IMG_3796-700pxThe purpose of this page (initially, at least) is to host a collection of my tunes (that’s right, ones I’ve composed), video from performances with various bands, and videos that people have come to expect I’ll will keep on this website.

Here’s something someone once said about me…

Multi-instrumentalist Graham Lindsey was bitten by the Celtic-music bug in the mid-2000s and has yet to recover. A percussionist since he was old enough to hit things, Graham took up wind instruments at age seven and then piano (which he promptly forgot), and percussion in school—a lifelong passion that continues to burn brightly.

Today, Graham is a talented and sought-after accompanist who performs in a number of Celtic groups and local concert bands. He regularly plays traditional sessions across the country and plays in a number of Celtic, folk and roots bands. In his spare time, Graham is on the board of the Canadian Folk Music Awards and is involved in this country’s wider folk-music community. Sharing music, though, remains his greatest joy—as evidenced by the “idiot’s grin” he often sports while playing.


  • Don Kavanagh’s Latest

    Recorded 15 Mar 2016
    Written by Graham Lindsey

    Here’s a hornpipe written in the week leading up to St. Paddy’s Day – I named it after Don Kavanagh, Ottawa’s king of the hornpipe (always at the correct tempo, of course), an exceptional harmonica player, and the kindest person you’ll meet.

    As I was finishing the tune, I saw a picture on Facebook that NL musician Jean Hewson posted for her friend Frank Maher’s birthday – a picture of Frank and Don. It was around that time that I tried changing the rhythm to make the tune a hornpipe, and that’s where it was meant to be – and another reason the name fit.

    Download Don Kavanagh’s Latest (PDF)

  • There Were Mountains

    Recorded 15 Nov 2015 with David Morrissey
    Written by Graham Lindsey

    I was in Calgary after the 2015 Canadian Folk Music Awards (held in Edmonton this year), and decided to take a trip to Canmore to see the mountains. Unfortunately it was very cloudy, so I didn’t really see anything – so I sat in my rental car and wrote this tune.

    Download There Were Mountains (PDF)

  • Stephen Harper’s Jig

    I wrote a tune for Stephen Harper! (No, it’s most definitely not a commission.) It’s a lively “jig”, in 5/8 with a couple of bars of 6/8, but usually not where you’ll hear it.

    Newfoundland players would call “Stephen Harper’s Jig” a crooked tune.

    As I said to a friend, adding a beat or two to throw a little bump in would make a mildly crooked tune, but I went for “the full Harper”.

    Download Stephen Harper’s Jig (PDF)

  • From Away

    Recorded 21 Aug 2015 with Shane Cook
    Written by Graham Lindsey

    Written for a friend living on the East Coast – from away.

    Download From Away (PDF)

  • Ellen’s Jig

    Recorded 11 Feb 2015 with Ellen Gibling
    Written by Graham Lindsey

    This one proves that all you need to do to have a tune named for you is to compliment the guy who wrote it! It’s a nice little jig that people have seemed to latch onto.

    Harp accompaniment by Ellen Gibling, a harpist working in Halifax.

    Download Ellen’s Jig (PDF)

  • Grit’s Jig

    Recorded 11 Feb 2015 with Ellen Gibling
    Written by Graham Lindsey

    This is the first tune of mine that I’d played in public – now named for Grit Laskin, maker of fine stringed instruments, and without which I wouldn’t have written any tunes at all. Thanks, Grit!

    Harp accompaniment by Ellen Gibling, a harpist working in Halifax.

    Download Grit’s Jig (PDF)

  • Valentine’s Waltz

    “A quiet waltz for two”
    Written on Valentine’s Day 2015 by Graham Lindsey

  • The Sarah Burnell Band – Trip To Pakistan

    Trip To Pakistan, played here by The Sarah Burnell Band, was the single most cited YouTube video that I’ve been in – I’m not sure that qualifies it as having gone viral, but it’s popular! The tune “Trip to Pakistan” was written by Niall Kenny.

  • Sarah Burnell Band – L’alouette et le pinson

    From The Sarah Burnell Band’s CD launch tour, this is L’alouette et le pinson. Audio and video recorded at the Almonte Old Town Hall by Kevin Friel, video edited by Graham Lindsey.

  • Sarah Burnell Band – The Newfoundland Polkas

    This is The Sarah Burnell Band with a 2007 recording of The Newfoundland Polkas. Check out for more information.