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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.

Dec 11, 2018

What’s a sure-fire way to make your season bright? Check out this PLAYLIST and collection of mini-stories from Laurel Martin, Kevin Crawford, Daithi Sproule, Maeve Gilchrist & Nic Gareiss, Trad Youth Exchange, Liz Carroll, The Makem and Spain Brothers, and Cherish the Ladies. 

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Special thanks to Susan Bippus, Joseph Garrett, Lynn Cox, 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 23
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Session in the Kitchen
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

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

Tunes: “The Newtown Bridge, The Thrush in the Bush,” (Jigs) from Larks & Thrushes
Artist: Laurel Martin (fiddle)

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

Tunes: “Tommy Peoples’, The Long Drop, Callaghan’s,” (Reels) from In Good Company
Artists: Kevin Crawford (flute), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Jim Higgins (bodhran)

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

Song: “Golden Slumbers,” from Overland
Artists: Daithi Sproule (voice, guitar), Randal Bays (fiddle)

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

Song: “The Sand Hunter,” from Celtic Colours LIVE Vol. 2
Artists: Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Nic Gareiss (feet)

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

Tunes: “Sean Bui, Tatter Jack Walsh” (Jigs) from From Tulla To Boston: Live At The Burren
Artist: Trad Youth Exchange

Tunes: “Barbra Streisand's Trip to Saginaw, Michael Connell’s,” (Reels) from On the Offbeat
Artists: Liz Carroll (fiddle), Sean Óg Graham (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (bass)

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

Song: “Ha’penny Bridge,” from Home Away from Home (Live from the Mother Lode Theatre In Butte, MT)
Artists: The Makem and Spain Brothers

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

Tunes: “Old Maids Of Galway, Flooded Road to Glentease, Sunny Banks, Free and Easy,”  (Reels) from An Irish Homecoming
Artists: Cherish the Ladies

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

Tune: “Lucky Dozen, the Skylark,” (Mazurka & Reel) from Blue Skies Above
Artist: Shannon Heaton (whistle), Matt Heaton (guitar), Paddy League (drums)