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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.

Sep 11, 2018

There are traditional music and dance gatherings for every taste, temperament, and time zone. They’re easy to find on the internet. Also easy to find online: recordings, videos, discussion groups, tune learning apps, information, and community. So why bother with trad camp today? What’s the history on summer schools, and what motivates instructors and students?

Whether you already play the fiddle, or you’ve never had a Stroopwaffel, these chats with Mick Moloney, Kathleen Conneely, Seamus Connolly, Lissa Schneckenburger, Robbie O’Connell, Kevin Crawford, Cecilia Farran, Deirdre Cronin, Fiona Howell, and Brennish Thomson might inspire you to pack your own flashlight and tune notebook. And to find connection, creativity, and community that goes way beyond a few jigs and reels.