Community takes effort: you gotta show up and make time for people. But, wow, has social media, texting, and video chat made it easier to feel connected. In 1963 it wasn’t so easy to plug in to community, unless you were there in person. Unless you had access to a phone booth:

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Here Billy McComiskey revisits a great Catskills accordion story and Rose Flanagan remembers how her dad and his buddy used to learn tunes on their bike–to celebrate all the times you’ve been witnessed something special because you’ve been able to show up. Here’s to helping each other learn. And here’s to modern ways of sharing stuff (like podcasts), that allow you to tune in when you can.

Big Season Three launches in March, thanks in no small part to your support. Thank you for donating, for sharing episodes with friends, for reviewing Irish Music Stories. And most of all, THANK you for listening!

Hope to see some of you in person at Boston’s Celtic Music Fest. It’s an amazing (and weird) experience to no longer be running this festival. I’m so proud to have been part of building the event, which has launched dozens of bands, recording projects, and collaborations. And I’m super excited to just attend and enjoy! Looking forward to music from Liz Carroll, Laurel Martin, Yann Falquet, and the white-teethed Rakish:


Oh, if you want to get yourself an address booklet, here’s the phone directory you need to order your own. I think you just dial 811 on your rotary dial phone.

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
– 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
– Episode 23 – IMS Playlist

Music Heard on IMS Episode 24
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Tap Room” from Session in the Kitchen
Artists: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

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

Tune: “Behind The Bush In Parkhanna,” (fling) from Swimming Against The Falls
Artist: Joey Abarta

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

Tune: “Humours of Tulla” (AKA first tune from “The Cooley Set”), from Crossroads
Arists: Mairtin O’Connor, Seamie O’Dowd & Cathal Hayden

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

Tune: “Reavy’s,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artists: Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O’Ruanaigh

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. Thank you, Matt and Nigel for helping me make the show.  And thank you to Rolf Wagels, Gregor Brinkschulte , Robert Levelle, Sharon Murphy, Billie Neal, Brian Benscoter, andJoe Garrett for underwriting this episode. Donations help me share this show with everybody.

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