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 32-Cuppa Tea with Len Graham

Why learn old songs from your neighbors, when the airwaves are brimming with NEW music? And how can a rooster’s crow affect singing technique? Hear stories behind Len Graham’s life of song in this month’s Cuppa Tea chat. No matter the aperture, apertoire, or repertoire, Len’s got a story (and a song) to suit the situation.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to hatao, Chris Murphy, Justin Anderson, Lynn Hayes, BrotherHug, David Vaughan, Brian Benscoter, Joe Garrett, and Gerry Corr for underwriting this episode.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 32

all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

Song: “The Wheels of the World,” from Do Me Justice

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “Meaning of Life,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Chimes,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Fair Rosa,” and “Early in the Morning AKA When I Was Young,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “Slip Jig Dreams,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “As I Roved Out” excerpt,  sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Song: “As I Roved Out,” from The Heart Is True

Artist: Sarah Makem

Tune: “Celtic Grooves,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories 

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Now Westlin Winds" (AKA Western Winds), sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “John’s Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “The Moorlough Shore,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “The Girl that Broke My Heart,” from Celtic Mouth Music

Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Tune: “Farewell to Whiskey,” from The Star Above the Garter

Artists: Denis Murphy & Julia Clifford

Song: “Rambling Irishman,” from The Best of DeDannan

Artist: DeDannan

Song: “New York Bay,” from Max Hunter Collection #455 (c/o Missouri State University, Duane G. Meyer Library)

Artist: Bertha Lauderdale

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “The Parting Glass,” from After Dawning

Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Song: “Ye Lovers All,” from Ye Lovers All

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “Bb Intro Groove,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Fox and the Hare,” from When I Was Young

Artists: Len Graham and Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin

Song: “Where the Moorcocks Crow,” from The Road Taken

Artists: Len Graham & Brian Ó Hairt

Song: “The Keeper of the Songs,” from live at WGBH

Artist: Robbie O’Connell

Song: “The Lowlands of Holland” [intro and outro only], sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from The Star Above the Garter

Artists: Denis Murphy

Song: “The Royal Blackbird,” sung live in the Lounge for Irish Music Stories

Artist: Len Graham

Song: “The Parting Glass” [outro lilting], from After Dawning

Artists: Joe Holmes & Len Graham

Tune: “The Blackbird,” from Cover the Buckle

Artists: Seán Clohessy, Sean Mccomiskey, And Kieran Jordan

Song: “Rooster Crow,” recorded by Benjamin Nelan

used under Creative Commons license

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
Episode 26-Kitchen to Concert Stage
Episode 25-Season Three Overture
Episode 24-Joe Cooley Meets Clark Kent

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Testimonials:

“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