Why listen to Irish Music Stories? The common thread of this month’s stories is, of course, Irish music. But it’s not the only thread.
Digging into stories—whether they center around Irish music, chess, or ballet—uncovers real struggle and triumph. And it gives us all something to cheer about, something to remember.
Here are memorable stories from Season One and a gentle remix of “Trip to Sligo,” the story of Cormac Gaj and his Irish music journey.
Thank you to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Brian Benscoter, Isobel McMahon, Peter Bartman, and Brandon Kennedy.
Episode 11-Return to Sligo
Reflections on Season One and partial Episode 1 rebroadcast
This Irish Music Stories episode aired Dec 9, 2017
Full transcript coming soon
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Episode guests in order of appearance
Irish guitar player and songwriter who has collaborated with and produced numerous Celtic and American folk projects
Bronx-born fiddle player and teacher and exponent of the Sligo style, who has taught many fine fiddle players
PIPES & FLUTE
When this podcast aired, Cormac was a young flute & uilleann piper at Boston’s Comhaltas music school.
Conamara-born, Boston-based sean nos singer from a long line of poets and singers
Master fiddle player, educator, and festival organizer with ten All-Ireland solo fiddle championships, National Heritage Fellowship, and Boston College Faculty Award
Flute player, tutor, and Comhaltas administrator
East Clare concertina player and educator who facilitated the Trad Youth Exchange with Lisa Coyne in Boston
Melrose, Massachusetts-based flute player and clinical psychologist who helped facilitate the Trad Youth Exchange with Mary MacNamara in Clare
County Clare-born fiddle player (no relation to Liz Carroll) who formed a duo with concertina player Lily Connor
Chicago-based fiddle player and composer who has been named All-Ireland champ, Grammy nominee, National Heritage Fellow, and TG4 Cumadóir
Waterford-born folk singer and songwriter who has appeared on stages and recordings with numerous projects
Galway based writer, journalist, and playwright who has presented numerous Irish music events