One Small Voice
At her performances, Iris Ann Hirsch makes her audience feel, 'at home' with her rich alto/tenor voice as she weaves stories filled with love, humor, and family; of times both present and past. Accompanying herself on the guitar, Iris's repertoire ranges from her own original songs to traditional and contemporary folk music, to country to 50's and 60's 'golden oldies', and to pop. She offers a little something for everyone. Audiences come to hear her to laugh, remember, cry, and participate in her music. Iris has been performing in the Washington D.C./Baltimore area as a solo artist and as half of the duo Partners in Song for over 20 years, half of another duo called The Baby Boomers performing songs from the 50's, 60's and 70's for 2 years as well as in an duo with Joe Spatarella performing original and cover folk rock. She has opened for well-known singer/songwriters David Wilcox and Dave Nachmanoff has performed at numerous venues in the Washington/Baltimore area includes such venues as: The National Theater -- Ireland's Four Provinces --Northern Virginia Folk Festival -- Leaf Through Book Store --Takoma Park Street Festival -- 333 Coffeehouse--Otterbein Coffeehouse - Red Door Coffeehouse--Washington Folk Festival -- The New Deal Café--Coffeehouse at Good Counsel -- Something Special Coffee Shop-Laurel Main Street Festival and the Pour House. Iris is a member of the Baltimore Songwriters' Association and the Songwriters' Association of Washington.. She has participated in ASCAP Workshops on Capitol Hill and has studied songwriting with well-known folk artists Tom Paxton, Kristina Olsen, Charlie King, Steve Gillette, Fred Koller, and Pete Seeger. She has taught songwriting at Catonsville Community College. She has written songs for The Baltimore Children's Zoo, The Children's Cancer Foundation, The Hexagon Revue, and The National Audubon Society. Her song 'Yes She Can' is sung by Girl Scouts and their families all over the world and has been published in songbooks and workbooks through the United States and Canada. Her song, 'In Search Of' is on the Baltimore Songwriters' Association's second compilation CD and her music has been heard on WETA's Traditions program and WTMD's Detour program.