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Episode 40-Irish Tunes in the Key of C-19

by | Apr 14, 2020

How are traditional musicians and dancers continuing creative careers and group music events during the Covid-19 pandemic? How is social distancing affecting the jigs and reels? In this unexpected open of Season Four of Irish Music Stories, musicians from Ireland, England, Belgium, Sweden, and the U.S. address on and offline strategies… from a safe distance.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Chris Murphy, John Kerr, John Pradarelli, Sharon Murphy, Finn Agenbroad, Charlie Durfee, Mark Johnson, Will Coleman, Gary Usher, Dana Griepentrog, John Plock, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Susan Walsh, Rick Rubin, and Randy Krajniak.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 40
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Haapvesi,” from January EP
Artist: Assembly

Tune: “Cat’s Meow,” from An Irish Homecoming
Artist: Cherish the Ladies

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

Tune: “Midnight Sojourn Intro,” from Kitchen Sessions
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Bb Shuffle,” from Kitchen Sessions
Artist: Matt & Shannon Heaton

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

Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Irish Music Stories Production Music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Ciuri Ciuri,” from March 14 video on Sicilian balcony
Artist: Italian Neighbors

Tune: “Mångatskrinna,” from All in Always
Artist: Laura Cortese

Tune: “Noisy Curlew,” from Dear Old Erin’s Isle: Irish Traditional Music from America
Artists: Eileen Ivers, Seamus Egan

Tune: “Humours of Ballyconnell,” from JamKazam recording
Artists: Pete Strickler, Dirk Mewes, Kevin Rumery

Tune: “Griffenfelt,” from March 31, 2010 Virtual Quarantine video
Artist: Folk All-In Band … check out the VIDEO HERE!!

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

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

Tune: “Father Kelly’s Reel,” from Tune.Supply Music
Artists: Caitlin Warbelow & Chris Ranney

Tune: “Travel Theme,” from Irish Music Stories Production Music
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Oran Na Maighdean Mhara,” from Four / 4
Artists: Kirstan Allstaff

Tune: “Paddy Cannys Toast,” from A Sweetish Tune
Artist: Noctambule

Tune: “The Hunt Set Dance,” from An Irish Homecoming
Artist: Joanie Madden & Michael Holland 

Tune: “Johnny Going to Ceilidh,” from demo
Artists: Flynn Cohen & Matt Heaton

Tune: “Lord McDonald’s” from Boston College Irish Fiddle Festival
Artists: assembled fiddle players

Tune: “Foggy Dew,” from MBM Performs Irish Classics
Artist: Music Box Mania

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from Cover the Buckle
Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, And Kieran Jordan

Tune: “Ratholdran Castle,” from Trian II
Artist: Trian

Tune: “Cats Meow,” from Joanie’s Living Room
Artist: Joanie Madden

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