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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.

Dec 12, 2017

Why listen to Irish Music Stories?  The common thread of this month’s stories is, of course, Irish music. But it’s not the only thread. Digging into stories—whether they center around Irish music, chess, or ballet—uncovers real struggle and triumph. And it gives us all something to cheer about, something to remember.

Here are memorable stories from Season One and a gentle remix of “Trip to Sligo,” the story of Cormac Gaj and his Irish music journey.

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter, Isobel McMahon, Peter Bartman, and Brandon Kennedy for supporting this episode. And thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music and Poetry Heard on Episode 11-Return to Sligo
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “The Tap Room” (reel), from rehearsal
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

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

Tune: “Grupai Ceoil Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Closing Tune: “Black Rogue” (jig), from rehearsal
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

PLUS this ADDITIONAL MUSIC HEARD in original broadcast of Episode 01:

Tune: “I’m Waiting for You” and “The Magpie’s Nest” (reels), from The Banks of the Shannon
Artist: Seamus Connolly (fiddle), Charlie Lennon (piano)

Tune: “The Imperial Set” (first tune is “Follow Me Down to Milltown”), from Live in Lisdoonvarna
Artist: Kilfenora Céilí Band

Tune: “Jennifer Molloy’s” (Jig), from From Tulla to Boston: Live at the Burren
Artist: Mary MacNamara (from the Trad Youth Exchange)

Tune: “Joe Cooley’s Reel,” from From Tulla to Boston: Live at the Burren
Artist: Tulóg and Realta Gaela (from the Trad Youth Exchange)

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

Tune: “High Part of the Road” (Jig), 1976 field recording made by Liz Carroll
Artist: Bridge Céilí Band