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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.

Oct 10, 2017

Why do traditional musicians place a premium on humor and social rapport? Rory Makem, John Doyle, John Williams, Aidan Collins, Pauline Logue, Lisa Coyne, and Siobhan and Brendan McKinney help Shannon investigate the deep wellspring of Irish wit. Whether you already have an arsenal of quick comebacks, or you’ve never heard Irish people slag each other, this episode digs behind the banter.

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

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Special thanks to Matt Barlow, Brian Benscoter, and Mark Johnson 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 09
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tunes: “Tap Room, Mountain Road, Galway Rambler” (reels), from Rehearsal Recording, c. 2009
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Ramblin’ Man” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “John’s Theme” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

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

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song/Tune: “Dawn Song and The Killavil” from Rehearsal recording
Artists: Dan Gurney, Shannon Heaton, Matt Heaton

Tune: “Abbey Reel: from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

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

Song: “The Hawk And The Crow,” from The Light And The Half-Light, 2004
Artists: Sean Doyle with John Doyle

Song/Tune: “Mountain Dew,” from Irish Drinking Songs
Artists: The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

Song: “Parting Glass,” from Live Farewell Concert at EnVie, Boulder, CO, 2001
Artists: Siucra featuring Beth Leachman Gadbaw