This month’s mission: figure out whether 21st century players and dancers can learn it all from the living room… or if we still have to get out there with an mp3 recorder and a dream:
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I hope you’ll tune in to my convos with Jeff Kszaiek, Kieran Jordan, Happy Traum, Steph Geremia, Kirsten Allstaff, Elizabeth Sweeney, Jacob Deck, and Natalya Kay about early wax cylinder recordings, VR music sessions, and the special in-between realm of the cassette tape.

Flute player and Online Academy of Irish music teacher Steph Geremia talked about her own cassette tape journey vs. online access today:

“You used to press play, stop, rewind, to hear and pick up the nuances of the person you were listening to. For the YouTube generation, there’s so much information out there on the Internet. It can be confusing.”

Who needs Lyft this early in the morning?

Meanwhile, 20 year old whistle player Jacob Deck finds timelessness in today’s virtual formats:

“There are some different experiences you can get from the medium. But at the end of the day, it’s not so much about the tunes, it’s about the people.”

Tune in to learn the backstory of the 32 wax cylinders Francis O’Neill made of his peers over one hundred years ago; why flute player and OAIM founder Kirsten Allstaff teaches and connects people around the world; and how embarrassing promo photos are forever.

There’s an old session recording of Siobhan Peoples and Murt Ryan playing the Killavil Reel in this episode. Here’s the tune, played by two of the all-time greatest flute heroes:

Oh, and since I poke just a little fun at old promo photos of OTHER bands, here’s a super unflattering video of me with my band Siucra in 2002 (the pants and Matt’s shirt were probably purchased in 1995….). What can I say? We were busy learning Irish music and didn’t have time to look in a mirror??? #ArchivingCanBeCruel

Thanks for listening and reading. Next month Shannon airs a Cuppa Tea chat with fiddle legend (and Chicago Cubs fan) Liz Carroll.  I hope you’ll tune in on Tuesday August 14th!

And if you haven’t heard every episode, I hope you’ll listen to the gems you missed:
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
– Episode 12 – Season Two Preview
– Episode 13 – The C-Word
– Episode 14 – Dance Hall Days
– Episode 15 – Heartbeat of Irish Music
– Episode 16 – Pushing all the Right Buttons
– Episode 17 – Why Willie and Mary Matter


Music Heard on IMS Episode 18
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Scotch Mary” (Reel) from The Francis O’Neill Cylinders: Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904
Artists: Patsy Touhey, James Early & John McFadden 

Tune: “Scotch Mary,” from Jolie
Artist: Nightingale

Tune: “Mick Finn’s” aka “Killavil Reel,” from Session Tape at Cruise’s Pub
Artist: Siobhan Peoples (fiddle), Murty Ryan (accordion)

Tune: “Slip Jig Dreams,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton, guitar

Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton, guitar

Tune: “Chief O’Neill’s Favorite” (hornpipe), from instructional book Oil for the Chain
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Monaghan Jig,” from The Francis O’Neill Cylinders: Thirty-two Recordings of Irish Traditional Music in America circa 1904
Artist: Patsy Touhey

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,”  from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton, guitar

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from Cover the Buckle
Artist: Kieran Jordan (feet), Sean Clohessy (fiddle), Sean McComiskey (accordion)

Tunes: “The Beauty Spot/The Ballnahoun Reel/The Cashmere Shawl,” from John Williams
Artist: John Williams

Tune: “Modal Groove,” from Production Music made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Linnane Terrace, from The Open Road
Artist: Steph Geremia

Tune: “Bobby Casey’s” from The Green Mountain
Artist: Pat O’Connor (fiddle)

Tune: “Whistling Postman,” from Boston Session at Kitty O’Shea’s
Artist: Sean Gannon (accordion), George Keith (fiddle), Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune:  “Whistling Postman, from Carousel
Artist: Seamus Maguire (fiddle)

Tune:  “Whistling Postman, from Last Night’s Fun
Artist: John Carty (fiddle)

Tune: “Pearl O’Shaughnessy’s Barndance, from Gallowglass
Artist: Kirsten Allstaff

Tune: “Trip to Durrow,” from Shannon’s sunroom
Artist: Jacob Deck (whistle) with Shannon assist on flute

Tune: “Eanáir,” from Lúnasa
Artist: Lúnasa

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