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Welcome to Irish Music Stories, the show about traditional music... and the much bigger stories behind it: like how a band of Boston tweens ended up at the big All Ireland music competition in Sligo; or what learning Irish songs together is really about; or how a 7 year old brought a room full of immigrants from Ireland together.

Whether you already play the fiddle or you don't know anything about trad music or dance, I hope you'll join me, Shannon Heaton, as I visit pubs, kitchens, and rehearsal rooms. You'll meet thoughtful and incredibly charming people from the U.S., Ireland, and beyond. And you'll hear toe-tapping and heart-soaring melodies that seem familiar, even if you've never heard them before.

Jul 11, 2017

Irish “Backing” isn’t just about playing chords along with Irish music. Accompanists Matt Heaton, Neil Pearlman, Keith Murphy, and John Doyle talk about how it feels to accompany tunes and songs in this shorter summer episode of Irish Music Stories.

Whether you already play guitar, sing ballads, or dance...