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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.

Apr 10, 2018

What’s at the core of Irish dance music? Host Shannon Heaton talks to Eileen Ivers, Nic Gareiss, Marla Fibish, and Jimmy Keane about trad ‘feel’ and how our instruments, our bodies, our intentions, our culture, and even magical forces shape our rhythmic sense.

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

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Special thanks to Art Costa, Eoin Stan O'Sullivan, Holly Foy and John Hruschka,  Peter Bartman, and 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 15
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “John’s Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Maid Behind the Bar,” flute rhythm demo
Artist: Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Apples in Winter,” from An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas
Artist: Eileen Ivers

Song: “Only Love" from Change of Season
Artist: Daryl Hall & John Oates

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

Tune: “Paddy Canny’s Toast” from A Sweetish Tune
Artist: Noctambule (Marla Fibish, Bruce Victor)

Tune: “Meaning of Life,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist/Composer: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Man of Few Words” from Foreign Fields
Artist: This is How We Fly

Tune: “Maid Behind the Bar,” quarter-size fiddle demo
Artist: Hannon Sheaton

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

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

Tune: “Yellow Tinker,” from Cormac Begley 2017
Artist: Cormac Begley 

Tune: “Boys of Bluehill, Westport Jig,” from Live at the Acadia Trad School
Artist: Jimmy Keane

Tune: “House of Ancestors,” from Volume 1: Sound Magic
Artist: Afro Celt Sound System

Tune: “The Boy in the Boat” (reel), from Rehearsal recording from circa 2008
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton