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Welcome to Irish Music Stories, the show about traditional music... and the much bigger stories behind it: like how a band of Boston tweens ended up at the big All Ireland music competition in Sligo; or what learning Irish songs together is really about; or how a 7 year old brought a room full of immigrants from Ireland together.

Whether you already play the fiddle or you don't know anything about trad music or dance, I hope you'll join me, Shannon Heaton, as I visit pubs, kitchens, and rehearsal rooms. You'll meet thoughtful and incredibly charming people from the U.S., Ireland, and beyond. And you'll hear toe-tapping and heart-soaring melodies that seem familiar, even if you've never heard them before.

Apr 11, 2017

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,...