Irish Music Stories 2018 is brimming with great, universal stories, through an Irish music lens. (And you don’t have to play the tin whistle or dance jigs to tune in to the show.) Here’s what’s on tap for Season Two:
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Join me on my tour of dance halls in Roxbury, Providence, and the Bronx, where Joanie Madden and her dad played: “Good God, New York was FULL of Irish people. They all worked hard. And they they played hard on the weekends. But they’d all get dressed up and go to the dances. It was a social gathering, where you went to hear tales from home and stop the lonesomeness.”

Joanie Madden got her start with her dad in the dance halls

Dig into the roots of Riverdance with Kevin Doyle: “When I was dancing years ago, everybody was having their corn beef and cabbage for St. Pat’s dinner. And they’d say oh, thank you very much, we’ll see you next year. Other than that, there was no use for it.”

Kevin Doyle on the roots of Riverdance

Contemplate the C-Word with fiddle player Ellery Klein: “I think the word Celtic is a little bit about people’s need for identity. Maybe when you go see something like Gaelic Storm or Celtic Woman, you’re allowing yourself to feel your place in the universe through your heritage and your story.”

Ellery Klein’s expansive take on the term Celtic

Figure out if the old ballads that Sam Amidon sings today still matter: “A lot of folk songs are about death, something those people would have been dealing with in a much more daily way. That can be very valuable and comforting for us, to sing those songs to help us process stuff that maybe we process in a different way now.”

Sam Amidon on beauty in ballads


And go deep into the rhythmic core of Irish traditional music with Eileen Ivers. She’ll demonstrate HOW music can go from brain, to bow, to feet—”to get the dancer to FEEL that rhythm that will lift them in the air.”

Eileen Ivers on the heartbeat of Irish music

Season Two of Irish Music Stories will launch on February 13th. I hope you’ll tune in each month to explore traditional music, and the MUCH bigger stories behind it.

If you haven’t heard all of Season One, 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
– Episode 05 – Handed Down
Episode 06 – The Backer
Episode 07 – The Piper
Episode 08 – Miss McCleod’s Reel at 113
– Episode 09 – Want of Wit
– Episode 10 – Cuppa Tea with Daithi Sproule
– Episode 11-Return to Sligo

Music Heard on IMS Episode 12
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel” (reel), from rehearsal, circa 2013
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Saro,” from All is Well
Artist: feat. Sam Amidon, guitar and voice

Tune: “Oil for the Chain” (jig), from dearga
Artist: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar and bodhran)

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. And thanks to everybody for reaching out and encouraging this project! There’s still time to donate to help launch Season Two. Donations help me share this show with everybody.

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Thank you for reading and listening! I hope you’ll come back for next month’s episode, available Tuesday February 13th, 2018.