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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.

Mar 12, 2019

What happens when old traditional music and dance move onto modern concert stages? Do Celtic traditions get a big boost? Do they lose anything on the road to the performing arts center? Journey with host Shannon Heaton as she speaks with Jean-Michel Veillon, Matthew Olwell, Steph Geremia, Kevin Crawford, Herschel Freeman, Eileen Ivers, Mick Moloney, Brian O’Donovan, and Rory Makem about how ‘trad’ continues to change, dissolve, evolve, and inspire.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Special thanks to Thomas Madden, Andy Kruspe, Danny Horton, Chris Murphy, Kathleen Biggins, Ted Coyle in honor of Lynn Cox, Gerry Corr, Brian Benscoter, and Joe Garrett for supporting this episode. 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 26
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “My Love is in America,” from dearga
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Dans Loudieg,” from Première
Artist: Kornog

 Tune: “Celtic Grooves,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Grupai Memories” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Ton DÈrobÈe,” from Première
Artist: Jean-Michel Veillon with Kornog

Tune: “D Big Build,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Scottish (Live),” from Live au Cornouaille
Artist: Bagad Kemper

Song: “Tri Martolod (Live),” from Alan Stivell
Artist: Alan Stivell

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

Tune: “G Meditation,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Flute Duet,” from Christmas Celtic Sojourn, 2007
Artist: Louise Mulcahey and Shannon Heaton

Tune: “The Cameronian,” from fiddler comp
Artist: Michael Coleman

Song: “Mountain Dew,” from Irish Drinking Songs
Artist: The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

Tune: “Dark Low Jig,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Linnane Terrace,” from The Open Road
Artist: Steph Geremia

Tune: “Eanáir,” from Lúnasa
Artist: Lúnasa

Tune: “Dans An Dro,” from Première
Artist: Jamie McMenemy & Soïg Siberil with Kornog

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

Tune: “Riverdance Medley,” from Eurovision Song Contest
Artist: Katie McMahon with Anúna, with musicians who are mostly unattributed online (would have been Bill Whelan on keyboard with, probably, fiddler Máire Breathnach, sax player Kenneth Edge, and others)
Composers: Michael McGlynn, Bill Whelan

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

Tune: “Apples in Winter,” from An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas
Artist: Eileen Ivers

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

Tune: “Trip to Birmingham,” from Cybertrad
Artist: Matthew Olwell

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Song: “Jesuitmont,” from Première
Artist: Kornog

Song: “Anarchy In the UK/Silver Spear Mash up,” adapted from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
Artist: SP + SH