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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.

Nov 14, 2017

What does the Irish language have to do with the Beatles? If it hadn’t been for an unlikely stew of songs of pop music and songs learned in the Gaeltacht, singer and guitarist Dáithí Sproule might never have opened his heart to harmony and arranging. Host Shannon Heaton’s conversation with Dáithí details a beautiful integration of Irish and Beatles songs, with a mandate of beauty, respect, and mindfulness.

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

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter, David Laveille, Parker Abercrombie, and Brad Anderson 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 10
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Cup of Tea” (reel), from Rehearsal Recording, 2017
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: "Beidh Aonach Amárach," from Best of Altan
Artist: Altan featuring Mairéadh Ni Mhaonaigh

Air: “Johnny Seoighe,” (instrumental version of the song), from the Crow in the Sun, 2008
Artist: Dáithí Sproule

Song: "Blackbird," Lon-dubh download
Artist: Julie Fowlis

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

Song: “Johnny Seoige,” from Trian, 1992
Artist: Trian featuring Daithi Sproule, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey 

Tunes: “Dark Haired Lass, Biddy from Muckross” (reels), from Blackwater, 1996
Artist: Altan

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

Song: “Grapefruit Moon,” from Overland, 2004
Artist: Randal Bays & Daithi Sproule
Composer: Tom Waits

Song: “My Dearest Dear,” from Trian, 1992
Artist: Trian featuring Daithi Sproule, Liz Carroll, Billy McComiskey 

Tunes: The Stage; the Western,” from Traditional Music of Ireland, 1995
Artist: James Kelly, Paddy O'Brien & Daithi Sproule