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 34-Fairy Forts and Changelings
by Shannon Heaton

Are Irish fairies REAL? And if so, could there be Sí folk living in New England?? Fiddle player Martin Hayes, singer Emily Smith, and storyteller Máirtín de Cógáin help me and this month’s co-producer Nigel Heaton investigate songs, stories, and possible gateways to the Otherworld.

Plenty of music here, too. Full playlist below.

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Thanks to everybody for listening. And a special thank you to Jonathan Duvick, Mark Haynes, Chris Murphy, 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

Song: “Edwin of the Lowlands Low,” from Tell You in EarnestArtists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Waimea Rising” fromVignette Artists: Maeve Gilchrist & Viktor Krauss

Tune: “Rockabye by Firelight,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Meaning of Life,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “As I Roved Out,” from CrossroadsArtists: Mairtin O'Connor, Seamie O'Dowd & Cathal Hayden

Tune: “As the Crow Flies,” from Half Day RoadArtist: Liz Carroll

Tune: “Abbey Reel,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “The Song of the Seal,” from Seal Maiden-Celtic MusicalArtist: Karan Casey

Tune: “G Chimes,”from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Lilting Banshee,” from The Otherworld - Music And Song From The Irish TraditionArtist: Robert Harvey

Tune: “Port Na Bpucai,” from Live In SeattleArtists: Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill

Tune: “Mist Covered Mountain,” from Martin HayesArtist: Martin Hayes

Tune: “Triumph Theme,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

tune: “The Wee Folks Thimble,” from Living Room Tommy Peoples composition partyArtists: Matt & Shannon Heaton

Tune: “Hometown Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “The Quiet Glen,” from The Quiet GlenArtist: Tommy Peoples

Song: “The Wife of Usher’s Well,” from Fairest Floo’erArtist: Karine Polwart

Tune: “G Meditation,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Song: “Three Ravens / The Raven's Return,” from 3 RavensArtist: Malinky

Song: “Queen of the Fairies,” from Macmath: The Silent PageThe Macmath Collective

Tune: “The Lone Bush,” from As it happenedArtists: Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh & Danny O Mahony

Tune: “D Big Build,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “Little Bird Lullaby,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: "The Wolf/The Duck," from On the OffbeatArtist: Liz Carroll

Tune: “Awakening,” from RavenArtists: John Williams & Dean Magraw

Tune: “Pound the Floor,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

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
Episode 26-Kitchen to Concert Stage

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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