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

Episode 36-Tune Tale with Billy McComiskey

by | Dec 10, 2019

Where do the tunes come from? When does inspiration hit? In this short off-season offering, Shannon learns that it’s all about timing, in this short story about a jig by accordion player Billy McComiskey.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to Chris Murphy, Naka Ishii, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, Gerry Corr, and one anonymous donor for underwriting this episode.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 36
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Free the Heel,” from Kitchen Session
Artists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

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

Tune: “The Priest and his Boots,” from Cover the Buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean McComiskey, Kieran Jordan

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

Tune: “Poor Timing,” from Kitchen Session
Artists: Billy, Sean, and Mikey McComiskey

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