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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.

Jan 9, 2018

What’s on tap for Season Two of Irish Music Stories? In 2018, host Shannon Heaton will explore mid century Dance Halls; old ballads in a millennial world; Irish summer schools; the HEARTBEAT of traditional music and… the C-Word. (Um, ‘Celtic’…)

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

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter 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 12
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel” (reel), from rehearsal
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Song: “Saro,” from All is Well
Artist: Sam Amidon

Tune: “Oil for the Chain” (jig), from dearga
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton