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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.

Sep 10, 2019

What do the Irish music and dance worlds think about practicing? Fiddle players Fergal Scahill, Finn Magill, and Rose Flanagan; banjo player Martin Howley; cellist Natalie Haas; flute player Nicole Rabata; and dancer Kieran Jordan share thoughts about woodshedding in the trad world.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to, George McAvoy, Michael Craine, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter. Joe Garrett, Gerry Corr, Daniel, and one anonymous donor for underwriting this episode.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 33
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tunes: “Tap Room, Mountain Road, Galway Rambler” (reels), from Rehearsal Recording, c. 2009
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

Steps: isolated foot track from “Mountain Ramblier,” from Lovers’ Well
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton with Kieran Jordan (feet)

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

Tune: “The Priest And His Boots,” from Cover the Buckle
Artist: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, And Kieran Jordan

Tune: Intro reel groove from Rehearsal Recording
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

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

Tune: “Horizons,” from Branches
Artist: Andrew Finn Magill

Tune: “Megan & Jarrod,” from Ports of Call
Artist: Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Tune: “Mini Thanks,” from Flying Pizzicato
Artist: Stephen Katz

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

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

Tune: “Bill Cheatum / Kitchen Girl / The Donegal Lass,” from Live in Galway
Artist: We Banjo 3

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

Tune: “Galway Rambler, Mountain Road,” from Live in Germany
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton with Kieran Jordan

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

Tune: “Air Tune,” from Roots of the Banjo Tree
Artist: We Banjo 3

Song: “More than a Feeling,” from Boston
Artist: Boston