Shannon Heaton

Irish Flute Player & Singer | Composer | Teacher | Podcaster

Performance Projects

In addition to teaching, composing, recording, and producing the Irish Music Stories oral history project, Boston-based flute player and singer Shannon Heaton performs with guitarist husband Matt Heaton. She has also collaborated with New England fiddle band Childsplay; dancers Kieran Jordan, Nic Gareiss, and Kevin Doyle; Tokyo-based band tricolor; Newfoundland native Keith Murphy; Robbie O’Connell and Aoife Clancy; Siúcra with Beth Leachman and Sam Amidon; and many others. 

Matt & Shannon Heaton play traditional and updated Irish music on flute/whistle/accordion, guitar/bouzouki, and voices. They have straight-ahead Irish music backgrounds and also bring in personal, American-tinged touches to their music. Their shows feature stunning musicianship, an easy rapport with audiences, and a selection of music you won’t hear anywhere else.

“Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious. Still, they never forget that Irish music is, at its heart, a neighborly form, meant for sharing, not showing off.” – Scott Alarik, Boston Globe

Learn more at the DUO SITE


In addition to SHANNON’s DUO with MATT HEATON, she has also created IRISH MUSIC STORIES LIVE (one-woman multi-media show)

An onstage extension of Shannon’s IMS Podcast, Irish Music Stories Live weaves together flute, voice, and stunning stagecraft with pre-recorded stories, guitar work, dancing feet, and archival sound clips. Equal parts concert and culture show, this multi-media experience digs into universal stories through an Irish music lens.

“A wonderfully entertaining show. I loved all the glimpses into Irish music history interspersed with the fabulous music!” -Kristen Lee

“Very creative, informative and entertaining. And her playing was masterful and expressive. A very complete one-person show.” -Marty Somberg

“I loved hearing so much flute playing without accompaniment. The blending of live and recording was really fun and interesting. I went home and subscribed to the podcast right away!” -Tom Voiles

“First-rate in its composition and entirely engaging with the mix of story and music. Thanks for the experience.” -Shawn Cayson

APIAN ARMY (Flute/voice and strings)
As a skilled arranger, Heaton’s chamber folk project features music for Irish traditional voice, flute and string quartet.

Whether appearing with musicians in her hometown of Boston, or guesting with existing players around the country, Shannon’s “chamber folk” program features lush arrangements of original and traditional tunes and ballads. “A masterful fusion of contemporary sophistication and traditional music appeal.”

Shannon’s live appearances (shows with guitarist husband Matt Heaton and more) have moved online for the moment. Check out PERFORMANCE CALENDAR