It’s warming up in many corners of the world, and many players are heading to Summer Music Camps!

But of course, music camps are just ONE way that Irish traditional music is handed down. And for this episode, I traveled to Pearl River, NY, Galway City, and to neighborhoods around Boston, to talk with musicians about how they learned their music, and how this has led them to pass it on.

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Sean Clohessy. From Irish Music Stories podcast Episode 05: Handed Down

Séan Clohessy

There’s big picture inspiration here from Sean Clohessy:
“We have rhythm all around us—whether it’s breathing, a heart beat, blinking, walking, the seasons.. there’s rhythm in everything. Irish music is an easy way to perceive a lot of these things, and see things we can’t see with our eyes.”

And there are intimate Irish music house sessions and concerts that have inspired Josie Coyne:
“Falling asleep listening to amazing music, ever since I was really young.To meet all these musicians.. It’s pretty great.”

And wisdom from Séamus Connolly, whose Collection of Irish Music is available online to all!
“If traditional music is locked up, it doesn’t advance or move on. It’s very much a living tradition, and it should be that way.”

Rose Conway, Margie Mulvahill, PattyFurlong. From Irish Music Stories Episode 05: Handed Down

Flanagan, Mulvahill, Furlong

I hope you’ll join me as I talk with Rose Flanagan, Margie Mulvahill, Patty Furlong, Séan Clohessy, Josie and her dad John Coyne, Louis DePaor, Seamus Connolly, and Elizabeth Sweeney about their activities around traditional music, and how they feel about passing it on.

Whether you already play tunes, sing ballads, dance sean nós steps.. or you don’t know anything about Irish culture… these conversations speak about friendships, community, and generosity.

Seamus Connolly. From Irish Music Stories podcast Episode 05: Handed Down

Seamus Connolly

Read on for full music and poetry credits below. And take a peek at one of this month’s guests, Josie Coyne. This was back in 2013 (she’s 4 years older now..), when she joined fiddler Mick Conneely for a set.

And here is Séamus Connolly at the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert from June 2014:

Next month’s episode will air Tuesday July 11th. It’ll be a summer short about backers (accompanists). And on Thursday July 13th, I’ll be guest host of the Celtic Music Podcast. Hope you’ll check it out!

If this is your first IMS episode, I hope you’ll also check out:
Episode 01-Trip to Sligo
Episode 00-Introducing Irish Music Stories
Episode 02-Cuppa Tea with Karan Casey
Episode 03-Every Tuesday at Nine
– Episode 04 – Cuppa Tea with McKinneys and McCarthy


Music Heard on IMS Episode 05
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Tap Room, Mountain Road, Galway Rambler” (reels), from Rehearsal recording from circa 2009
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Travel Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “After Hours Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Broken Clock,” from A Sweeter Place
Artist: Girsa, feat. Maeve Flanagan (fiddle),
Composer: Maeve Flanagan

Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Tom Ashe’s March,” from Rehearsal recording from circa 2009
Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Seán Sa Cheo,” from one of the 78 rpm recordings made for Regal Zonophone
Artist: Neilidh Boyle (fiddle)

Tune: “Triumph Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)
Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Katie’s Fancy” (jig), live in Rose’s Kitchen, 2016
Artist: Rose Flanagan (fiddle), Patty Furlong (accordion), Margie Mulvahill (flute)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. And thanks to Rose Flanagan, Patty Furlong, Margie Mulvahill, Séan Clohessy, Josie and her dad John Coyne, Louis DePaor, Seamus Connolly, and Elizabeth Sweeney for the beautiful conversations. Thanks, as always, to Matt Heaton for the beautiful guitar underscore, and for invaluable support to make these episodes.

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Thank you for reading and listening! I hope you’ll come back for next month’s summer short, available Tuesday July 11, 2017.