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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.

Jul 10, 2018

Is there magic in the medium? Do different recorded formats influence how we hear and absorb traditional music? Are we missing out on anything now that it’s much easier to record and FIND recordings online? Jeff Kszaiek, Kieran Jordan, Happy Traum, Steph Geremia, Kirsten Allstaff, Elizabeth Sweeney, Jacob Deck, and Natalya Kay help host Shannon Heaton explore early wax cylinder recordings, VR music sessions and YouTube videos, and the special in-between realm of the cassette tape. 

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

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Special thanks to Brian Benscoter, Mark Haynes, Chris McGlone, and 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 18
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Scotch Mary” (Reel) from The Francis O’Neill Cylinders: Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904Artist: Patsy Touhey, James Early & John McFadden 

Tune: “Scotch Mary,” from Jolie
Artist: Nightingale (accordion Jeremiah McClane, guitar Keith Murphy, fiddle Becky Tracy

Tune: “Mick Finn’s” aka “Killavil Reel,” from Session Tape at Cruise’s Pub
Artist: Siobhan Peoples (fiddle), Murt Ryan (accordion)

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

Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton, guitar

Tune: “Chief O’Neill’s Favorite” (hornpipe), from instructional book Oil for the Chain
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Monaghan Jig,” from The Francis O’Neill Cylinders: Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904
Artist: Patsy Touhey

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

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from Cover the Buckle
Artist: Kieran Jordan (feet), Sean Clohessy (fiddle), Sean McComiskey (accordion)

Tunes: “The Beauty Spot/The Ballnahoun Reel/The Cashmere Shawl,” from John Williams
Artist: John Williams (accordion) — and Dean?

Tune: “Modal Groove,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Linnane Terrace, from The Open Road
Artist: Steph Geremia

Tune: “Bobby Casey’s” from The Green Mountain
Artist: Pat O'Connor (fiddle) 

Tune: “Whistling Postman,” from Boston Session at Kitty O’Shea’s
Artist: Sean Gannon (accordion), George Keith (fiddle)

Tune:  “Whistling Postman, from Carousel
Artist: Seamus Maguire (fiddle)

Tune:  “Whistling Postman, from Last Night’s Fun
Artist: John Carty (fiddle)

Tune: “Pearl O'Shaughnessy's Barndance, from Gallowglass
Artist: Kirsten Allstaff

Tune: “Trip to Durrow,” from Shannon’s sunroom
Artist: Jacob Deck (whistle) with Shannon assist on flute

Tune: “Eanáir,” from Lúnasa
Artist: Lúnasa