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

W elcome to Irish Music Stories. I’m your host, Shannon Heaton. Since January 2017 I have travelled the globe in search of traditional music and dance stories for my LISTENER SUPPORTED PODCAST. 

For 2021, I will expand the project. I’ll build a new website, and pull together never-aired footage, essays, images. Eventually I hope to offer some of these stories in print. There’s lots of fun creative work to do—and also plenty of dull, administrative, archival tasks. Fueled by recent horrific social unrest, little Episode 49 features a meditation on how dull cataloging and organizing can soothe the soul.

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Listen to Episode 49-The Naming of Birds… and read show and music notes HERE.  
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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