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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.

Sep 12, 2017

How does Irish dance connect with traditional music today? And what’s up with all the different types of social, performative, and competitive trad dance? Kieran Jordan, Liam Ó Scanláin, the Glencastle Irish Dancers, and Jimmy Keane help host Shannon Heaton detangle a few musical threads in Irish dance today.

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

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Special thanks to Seán McGinnis, John Kerr, Brian Benscoter, Davy McDonald, 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 08
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tunes: “Mount Phoebus Hunt and The Hunted,” from Cover the buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, and Kieran Jordan

Tune: “Tracing the Lines,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “The Three Sea Captains,” from Cover the buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, and Kieran Jordan

Tune: “Pound the Floor,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tunes: “Reagan’s, Shepherd's Daughter, Rolling In The Hay, Colonel Rodney,” from bohola
Artists: Jimmy Keane, Sean Cleland, Pat Broaders 

Tune: “The Sand Hunter,” composed by Maeve Gilchrist from Celtic Colours Live, Vol. 2 (2013)
Artists: Nic Gareiss, Maeve Gilchrist

Tune: “Munster Buttermilk,” from Solo Fiddle
Artist: Sam Amidon

Tune: “Miltown Girls,” from Solo Fiddle
Artist: Sam Amidon

Tune: “Breath, Body, Movement,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: "The Priest And His Boots," from Cover the buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, and Kieran Jordan

Tunes: “Anlon McKinney, Mind the Dresser,” composed by Liz Carroll from Christmas Celtic Sojourn Live 2010
Artists: Nic Gareiss, Liz Carroll