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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.

Aug 8, 2017

What’s the buzz behind the uilleann pipes? Here’s the story of Irish piping: how the chanter, drones, and regulators hum together…. and how the lure, the lore, and the love of the uilleann pipes go for The Rowsome family, Tim Britton, Tom Rota, Patrick Hutchinson, and Isaac Alderson. 

There’s plenty of music here, too. Credits below.

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter and two anonymous donors 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 07
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Silver Spear,” from Kitty Lie Over
Artists: Mick O'Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Tom Billy's Butcher's March,” from Swimming Against the Falls
Artist: Joey Abarta

Tune: “Triumph Theme” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Padraig O'Keefe's 1 & 2/The Humours Of Ballydaly” from Notes from the Heart
Artists: Louise and Michelle Mulcahy

Tune: “The Praties are Dug and the Frost is All Over” from 40 Years of Piping
Artist: Seamus Ennis

Tune: “Pipe Solo - Slow Air” from Standing Barefoot at the Altar
Artist: Tim Britton with Chulrua

Tune: “McFarley’s/Mill Na Maídí” from Harvest Storm
Artist: Altan

Tune: “Jackson’s Frieze Coat” from Irish Wind Music
Artist: Bill Ochs

Tune: “Kesh Jig” from In Concert
Artist: Bothy Band

Tune: “The Old Coolun” from Take Me Tender
Artist: Jimmy O’Brien Moran

Tune: “Garret Barry’s/The Bucks of Oranmore” from In Concert
Artist: Paddy Keenan with the Bothy Band