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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.

Mar 13, 2018

What did Irish Boston look like in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s? What were the days of social dance halls all about? Host Shannon Heaton talks to Sue Lindsay, Joanie Madden, Kevin Doyle, Helen Kisiel, and Brian O’Donovan about this colorful time in Irish American history… and about immigration in an Irish key.

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

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Special thanks to Michele Sims, John Mullen, Kerstin Otten, Brian Benscoter, William Dodd, Jack McCreless, 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 14
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

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

Tune: “John’s Theme,” 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: “I’m Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover,” from The Big Brass Band from Brazil (1948)
Artist: Art Mooney, vocals, with Mike Pignatore, banjo
Composer: Mort Dixon and Harry M. Woods.

Tune: “Celtic Reprise” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Song: “Thousands Are Sailing to America,” from Parallel Lines
Artist: Andy Irvine
Composer: Traditional words, music by Andy

Tune: “Abbey Reel” (reel) from Kitchen Session
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Buttons and Bows" 
Artist: Gene Autry 
Composer: Music by Jay Livingston, lyrics by Ray Evans.

Tune: "Inisheer," from Ireland’s Harvest
Artist: Joe Derrane 

Tune: Siege of Ennis
Artist: Johnny Powell Band

Tune: Ennis Encounter (Jig) 
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton
Composer: Brendan Tonra

Tune: “Rambling Man” (reel)  from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “After Hours Theme,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Kevin Keegan’s,” from Galway Afternoon
Artists: Joe and Joanie Madden 

Song: “‘Neath Her Shawl of Galway Grey"
Artist: Connie Foley, with Mickey Carton’s Orchestra

Tune: “Tom Ashe’s March, Black Haired Lass, Spike Island Lasses ” from Kitchen session
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Cape Breton Breakdown”
Artist: Jerry’s Hayshakers

Tune: "Quinn of Armagh," from Banks of the Shannon
Artist: Seamus Connolly

Tune: “Cat’s Meow,” from An Irish Homecoming
Artist: Cherish the Ladies
Composer: Joanie Madden

Tune: “Shoe the Donkey,” from Kitchen session
Artist: Matt Heaton (banjo)