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Episode 25-Season Three Overture

Irish Music Stories Podcast

Release Date: 02/12/2019

Episode 50-Framing the Stories show art Episode 50-Framing the Stories

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How much power does a backdrop have? As the Irish Music Stories production team works to assemble episodes and bonus materials, Shannon explores the wooded hills of Medford, Massachusetts to find visual and organizational surrounds that look and feel like time-worn jigs, and ballads, and nights of music and dance.

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Episode 49-The Naming of Birds show art Episode 49-The Naming of Birds

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After a horrific week of social unrest in the U.S., and as Irish Music Stories begins a major overhaul, host Shannon Heaton offers a meditation on how cataloging and organizing can soothe the soul.

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Episode 48-Between the Tunes show art Episode 48-Between the Tunes

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What’s up with stage banter? And why all the joking around between tunes in a session? Host Shannon Heaton explores the on- and offstage chat that surrounds traditional music with Máirtín de Cógáin, Paddy League, Joanie Madden, Rus Bradburd, Liz Carroll, and Jean-Michel Veillon.

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Episode 47-The Myth of Tragedy show art Episode 47-The Myth of Tragedy

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How do composers conjure melodies in traditional Irish and Scottish styles? Where do the tunes come from, and what do they carry? Composers Liz Carroll, Dáithí Sproule, and Katie McNally discuss creativity, resilience, and the myths behind the music.

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Episode 46-Ancient Tongues, Modern Times show art Episode 46-Ancient Tongues, Modern Times

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Learning just a few words in Gaelic is mannerly when visiting Ireland and Scotland. And it can be a way IN to cultural values and humor. Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Séamus Ó Flatharta, Ciarán Bolger, Michael Coult, Julie Fowlis, Mary Jane Lamond, and Brian Ó hAirt help me understand connections between language and music. And how songs in Irish and Scottish Gaelic transmit emotion, carry history, and lift people up.

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There’s no definitive Irish or Scottish music method book. A lot of seasoned practitioners learned their music in kitchens and pubs. So how do they bring that immersive, social learning approach into the classroom? The latest IMS episode features traditional musicians who share ideas about teaching and learning traditional music.

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Episode 44-Not Easy Playing Green show art Episode 44-Not Easy Playing Green

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The topic of sustainable travel for touring musicians has been reframed, as Covid-19 has cancelled most music live music events for an unforeseeable amount of time. But as activity kicks up again, conversations about responsible, viable, grateful travel—and conservation—remain vital. The latest IMS episode features traditional musicians who advocate for marine ecosystems, planet conscious travel, and the health bees.

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Episode 43-From the Fringe to the Fore show art Episode 43-From the Fringe to the Fore

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Hear how the banjo came into common acceptance in Irish circles from Daniel Neely, Enda Scahill, and Martin Howley… and check in with the joys and challenges of outsider status from harpist Maeve Gilchrist, cellist Natalie Haas, and saxophone players Susan Lindsay and Isaac Alderson.

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Episode 42-The Long Arm of the Irish Tradition show art Episode 42-The Long Arm of the Irish Tradition

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Persistent infections like Covid-19 … and social injustice.. and racism… loom large. And still, these little Irish jigs and reels are forming bridges across oceans. What happens when people fall in love with a foreign music culture and pull themselves out of their comfort zones to travel and learn to play? Learn about the perspective Irish music has offered players on five continents.

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Episode 41- Transplanting Tradition in the Land of the Trees show art Episode 41- Transplanting Tradition in the Land of the Trees

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What do rampant evictions, military ship collisions, and Christmas trees have to do with jigs and reels? Learn how Gaelic culture resonated in Canada’s “New Scotland,” and down in the Boston States, from singer Mary Jane Lamond and fiddle players Troy MacGillivray, Andrea Beaton, Alasdair Fraser, Katie McNally, and Lee Cremo.

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More Episodes

Want a sneak peek of future IMS episodes? Tune in to hear a bit about instruments on the fringe of the session; Scottish, Cape Breton, and Irish music connections; the long (global) reach of Celtic traditions; practice habits of traditional players and dancers; the intersection between food, drink, and traditional music; and musical connections to the Overworld!

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Special thanks to Susan Walsh, Peggy Bogardus, Nathan Weston, Gerry Corr, Brian Benscoter, and Joe Garrett for supporting this episode. And thank you to Matt Heaton for script editing and production music.

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Music Heard on IMS Episode 25
all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

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

Tune: “My Love is in America” from Dearga
Artists: Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar & bodhran)

Tune: “Sabai Sabai,” from Production Music Made for Irish Music Stories
Artist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

Tune: “The B Minor Cut,” (strathspey) from Cuts
Artist: Andrea Beaton

Tune: “A Beautiful Ending,” from Branches
Artist: Andrew Finn Magill

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

Tune: “Blue Dress Waltz,” from The Blue Dress
Artists: Maeve Gilchrist (harp), Shannon Heaton (flute)

Tune: “Aimee and Shodekeh,” from Cybertrad (by Matthew Olwell)
Artists: Aimee Curl (bass), Shodekeh Talifero (voice)

Tune: “Reavy’s,” from Traditional Music On Fiddle, Banjo & Harp
Artists: Oisin Mac Diarmada, Brian Fitzgerald, Micheal O'Ruanaigh

Tune: “Across the Border,” (by Koji Nagao) from tricolor BIGBAND
Artist: Yuka Nakafuji and Tricolor