instruments does your group play?
Guitar
What is your usual attire?
Black, navy, or other neutral dress or dress pants and blouse, with black, heeled shoes.
Do you offer live sample performances or CDs?
Absolutely! We can arrange a time for me to come by and play for you, and I frequently play gigs where there is no cover charge, so you could stop by and listen and chat. Check my schedule!
How much time do you usually need for setup?
2 hours for ceremony & cocktail hour bookings, 1-1.5 hours for ceremony only
How much space do you usually require?
At least 5 feet by 5 feet if I'm using sound equipment, less if I'm not.
Do you charge for travel expenses? If yes, how much do you charge?
I factor travel expenses into my rates for events within 30 miles of Boston. Additional charges apply for events beyond 30 miles.

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Abbie
Wedding:
8/9/2014
5.0/5.0
I don't know where to start with Lindsay. She is AMAZING. Incredibly professional, communicative, flexible and not to mention her beautiful voice. Lindsay did not stop playing throughout the entire ceremony and reception. I cannot thank her enough for all of her hard work. I would recommend her for any wedding or event!
I don't know where to start with Lindsay. She is AMAZING. Incredibly professional, communicative, flexible and not to Read more...
I don't know where to start with Lindsay. She is AMAZING. Incredibly professional, communicative, flexible and not to mention her beautiful voice. Lindsay did not stop playing throughout the entire ceremony and reception. I cannot thank her enough for all of her hard work. I would recommend her for any wedding or event! Read less
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Meaghan
Wedding:
8/2/2014
5.0/5.0
Linsday has plenty of glowing reviews from happy brides. Here's one from a happy groom. Lindsay did a masterful job. We met in advance to discuss music choice, and she handled everything from there. She brought audio equipment for our outdoor ceremony, and my guests raved about her performance. She is an excellent guitarist and wonderful vocalist. I underestimated how important live music was going to be. I am so glad we chose Lindsay to perform at our ceremony. We made separate arrangements to have her MC the early part of the reception. She was all around great. I enthusiastically recommend Lindsay without reservation.
Linsday has plenty of glowing reviews from happy brides. Here's one from a happy groom. Lindsay did a masterful job. We Read more...
Linsday has plenty of glowing reviews from happy brides. Here's one from a happy groom. Lindsay did a masterful job. We met in advance to discuss music choice, and she handled everything from there. She brought audio equipment for our outdoor ceremony, and my guests raved about her performance. She is an excellent guitarist and wonderful vocalist. I underestimated how important live music was going to be. I am so glad we chose Lindsay to perform at our ceremony. We made separate arrangements to have her MC the early part of the reception. She was all around great. I enthusiastically recommend Lindsay without reservation. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
We were thrilled to have Lindsay be a part of our wedding. She is one of the most beautiful classical guitarists we've ever heard, and has a voice to match. She performed everything from Bach to the Beatles flawlessly and soulfully. Add to that, she is lovely to work with. I would HIGHLY recommend Lindsay Straw to anyone who asks. She is an incredibly gifted performer and helped make a wonderful event even more memorable.
We were thrilled to have Lindsay be a part of our wedding. She is one of the most beautiful classical guitarists we've Read more...
We were thrilled to have Lindsay be a part of our wedding. She is one of the most beautiful classical guitarists we've ever heard, and has a voice to match. She performed everything from Bach to the Beatles flawlessly and soulfully. Add to that, she is lovely to work with. I would HIGHLY recommend Lindsay Straw to anyone who asks. She is an incredibly gifted performer and helped make a wonderful event even more memorable. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
5.0/5.0
I was not particular about a lot of things at my wedding - except the music. The DJ didn't turn out as I had hoped - but Lindsay. Wow. She was...everything I had hoped for and more. I love guitars and I wanted something beautiful and soothing to go along with my garden wedding. I did a ton of research and found Lindsay here on this site. We met up, picked the songs, she learned my favorite song for my recessional (Into Your Arms by the Lemonheads - I hope she puts this in her repertoire because she did such an amazing job). People couldn't stop talking about how amazing she was during the 1/2 hour before the ceremony and during. She was everything we had hoped and more. I highly recommend Lindsay!
I was not particular about a lot of things at my wedding - except the music. The DJ didn't turn out as I had hoped - but Read more...
I was not particular about a lot of things at my wedding - except the music. The DJ didn't turn out as I had hoped - but Lindsay. Wow. She was...everything I had hoped for and more. I love guitars and I wanted something beautiful and soothing to go along with my garden wedding. I did a ton of research and found Lindsay here on this site. We met up, picked the songs, she learned my favorite song for my recessional (Into Your Arms by the Lemonheads - I hope she puts this in her repertoire because she did such an amazing job). People couldn't stop talking about how amazing she was during the 1/2 hour before the ceremony and during. She was everything we had hoped and more. I highly recommend Lindsay! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tom
Wedding:
6/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Lindsay did an awesome job playing our ceremony and cocktail hour with very little direction. Many guests remarked on her great vocal pieces during the cocktail hour; keep her around for it, if you can! She has a great catalog of recordings on Soundcloud so you'll be confident that, regardless of the type of music you want, she has the talent to deliver.

Normally I'd leave a longer review but since it was a perfect experience there's not much else to say!
Lindsay did an awesome job playing our ceremony and cocktail hour with very little direction. Many guests remarked on her Read more...
Lindsay did an awesome job playing our ceremony and cocktail hour with very little direction. Many guests remarked on her great vocal pieces during the cocktail hour; keep her around for it, if you can! She has a great catalog of recordings on Soundcloud so you'll be confident that, regardless of the type of music you want, she has the talent to deliver.

Normally I'd leave a longer review but since it was a perfect experience there's not much else to say! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Holly
Wedding:
6/7/2014
5.0/5.0
I can't praise Lindsay enough! We decided to change our ceremony music from an organist to a folk guitarist at the last minute. Lindsay was able to accommodate us into her schedule and was very easy to communicate with. She responded quickly to all correspondence and she was so nice to work with, helping to meet all of our requests! Her music was so soothing and perfect for our wedding ceremony. I would highly recommend her to any brides (or grooms) looking for a guitar soloist for their big day!! :-)

-Holly and Paul Armann
I can't praise Lindsay enough! We decided to change our ceremony music from an organist to a folk guitarist at the last Read more...
I can't praise Lindsay enough! We decided to change our ceremony music from an organist to a folk guitarist at the last minute. Lindsay was able to accommodate us into her schedule and was very easy to communicate with. She responded quickly to all correspondence and she was so nice to work with, helping to meet all of our requests! Her music was so soothing and perfect for our wedding ceremony. I would highly recommend her to any brides (or grooms) looking for a guitar soloist for their big day!! :-)

