Of course, the whole reason for Irish Music Stories is Irish music. This podcast tells big, universal, human stories behind all the music and dance. This month, I tuck into the music behind the stories: 

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I am grateful for the music offered here by Laurel Martin, Kevin Crawford, Daithi Sproule, Maeve Gilchrist, Nic Gareiss, Trad Youth Exchange, Liz Carroll, Makem and Spain Brothers, Cherish the Ladies.

And my gratitude goes out to each and every listener. I love that you are tuning in. And I love hearing from you.

While I head into the production chamber for Season Three, there are a few ways you can support the show:

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My son Nigel thanks our sponsors each month, which has been a sweet way to involve him with the project. I really am so very grateful to everybody who has kicked in to support Irish Music Stories over the last two years. It’s been invaluable to have your support–financial and, above all, a spirit boost for me.

So here’s a special year end THANK YOU to the angels who have helped build IMS from January 2016 to December 2018. My family really couldn’t do it without you:

Thank you to dear Patrick O’Leary ♥ Art Costa ♥ Paul Willson ♥ Seán McGinnis ♥ John Kerr ♥ Brian Benscoter ♥ Davy McDonald ♥ Matt Barlow ♥ Mark Johnson ♥ Seamus Connolly ♥ David Laveille ♥ Parker Abercrombie ♥ Brad Anderson ♥ Isobel McMahon ♥ Peter Bartman ♥ Brandon Kennedy ♥ Kevin O’Neil ♥ Rex Edwards ♥ Hannah Derusha ♥ Michele Sims ♥ John Mullen ♥ Kerstin Otten ♥ William Dodd ♥ Jack McCreless ♥ Eoin Stan O’Sullivan ♥ Holly Foy and John Hruschka ♥ Susan Walsh ♥ Chris Stuart ♥ Randy Semagin ♥ Sebastian Winterflood ♥ Pat Wilcox ♥ Mike Schock ♥ Billie Neal ♥ Mark Haynes ♥ Chris McGlone ♥ Scott Maurer ♥ Michael Wilson ♥ John MacDonald ♥ Sharon Murphy ♥ Paul DeCamp ♥ Robbie Zukauskas ♥ Aubrey Atwater ♥ Adrian Glover ♥ Sue Bippus ♥ Joe Garrett ♥ Lynn Cox ♥ Rolf Wagels ♥ Gregor Brinkschulte ♥ and Robert Levelle. Thank you!


Here’s a video from warmer times, of Matt and I playing the tunes that close this month’s episode:

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
– Episode 18 – Wax Cylinders to the World Wide Web
Episode 19 – Fiddle in the Windy City
– Episode 20 – Trad Music Summer Camp
– Episode 21 – Fifty Shades of Gender Equality
– Episode 22 – Jigs in the Key of P


Music Heard on IMS Episode 23
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Session in the Kitchen
Artists: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

Tunes: “The Newtown Bridge, The Thrush in the Bush,” (Jigs) from Larks & Thrushes
Artists: Laurel Martin (fiddle), Jim Prendergast (guitar)

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tunes: “Tommy Peoples’, The Long Drop, Callaghan’s,” (Reels) from In Good Company
Artists: Kevin Crawford (flute), Tommy Peoples (fiddle), Arty McGlynn (guitar), Jim Higgins (bodhran)

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

Song: “Golden Slumbers,” from Overland
Artists: Daithi Sproule (voice, guitar), Randal Bays (fiddle)

Tune: “Pound the Floor,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “The Sand Hunter,” from Celtic Colours LIVE Vol. 2
Artists: Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Nic Gareiss (feet)

[ Tune: “Grupai” reprise ]

Tunes: “Sean Bui, Tatter Jack Walsh” (Jigs) from From Tulla To Boston: Live At The Burren
Artist: Trad Youth Exchange

Tunes: “Barbra Streisand’s Trip to Saginaw, Michael Connell’s,” (Reels) from On the Offbeat
Artists: Liz Carroll (fiddle), Sean Óg Graham (guitar), Trevor Hutchinson (bass)

Tune: “John’s Theme” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Ha’penny Bridge,” from Home Away from Home (Live from the Mother Lode Theatre In Butte, MT)
Artists: The Makem and Spain Brothers

Tune: “Meaning of Life,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tunes: “Old Maids Of Galway, Flooded Road to Glentease, Sunny Banks, Free and Easy,”  (Reels) from An Irish Homecoming
Artists: Cherish the Ladies

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Lucky Dozen, the Skylark,” (Mazurka & Reel) from Blue Skies Above
Artists: Shannon Heaton (whistle), Matt Heaton (guitar), Paddy League (drums)