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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.

Nov 13, 2018

What’s the secret formula for parent-performers? With Chicago-based box player John Williams and Boston guitarist Matt Heaton share two unique approaches to keeping the music and the insight factory going strong, while still tucking in to family. (Hint: it works for non-parents, too.) Host Shannon Heaton’s conversations with these wildly inventive musicians might inspire you to hustle, to do your best, to keep learning, and to avoid drinking unsavory water.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Special thanks to Michael Wilson, Aubrey Atwater, Adrian Glover, 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 22
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: Tap Room,” from Session in the Kitchen
Artists: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

Tune: “John’s Theme” 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: “Cuckoo Waltz” from Plays Polka Hits
Artist: Frankie Yankovic

Tune: “Midnight Sojourn Waltz intro” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “McGreevy's Favorite/Hold The Reins,” from John Williams
Artist: John Williams

Song: “Ni Na La,” (AKA Nil Na La) from Solas
Artist: Solas

Tune: “After Hours Theme” 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: “Twins' Dance Party / Sylvia's & Mikey's Reels” from Raven
Artists: John Williams & Dean Magraw

Tune: “My Love is in America,” from Dearga
Artists: Matt Heaton (guitar), Shannon Heaton (flute)

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

Song: “Don’t Drink the Water (That Your Butt’s Been In)” from Toddlerbilly Riot
Artist: Matt Heaton

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

Tune: “Jackson’s Jig,” from Kitchen Session
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Shoe the Donkey,” from Kitchen Session
Artist: Matt Heaton (banjo)

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

Song: “Lover’s Lament,” from Lovers’ Well
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton with Nic Gareiss (feet)

Song: “Happy Holidays,” from Snow Day!
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Road to Garrison,” from Dearga
Artist: Matt & Shanon Heaton with George Keith (fiddle) 

Tunes: “The Big Reel Of Ballynacally/The High Hill/Flash Away The Pressing Gang,” from Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers
Artist: Solas

Tune: “Spoon Breaker Jam,” from Live from the Living Room
Artist: Nigel Heaton