Trad on Canvas

How visual artists portray Irish music and dance
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How do visual artists paint trad? And how do they capture the sounds and feelings—and the bigger stories behind Irish music and dance—in two dimensions?

In conversations with Brian Vallely, James Gurney, Vincent Crotty, and Catharine Kingcome, host Shannon Heaton explores Travelling pipers, a dilapidated hotel in the Hudson Valley, Dudley Street dance hall in post WWII America, and a country home in County Clare.

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Thank you to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Robert McOwen, Lance Ramshaw, Chris Murphy, Richard Kuhwarth, Mark Haynes, John Kerr, Will Coleman, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr

Episode 29 – Trad on Canvas: how visual artists portray Irish music and dance
This Irish Music Stories episode aired May 14, 2019.
https://www.shannonheatonmusic.com/episode-29-trad-on-canvas

Speakers, in order of appearance:

>> Shannon Heaton:  flute player, singer, composer, teacher, and host of Irish Music Stories 
>> Brian Vallely: Armagh-based painter and uilleann piper who founded the Armagh Pipers’ Club
>> Nigel Heaton: young announcer for Irish Music Stories
>> James Gurney: New York-based artist, author, and lecturer best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia
>> Vincent Crotty: Cork-born, Boston-based artist regarded for land and seascapes, nocturnes, and Irish music portraits 
>> Catharine Kingcome: Bristol England-born painter and fiddle player deeply influenced by Irish traditional music
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>> Shannon: I’m Shannon Heaton. And this is Irish Music Stories, the show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it…

[ Music: “Free the Heel,” from Kitchen Session
Artist/Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton ]

…like how paintings of Irish music and dance can make history come alive. And how visual art can unwrap mysteries and stories about keepers of the tradition.

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Episode guests in order of appearance

J. Brian Vallely

PAINTER/UILLEANN PIPES

Armagh-based painter and uilleann piper who founded the Armagh Pipers’ Club

James Gurney

ARTIST/AUTHOR

New York-based artist, author, and lecturer best known for his illustrated book series Dinotopia

Boston-based artist regarded for land and seascapes, nocturnes, and Irish music portraits

Catharine Kingcome

PAINTER/FIDDLE

Bristol England-born painter and fiddle player deeply influenced by Irish traditional music

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