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Episode 45-Trad in the Classroom

by | Sep 7, 2020

There’s no definitive Irish or Scottish music method book. A lot of seasoned practitioners learned their music in kitchens and pubs. So how do they bring that immersive, social learning approach into the classroom?

In this episode, June McCormack, Michael Rooney, Alasdair White, Caroline Keane, and Tom Delany share ideas about teaching and learning traditional music.

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: Finn Agenbroad, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Susan Walsh, Rick Rubin, Randy Krajniak, Jon Duvick, Suezen Brown, John Ploch, Joel DeLashmit, Chris Murphy, and Joe Martin

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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 45
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

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

Tune: “99 High,” from The Blue Dress
Artists: Shannon Heaton, Maeve Gilchrist, Paddy League

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

Tune: “McIntyre’s Fancy,” from Hup Termonfeckin
Artists: June McCormack, Michael Rooney

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

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

Tune: “Graf Spey,” from Draiocht
Artists: June McCormack and Michael Rooney

Tune: “Macalla Suite,” from Gradam Ceoil TG4
Artist: National Folk Orchestra of Ireland, conducted by Michael Rooney

Tune: “Farewell To Erin, The Morning Star,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artist: Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O’Ruanaigh

Tune: “Capt Murdo Kennedy of Kyle, South Uist Golf Club” from An Clar Geal
Artist: Alasdair White

Tune: “Cairistiona Chaimbeul” from Back of Boisdale
Artist: Joe Peter MacLean

Tune: “Quickstep & 9/8 Marches,” from James Duncan Mackenzie
Artist: James Duncan Mackenzie

Tune: “Kenny Gilles of Portnalong, from Scotland’s Big Session video
Artists: Lauren MacColl and Ewan MacPherson

Tune: “The Hairy Angler Fish…” from Room Enough for All
Artist: Battlefield Band

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

Tune: “John Kelly’s, Old Concertina Reel,” from Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck
Artists: Caroline Keane and Tom Delany

Tune: “Métro Blues,” from Never Say Goodbye, Say Good Luck
Artist: Tom Delany

Tune: “Modal Groove,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “John’s Theme,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Mickey Callaghan’s Slide/Winnie Hayes’s Jig,” from Kitty Lie Over
Artists: Mick O’Brien & Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

Tune: “The Murroe Polka / The Taur Polka / Mick Duggan’s Polka, from Shine
Artist: Caroline Keane

Tune: “Slip Jig Dreams,” from Production Music for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Abbey Reel,” 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: “Reavy’s – The Milliner’s Daughter,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artists: Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O’Ruanaigh

Tune: ‘Ballybrolly Jig #1 (The North Star), from Rubai
Artist: Flook

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