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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.

Jan 14, 2020

What do you do when language just can’t capture how hilarious—and important—an encounter in Ennis, County Clare was? Write a tune about it. That’s what Brendan Tonra did. Pianist Helen Kisiel recounted one of those tune memories in this month’s off season installment. 

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to James Supplee, Brian Murchison, Michael Todd, Robert Levelle, Mike O'Malley, Parker Abercrombie, Rayburn Vrabel, Mark Haynes, Susan Walsh and Peter Kasin, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode. And this season of podcast production, as I line up another year of episodes!

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 37
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “The Phoenix,” from January EP
Artist: The Assembly (FKA Popcorn Behavior)

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

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

Tune: “Ennis Encounter [impressions],” from Parlor Session 
Artist: Helen Kisiel & Shannon Heaton
Composer: Brendan Tonra

Tune: “Ennis Encounter,” from Kitchen Session 
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Boston Sligo Reel”
Artist: Brendan Tonra & Helen Kisiel
Composer: Brendan Tonra

Tune: ”When the Saints Go Marching In,” from Field in Autrans, France
Artist: The New Hot 5