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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.

Jun 12, 2018

Why do old ballads endure? Does it make sense to sing about Willie and Mary, when our playgrounds are filled with Ozzies and Loxleys? Do we really need to say “my love is like a red, red rose,” or can’t we use a modern metaphor and call her really hot? Laura Cortese, Cathy Jordan, Sam Amidon, Robbie O’Connell, and Karan Casey help host Shannon Heaton explore old ballads in a dating app era.

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

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter, Pat Wilcox, Mike Schock, Billie Neal for supporting this episode. And thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 17
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: “Lovely Annie,” from Tell You in Earnest
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Song: “Shanagolden,” from The Thrush in the Storm
Artist: Dervish (Cathy Jordan singing)

Song: “Sabai Sabai”
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Low Hum,” from California Calling
Artist: Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards

Song: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Banks of Red Roses,” from Happy Daze
Artist: Karine Polwart with the Battlefield Band  

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

Song: “Jersey City,” from Nic Gareiss & Emma Beaton
Artists: Nic Gareiss & Emma Beaton

Song: “Lily-O” from Lily-O
Artist: Sam

Tunes: “Jackie Coleman’s Reel” from Music at Matt Molloy’s
Artists: Matt Molloy and co.

Song: Streets of Derry” from Bright Sunny South
Artist: Sam Amidon

Song: “Pretty Fair Damsel” from I See the Sign
Artist: Sam Amidon

Song: “The Green Gowned Lass,” from Thrush in the Storm
Artist: Dervish

Song: “Érin Grá Mo Chroí,” from Midsummer’s Night
Artist: Dervish

Tune: “The Rolling Wave,” from Thrush in the Storm
Artist: Dervish

Tune: “Celtic Grooves,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Once There Was a Little Girl” from Children’s Songs and Stories 
Artist: Ed McCurdy 

Song: “The Keeper of the Songs,”  Live at WGBH
Artist: Robbie O’Connell 

Song: “The Winning Side,” from The Rights of Man: The Concert for Joseph Doherty
Artists: Robbie O’Connell, Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane  

Song: “Siúil Arun” AKA Johnny’s Gone for Soldier, from Solas
Artists: Solas

Tune: “Slip Jig Dreams,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Song: “Ae Fond Kiss,” from Ships in the Forest
Artist: Karan Casey

Song: “Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It),” from I Am…. Sasha Fierce
Artist: Beyoncé