It’s been a DENSE production month for IMS. And tucking into the rich stories slated for Season Three has been a great way to endure the Boston winter! I’m proud and humbled to present such thoughtful stories:


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Over the next ten months, I’ll explore instruments on the fringe of the session; Irish music links to Scottish and Cape Breton traditions; the long (global) reach of Irish music; practice habits of wise and mighty trad players and dancers;  the magical intersection of food, drink, and music; and musical connections to the Overworld; and much, much more.

I could not manage all these interviews, and write and produce all these episodes without your support. Thank you for donating, for sharing episodes with friends, for reviewing Irish Music Stories, for being in touch and encouraging the project. And most of all, THANK you for listening!

I hope you’ll join me as I travel from Boston to Brittany, Galway to Glasgow, Toronto to Tokyo. I’ll take you with me on my visits with trad movers and shakers, as I explore real and metaphorical places where traditional music and dance live….

… like the Floyd Country Store (below), where Matthew performed with bassist Aimee Curl and Human Beatbox luminary Shodekeh Talifero. Matthew has a short food and Irish music story in this month’s preview. And next month we’ll talk about taking trad music onto concert stages, from kitchens in Boston, Ireland, and the Brittany home of Jean-Michel Veillon, the flute player who inspired Matthew to play tunes like this:

If you haven’t heard every episode, I hope you’ll listen to 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
Episode 24 – Joe Cooley Meets Clark Kent


Music Heard on IMS Episode 25
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

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

Tune: “My Love is in America” from Dearga
Artists: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar & bodhran)

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

Tune: “The B Minor Cut,” (strathspey) from Cuts
Artist: Andrea Beaton

Tune: “A Beautiful Ending,” from Branches
Artist: Andrew Finn Magill

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

Tune: “Blue Dress Waltz,” from The Blue Dress
Artists: Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Shannon Heaton (flute)

Tune: “Aimee and Shodekeh,” from Cybertrad (by Matthew Olwell)
Artists: Aimee Curl (bass), Shodekeh Talifero (voice)

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

Tune: “Across the Border,” (by Koji Nagao) from tricolor BIGBAND
Artist: Yuka Nakafuji and Tricolor

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. Thank you, Matt and Nigel for helping me make the show.  And thank you to

Susan Walsh, Peggy Bogardus, Nathan Weston, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode. Donations help me share this show with everybody.

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