If traditional acts like Brittany’s Kornog and Ireland’s Riverdance hadn’t hit U.S. stages, where would traditional music and dance be today? Still around? More obscure? Less diluted? Here’s an exploration of what happens when what’s being sold is… tradition:


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For this episode, I’ll travel back to 1983, when Kornog recorded their debut album, with the psychedelic cover and the hilariously robotic and memorable intro, “Please Welcome Kornog.”

I’ll talk with flute players Matthew Olwell, Steph Geremia, and Kevin Crawford– and Kornog’s flute player Jean-Michel Veillon about recording that album. I’ll talk to Herschel Freeman who was Kornog’s manager at the time. And I’ll chat with Eileen Ivers about walking out on the wireless during the early Riverdance Days. And Mick Moloney, Brian O’Donovan, and Rory Makem will also join the exploration of what happens when we take tunes from the kitchen to the concert stage.

I hope you’ll join me as I travel from Boston to Brittany… and back in time to that 1983, when Kornog recorded “Première” after a wild day of travel mishaps.

And speaking of travel, Jean-Michel Veillon has kept his music going strong, since the Kornog days. Here he is, playing with his longtime guitarist collaborator Yvon Riou…. and with flute player Tomoaki Hatakeyama and harpist Nami (whom I’ll get to meet when I travel to Japan this Spring!):

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
– Episode 25 – Season Three Overture


Music Heard on IMS Episode 26
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “My Love is in America,” from dearga
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Dans Loudieg,” from Première
Artist: Kornog

 Tune: “Celtic Grooves,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Grupai Memories” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Ton DÈrobÈe,” from Première
Artist: Jean-Michel Veillon with Kornog

Tune: “D Big Build,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Scottish (Live),” from Live au Cornouaille
Artist: Bagad Kemper

Song: “Tri Martolod (Live),” from Alan Stivell
Artist: Alan Stivell

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

Tune: “G Meditation,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Tune: “Flute Duet,” from Christmas Celtic Sojourn, 2007
Artist: Louise Mulcahey and Shannon Heaton

Tune: “The Cameronian,” from fiddler comp
Artist: Michael Coleman

Song: “Mountain Dew,” from Irish Drinking Songs
Artist: The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem

Tune: “Dark Low Jig,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

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

Tune: “Eanáir,” from Lúnasa
Artist: Lúnasa

Tune: “Dans An Dro,” from Première
Artist: Jamie McMenemy & Soïg Siberil with Kornog

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

Tune: “Riverdance Medley,” from Eurovision Song Contest
Artist: Katie McMahon with Anúna, with musicians who are mostly unattributed online (would have been Bill Whelan on keyboard with, probably, fiddler Máire Breathnach, sax player Kenneth Edge, and others)
Composers: Michael McGlynn, Bill Whelan

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

Tune: “Apples in Winter,” from An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas
Artist: Eileen Ivers

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

Tune: “Trip to Birmingham,” from Cybertrad
Artist: Matthew Olwell

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton 

Song: “Jesuitmont,” from Première
Artist: Kornog

Song: “Anarchy In the UK/Silver Spear Mash up,” adapted from Never Mind the Bollocks, Here’s the Sex Pistols
Artist: SP + SH

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. And a very special thank you to Carol Zall for script editing. Thank you to Judith Joiner for helping me tell the Kornog story. And thanks, as always, to Matt Heaton for the production music, and to Nigel for acknowledging this month’s sponsors: Tom Madden, Andy Kruspe, Danny Horton, Chris Murphy, Kathleen Biggins, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, Gerry Corr, and Ted Coyle, in honor of Lynn Cox. Your donations help me share this show with everybody. Thank you!

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