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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.

Feb 14, 2017

This inaugural episode tells the tale of Cormac Gaj and the band he formed with fellow Boston tweens. I learn about their amazing journey to the All Ireland music competition in Sligo; and I dig into what it meant to Cormac… and to all the parents, teachers, and peers who were in on the qualifying round in New Jersey, and the big Fleadh (contest) in Ireland.

Whether you already play the fiddle or you don't know anything about trad music or dance, you'll join me, Shannon Heaton as I visit Boston and Dublin Comhaltas branches (Irish music schools); Mary MacNamara's kitchen in Tulla, where she teaches music and organizes Irish music exchanges; and Cormac's living room where he tells his big story. Great stories here from Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, too.

There's plenty of music here, too. Music and poetry credits for all episodes at IrishMusicStories.org


Brad Anderson
three and a half months ago

Bravo. Nicely done. The sound quality was great. Your podcast felt like a conversation with friends, full of good stories, and good music.