Blue Skies Above CD (mail order)


A Heaton lucky dozen of songs about bicycles, birds, and gardening incidents.

“a remarkable level of trad Irish artistry and majestic excellence.” –Boston Herald


Blue Skies Above CD (mail order)

Matt and Shannon Heaton’s lucky dozen of songs about bicycles, birds, and gardening incidents is a sunny mix of Irish traditional and original songs and tunes. With special guests Sam Amidon, Laura Cortese, Paddy League , Jamie McClennan and Emily Smith.
Eats Records CD 006, March 2006

“12 tracks of sheer joy…Shannon on whistles and flute and husband Matt on guitar and delightful vocal harmonies make this album an uplifting and spirited listen.” -Kennebec Journal/Morning Sentinel, Portland, ME

“a remarkable level of trad Irish artistry and attain majestic excellence. Fleet of note, fine in execution, the Heatons are as accepted in Ireland as they are here.” –Boston Herald

“Boston’s Matt & Shannon Heaton combine a love of Irish music, superb chops on flute and whistles (Shannon), guitar and bouzouki (Matt), and a cast of talented studio friends for a lovely CD. Shannon’s upbeat version of ‘The Blackbird,’ and smashing playing by both on ‘The O’Connor’ Donn’s’ are only a couple of the highlights.” -Sing Out!

Matt and Shannon’s bright and sunny collection of tunes and songs. The album’s playlist:

1) Thady Casey’s Reel & The Reel of Rio (traditional reels with Paddy League, drums)
2) The Blackbird (traditional song)
3) Giant of the Road (song by Matt)
4) Shady Spot (waltz by Shannon with Jamie McClennan, fiddle; Emily Smith, accordion)
5) Harvest Time (song by Shannon)
6) Belle of the South Shore (slow reel by Shannon with Sam Amidon, banjo)
7) Redwoods in Winter & The Small Girl (jig by Shannon, jig by Matt)
8) Death and the Lady (traditional song adapted by Shannon with Laura Cortese)
9) O’Connor Donn’s & Morning Thrush (traditional reels)
10) The Monument (song by Andy Irvine)
11) Pauline O’Neill’s (trad) & Sailing Down Fulton Street (jig by Shannon)
12) Lucky Dozen & The Skylark (mazurka by Matt, traditional reel with Paddy League, drums)