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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.

Dec 10, 2019

Where do the tunes come from? When does inspiration hit? Shannon learns that it's all about timing, in this short story about a jig by accordion player Billy McComiskey.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to Chris Murphy, Naka Ishii, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, Gerry Corr, and one anonymous donor for underwriting this episode.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 36
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Kitchen Session
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

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

Tune: "The Priest and his Boots," from Cover the Buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, Kieran Jordan

Tune: "D Chimes," from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: "Poor Timing," from Kitchen Session
Artists: Billy, Sean, and Mikey Mccomiskey