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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

What’s the story with traditional music and dance camps? And with Irish, Scottish and New England fiddling gatherings in every time zones, who heads to these annual events? Host Shannon Heaton talks with Mick Moloney, Kathleen Conneely, Seamus Connolly, Lissa Schneckenburger, Robbie O’Connell, Kevin Crawford, Cecilia Farran, Deirdre Cronin, Fiona Howell, and Brennish Thomson about what motivates instructors and students. Whether you already play or dance trad (or you’ve never had a Stroopwaffel) these stories might inspire you to pack your own flashlight and tune notebook in search of connection, creativity, and community.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Special thanks to John MacDonald, John Kerr, Sharon Murphy, Paul DeCamp, Billie Neal, 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 20
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune:"Pound the Floor," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune:"Hometown Lullaby," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "The Collier's Reel," from Classics of Irish Piping
Artist: Leo Rowsome

Track: "Halloween_Street02," from FreeSound
Artist: Pooleside, licensed under the Attribution License

Tune: "Kitty in the Lane," from Beginish
Artist: Paul O'Shaughnessy

Tune: "The Blackbird and the Hen, from Uncommon Bonds
Artist: Mick Moloney

Tune: "Abbey Reel," from Kitchen Session
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Reel Beatrice/The Abbey Reel," from Liz Carroll
Artist: Liz Carroll & Dá¡thí­ Sproule

Tune: "Heartstrings Theme," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "A Week Before Easter," from Recollections Vol 1
Artist: Robbie O'Connell

Tune: "Meaning of Life," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Free the Heel," from Rehearsal
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: "Megan & Jarrod," from Ports of Call
Artist: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Tune: "John's Theme," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Eugenia's Waltz," from Dance
Artist: Lissa Schneckenburger

Tune: Session Reel
Artist: Baltimore musicians, including Sean McComiskey, Josh Dukes, Laura Byrne (playing the part of Red Sox bleachers musicians)

Tune: "Mountain Lark," from Carrying the Tune
Artist: Kevin Crawford 

Tune: "Dermot Grogan's" from The Coming of Spring
Artist: Kathleen Conneely

Tune: "Slip Jig Dreams," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "Larry Get Out of the Bin / Elzic's Farewell," from Rubai
Artist: Flook