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Irish Music Stories Podcast
Irish Music Stories Podcast
Shannon Heaton

The show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton talks to musicians, dancers, and scholars about where... more

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The Power of the Local Pub

Boston producer Brian O’Donovan made a lot of space for Irish music and culture. He was dedicated to sharing it... more

14 Oct 2023 · 11 minutes
Betting on the Punters

Could traditional music sessions exist without listeners? Are the non-playing listeners in public spaces important for tune players? Here’s a... more

28 Sep 2023 · 7 minutes
Leaning in and Branching Out

Communities. Forests. Families. All of these different ecosystems contain a lot of different components that weave and work together. And... more

31 Aug 2023 · 59 minutes
Fruitful Fells Part Two

In part one of the Fruitful Fells, we met modern and 19th century activists dedicated to making beauty available to... more

18 Jul 2023 · 59 minutes
Fruitful Fells Part One

There are little creatures, trees, ponds, and pedestrians all over the earth. And there are bushels of ballads about the... more

20 Jun 2023 · 43 minutes
Missed Manners

The weekly Irish music session is a specific niche affair, with a particular code of conduct. Gift giving also has... more

18 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Navigating Tech and Writing Tunes

New inventions and technology can make life—and Irish music—more convenient, more accessible, and sweeter…. and more complicated. This episode examines... more

21 Mar 2023 · 42 minutes
Tea, Turf, and Wooden Spoons

Lunch routines, laundry, kid art supplies, spoons, and teacups are details of domestic life that don’t usually make it into... more

21 Feb 2023 · 30 minutes
20 Years of BCMFest

Presenting concerts can be about a lot more than throwing someone onstage. Matt Smith manages Club Passim in Cambridge, Massachusetts, which... more

10 Jan 2023 · 27 minutes
Hunting for Wren Tunes and Tales

Why did kids carry dead birds on sticks all over Ireland on the 26th of December? And what did this... more

20 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Irish Music Stories Podcast
The Power of the Local Pub
Irish Music Stories Podcast