Shannon Heaton’s show about trad music and dance, and the bigger stories behind Irish, Scottish, and other Celtic traditions.

Episode 29-Trad on Canvas

by | May 14, 2019

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.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

Crotty painting, Dinotopia, The Companion, and Kingcome postcard

Thank you for listening. Thank you to  Méabh Ní Fhuartháin, Susan Lindsay, and Brian O’Donovan for the research help. Thank you to Carol Zall for script editing  And thanks, as always, to Matt Heaton for the production music, and to Nigel for acknowledging our sponsors.

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

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 29
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Kitchen Session
Artist: Matt Heaton guitar

Tune: “Dear Irish Boy,” from Swimming Against The Falls
Artist: Joey Abarta

Tune: “The Bull’s March,” from The Raven’s Rock
Artist: Cillian Vallely

Tune: “Silver,” from Silver
Artist & Composer: Hanneke Cassel

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

Montage: Montage from The Travelling People
Artists: Various members of English Traveller Community, Produced by Ewan MacColl, Peggy Seeger & Charles Parker

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

Tune: “Wicklow Hornpipe,” from Swimming Against The Falls
Artist: Joey Abarta

Song: “Terror Time,” from The Travelling People
Artists: Joe Heaney (voice)
Composer: Ewan MacColl

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

Song: “Will Ye Go Lassie, Go,” from Wild Mountain Thyme
Artist: The McPeake Family

Tune: “A Chailleach Do Mharais Me/The Gold Ring,” from The Celtic Uilleann Pipes Collection – Volume 1
Artist: Brian Vallely

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

Tune: “Rakish Paddy,” from The Last of the Travelling Pipers
Artist: Felix Doran

Tune: “Drifting Clouds,,” from The Joy of First Year Piano
Composer: Denes Agay
Artist: Nigel Heaton

Tune: “Song of Dinotopia,” AKA Lift up your heads, Ye mighty Gates (Hymn #436) AKA TRURO, from Episcopal Hymnal 
Composer: Lowell Mason (1792-1872), words Georg Weissel (1590-1635)
Artist: Shannon Heaton

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

Tune: Jackie Coleman’s” reel from Music at Matt Molloy’s
Artists: Matt Molloy & Friends

Tune: “Siege of Ennis,” from Copley Records release
Artist: Johnny Powell and his Band

Tune: “Leaving JP” from Silver
Artist & Composer: Hanneke Cassel

Tune: “Liam O’ Súilleabhaín & Brístí Breaca” AKA Bill Sullivan’s & Britches Full of Stitches from Jackie Daly Agus Séamus Creagh
Artist: Jackie Daly & Séamus Creagh

Tune: “Job of Journeywork,” from Cover the Buckle
Artist: Séan Clohessy, Sean McComiskey & Kieran Jordan

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

Tune: “Slow Reel,” from January EP 
Artist: The Assembly

Tune: “Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel,” from House Session
Artists: Boston and Clare musicians

Tune: “Doberman’s Wallet,” from Malden Fiddle lesson
Artist: Tommy Peoples

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

Tune: “The Traveller,” from Kitchen Session 
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Wild Irishman & The Sailor’s Bonnet,” from Paddy Keenan
Artist: Paddy Keenan

Poem: “No Fixed Abode,” from Kitchen Session
Artist: Anne Marie Kennedy

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