-Holly and Paul Armann Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amanda
Wedding:
5/24/2014
5.0/5.0
Lindsay played the ceremony music at my wedding and I could not have been happier. She is so sweet and takes time to really work with and get to know her clients. She is very professional and extremely talented.
Lindsay played the ceremony music at my wedding and I could not have been happier. She is so sweet and takes time to Read more...
Lindsay played the ceremony music at my wedding and I could not have been happier. She is so sweet and takes time to really work with and get to know her clients. She is very professional and extremely talented. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Catherine
Wedding:
5/3/2014
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was the church singer at our wedding on May 3, 2014. She was a joy to work with from start to finish. She was very open to any special requests that I had, she was prompt with responses, extremely professional and absolutely amazing at the wedding. My guests raved about Lindsay and many of them requested her contact information. I would recommend Lindsay 100% and would also look forward to hiring her for any event in the future.
Lindsay was the church singer at our wedding on May 3, 2014. She was a joy to work with from start to finish. She was very Read more...
Lindsay was the church singer at our wedding on May 3, 2014. She was a joy to work with from start to finish. She was very open to any special requests that I had, she was prompt with responses, extremely professional and absolutely amazing at the wedding. My guests raved about Lindsay and many of them requested her contact information. I would recommend Lindsay 100% and would also look forward to hiring her for any event in the future. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Tiffiny
Wedding:
3/8/2014
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was very easy to work with. We were so happy to find her. She played music throughout the ceremony. She has terrific ideas. Definitely would recommend.
Lindsay was very easy to work with. We were so happy to find her. She played music throughout the ceremony. She has Read more...
Lindsay was very easy to work with. We were so happy to find her. She played music throughout the ceremony. She has terrific ideas. Definitely would recommend. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rachael
Wedding:
1/18/2014
5.0/5.0
Lindsay not only was a beautiful singer and guitarist, but she was also warm and friendly. Every single interaction with her was a delight. We got married during a surprise snow storm (they said rain, but no, we got 6" of snow in only 3 hours), she stayed later than originally planned because we had a late start. The wedding ceremony music was perfect, her timing flawless. All my guests complimented me on her playing during the cocktail hour too!
Lindsay not only was a beautiful singer and guitarist, but she was also warm and friendly. Every single interaction with Read more...
Lindsay not only was a beautiful singer and guitarist, but she was also warm and friendly. Every single interaction with her was a delight. We got married during a surprise snow storm (they said rain, but no, we got 6" of snow in only 3 hours), she stayed later than originally planned because we had a late start. The wedding ceremony music was perfect, her timing flawless. All my guests complimented me on her playing during the cocktail hour too! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kaitlin
Wedding:
10/5/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay has an amazing voice that flowed beautifully with our ceremony. We were looking for more of a contemporary, acoustic feel to our ceremony and Lindsay learned Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up that was absolutely stunning. All my guests have been commenting on how beautiful our ceremony music was. I'm so glad she was available for our special day and put in the effort to learn a new song just for us. I would highly recommend her for any event!
Lindsay has an amazing voice that flowed beautifully with our ceremony. We were looking for more of a contemporary, Read more...
Lindsay has an amazing voice that flowed beautifully with our ceremony. We were looking for more of a contemporary, acoustic feel to our ceremony and Lindsay learned Jason Mraz's I Won't Give Up that was absolutely stunning. All my guests have been commenting on how beautiful our ceremony music was. I'm so glad she was available for our special day and put in the effort to learn a new song just for us. I would highly recommend her for any event! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Scarlett
Wedding:
9/27/2013
5.0/5.0
I can't express how grateful I am to have found such a beautiful singer to play for my wedding ceremony on Sept. 27, 2013! We were planning our wedding from a far and I had by chance come across Lindsay on GigMasters. My now husband and I fell immediately in love with her voice after hearing "On Raglan Road" which she played at the ceremony. We also had her venture off of her song list to play "A Hundred Years" by Christina Perri . She was more than thrilled to play what I had in mind. Coming down the aisle she had arranged perfect timing in the song. She blew me away with her voice. It truly was one of my favorite moments, and I'll never forget it. She was a pleasure to work with, professional, and responded quickly to emails always with sweet enthusiasm . It couldn't have been more perfect, I continue to get compliments on her from my guests. Highly recommended to make your event memorable!

Thanks so very much for making our special day!!
We truly can't thank you enough. Best Wishes - Scarlett&Tommy
I can't express how grateful I am to have found such a beautiful singer to play for my wedding ceremony on Sept. 27, 2013! Read more...
I can't express how grateful I am to have found such a beautiful singer to play for my wedding ceremony on Sept. 27, 2013! We were planning our wedding from a far and I had by chance come across Lindsay on GigMasters. My now husband and I fell immediately in love with her voice after hearing "On Raglan Road" which she played at the ceremony. We also had her venture off of her song list to play "A Hundred Years" by Christina Perri . She was more than thrilled to play what I had in mind. Coming down the aisle she had arranged perfect timing in the song. She blew me away with her voice. It truly was one of my favorite moments, and I'll never forget it. She was a pleasure to work with, professional, and responded quickly to emails always with sweet enthusiasm . It couldn't have been more perfect, I continue to get compliments on her from my guests. Highly recommended to make your event memorable!

Thanks so very much for making our special day!!
We truly can't thank you enough. Best Wishes - Scarlett&Tommy Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Melody
Wedding:
9/15/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay performed at my wedding Sept. 15 2013, and did an absolutely amazing job. I could not have asked for a better musician for my wedding. Her voice is so beautiful, and I continue to get compliments on her from my guests. She is so easy and fun to work with leading up to the wedding. She returns all of my email very promptly, and is completely professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone!! She is wonderful! Thank you so much Lindsay!
Lindsay performed at my wedding Sept. 15 2013, and did an absolutely amazing job. I could not have asked for a better Read more...
Lindsay performed at my wedding Sept. 15 2013, and did an absolutely amazing job. I could not have asked for a better musician for my wedding. Her voice is so beautiful, and I continue to get compliments on her from my guests. She is so easy and fun to work with leading up to the wedding. She returns all of my email very promptly, and is completely professional. I would highly recommend her to anyone!! She is wonderful! Thank you so much Lindsay! Read less
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Samantha
Wedding:
9/1/2013
5.0/5.0
What else can I say, but that Lindsay was an absolute delight to work with! She is so sweet, and incredibly talented. Having her play before and during the ceremony, in addition to the cocktail hour, really gave our wedding that something special! She is so easy going and has very talented friends that you can pay for too! We had both Lindsay and Armand, who played the fiddle. If we had more in our budget we would have had more, but the two of them were just perfect! Lindsay helped make our special day into the dream that it was! <3
What else can I say, but that Lindsay was an absolute delight to work with! She is so sweet, and incredibly talented. Read more...
What else can I say, but that Lindsay was an absolute delight to work with! She is so sweet, and incredibly talented. Having her play before and during the ceremony, in addition to the cocktail hour, really gave our wedding that something special! She is so easy going and has very talented friends that you can pay for too! We had both Lindsay and Armand, who played the fiddle. If we had more in our budget we would have had more, but the two of them were just perfect! Lindsay helped make our special day into the dream that it was! <3 Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
I can't recommend Lindsay highly enough! We were looking for someone who was reasonably priced to play some unique instrumental pieces at our wedding ceremony, and her stuff definitely fit that bill. I feel in love with her voice listening to clips online, and ended up hiring her without even hearing her play - and I'm so glad I did! She was so easy to work with, and incredibly professional, not to mention immensely talented. We got so many complements on her guitar playing. She also performed more contemporary vocal pieces for us at the cocktail hour, which our guests also loved, and even learned two pieces just for us. We didn't get to hear much of it because we were taking photos, but she sent us audio files so we didn't miss out. How great is that!
I can't recommend Lindsay highly enough! We were looking for someone who was reasonably priced to play some unique Read more...
I can't recommend Lindsay highly enough! We were looking for someone who was reasonably priced to play some unique instrumental pieces at our wedding ceremony, and her stuff definitely fit that bill. I feel in love with her voice listening to clips online, and ended up hiring her without even hearing her play - and I'm so glad I did! She was so easy to work with, and incredibly professional, not to mention immensely talented. We got so many complements on her guitar playing. She also performed more contemporary vocal pieces for us at the cocktail hour, which our guests also loved, and even learned two pieces just for us. We didn't get to hear much of it because we were taking photos, but she sent us audio files so we didn't miss out. How great is that! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Kendall
Wedding:
8/3/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay's music really took our ceremony to another level. Coming around the corner to walk down the aisle, hearing the first few notes of the song and then her beautiful voice transported me. I walked down the aisle with both of my parents and we were laughing and joking around while waiting. As soon as she started playing the song for us, something changed, we all had immediate tears in our eyes, it was time! That was one of the most amazing moments of my life, and her music as the soundtrack was a huge part of the feeling that I remember.

