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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.

Feb 13, 2018

What’s up with the word ‘Celtic,’ and what does it have to do with Irish music?  Why does the C-Word sometimes come off as non-specific, simplistic, or academic? Host Shannon Heaton unpacks the meaning and mysteries of Celtic culture with Seamus Egan, Neil Pearlman, Marc Gunn, Ellery Klein, and coffee drinkers at Mystic Roaster in Medford, Mass. 

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

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter, Kevin O’Neil, Rex Edwards, and Hannah Derusha 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 13
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel” (reel), from Rehearsal
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Many Splendored Celtic Music Fantasia,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist/Composer: Ryan Beveridge

Tune: “Many Splendored Acoustic Reprise,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist/Composer: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Hugo’s Big Reel,” from The Turning Tide
Artist: Solas

Song: “Weep Not for the Memories,” from Brothers McMullen Soundtrack
Artist: Sarah McLaughlin
Composer: Seamus Egan

Tune: “Hector the Hero Medley,” from 2015 Worlds Competition
Artist: Inveray District Pipe Band

Tunes: “Jig Runrig, The Ramnee Ceilidh,” from Highlander’s Farewell
Artists: Alasdair Fraser, Natalie Haas

Song: “Jedi Drinking Song Prequel,” from Sci Fi Drinking Songs
Artist/Composer: Marc Gunn

Tune: “Fingerstyle Fantasia,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist/Composer: Matt Heaton

Song: “The Call,” from The Greatest Journey – Essential Collection
Artist: Celtic Woman
Composer: David Downes

Song: “A Place in the Choir,” from The Very Best of Celtic Thunder
Artist: Celtic Thunder

Song: “Johnny Tarr,” from Special Reserve
Artist/Composer: Gaelic Storm

Song: “Kiss Me I’m Irish,” from Bring Yer Wellies
Artist/Composer: Gaelic Storm

Tune: “Marie’s Cabin, Rachel on her Feet,” from Salt & Pepper
Artist/Composer: Ellery Klein