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

Welcome to Irish Music Stories, I’m your host, Shannon Heaton. I play Irish flute and sing; I travel around the globe to perform and teach; and I LOVE Irish music and dance, and related Celtic traditions. This show is my way of sharing the rich inspiration that the global ‘trad’ community has given to me.

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Irish Music Stories Podcast
Irish Music Stories Podcast
The show about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. Host Shannon Heaton talks to musicians, dancers, and scholars about where Irish music has been, where it's going, and what it means to so many people around the globe. Whether you already play fiddle or know dance steps, or you don't know anything about traditional music, the emphasis of this show is creativity, community, and heritage.
Episode 35- Last Night’s Food

What’s up with the endless cups of Irish tea? Is there something genuinely nourishing about a pile of french fries and melted cheese? Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Matthew Olwell, Jamie McClennan, and Matt Heaton help me digest the meaning behind the menu. And I’ve also got tasty tales from Kevin Doyle, Liz Carroll, John Williams, and Kathleen Conneely.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to Mark Johnson, Lynn Cox, Sharon Murphy, Valerie Watt, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode.

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* * * * * * *Music Heard onIMSEpisode 34 all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

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

Tune: “Grupai Memories,” from Production Music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Soggy’s Slip Jig,” from A Lovely MadnessArtist: Beoga

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “Trip to Birmingham,” from CybertradArtist: Matthew Olwell

Tune: “Ratholdran Castle,” from Trian IIArtist: Trian

Tune: “Bodhrán and Beatbox,” from CybertradArtist: Matthew Olwell

Tune: “Last of the Leaves,” from Half Day RoadArtist: Jake Charron

Song: “Silver Dagger,” from The Grass is BlueArtist: Dolly Parton

Tune: “Austrian Waters,” from Runaway SundayArtist: Artist

Song: “Beidh Aonach Amárach,” from AltanArtist: Altan

Tune: “Vivienne’s Jig,” from In TransitArtist: Jamie McClennan

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,” from Production Music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “G Chimes,” from Production Music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton

Tune: “The Duke of Leinster,” from Ten Years Of Céilí House, With Kieran HanrahanArtists: Mícheál Ó'Raghallaigh

Tune: “Demon Ducks of Doom,” from In TransitArtist: Jamie McClennan

Episode 35- Last Night’s Food
Episode 34-Fairy Forts and Changelings
Episode 33-The Irish Woodshed
Episode 32-Cuppa Tea with Len Graham
Episode 31-The Scottish Connection
Episode 30-GMT Plus Nine
Episode 29B-Travel Update from Tokyo
Episode 29-Trad on Canvas
Episode 28-Travel Update from Thornhill
Episode 27-Touching Down on Different Fields

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“Irish musician Shannon Heaton knows that a good story told well can entertain, illuminate, even educate.”  (Boston Irish Reporter)

“Heaton does an excellent job of keeping the subject interesting to aficionados while at the same time engaging and accessible to non-initiates.” (Irish Echo)

One of the single best repositories of insight into Irish music, the scene surrounding it, and the people who populate it.” -Tim Britton

“Shannon’s podcast will help you understand the life behind Irish music… your heart is drawn in, your thoughts and imagination are captivated.” -Brian Benscoter

A lovely, accessible window into the richness of the tradition.” – Steve Marantz

“Shannon’s podcast makes me crave family reunions (with real open fires) where we’d all find something really appealing in these stories of music, stories that carry us across emigration paths and emotional landscapes.” -Deirdre Cronin