The show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton talks to musicians, dancers, and scholars about where Irish music has been, where it's going, and what it means to so many people around the globe. Whether you already play fiddle or know dance steps, or you don't know anything about traditional music, the emphasis of this show is creativity, community, and heritage.
Framing the Stories
How much power does a backdrop have? As the Irish Music Stories production team works to assemble episodes and bonus materials, Shannon explores the wooded hills of Medford, Massachusetts to find visual and organizational surrounds that look and feel like time-worn jigs, and ballads, and nights of music and dance.
The Naming of Birds
After a horrific week of social unrest in the U.S., and as Irish Music Stories begins a major overhaul, host Shannon Heaton offers a meditation on how cataloging and organizing can soothe the soul.
Between the Tunes
What’s up with stage banter? And why all the joking around between tunes in a session? Host Shannon Heaton explores the on- and offstage chat that surrounds traditional music with Máirtín de Cógáin, Paddy League, Joanie Madden, Rus Bradburd, Liz Carroll, and Jean-Michel Veillon.
The Myth of Tragedy
How do composers conjure melodies in traditional Irish and Scottish styles? Where do the tunes come from, and what do they carry? Composers Liz Carroll, Dáithí Sproule, and Katie McNally discuss creativity, resilience, and the myths behind the music.
Ancient Tongues, Modern Times
Learning just a few words in Gaelic is mannerly when visiting Ireland and Scotland. And it can be a way IN to cultural values and humor. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Séamus Ó Flatharta, Ciarán Bolger, Michael Coult, Julie Fowlis, Mary Jane Lamond, and Brian Ó hAirt help me understand connections between language and music. And how songs in Irish and Scottish Gaelic transmit emotion, carry history, and lift people up.
Trad in the Classroom
There’s no definitive Irish or Scottish music method book. A lot of seasoned practitioners learned their music in kitchens and pubs. So how do they bring that immersive, social learning approach into the classroom? The latest IMS episode features traditional musicians who share ideas about teaching and learning traditional music.
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Irish Music Stories are good for the soul!
I discovered this podcast in 2019 and look forward to every episode. We're so fortunate to have a host who is deep in the Tradition and helping to bring it to the general public in a very accessible and informative way. I always feel like I'm right there in the room just having a conversation and it's brilliant! HUP!
Irish music stories podcast
Best ones ive ever heard. Every episode is well made . Interesting and enjoyable, even if a person wasn't into irish music. The descriptions of the historical and present cultures , and how they are presented within music are memorable.
End of Season.....Looking forward to next season
Have been listening for just about a over a year now and have gone back and listened to all the episodes. I did not hear one episode that was not enjoyable from the perspective of music, tales from the artists, and ability to bring me back to personal memories and experiences around music from my early days in North of Ireland and beyond
Can’t wait for next seasons’ episodes