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Irish Music Stories is the show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton navigates the intersection between real life and Irish music, exploring the tough side of humor, the anatomy of community, the search for meaning. These are universal stories through an Irish music lens. And you don’t have to play the fiddle or dance a jig to listen.

Irish Music Stories is the show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton navigates the intersection between real life and Irish music, exploring the tough side of humor, the anatomy of community, the search for meaning. These are universal stories through an Irish music lens. And you don’t have to play the fiddle or dance a jig to listen.
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Irish Music Stories is the show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton navigates the intersection between real life and Irish music, exploring the tough side of humor, the anatomy of community, the search for meaning. These are universal stories through an Irish music lens. And you don’t have to play the fiddle or dance a jig to listen.

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Episodes

Episode 21-Fifty Shades of Gender Equality

10/9/2018
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When Benjamin and Robert Moore emigrated from County Monaghan to Brooklyn, NY in 1872, there was no #MeToo movement. Also, there was no pre-made wall and ceiling paint. Almost 150 years later, we are still using Benjamin Moore paint. We are still upgrading our kitchens, our living rooms, and our society. We are debating standards for sexual misconduct, abuse of power, and systemic bias. And now the group FairPlé is calling for gender equality in traditional and folk music. Whether you’re...

Duration:00:56:50

Episode 20-Trad Music Summer Camp

9/11/2018
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There are traditional music and dance gatherings for every taste, temperament, and time zone. They’re easy to find on the internet. Also easy to find online: recordings, videos, discussion groups, tune learning apps, information, and community. So why bother with trad camp today? What’s the history on summer schools, and what motivates instructors and students? Whether you already play the fiddle, or you’ve never had a Stroopwaffel, these chats with Mick Moloney, Kathleen Conneely, Seamus...

Duration:00:51:50

Episode 19-Fiddle in the Windy City

8/14/2018
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Living a creative life can be confusing and unsettling. Your output, how you play and collaborate, the company you keep—it all defines you. But mostly, it’s about relationships and time, which Liz Carroll considers beautifully in this episode. Whether you already play the fiddle, or you’ve never heard of Liz Carroll, this chat about music and family will still feel like home.

Duration:00:36:50

Episode 18-Wax Cylinders to the World Wide Web

7/10/2018
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The Irish tradition has always been about learning from each other. But do different recorded formats influence how we hear and absorb the stuff? Is there magic in the medium? (And now that it’s much easier to record and FIND recordings online, are we moving away from sentimental feelings about hard copy recordings? To learn Irish music, do we still need to travel to IRL.... in IRL?) Jeff Kszaiek, Kieran Jordan, Happy Traum, Steph Geremia, Kirsten Allstaff, Elizabeth Sweeney, Jacob Deck,...

Duration:00:46:50

Episode 17-Why Willie and Mary Matter

6/12/2018
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Does it make sense to sing about Willie and Mary, when our playgrounds are filled with Ozzies and Loxleys? Do we really need to say “my love is like a red, red rose,” or can’t we use a modern metaphor and call her really hot? Laura Cortese, Cathy Jordan, Sam Amidon, Robbie O’Connell, and Karan Casey explore old ballads in a dating app era.

Duration:00:49:50

Episode 16-Pushing All the Right Buttons

5/8/2018
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It takes a village to play Irish music. And accordion player Billy McComiskey’s heart is full of pride and appreciation for his adopted village of Baltimore, Maryland. Tune in as Billy and his sons, Sean and Mikey, tell beautiful, universal stories, through an accordion lens. And hear from folklorist Maggie Holtzberg about why it’s important to “sustain, enshrine, and pass on living traditions.”

Duration:00:31:50

Episode 15-Heartbeat of Irish Music

4/10/2018
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Irish dance tunes are rhythmic creations. And musicians and dancers are rhythmic creatures. Turns out, the way we play and dance is shaped by our instruments, our bodies, our intentions, our culture, and maybe magical forces, too. Tune in as fiddle player Eileen Ivers, dancer Nic Gareiss, mandolin player Marla Fibish, and accordion player Jimmy Keane explore the heartbeat of Irish music.

Duration:00:37:50

Episode 14-Dance Hall Days

3/13/2018
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Dance Hall scenes shaped people's lives in Irish America from the mid 1940s-1960s. To help understand this colorful time in Irish American history--and to consider immigration in an Irish key--Sue Lindsay, Joanie Madden, Kevin Doyle, Helen Kisiel, and Brian O’Donovan share stories about love, livelihood, and (occasional) left hooks.

Duration:00:34:50

Episode 13-The C-Word

2/13/2018
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Non-specific? Simplistic? Academic? What’s up with the word Celtic, and what does it have to do with Irish music? This month, Shannon unpacks the meaning and mysteries of Celtic culture with Seamus Egan, Neil Pearlman, Marc Gunn, and Ellery Klein… and a few coffee drinkers at Mystic Roaster in Medford, Mass.

Duration:00:37:50

Episode 12-Season Two Preview

1/9/2018
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Season Two of Shannon Heaton’s podcast will feature more big, universal stories—stories about humor, family, commercialism, the search for meaning… all through an Irish music lens. Join the IMS 2018 tour of mid century Dance Halls. Discover the PULSE of tradition from brain to bow. Explore old ballads in a millennial world. Grab a backstage pass to Irish summer festivals. And unpack the C-Word (C-e-l-t-i-c). Irish Music Stories: it’s the show about traditional music, and the much bigger...