My husband and I really wanted to have a live musician play at the ceremony but we had no clue where to start looking. I went on gigmasters.com and just started listening to local musicians pages. As soon as we landed on Lindsay's and listened to her video of 'On Raglan Road' the search was over. I was sold in probably the first 10 seconds of listening. Her voice is amazing and she is SO talented.

She wrote me back immediately and was so friendly and enthusiastic, it just made me more exited to hire her. She was super helpful in the planning of the ceremony music too. I didn't really know where to start and she walked me through what to think about, the different songs I could choose from, etc. We even had particular song in mind for the processional and she suggested a different, slower way to play it so it would make more sense for the processional. It couldn't have been more perfect in the end.

She played for the whole cocktail hour as well and I think it created the perfect mood for our guests. Everyone loved her style and commented to me how talented she was.

Thank you so much Lindsay, it wouldn't have been the same without you!!
Lindsay's music really took our ceremony to another level. Coming around the corner to walk down the aisle, hearing the Read more...
Lindsay's music really took our ceremony to another level. Coming around the corner to walk down the aisle, hearing the first few notes of the song and then her beautiful voice transported me. I walked down the aisle with both of my parents and we were laughing and joking around while waiting. As soon as she started playing the song for us, something changed, we all had immediate tears in our eyes, it was time! That was one of the most amazing moments of my life, and her music as the soundtrack was a huge part of the feeling that I remember.

My husband and I really wanted to have a live musician play at the ceremony but we had no clue where to start looking. I went on gigmasters.com and just started listening to local musicians pages. As soon as we landed on Lindsay's and listened to her video of 'On Raglan Road' the search was over. I was sold in probably the first 10 seconds of listening. Her voice is amazing and she is SO talented.

She wrote me back immediately and was so friendly and enthusiastic, it just made me more exited to hire her. She was super helpful in the planning of the ceremony music too. I didn't really know where to start and she walked me through what to think about, the different songs I could choose from, etc. We even had particular song in mind for the processional and she suggested a different, slower way to play it so it would make more sense for the processional. It couldn't have been more perfect in the end.

She played for the whole cocktail hour as well and I think it created the perfect mood for our guests. Everyone loved her style and commented to me how talented she was.

Thank you so much Lindsay, it wouldn't have been the same without you!! Read less
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John
Wedding:
7/6/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was an absolute pleasure to work with, both leading up to our wedding and during the ceremony / reception. All of the quests commented on how her music was perfect for the occasion. I strongly recommend Lindsay for any wedding or event.
Lindsay was an absolute pleasure to work with, both leading up to our wedding and during the ceremony / reception. All of Read more...
Lindsay was an absolute pleasure to work with, both leading up to our wedding and during the ceremony / reception. All of the quests commented on how her music was perfect for the occasion. I strongly recommend Lindsay for any wedding or event. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Virginia
Wedding:
6/22/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay Straw is a beautiful vocalist. Her voice and music delighted our guests. We received many compliments on her musical repitoire. She made our wedding even more special. We would recommend her services.
Lindsay Straw is a beautiful vocalist. Her voice and music delighted our guests. We received many compliments on her Read more...
Lindsay Straw is a beautiful vocalist. Her voice and music delighted our guests. We received many compliments on her musical repitoire. She made our wedding even more special. We would recommend her services. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Laura
Wedding:
6/21/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay preformed at our wedding and we could not have been happier. The guests are still raving about how amazing the music was and how friendly and nice she was to all our guests. Lindsay took a great deal of time prior to the wedding in discussing our music selection and offered us many suggestions. She responded to emails immediately and was very flexible overall. The ceremony music was perfect and the selections during the reception left everyone smiling. The music made the day... :)
Lindsay preformed at our wedding and we could not have been happier. The guests are still raving about how amazing the Read more...
Lindsay preformed at our wedding and we could not have been happier. The guests are still raving about how amazing the music was and how friendly and nice she was to all our guests. Lindsay took a great deal of time prior to the wedding in discussing our music selection and offered us many suggestions. She responded to emails immediately and was very flexible overall. The ceremony music was perfect and the selections during the reception left everyone smiling. The music made the day... :) Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was absolutely amazing. She was incredibly easy to work with before the event, putting up with our indecisiveness, making recommendations, and adjusting easily as our ideas changed. On the day of the event, she was there with plenty of time to set up, and we had no problems at all with her.

We absolutely adored her performance. She's an incredibly talented singer and guitarist. At one point, she performed my father's favorite song better than the original artist did! All our guests loved her, and really, I can't recommend her strongly enough.
Lindsay was absolutely amazing. She was incredibly easy to work with before the event, putting up with our indecisiveness, Read more...
Lindsay was absolutely amazing. She was incredibly easy to work with before the event, putting up with our indecisiveness, making recommendations, and adjusting easily as our ideas changed. On the day of the event, she was there with plenty of time to set up, and we had no problems at all with her.

