44 episodes

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.

Irish Music Stories Podcast Shannon Heaton

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    • 4.9, 69 Ratings

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.

    Episode 42-The Long Arm of the Irish Tradition

    Episode 42-The Long Arm of the Irish Tradition

    Persistent infections like Covid-19 … and social injustice.. and racism… loom large. And still, these little Irish jigs and reels are forming bridges across oceans. What happens when people fall in love with a foreign music culture and pull themselves out of their comfort zones to travel and learn to play? Learn about the perspective Irish music has offered players on five continents.

    • 57 min
    Episode 41- Transplating Tradition in the Land of the Trees

    Episode 41- Transplating Tradition in the Land of the Trees

    What do rampant evictions, military ship collisions, and Christmas trees have to do with jigs and reels? Learn how Gaelic culture resonated in Canada’s “New Scotland,” and down in the Boston States, from singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddle players Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton, Alasdair Fraser, Katie McNally, and Lee Cremo.

    • 50 min
    Episode 40-Irish Tunes in the Key of C-19

    Episode 40-Irish Tunes in the Key of C-19

    How are traditional musicians and dancers continuing creative careers and group music events during the Covid-19 pandemic? How is social distancing affecting the jigs and reels? In this unexpected open of Season Four of Irish Music Stories, musicians from Ireland, England, Belgium, Sweden, and the U.S. address on and offline strategies… from a safe distance.

    • 54 min
    Episode 39-Tune Tale with Eileen Ivers

    Episode 39-Tune Tale with Eileen Ivers

    What’s a soccer ball, a school uniform, and a wedding dress have in common? New York-based fiddle player Eileen Ivers helps jar memories and connections, with a jig she wrote for her granny, in this month’s off season installment.

    • 5 min
    Episode 38-Tune Tale with Jimmy Keane

    Episode 38-Tune Tale with Jimmy Keane

    Are all traditional tunes created equally? And if they aren’t, what happens to the, um, lesser tunes? Do they end up like lost dryer socks? Chicago-based accordion player Jimmy Keane reflects on the room of bad tunes, and shares one of his loveliest compositions in this month’s off season installment. 

    • 7 min
    Episode 37-Tune Tale with Helen Kisiel

    Episode 37-Tune Tale with Helen Kisiel

    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.

    • 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
69 Ratings

69 Ratings

Exdiegans ,

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!

randy richard james ,

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.

Ger Pa ,

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

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