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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.

Oct 9, 2018

What do Benjamin Moore paints have to do with Irish bands, modern performance practice, and gender balance? Insights from Karan Casey, Brian Ó hAirt, Laura Cortese, Nic Gareiss, Ellery Klein, and Dr. Lisa Coyne uncover different shades of inclusivity in the Irish tradition, 150 years after house paint titans Benjamin and Robert Moore emigrated from County Monaghan to Brooklyn, New York.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Special thanks to  Scott Maurer, Davy McDonald, Roberta Zukauskas, 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 21
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Leaving the Station,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Following the North Star,” from Freedom Highway
Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Tune: “Silver,” from Silver
Artist & Composer: Hanneke Cassel

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

Song: “Rambling Irishman,” from Best of DeDanaan
Artist: DeDanaan

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

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

Tune: “Petronella,” from Dance
Artist: Lissa Schneckenburger

Tune: “John’s Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Dobbin’s Flowery Vale,” from An Spealadóir
Artist: Bua

Tune: “First Date,” from Lovers’ Well
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: The Sister's Cat (jigs) from Music in the Glen
Artist: Music in the Glen (Conor Lamb, Brendan Mulholland & Deirdre Galway)

Song: “The Song of the Seal,” from Seal Maiden-Celtic Musical
Artist: Karan Casey

Tune: “Shady Spot,” from Blue Skies Above
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Dance: “Thunderstorm,” from Riverdance 
Artist & Choreographer: Michael Flatley and company

Song: “Injured Shoulder,” from Emma Beaton & Nic Gareiss
Artist: Emma Beaton & Nic Gareiss

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,”  from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

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

Song: “Never Gonna Be Alone,” from Dark Horse
Artist: Nickelback

Tune: “Mr Oconnor-The Broken Pledge,” from A Sweetish Tune
Artist: Noctambule

Song/Tune: “Mouth Music,” from Factory Girl - EP
Artist: Rhiannon Giddens

Tune: “The Chair Dance,” from An Irish Homecoming
Artist: Cherish the Ladies