We absolutely adored her performance. She's an incredibly talented singer and guitarist. At one point, she performed my father's favorite song better than the original artist did! All our guests loved her, and really, I can't recommend her strongly enough. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Gerard
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
Lindsay has a lovely voice and is a very talented guitarist. She added a special touch to our intimate wedding ceremony and followed our requests to the letter. We had a really special day and we will always remember Lindsay's beautiful playing as a central part of our ceremony. She was very professional and flexible.
Lindsay has a lovely voice and is a very talented guitarist. She added a special touch to our intimate wedding ceremony Read more...
Lindsay has a lovely voice and is a very talented guitarist. She added a special touch to our intimate wedding ceremony and followed our requests to the letter. We had a really special day and we will always remember Lindsay's beautiful playing as a central part of our ceremony. She was very professional and flexible. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Felicia
Wedding:
5/31/2013
5.0/5.0
We had a very simple, intimate ceremony in Boston Public Garden and wanted to have music for a first dance, among other moments before and after the ceremony. Lindsay was very accommodating and easy to work with. Her voice is beautiful! She delivered exactly what we wanted, and I would recommend her without hesitation.
We had a very simple, intimate ceremony in Boston Public Garden and wanted to have music for a first dance, among other Read more...
We had a very simple, intimate ceremony in Boston Public Garden and wanted to have music for a first dance, among other moments before and after the ceremony. Lindsay was very accommodating and easy to work with. Her voice is beautiful! She delivered exactly what we wanted, and I would recommend her without hesitation. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was fantastic! She played beautifully and we received many positive comments from our guests. She was very professional and easy to work with. Absolutely recommended!
Lindsay was fantastic! She played beautifully and we received many positive comments from our guests. She was very Read more...
Lindsay was fantastic! She played beautifully and we received many positive comments from our guests. She was very professional and easy to work with. Absolutely recommended! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Amuirhead
Wedding:
10/20/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay performed at our wedding ceremony and our cocktail hour, and the music was beautiful. Many of my guests complimented her. We were so happy that we found Lindsay to play for us that day.
Lindsay performed at our wedding ceremony and our cocktail hour, and the music was beautiful. Many of my guests Read more...
Lindsay performed at our wedding ceremony and our cocktail hour, and the music was beautiful. Many of my guests complimented her. We were so happy that we found Lindsay to play for us that day. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
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Rachel
Wedding:
9/29/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay provided the ceremony music for our wedding in September 2012 and we couldn't have been happier or more satisfied! Lindsay was a pleasure to work with and, due to our last minute scheduling, had to juggle prior commitments in order to free herself up to play at our wedding. She also learned a new song, a personal favorite, for the processional and played it flawlessly. Her musical talents are obvious and she is an absolute professional. We feel lucky that Lindsay was a part of our wedding and, no matter the event, we are sure you will feel the same! Book early though :-)

Thanks again Lindsay!

- Rachel and Jason
Lindsay provided the ceremony music for our wedding in September 2012 and we couldn't have been happier or more satisfied! Read more...
Lindsay provided the ceremony music for our wedding in September 2012 and we couldn't have been happier or more satisfied! Lindsay was a pleasure to work with and, due to our last minute scheduling, had to juggle prior commitments in order to free herself up to play at our wedding. She also learned a new song, a personal favorite, for the processional and played it flawlessly. Her musical talents are obvious and she is an absolute professional. We feel lucky that Lindsay was a part of our wedding and, no matter the event, we are sure you will feel the same! Book early though :-)

Thanks again Lindsay!

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Alison
Wedding:
9/8/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was so easy to work with! She always answered my emails within 48hrs. Her music is of course beautiful! My only regret is that I was whisked away to take pictures after the ceremony and couldn't stop to thank her.
Lindsay was so easy to work with! She always answered my emails within 48hrs. Her music is of course beautiful! My only Read more...
Lindsay was so easy to work with! She always answered my emails within 48hrs. Her music is of course beautiful! My only regret is that I was whisked away to take pictures after the ceremony and couldn't stop to thank her. Read less
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M
Wedding:
8/25/2012
5.0/5.0
We hired Lindsay and her whole band The Ivy Leaf for our wedding. They were amazing to work with and added so much to our event. Our wedding was very small and included many unique/unusual elements which we wanted to integrate with music. Lindsay was willing to have an additional meeting with us within the month before our wedding and review it all.

Their music set the scene when our guests arrived, was an integral part of our ceremony and then provided half an hour of music for dancings—everything from traditional jigs to Beatles covers and they even learned our first dance song (for a small fee which was totally worth it).

Reasons to hire them:

• They are so talented and sound amazing! Their music brought a magical feel to our wedding!

• They are very flexible and happy to customize the set list to what you envision, but they also have ideas and we totally trusted them to pick music for certain parts which they did perfectly. (That is to say if you have a specific idea of what you want they will happily do it, and if you have no idea you don't have to worry as they know what to do!)

• They are young passionate musicians which shows in their music and presence.

• Lindsay stays in great communication leading up to the event and lays out everything clearly. Planning with them was a breeze which is very important for brides!

Bottom line--they were amazing and I can't even imagine having hired anyone else. If you want your ceremony or cocktail hour to have a magical atmosphere, hire them!
We hired Lindsay and her whole band The Ivy Leaf for our wedding. They were amazing to work with and added so much to our Read more...
We hired Lindsay and her whole band The Ivy Leaf for our wedding. They were amazing to work with and added so much to our event. Our wedding was very small and included many unique/unusual elements which we wanted to integrate with music. Lindsay was willing to have an additional meeting with us within the month before our wedding and review it all.

Their music set the scene when our guests arrived, was an integral part of our ceremony and then provided half an hour of music for dancings—everything from traditional jigs to Beatles covers and they even learned our first dance song (for a small fee which was totally worth it).

Reasons to hire them:

• They are so talented and sound amazing! Their music brought a magical feel to our wedding!

• They are very flexible and happy to customize the set list to what you envision, but they also have ideas and we totally trusted them to pick music for certain parts which they did perfectly. (That is to say if you have a specific idea of what you want they will happily do it, and if you have no idea you don't have to worry as they know what to do!)

• They are young passionate musicians which shows in their music and presence.

• Lindsay stays in great communication leading up to the event and lays out everything clearly. Planning with them was a breeze which is very important for brides!

