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Episode 42-The Long Arm of the Tradition

by | Jun 9, 2020

Persistent infections like Covid-19, social injustice, and racism loom large. And still, these little Irish jigs and reels are forming bridges across oceans. What happens when people fall in love with a foreign music culture and pull themselves out of their comfort zones to travel and learn to play? Learn about the perspective Irish music has offered Guillermo Del Val Rodriguez, Santiago Molina, Gregor Brinkschulte, Alasdair Fraser, Rolf Wagels, Kerstin Otten, Brent Cassidy, Andy Xuhang, Alex Navar, hatao, Geoffrey Lim, Ted Cizadlo, and Andy Linton.

There’s also plenty of music in this episode. Full playlist below.

Thank you to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to this month’s underwriters: Ryne VanHorn, Dan Kaufman, Finn Agenbroad, Rex Edwards, Michael Craine, Bruce Douglas, Nancy Kearney, Paul Fackler, Art Costa, Linda Hammond, Chris Murphy, David Vaughan, Gerry Corr, Susan Walsh, Rick Rubin, Randy Krajniak, Jon Duvik, and one anonymous donor.

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Read about the Irish flute mask by Lisa Danforth HERE

And for Japanese speakers who want to get started with Irish Music Stories, the first episode has been translated fully (transcript) by Ryoko Murakami, with support from Tomoaki Hatekeyama HERE

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

Tune: “Migratory,” from tricolor BIGBAND
Artist: tricolor

Tune: “The Flight of the Earls (El Vuelo De Los Condes),” from Brotherhood of Stars (A Irmandade Das Estrelas)
Artist: Carlos Nuñez

Tune: “Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel,” from Living Room recording
Artist: Guillermo Del Val Rodriguez

Tune: “The Golden Ticket,” from The Western Star
Artist: Eric Merrill

Tune: “Para Ani,” from Historias
Artist: Santiago Molina with Félix Pérez guitar

Tune: “Foliada!” from Ports of Call
Artists: Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas

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

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

Tune: “Masters of Consequence,” from Horizon
Artist: Cara

Tune: “Bb Intro,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

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

Tune: “44 Mill Street,” from The Blue Dress
Artist: Shannon Heaton, Maeve Gilchrist, Paddy League

Song: “Ich weiß ein fein brauns Mägdelein,” from Duo
Artists:Gudrun Walther & Jürgen Treyz

Tune/Song: “Pretty Girl Milking Her Cow”
Artist: Droichead

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

Tune: “Nocturne,” from Songs From a Secret Garden
Artist: Secret Garden 

Tune: “Larry Lavin’s Choice,” from Galleon Flute Demo Video
Artist: Blayne Chastain

Tune: “Planxty Fitzgerald,” from Traditional Irish Music on pipa guitar, live at Bray Mermaid Arts Centre
Artists: Liu Fang and Michael O’Toole

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

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

Tune: “Midnight Walker,” from Celtic Graces: A Best of Ireland
Artist: Davy Spillane

“Desvairada,” from Brazilian Choro he posted on YouTube (used with permission)
Artist: Cillian King

Tune: “月をさがして” (Looking for the Moon) from Songs of Raindrops and Breeze
Artists: hatao & nami

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

Tune: “Polkas,” from Mapo FM
Artist: Seul-Ki and Ceoltoiri Korea

Song: “Runaway,” from Forgiven, Not Forgotten
Artist: The Corrs

Tune: “Belle of the South Shore,” from B&B
Artist: tricolor

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

Tune: “Out on the Ocean,” from Live in Seattle
Artists: Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Tune: “Woo Dr Hythm,” from This is How we Fly
Artist: This is How we Fly

Tune: “The Banshee, Swinging on a Gate,” from Live at the Welsh Dragon
Artist: Wellington Slow Session

Tune: “Twins’ Dance Party / Sylvia’s & Mikey’s Reels,” from Raven
Artists: John Williams & Dean Magraw

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