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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.

Jun 13, 2017

How does Irish music get handed down? Host Shannon Heaton travels to New York, County Galway, and Boston to talk with musicians about how they learned their music, and how this has led them to pass it on. Hear stories about from Rose Flanagan, Margie Mulvahill, Patty Furlong, Séan Clohessy, Seamus Connolly, and Josie and her dad John Coyne.

The stories here go way beyond jigs and reels. And there’s plenty of music, too. Playlists below.

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

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 05
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: "The Tap Room, Mountain Road, Galway Rambler" (reels), from Rehearsal recording
Artists: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Travel Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

Tune: “Broken Clock,” from A Sweeter Place
Artist: Girsa, feat. Maeve Flanagan (fiddle)
Composer: Maeve Flanagan

Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Tom Ashe’s March,” from Rehearsal recording
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Seán Sa Cheo,” from one of the 78 rpm recordings made for Regal Zonophone 
Artist: Neilidh Boyle (fiddle)

Tune: “Triumph Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Katie’s Fancy” (jig), live in Rose’s Kitchen
Artist: Rose Flanagan (fiddle), Patty Furlong (accordion), Margie Mulvahill (flute)