Bottom line--they were amazing and I can't even imagine having hired anyone else. If you want your ceremony or cocktail hour to have a magical atmosphere, hire them! Read less
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Victoria
Wedding:
7/29/2012
5.0/5.0
The Ivy Leaf quartet (including Lindsay Straw) played at my after party and impressed everyone who stopped in to listen. The set-up was simple: we just intended to eat catering left-overs in our backyard, have a fire, and enjoy some adult beverages with whomever had the time and energy to stop by. The Ivy Leaf gave the night something special, though. Their range of traditional Irish music was impressive, and they mixed well with the laid-back feel of the crowd. The quality of their music was superb. Our arriving guests assumed we were playing a CD until they saw the group, and everyone in attendance from my husband's very large Irish family agreed that we will certainly be booking The Ivy Leaf for family reunions in the area! I highly recommend them for any event requiring stunning traditional Irish music, and I feel that even a casual, relaxed setting allowed them to shine. Lindsay Straw made booking The Ivy Leaf super easy, and I would certainly use them again!
The Ivy Leaf quartet (including Lindsay Straw) played at my after party and impressed everyone who stopped in to listen. Read more...
The Ivy Leaf quartet (including Lindsay Straw) played at my after party and impressed everyone who stopped in to listen. The set-up was simple: we just intended to eat catering left-overs in our backyard, have a fire, and enjoy some adult beverages with whomever had the time and energy to stop by. The Ivy Leaf gave the night something special, though. Their range of traditional Irish music was impressive, and they mixed well with the laid-back feel of the crowd. The quality of their music was superb. Our arriving guests assumed we were playing a CD until they saw the group, and everyone in attendance from my husband's very large Irish family agreed that we will certainly be booking The Ivy Leaf for family reunions in the area! I highly recommend them for any event requiring stunning traditional Irish music, and I feel that even a casual, relaxed setting allowed them to shine. Lindsay Straw made booking The Ivy Leaf super easy, and I would certainly use them again! Read less
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Sasha
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was a wonderful addition to our wedding ceremony. She was so easy to work with and has a really wonderful talent. Several of our friends (who are very musical themselves) mentioned how awesome her voice and style was and me and my husband agreed. She was so nice to work with and even did us a huge favor (for free) by bringing an extra mic for our officiant to use. It was so refreshing to work with someone who is responsive, flexible and really just out to make our wedding the best event it could be!

I would highly recommend Lindsay for your wedding. In fact, if cocktail hour music wasn't included with our wedding band, I would have loved to have her stay to play that. She has an excellent selection of music. And compared to the price of string quartets and other classical guitarists, Lindsay is an absolute steal. Hire her, you won't regret it!
Lindsay was a wonderful addition to our wedding ceremony. She was so easy to work with and has a really wonderful talent. Read more...
Lindsay was a wonderful addition to our wedding ceremony. She was so easy to work with and has a really wonderful talent. Several of our friends (who are very musical themselves) mentioned how awesome her voice and style was and me and my husband agreed. She was so nice to work with and even did us a huge favor (for free) by bringing an extra mic for our officiant to use. It was so refreshing to work with someone who is responsive, flexible and really just out to make our wedding the best event it could be!

I would highly recommend Lindsay for your wedding. In fact, if cocktail hour music wasn't included with our wedding band, I would have loved to have her stay to play that. She has an excellent selection of music. And compared to the price of string quartets and other classical guitarists, Lindsay is an absolute steal. Hire her, you won't regret it! Read less
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Liz
Wedding:
7/28/2012
5.0/5.0
After we initially viewed Lindsay's profile on Wedding Wire, and then saw her perform on her own website, Lindsay was tops on the list for who we wanted to perform during our wedding ceremony. Working with Lindsay in preparation for our wedding was wonderful; she was always so pleasant and easy to work with. When we found out our ceremony music was going to be limited by our church for our Catholic Mass, Lindsay was eager to find selections that we loved, and worked into our constraints. She couldn't have been any better! When the wedding was over we got multiple compliments on her performance. I couldn't wait to get our wedding video back, so I could see the parts of her performing that I missed before I entered the church. The only thing I would need to say is book her early; we were disappointed as we would had loved to play during our cocktail hour as well, and she was already booked for a wedding during the evening of our wedding day. We were very lucky to have her!!
After we initially viewed Lindsay's profile on Wedding Wire, and then saw her perform on her own website, Lindsay was tops Read more...
After we initially viewed Lindsay's profile on Wedding Wire, and then saw her perform on her own website, Lindsay was tops on the list for who we wanted to perform during our wedding ceremony. Working with Lindsay in preparation for our wedding was wonderful; she was always so pleasant and easy to work with. When we found out our ceremony music was going to be limited by our church for our Catholic Mass, Lindsay was eager to find selections that we loved, and worked into our constraints. She couldn't have been any better! When the wedding was over we got multiple compliments on her performance. I couldn't wait to get our wedding video back, so I could see the parts of her performing that I missed before I entered the church. The only thing I would need to say is book her early; we were disappointed as we would had loved to play during our cocktail hour as well, and she was already booked for a wedding during the evening of our wedding day. We were very lucky to have her!! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Hello future Brides!

We had Lindsay play/sing at our wedding for the ceremony & cocktail hour and it was one of the best decisions of our wedding! Not only is her voice just beautiful, but she is also super organized, professional & just a delight to work with. She even was able to learn a new song for our wedding (Jack Johnson's "Better Together"). We feel like our ceremony was extra special by having her there & would recommend her 100%!
Hello future Brides!

We had Lindsay play/sing at our wedding for the ceremony & cocktail hour and it was one of Read more...
Hello future Brides!