Duration:00:04:26

Episode 11-Return to Sligo

12/12/2017
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For 2017 Irish Music Stories conversations, Irish music has been the common thread. But it's not the only thread. Digging into stories and memories--whether they center around Irish music, chess, or ballet--uncovers real struggle and triumph. It unites us. And hopefully it gives us all a nudge to dig deep into our own activities. So we've all got something to do, something to work for, something to cheer about, something to remember. Here are thoughts from John Doyle, Rose Flanagan, and...

Duration:00:36:50

Episode 10-Cuppa Tea with Daithi Sproule

11/14/2017
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This first season of Irish Music Stories closes with this conversation with singer and guitarist Dáithí Sproule, about how he has integrated the beautiful songs he learned as a kid in the Gaeltacht with the pop music that opened his heart to harmony and arranging. Whether you already play Irish music, or you know very little about it, his thoughts on beauty, respect, and mindfulness are universal. There’s plenty of music here, too. Music and much more at IrishMusicStories.org

Duration:00:27:50

Episode 09-Want of Wit

10/10/2017
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Traditional musicians place a premium on humor and social rapport. IMS investigates the deep wellspring of Irish wit with Rory Makem, John Doyle, John Williams, Aidan Collins, Pauline Logue, Lisa Coyne, and Siobhan and Brendan McKinney. Whether you already have an arsenal of quick comebacks, or you’ve never heard Irish people slag each other, this episode digs into the story behind all the Irish music stories. There’s plenty of music here, too. Music and much more at IrishMusicStories.org

Duration:00:28:50

Episode 08-Miss McLeods Reel at 113

9/12/2017
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Irish dance is a many splendored thing, with numerous social, performative, and competitive modes. Dancers Kieran Jordan and Liam Ó Scanláin, the Glencastle Irish Dancers, and accordion player Jimmy Keane help detangle a few of the musical threads in Irish dance today. Whether you already enjoy dancing a few steps—or you don't know the difference between a jig and a reel—these conversations speak about the joy of community, and of movement with music. There’s plenty of music here, too....

Duration:00:32:50

Episode 07-The Piper

8/8/2017
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Here’s the story of Irish piping: how the chanter, drones, and regulators buzz together… and how the lure, the lore, and the love of the uilleann pipes go for The Rowsome family, Tim Britton, Tom Rota, Patrick Hutchinson, and Isaac Alderson. Whether you already know about Seamus Ennis—or you don’t know anything about Irish culture—these conversations speak about challenge, gratitude, and reverence. There’s plenty of music here, too. Music and much more at IrishMusicStories.org

Duration:00:36:50

Episode 06-The Backer

7/11/2017
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Irish “Backing” isn’t just about playing chords along with Irish music. Accompanists Matt Heaton, Neil Pearlman, Keith Murphy, and John Doyle talk about how it feels to accompany tunes and songs in this shorter summer episode of Irish Music Stories. Whether you already play guitar, sing ballads, or dance steps.. or if you don’t know anything about Irish culture… the conversations here concern deep listening, community, and flow state. There’s plenty of music here, too. Music and much more...

Duration:00:18:50

Episode 05-Handed Down

6/13/2017
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Here’s the story of how Irish music gets handed down. From a dance the night before.. to accordion tunes through the floorboards… to university classrooms… to tunes with grandpa, Heaton travels to Pearl River, NY, Galway City, and neighborhoods around Boston, to learn how a few inspired players learned THEIR music… and how this has led them to pass it on. Whether you already play tunes, sing ballads, dance sean nós steps.. or you don’t know anything about Irish culture… these beautiful...

Duration:00:41:50

Episode 04-Cuppa Tea with McKinneys and McCarthy

5/9/2017
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Two of North America’s most esteemed Irish pubs were opened by musicians. Host Shannon Heaton heads to Chicago’s Chief O’Neill’s Pub, where flute playing owners Siobhan and Brendan McKinney talk about how Irish music has guided their lives. Back in Boston, fiddle player Tommy McCarthy considers how the Burren has become a landmark Somerville establishment by putting the music and the welcome first. And Shannon’s poem “So this is Irish Music,” features readers Brian O’Donovan and John Coyne.

Duration:00:33:50

Episode 03-Every Tuesday at Nine

4/11/2017
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Here’s the story of why people all around the world head out to Irish music sessions. With visits to Chicago, Clare, Boston, and New York, I attempt to decode what these weekly gatherings mean—to the musicians and the listeners. You’ll hear from big-hearted session hosts Tina Lech, John Williams, Eoin O’Neill, and Brian Conway, and from Boston producer Brian O’Donovan, fiddle teacher Laurel Martin, and flute players Melissa Foster and Scott Boag. Whether you already play the accordion, or...

Duration:00:40:50

Episode 02-Cuppa Tea with Karan Casey

3/14/2017
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This month’s interview with Waterford singer Karan Casey offers variety from last month’s themed episode, which told the story of the Boston band’s “Trip to Sligo.” I chat with Irish singer Karan Casey about where Irish songs have been and where they’re going. Karan talks about how learning a song from someone is really about making connections. Whether you already sing Irish songs or you don't know anything about trad music or dance—this conversation speaks to anybody who’s ever made a...

Duration:00:32:51