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Welcome to Irish Music Stories, the show about traditional music and the much bigger stories behind it. IMS is about everything--through an Irish music lens.

Whether you already play the fiddle or you know nothing about trad music or dance, I hope you'll join me, Shannon Heaton, as I learn how a band of Boston tweens ended up at a big music competition in Sligo, and what it meant to their families... and as I dig into the darker, sweeter side of Irish humor... and as I explore what learning Irish songs together is really all about.

Meet thoughtful and incredibly charming people in pubs, kitchens, and backstages throughout the U.S., Ireland, and beyond, underscored with toe-tapping and heart-soaring melodies that seem familiar, even if you've never heard them before.

Mar 14, 2017

 What’s it like to have a head full of songs? Waterford singer Karan Casey talks about Irish songs, and how learning a song from someone is really about making connections. This conversation urged host Shannon Heaton to listen–and sing–just a little more. There’s also a poem from Louis De Paor, and plenty of music (full playlist below).

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Special thanks to Karan for the great chat. Thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music and Poetry Heard on IMS Episode 02
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: "Sailing Off to the Yankee Land," from Exiles Return
Artist: Karan Casey (voice), John Doyle (guitar)

Song: guitar interlude to the Nightingale
Artist: John Doyle (guitar)

Song: "The Wounded Hussar," from My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte
Artist: Frank Harte

Song: "How High the Moon," from The Legendary Decca Recordings
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Composer: Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis

Song: "Peigin Lettermore," from Celtic Roots
Artist: Kids arranged by Donal Lunny & Mike McGoldrick

Song: singing classical excerpt
Artist: Karan Casey’s students

Song: "Song of the Seal," from Seal Maiden-Celtic Musical
Artist: Karan Casey

Song: "King’s Shilling," from live in our interview room
Artist: Karan Casey
Composer: Ian Sinclair

Song: "A Stor Mo Chroi," from live in our interview room
Artist: Karan Casey

Poem: "Didjeridu," recited during interview
Performer & Poet: Louis de Paor

Tunes: "First House in Connaught Reel Set," from Hangin’ at the Crossroads
Artist: Ceili Bandits (Yvonne Casey, fiddle; Eoin O’Neill, bouzouki; Quentin Cooper, dijeridoo)