We had Lindsay play/sing at our wedding for the ceremony & cocktail hour and it was one of the best decisions of our wedding! Not only is her voice just beautiful, but she is also super organized, professional & just a delight to work with. She even was able to learn a new song for our wedding (Jack Johnson's "Better Together"). We feel like our ceremony was extra special by having her there & would recommend her 100%! Read less
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Michael
Wedding:
7/13/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was a joy to work with. Very professional right from the start, but she also had a caring attitude. She wanted to help make the wedding even more special for us. She learned 2 new songs (she now does a great rendition of The Wedding Song by Peter, Paul & Mary) one of which was a rock song- not her genre- Beginnings by Chicago, which we used for our recessional. She arranged it perfectly! Lindsay then provided music during cocktail hour. Susan and I look forward to seeing Lindsay perform with her group soon as well. If you're looking for a musician that can put your ceremony " over the top" - Lindsay Straw is the one!
Lindsay was a joy to work with. Very professional right from the start, but she also had a caring attitude. She wanted to Read more...
Lindsay was a joy to work with. Very professional right from the start, but she also had a caring attitude. She wanted to help make the wedding even more special for us. She learned 2 new songs (she now does a great rendition of The Wedding Song by Peter, Paul & Mary) one of which was a rock song- not her genre- Beginnings by Chicago, which we used for our recessional. She arranged it perfectly! Lindsay then provided music during cocktail hour. Susan and I look forward to seeing Lindsay perform with her group soon as well. If you're looking for a musician that can put your ceremony " over the top" - Lindsay Straw is the one! Read less
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Abby
Wedding:
7/1/2012
5.0/5.0
We could not be happier with the Ivy Leaf. Lindsay was a dream to deal with during the planning stages. She was very clear about pricing, punctual and organized about the details, and a great communicator -- not to mention very pleasant throughout our correspondence. The band's performance was perfect for our outdoor picnic reception! They looked great, played beautifully and outdid all the expectations I had. The step dancer was fantastic, and all of our guests were thrilled and surprised to have such a treat to kick off our party. Thanks to Lindsay and the band for their positive presence at our special event and for their beautiful music. I hope to hire them again for the next big party we throw. =)
We could not be happier with the Ivy Leaf. Lindsay was a dream to deal with during the planning stages. She was very clear Read more...
We could not be happier with the Ivy Leaf. Lindsay was a dream to deal with during the planning stages. She was very clear about pricing, punctual and organized about the details, and a great communicator -- not to mention very pleasant throughout our correspondence. The band's performance was perfect for our outdoor picnic reception! They looked great, played beautifully and outdid all the expectations I had. The step dancer was fantastic, and all of our guests were thrilled and surprised to have such a treat to kick off our party. Thanks to Lindsay and the band for their positive presence at our special event and for their beautiful music. I hope to hire them again for the next big party we throw. =) Read less
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Nikki
Wedding:
6/29/2012
5.0/5.0
I truly enjoyed working with Lindsay for our ceremony! After listening to her music online, we knew she was exactly what we were looking for in regard to music for our ceremony. We wanted something elegant yet simple, and Lindsay was just that! She was super organized, quick to respond to emails and very helpful and provided thoughtful song suggestions for the ceremony - we knew that our ceremony music was one thing we did not have to worry about! The day of the wedding was excellent, and we received many compliments on the music from family and friends. Lindsay - Thank you for making our ceremony special! You were so great to work with, and I would highly recommend you to any other bride!
I truly enjoyed working with Lindsay for our ceremony! After listening to her music online, we knew she was exactly what Read more...
I truly enjoyed working with Lindsay for our ceremony! After listening to her music online, we knew she was exactly what we were looking for in regard to music for our ceremony. We wanted something elegant yet simple, and Lindsay was just that! She was super organized, quick to respond to emails and very helpful and provided thoughtful song suggestions for the ceremony - we knew that our ceremony music was one thing we did not have to worry about! The day of the wedding was excellent, and we received many compliments on the music from family and friends. Lindsay - Thank you for making our ceremony special! You were so great to work with, and I would highly recommend you to any other bride! Read less
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Meghan
Wedding:
6/3/2012
5.0/5.0
I can't say enough nice things about Lindsay Straw and the Ivy Leaf. When I was browsing around for Irish bands, I didn't really think I'd be able to afford one but I wanted to see how much it would cost. Lindsay came back with the lowest price and was even willing to work with me further to get things into a comfortable price range for me. We ended up just having 3 of the 4 band members play for our wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

The music was absolutely phenomenal. We opted for Irish music during our ceremony rather than the traditional pieces and the selections worked so perfectly. I loved having something unique. I walked down the aisle to a song that Lindsay had written herself and I still catch myself humming it! It was absolutely beautiful.

The whole band was very personable and all of our guests enjoyed interacting with them and speaking with them. They were flexible with the timeline--playing requested numbers/dances when we asked them. My grandmother wanted a traditional Irish reel (which I had not requested) but they still were able to play it for her! They even picked a song at the spur of the moment when we threw a dance in after the father/daughter dance. When they had to take breaks, there was still someone playing so there was never a lull in music (except when asked, such as for the speeches). The sound system/mic was perfect and we were allowed to use it for announcements & toasts.

Lindsay was great about the coordination. I made a list of all the songs I loved that she was able to play and while I was too busy to keep count, I know I heard a lot of them! There was good communication regarding what songs they were able to play and I was able to ask questions about any additional songs-- she even offered to learn one of my favorite Irish songs even though its traditionally sung by males!

It was such a pleasure having Lindsay and the Ivy Leaf play at our wedding. I really can't say enough nice things. The music was exactly what we wanted and we could not have been happier with how everything turned out. I would absolutely recommend Lindsay and the Ivy Leaf to anyone else looking for the type of music that I was. They are marvelous.
I can't say enough nice things about Lindsay Straw and the Ivy Leaf. When I was browsing around for Irish bands, I didn't Read more...
I can't say enough nice things about Lindsay Straw and the Ivy Leaf. When I was browsing around for Irish bands, I didn't really think I'd be able to afford one but I wanted to see how much it would cost. Lindsay came back with the lowest price and was even willing to work with me further to get things into a comfortable price range for me. We ended up just having 3 of the 4 band members play for our wedding ceremony and wedding reception.

The music was absolutely phenomenal. We opted for Irish music during our ceremony rather than the traditional pieces and the selections worked so perfectly. I loved having something unique. I walked down the aisle to a song that Lindsay had written herself and I still catch myself humming it! It was absolutely beautiful.

The whole band was very personable and all of our guests enjoyed interacting with them and speaking with them. They were flexible with the timeline--playing requested numbers/dances when we asked them. My grandmother wanted a traditional Irish reel (which I had not requested) but they still were able to play it for her! They even picked a song at the spur of the moment when we threw a dance in after the father/daughter dance. When they had to take breaks, there was still someone playing so there was never a lull in music (except when asked, such as for the speeches). The sound system/mic was perfect and we were allowed to use it for announcements & toasts.

Lindsay was great about the coordination. I made a list of all the songs I loved that she was able to play and while I was too busy to keep count, I know I heard a lot of them! There was good communication regarding what songs they were able to play and I was able to ask questions about any additional songs-- she even offered to learn one of my favorite Irish songs even though its traditionally sung by males!

