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 have travelled around the globe, performing and teaching Irish flute. And I LOVE Irish music and dance, and related Celtic traditions. This LISTENER SUPPORTED PODCAST is my way of sharing the rich inspiration that the global trad community has given to me.
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The latest IMS episode explores how the tenor banjo has risen in popularity for Irish musicians, and what it’s like to play trad tunes on instruments that are LESS common at Celtic music festivals and sessions. Listen to Episode 43-From the Fringe to the Fore… read show and music notes HERE. For more episodes, scroll down through the player!

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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