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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.

Jan 8, 2019

What was the earliest Irish music live streaming event? Billy McComiskey revisits the night TWO accordion giants gave a concert in the Catskills while a landlord in NYC tuned in; and Rose Flanagan remembers how her dad and his buddy learned tunes on their bikes, for this short between-season installment.

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Special thanks to Rolf Wagels, Gregor Brinkschulte, Robert Levelle, Sharon Murphy, Brian Benscoter, Billie Neal, and Joe Garrett 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 24
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: “After Hours Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Behind The Bush In Parkhanna,” (fling) from Swimming Against The Falls
Artist: Joey Abarta

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

Tune: “Humours of Tulla” (AKA first tune from “The Cooley Set”), from Crossroads
Arists: Mairtin O'Connor, Seamie O'Dowd & Cathal Hayden

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

Tune: “Reavy’s,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artists: Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O'Ruanaigh