It was such a pleasure having Lindsay and the Ivy Leaf play at our wedding. I really can't say enough nice things. The music was exactly what we wanted and we could not have been happier with how everything turned out. I would absolutely recommend Lindsay and the Ivy Leaf to anyone else looking for the type of music that I was. They are marvelous. Read less
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Caitlin
Wedding:
6/2/2012
5.0/5.0
Excellant performance and great to work with, thank you!
Excellant performance and great to work with, thank you!
Excellant performance and great to work with, thank you! Read less
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Rachel
Wedding:
5/27/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay is a dream. Her voice and talent added meaning and beauty to our ceremony. It was such a pleasure working with Lindsay - she is warm, accommodating and a true gem! She went out of her way to learn a special song for our ceremony and this meant the world to us - something we will never forget. Her organization and dedication and engagement with our wedding made not only the morning of our wedding magical, but the entire process so enjoyable. Lindsay - you are a delight!
Lindsay is a dream. Her voice and talent added meaning and beauty to our ceremony. It was such a pleasure working with Read more...
Lindsay is a dream. Her voice and talent added meaning and beauty to our ceremony. It was such a pleasure working with Lindsay - she is warm, accommodating and a true gem! She went out of her way to learn a special song for our ceremony and this meant the world to us - something we will never forget. Her organization and dedication and engagement with our wedding made not only the morning of our wedding magical, but the entire process so enjoyable. Lindsay - you are a delight! Read less
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Jennifer
Wedding:
5/26/2012
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was such a pleasure to work with. She helped me plan the music for the ceremony and worked with me on what songs would and wouldn't work for when the guests were arriving. She did an amazing job!
Lindsay was such a pleasure to work with. She helped me plan the music for the ceremony and worked with me on what songs Read more...
Lindsay was such a pleasure to work with. She helped me plan the music for the ceremony and worked with me on what songs would and wouldn't work for when the guests were arriving. She did an amazing job! Read less
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Christine
Wedding:
5/12/2012
5.0/5.0
As soon as I heard Lindsay's music on her website, I knew she would be perfect for our outdoor ceremony. She was warm and responsive from the very first email, and she was willing and able to play everything we requested. She played a mix of folk/Irish songs as guests arrived, and then more contemporary songs for our ceremony processional and recessional. Her music was absolutely beautiful and hearing her play as I prepared to walk down the aisle really made the emotion of the day hit me, and I got completely swept up in the moment. I honestly don't think that would have happened without Lindsay's live music, so I could not be happier with our decision to hire her!
As soon as I heard Lindsay's music on her website, I knew she would be perfect for our outdoor ceremony. She was warm and Read more...
As soon as I heard Lindsay's music on her website, I knew she would be perfect for our outdoor ceremony. She was warm and responsive from the very first email, and she was willing and able to play everything we requested. She played a mix of folk/Irish songs as guests arrived, and then more contemporary songs for our ceremony processional and recessional. Her music was absolutely beautiful and hearing her play as I prepared to walk down the aisle really made the emotion of the day hit me, and I got completely swept up in the moment. I honestly don't think that would have happened without Lindsay's live music, so I could not be happier with our decision to hire her! Read less
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Addie
Wedding:
2/10/2012
5.0/5.0
We love Lindsay! We found her here on weddingwire, and had a chance to see her perform at a local Irish bar. She has a lovely voice and presence, and of course, is really talented!!!!

She was incredibly easy to work with, and affordable. She had some great song suggestions, and even learned some new songs for us. Our day-of-coordinator said she was very easy to work with too. Throughout the entire process, Lindsay was very responsive and professional, so we knew we were in good hands.

Thank you Lindsay for making our day so special!
We love Lindsay! We found her here on weddingwire, and had a chance to see her perform at a local Irish bar. She has a Read more...
We love Lindsay! We found her here on weddingwire, and had a chance to see her perform at a local Irish bar. She has a lovely voice and presence, and of course, is really talented!!!!

She was incredibly easy to work with, and affordable. She had some great song suggestions, and even learned some new songs for us. Our day-of-coordinator said she was very easy to work with too. Throughout the entire process, Lindsay was very responsive and professional, so we knew we were in good hands.

Thank you Lindsay for making our day so special! Read less
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Erin
Wedding:
10/9/2011
5.0/5.0
Future brides, I highly recommend the Ivy Leaf to play at your ceremony and confidently recommend them for other types of special events as well. They played during my wedding ceremony earlier this month in a Catholic church and the music was absolutely perfect -- very heartfelt and beautiful, it was just what I was hoping for. In addition, I found Lindsay, the point of contact for the band, very easy to work with and friendly, which is invaluable in the midst of wedding planning mayhem. She helped me find the best two songs for the procession and seemed as enthusiastic as I was for the Big Day! Thank you, Ivy Leaf, you played a very special role on a very special day.- Erin
Future brides, I highly recommend the Ivy Leaf to play at your ceremony and confidently recommend them for other types of Read more...
Future brides, I highly recommend the Ivy Leaf to play at your ceremony and confidently recommend them for other types of special events as well. They played during my wedding ceremony earlier this month in a Catholic church and the music was absolutely perfect -- very heartfelt and beautiful, it was just what I was hoping for. In addition, I found Lindsay, the point of contact for the band, very easy to work with and friendly, which is invaluable in the midst of wedding planning mayhem. She helped me find the best two songs for the procession and seemed as enthusiastic as I was for the Big Day! Thank you, Ivy Leaf, you played a very special role on a very special day.- Erin Read less
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Heidi
Wedding:
5/28/2011
5.0/5.0
We are so glad we chose Lindsay and her band for our ceremony and cocktail hour! Our guests really enjoyed the music and Lindsay was a joy to work with. Lindsay was very responsive to emails and she went above and beyond to help us select the perfect music for our ceremony. They arrived on time, were very professional and played the perfect music for our event. We really couldn't have asked for more! Thanks so much for making our day special and memorable. Cheers!
We are so glad we chose Lindsay and her band for our ceremony and cocktail hour! Our guests really enjoyed the music and Read more...
We are so glad we chose Lindsay and her band for our ceremony and cocktail hour! Our guests really enjoyed the music and Lindsay was a joy to work with. Lindsay was very responsive to emails and she went above and beyond to help us select the perfect music for our ceremony. They arrived on time, were very professional and played the perfect music for our event. We really couldn't have asked for more! Thanks so much for making our day special and memorable. Cheers! Read less
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Kirsten
Wedding:
3/20/2011
5.0/5.0
Lindsay and Armand were truly wonderful musicians for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Lindsay worked with me to choose the right music and everything went perfectly! We also received many many compliments on the music.
Lindsay and Armand were truly wonderful musicians for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Lindsay worked with me to choose the Read more...
Lindsay and Armand were truly wonderful musicians for our ceremony and cocktail hour. Lindsay worked with me to choose the right music and everything went perfectly! We also received many many compliments on the music. Read less
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Michelle
Wedding:
6/26/2010
5.0/5.0
The music was very personal and created such a unique atmosphere that made the whole ceremony very special and perfect!
The music was very personal and created such a unique atmosphere that made the whole ceremony very special and perfect!
The music was very personal and created such a unique atmosphere that made the whole ceremony very special and perfect! Read less
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Diana
Wedding:
5/30/2010
5.0/5.0
Lindsay was a fantastic musician for our wedding ceremony. It was so easy to work with her. We mentioned when we wanted her to play during the ceremony, and she picked out appropriate and beautiful music for all of it. We really liked her style of music, and she went above-and-beyond to make sure our ceremony went well. In particular, we had a vocal solo performed during the ceremony, and Lindsay offered to arrange the accompaniment for guitar herself – which turned out wonderfully. She also coördinated a rehearsal with the soloist prior to the ceremony. We recommend her wholeheartedly.
Lindsay was a fantastic musician for our wedding ceremony. It was so easy to work with her. We mentioned when we wanted Read more...
Lindsay was a fantastic musician for our wedding ceremony. It was so easy to work with her. We mentioned when we wanted her to play during the ceremony, and she picked out appropriate and beautiful music for all of it. We really liked her style of music, and she went above-and-beyond to make sure our ceremony went well. In particular, we had a vocal solo performed during the ceremony, and Lindsay offered to arrange the accompaniment for guitar herself – which turned out wonderfully. She also coördinated a rehearsal with the soloist prior to the ceremony. We recommend her wholeheartedly. Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
2+ years ago
5.0/5.0
Lindsay is an absolute sweetheart! I was working with a bride back in May 2010 who had a very tight budget and finding someone to play at a wedding ceremony for 1/2 an hour without breaking the bank was hard. I researched and found Lindsay who responded instantly to my emails. She's professional, punctual, really flexible and played great music for the ceremony. I highly recommend Lindsay for your events!
Lindsay is an absolute sweetheart! I was working with a bride back in May 2010 who had a very tight budget and finding Read more...
Lindsay is an absolute sweetheart! I was working with a bride back in May 2010 who had a very tight budget and finding someone to play at a wedding ceremony for 1/2 an hour without breaking the bank was hard. I researched and found Lindsay who responded instantly to my emails. She's professional, punctual, really flexible and played great music for the ceremony. I highly recommend Lindsay for your events! Read less
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stacey
Wedding:
6/8/2013
4.7/5.0
Lindsay's performance made our wedding ceremony unique. Her voice was beautiful and set the tone for a fun wedding
Lindsay's performance made our wedding ceremony unique. Her voice was beautiful and set the tone for a fun wedding
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Anonymous
Wedding:
1+ year ago
4.7/5.0
Lindsay did a beautiful job and was extremely professional/responsive during our interactions. The only issue was that she played at our cocktail hour in the City Salon of the State Room, which is a relatively small space for 150 people. Unfortunately, because everyone was catching up, chatting, etc. they were often louder than Lindsay. I would recommend having her play in a venue where the din of conversation will not drown out her lovely music!
Lindsay did a beautiful job and was extremely professional/responsive during our interactions. The only issue was that she Read more...
Lindsay did a beautiful job and was extremely professional/responsive during our interactions. The only issue was that she played at our cocktail hour in the City Salon of the State Room, which is a relatively small space for 150 people. Unfortunately, because everyone was catching up, chatting, etc. they were often louder than Lindsay. I would recommend having her play in a venue where the din of conversation will not drown out her lovely music! Read less
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Anonymous
Wedding:
Recently Married
4.4/5.0
Fun and varied music; Lindsay was very easy to work with and responsive.
Fun and varied music; Lindsay was very easy to work with and responsive.
Fun and varied music; Lindsay was very easy to work with and responsive. Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Lindsay Straw: Folk Guitarist & Vocalist responded with the following comments:

