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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.

Apr 11, 2017

Why do people all around the world head out to Irish music sessions. Big-hearted session hosts Tina Lech, John Williams, Eoin O’Neill, and Brian Conway help host Shannon Heaton decode what their weekly gatherings in Boston, Chicago, Clare, and New York mean to them—and to all the regulars. Boston producer Brian O’Donovan, fiddle teacher Laurel Martin, and flute players Melissa Foster and Scott Boag also weigh in.

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Special thanks to this month’s supporters: Patrick O’Leary, Art Costa, Paul Willson, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council. Thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 03
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: "The Tap Room & Galway Rambler" (reels), from rehearsal recording
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: "Sunday Bloody Sunday," from War
Artist & Composer: U2 

Song: "I’m Shipping up to Boston," from Warrior’s Code
Artist: Dropkick Murphys 
Composer: orig. lyrics by Woody Guthrie

Song: "Whiskey in the Jar," recorded on three different Dubliners albums
Artist: Dubliners 

Song: "Orinoco Flow" (Sail Away), from Watermark
Artist & Composer: Enya aka Eithne Pádraigín Ní Bhraonáin 

Tune: "Jim Donohue’s & Maud Millar," from Session at the Druid
Artists: George Keith (fiddle), Tina Lech (fiddle), Shannon Heaton (flute)

Tune: "Blackhaired Lass," from Session at the Druid
Artists: George Keith (fiddle), Adam Cole Mullen (fiddle), Shannon Heaton (flute)

Tune: "Hometown Lullaby," from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Rainy Day," from Session at the Druid
Artists: Kathleen Conneely (whistle), Declan Foley (fiddle), Mikey McComiskey

Tune: "Out on the Ocean," from Session at Celtic Knot
Artists: John Williams (accordion) et al

Tune: "John’s Theme," from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Bucks of Oranmore," from Session at Celtic Knot
Artists: John Williams (accordion) et al

Tune: "It Goes As Follies & Eddie Duffy’s," from The Blue Dress
Artist: Shannon Heaton

Tune: "After Hours Theme," from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Fasten the Leg on Her & Wandering Minstrel," from Session at Dunne’s
Artist: Brian Conway (fiddle)

Tunes: "Rakes Of Clonmel, The Kiltimagh Jig, Ned Coleman's Jig," from Steam
Artist: John Williams