Shannon Heaton’s show about trad music and dance, and the bigger stories behind Irish, Scottish, and other Celtic traditions.

Welcome to Irish Music Stories, I’m your host, Shannon Heaton. I play Irish flute and sing; I travel around the globe to perform and teach; and I LOVE Irish music and dance, and related Celtic traditions. This show is my way of sharing the rich inspiration that the global ‘trad’ community has given to me.

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Irish Music Stories Podcast
Irish Music Stories Podcast
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 36-Tune Tale with Billy McComiskey
by Shannon Heaton

Where do the tunes come from? When does inspiration hit? Shannon learns that it’s all about timing, in this short story about a jig by accordion player Billy McComiskey.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 36 all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Kitchen SessionArtists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “The Priest and his Boots,” from Cover the BuckleArtists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, Kieran Jordan

Tune: “D Chimes,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Poor Timing,” from Kitchen SessionArtists: Billy, Sean, and Mikey Mccomiskey

Episode 36-Tune Tale with Billy McComiskey
Episode 35- Last Night’s Food
Episode 34-Fairy Forts and Changelings
Episode 33-The Irish Woodshed
Episode 32-Cuppa Tea with Len Graham
Episode 31-The Scottish Connection
Episode 30-GMT Plus Nine
Episode 29B-Travel Update from Tokyo
Episode 29-Trad on Canvas
Episode 28-Travel Update from Thornhill

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“Irish musician Shannon Heaton knows that a good story told well can entertain, illuminate, even educate.”  (Boston Irish Reporter)

“Heaton does an excellent job of keeping the subject interesting to aficionados while at the same time engaging and accessible to non-initiates.” (Irish Echo)

One of the single best repositories of insight into Irish music, the scene surrounding it, and the people who populate it.” -Tim Britton

“Shannon’s podcast will help you understand the life behind Irish music… your heart is drawn in, your thoughts and imagination are captivated.” -Brian Benscoter

A lovely, accessible window into the richness of the tradition.” – Steve Marantz

“Shannon’s podcast makes me crave family reunions (with real open fires) where we’d all find something really appealing in these stories of music, stories that carry us across emigration paths and emotional landscapes.” -Deirdre Cronin