Just to clarify, this review was for a performance given by my traditional Irish band, The Ivy Leaf. I was the main contact and arranged everything between the couple and the rest of the band, hence the review here!
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4/21/2012
4.2/5.0
We chose Lindsay to play at are ceremony because of all the great reviews and also because of her amazing talent. After listening to some of her music online, we knew she would be perfect. Lindsay was affordable and willing it learn a couple of songs for our ceremony. We even took a drive one day to hear her play at a festival. When we introduced ourselves to her, she was kind of shy (maybe?) and wasn't too interested in the fact tha we drove an hour to hear her play. We just assumed she was busy and that was fine. Emailing with her at first was great- she would respond right away and offer suggestions. As it got closer to the wedding, and we needed to really have a plan in place for the ceremony, it took a while to get responses from her. She was really busy with other things. This made it thought for us to really know exactly what to expect for the ceremony, but we knew she would pull it off. Lindsay had learned the songs we wanted to include, and we appreciated that. The guests said that Lindsay and Armand played beautifully before the ceremony began. When my dad and I walked down the aisle, I guess Lindsay missed the queue and could not see, so we began walking to no music, which was strange. After the ceremony, my fiancé went over to talk to her and she wasn't very friendly. She asked how we were going to pay. Then I went over and right away it was about the money. We had her payment and tip right then and there to give to her. Armand was so nice and sweet! My fiancé and I think maybe Lindsay was shy, but nevertheless, it felt as though she wasn't very warm and easy to talk to. With that said, the songs she played we're played well and we were happy. It was cool that she learned a couple songs for us, too!
We chose Lindsay to play at are ceremony because of all the great reviews and also because of her amazing talent. After Read more...
We chose Lindsay to play at are ceremony because of all the great reviews and also because of her amazing talent. After listening to some of her music online, we knew she would be perfect. Lindsay was affordable and willing it learn a couple of songs for our ceremony. We even took a drive one day to hear her play at a festival. When we introduced ourselves to her, she was kind of shy (maybe?) and wasn't too interested in the fact tha we drove an hour to hear her play. We just assumed she was busy and that was fine. Emailing with her at first was great- she would respond right away and offer suggestions. As it got closer to the wedding, and we needed to really have a plan in place for the ceremony, it took a while to get responses from her. She was really busy with other things. This made it thought for us to really know exactly what to expect for the ceremony, but we knew she would pull it off. Lindsay had learned the songs we wanted to include, and we appreciated that. The guests said that Lindsay and Armand played beautifully before the ceremony began. When my dad and I walked down the aisle, I guess Lindsay missed the queue and could not see, so we began walking to no music, which was strange. After the ceremony, my fiancé went over to talk to her and she wasn't very friendly. She asked how we were going to pay. Then I went over and right away it was about the money. We had her payment and tip right then and there to give to her. Armand was so nice and sweet! My fiancé and I think maybe Lindsay was shy, but nevertheless, it felt as though she wasn't very warm and easy to talk to. With that said, the songs she played we're played well and we were happy. It was cool that she learned a couple songs for us, too! Read less
Services Used: Ceremony Music
Lindsay Straw: Folk Guitarist & Vocalist responded with the following comments:

Thank you for this honest feedback. I am really sorry for the missed bridal march cue. When we arrived, there was no one there to tell us where to set up, so we decided on the place up front that seemed the most logical. Unfortunately, it was also where the groomsmen lined up during the processional, and they ended up blocking our line of sight. We kept looking to the officiant to give us a nod but it was really unclear. This is something I'm going to try to make sure doesn't happen in the future, because it's such an important moment and I'm so disappointed that it didn't work out better. I would ask future brides, if you can't see us, don't start walking until you hear the music.

As for the issues of responsiveness, we were tackling a lot of the decisions with the music during the month of March, which is when I was also very busy with St. Patrick's Day events and my band's CD release. I apologize for my slow responses during that time. I'm always trying to improve my systems for dealing with emails and all the different gigs I'm juggling, and that was an unusually busy time for me.

As for the issue of requesting money, I don't expect that paying us is the first thing on anyone's mind, and if my memory serves me correctly, the reason I asked the bride after asking the groom was because he had indicated that she would know. Everybody seemed quite busy and I wanted to get it out of the way. I do also recall talking with the bride and her father afterwards about what a great setting it was and about the music, and so I'm a little disappointed that all that was remembered was me asking for money. As a result, I've been asking other clients before the wedding who I should expect payment from, and I would suggest that a groomsman or parent be given this duty so that the couple has less to worry about.

I appreciate honest feedback like this; it reminds me what I need to work on still, and how I can get better at dealing with clients. To potential brides and grooms - while these mistakes have not been my norm, I'll be extra conscious and hardworking to ensure they aren't repeated.

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