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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.

Aug 13, 2019

Why learn old songs from your neighbors, when the airwaves are brimming with NEW music? And how can a rooster’s crow affect singing technique? Hear stories behind Len Graham’s life of song in this month’s Cuppa Tea chat. No matter the aperture, apertoire, or repertoire, Len’s got a story (and a song) to suit the situation.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to hatao, Chris Murphy, Justin Anderson, Lynn Hayes, BrotherHug, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 32
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: “The Wheels of the World,” from Do Me Justice
Artist: Len Graham

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

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

Song: “Fair Rosa,” and “Early in the Morning AKA When I Was Young,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

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

Song: “As I Roved Out” excerpt,  sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

Song: “As I Roved Out,” from The Heart Is True
Artist: Sarah Makem

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

Song: “Now Westlin Winds" (AKA Western Winds), sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “Little Bird 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)

Song: “The Moorlough Shore,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “The Girl that Broke My Heart,” from Celtic Mouth Music
Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Tune: “Farewell to Whiskey,” from The Star Above the Garter
Artists: Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford

Song: “Rambling Irishman,” from The Best of DeDannan
Artist: DeDannan

Song: “New York Bay,” from Max Hunter Collection #455 (c/o Missouri State University, Duane G. Meyer Library)
Artist: Bertha Lauderdale

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

Song: “The Parting Glass,” from After Dawning
Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Song: “Ye Lovers All,” from Ye Lovers All
Artist: Len Graham

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

Song: “Fox and the Hare,” from When I Was Young
Artists: Len Graham and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin

Song: “Where the Moorcocks Crow,” from The Road Taken
Artists: Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt

Song: “The Keeper of the Songs,” from live at WGBH
Artist: Robbie O’Connell

Song: “The Lowlands of Holland” [intro and outro only], sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from The Star Above the Garter
Artists: Denis Murphy

Song: “The Royal Blackbird,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Len Graham

Song: “The Parting Glass” [outro lilting], from After Dawning
Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from Cover the Buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, And Kieran Jordan

Song: “Rooster Crow,” recorded by Benjamin Nelan
used under Creative Commons license