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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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Episodes

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
Up in Smoke

Loss can spark achingly beautiful music. It can also spark new forms of creativity for musicians. This episode is a... more

15 Nov 2022 · 59 minutes
Cutting Routes and Tracing Roots

As tunes travel they change. And to turn an old Irish reel into an old time tune can involve adjusting... more

18 Oct 2022 · 22 minutes
O’Farrell’s Trip to Texas

Beauty is in the eye of the (informed) beholder. Where many of us might overlook a grubby little copy book... more

20 Sep 2022 · 45 minutes
Juice Box Sessions

It’s really exciting and important to have kids playing Irish music.  And it takes organization, skill, and willing adults to... more

17 Aug 2022 · 1 hour, 3 minutes
Daughters, Maids, and Boys

Most Irish traditional tunes have names. Some go by many different names. So what’s in a name? Do names help... more

19 Jul 2022 · 26 minutes
Rounding up the the Tunes

When flute player and police captain Francis O’Neill published his first and most extensive collection of Irish tunes in 1903,... more

21 Jun 2022 · 50 minutes
Episode 60-Selma and Rose

Most of the Irish traditional jigs and reels I play have associations, information, history, and sentiments bundled into them. Even... more

17 May 2022 · 19 minutes
Shortcut to the Heart

Irish Music Stories is the show about traditional music and the bigger stories behind it, like how important, ancient songs... more

19 Apr 2022 · 26 minutes
Irish Music Stories Podcast
20 Years of BCMFest
Irish Music Stories Podcast