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

Episode 49-The Naming of Birds

by | Jan 11, 2021

After a horrific week of social unrest in the U.S., and as Irish Music Stories begins a major overhaul, host Shannon Heaton offers a meditation on how cataloging and organizing can soothe the soul. 

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: Enda McGreevy, Rus Bradburd, Jeremy Keith, Kevin Doyle, Roland Hebborn, Christopher Stuart, Edward Schilling, Randall Semagin, Parker Abercrombie, Marji Gibbs, Sean Carrol, Peter Smith, Mike Voss, Ian Bittle, Brian Benscoter, Marc Gunn, Gerry Corr, Suezen Brown, Paul DeCamp, Rick Rubin, Kenneth Doyle, Susan Walsh, Emil Hauptmann, Chris Armstrong, John Ploch, Jon Duvick, Randy Krajniak, Joel DeLashmit, and Susan Walsh.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 49
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Tune: “Perfect Maze,” from Perfect Maze
Artist: Shannon Heaton with Emilie Catlett and Natalie Haas

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

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

Tune: “Haapvesi,” from January EP
Artist: Assemble FKA Popcorn Behavior

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

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