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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.

May 9, 2017

Can you really open a pub with a tune and a dream? Siobhan and Brendan McKinney and Tommy McCarthy, owners of two of North America’s most esteemed Irish pubs, talk about what happened to them when they put the music and the welcome first.

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Special thanks to the Massachusetts Cultural Council for supporting this epiosode. And thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 04
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated


Tune: “The Boy in the Boat” (reel), from Rehearsal recording from circa 2008
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Meaning of Life Theme,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "My Love is in America "(reel), from Pajama Sessions
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Lord McDonald (reel)," from The Enduring Magic (coll. of restored original recordings from c. 1944)
Artist: Michael Coleman (fiddle), Ed Geoghegan (piano)

Tune: "Sabai Sabai," from Pajama Sessions
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt Heaton

Tune: "Jackson’s Jig," from Pajama Sessions
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Abbey Reel," from Pajama Sessions
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Ramblin’ Man Theme," from from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Meaning of Life Reprise," from from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Marty Fahey March," from Chief O’Neill’s Pub session
Artist: Brendan McKinney (flute), Siobhan McKinney (flute), John Williams (piano)

Tune: "Si Beag Si Mor," from Pajama Sessions
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar), Shannon Heaton (flute)