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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.

May 8, 2018

What exactly IS folklore… and tradition (in 2018)? Host Shannon Heaton talks with accordion players Billy, Sean and Mikey McComiskey and folklorist Maggie Holtzberg about stories that transcend the bellows of the button box. Learn why it’s important to “sustain, enshrine, and pass on living traditions.”

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

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Special thanks to Susan Walsh, Chris Stuart, Brian Benscoter, Randall Semagin and Sebastian Winterflood 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 16
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel” (reel), from Rehearsal, circa 2013
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “St. Patrick’s Day,” from Cover the Buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, Josh Dukes, Matt Mulqueen, Kieran Jordan

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Pound the Floor ,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “The Blackthorn” from Joe Cooley
Artist: Joe Cooley

Tune: “The Diamond,” from Out of the Box
Artist: Billy McComiskey

Tune: HORNPIPE from Live at Millennium Stage
Artist: Billy, Sean, Mikey, Pat McComiskey

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

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

Tune: Silver Spear, from Kitchen Session
Artist: Sean McComiskey, Cleek Schrey

Tune: Ratholdran Castle, from Trian II
Artist: Billy McComiskey, Liz Carroll, Daithi Sproule

Tune: “When the Cock Crows it is Morn” from Live at Millennium Stage
Artist: Sean McComiskey, Josh Dukes