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.
The Astonishing Adventures of Shannon Heaton
Learn how and why Shannon Heaton creates the Irish Music Stories podcast, as Matt Heaton turns the mic around in the sunroom studio. Tune into this Old-Time radio (half) hour celebration of community, DIY ingenuity, and weighted blankets. And learn about the future of IMS!
Best Laid Plans
Setbacks and surprises are inevitable. Weather and illness—and all sorts of other plan disrupters—are not always foreseeable or controllable. But when disappointment and disruption descends, we can regulate our reactions. Here’s a short follow up to last month’s episode about wellness and balance, including a spoiler about the big marathon (so if you missed Episode 56, check that out before you listen to this one!)
Born for Sport
For many Irish musicians, it can be a tricky and essential game to stay active and find balance between artistic, intellectual, social, and physical pursuits. In this episode, Aubrey Atwater, Evangelos Stowell, and Pa Sheehan share tales from the trails, the barn, the pitch, and the gym to help “work out” some of the Irish music insights that can come to those who sweat.
Written in Mortar
Flute player John McKenna left troves of treasures when he recorded 78 RPMS in the 1920s; Na Píobairí Uilleann in Dublin helped preserve Irish piping; and Dr. Charles Heaton inspired his grandson to play piano with just eight bars of music. In this episode, Liam Kelly, Ivan Goff, Julie Wood Merchant, Wes Merchant, and Matt Heaton share stories about enduring gifts, with special music from organists Charles Heaton and Renée Anne Louprette.
Banquet of Collective Wisdom
Irish Music Stories is the show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Episodes are often 40-50 minutes long (and 51 seconds). Here’s a shorter installment. With help from Ellery Klein I delve into collective wisdom; and I revisit a poem that I aired back in Season One. This episode is 26 minutes… and 51 seconds long.
Songs of Cattle and Copper
For centuries, traditional music in Wales has endured empire, organized religion, and connections with port towns in Ireland. In this special IMS spotlight on Cymru, Rhodri McDonagh, Ceri Rhys Matthews, Angharad Jenkins, and Patrick Rimes explore how language, the rhythms of industry, and the lyricism of the rural landscape have shaped the music of one of Ireland’s closest neighbors.
Everything I’m interested in right here in one podcast. Thank you, Shannon. How lucky I am to have found you here.
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.