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Welcome to Irish Music Stories! This is the LIBSYN Landing page for Irish Music Stories.

Irish Music Stories is 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 14, 2017

 What’s it like to have a head full of songs? Waterford singer Karan Casey talks about Irish songs, and how learning a song from someone is really about making connections. This conversation urged host Shannon Heaton to listen–and sing–just a little more. There’s also a poem from Louis De Paor, and plenty of music (full playlist below).

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Special thanks to Karan for the great chat. Thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music and Poetry Heard on IMS Episode 02
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: "Sailing Off to the Yankee Land," from Exiles Return
Artist: Karan Casey (voice), John Doyle (guitar)

Song: guitar interlude to the Nightingale
Artist: John Doyle (guitar)

Song: "The Wounded Hussar," from My Name is Napoleon Bonaparte
Artist: Frank Harte

Song: "How High the Moon," from The Legendary Decca Recordings
Artist: Ella Fitzgerald
Composer: Nancy Hamilton & Morgan Lewis

Song: "Peigin Lettermore," from Celtic Roots
Artist: Kids arranged by Donal Lunny & Mike McGoldrick

Song: singing classical excerpt
Artist: Karan Casey’s students

Song: "Song of the Seal," from Seal Maiden-Celtic Musical
Artist: Karan Casey

Song: "King’s Shilling," from live in our interview room
Artist: Karan Casey
Composer: Ian Sinclair

Song: "A Stor Mo Chroi," from live in our interview room
Artist: Karan Casey

Poem: "Didjeridu," recited during interview
Performer & Poet: Louis de Paor

Tunes: "First House in Connaught Reel Set," from Hangin’ at the Crossroads
Artist: Ceili Bandits (Yvonne Casey, fiddle; Eoin O’Neill, bouzouki; Quentin Cooper, dijeridoo)