The Lark In The Strand

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  1. Shannon Heaton Interview (Flute) — The Blarney Pilgrims Podcast

    A Belgian neighbour in Nigeria and a first encounter with the recorder and whistle; traditional music in Thailand and a global musical imagination; Maria Carey, melismatic singing, Paddy Tunney and the Ulster song tradition; Irish music with Chris and Aidan and John, and meeting Matt Molloy. Holding on to a singer so they don’t drift away. Composing, teaching and podcasting, constructing a living in music. And, you know, heart and soul stuff - like hope.

    https://www.blarneypilgrims.com/episodes/shannon-heaton-interview-flute

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  2. Irish Music Stories Podcast: Episode 01-Trip to Sligo

    This inaugural episode tells the tale of Cormac Gaj and the band he formed with fellow Boston tweens. I learn about their amazing journey to the All Ireland music competition in Sligo; and I dig into what it meant to Cormac… and to all the parents, teachers, and peers who were in on the qualifying round in New Jersey, and the big Fleadh (contest) in Ireland. Whether you already play the fiddle or you don’t know anything about trad music or dance, you’ll join me, Shannon Heaton as I visit Boston and Dublin Comhaltas branches (Irish music schools); Mary MacNamara’s kitchen in Tulla, where she teaches music and organizes Irish music exchanges; and Cormac’s living room where he tells his big story. Great stories here from Chicago fiddler Liz Carroll, too. There’s plenty of music here, too. Full music listings and information at www.irishmusicstories.org  

    http://irishmusicstories.libsyn.com/podcast/episode-01-trip-to-sligo

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  3. Episode 05-Handed Down | shannonheatonmusic.com

    It’s warming up in many corners of the world, and many players are heading to Summer Music Camps!

    But of course, music camps are just ONE way that Irish traditional music is handed down. And for this episode, I traveled to Pearl River, NY, Galway City, and to neighborhoods around Boston, to talk with musicians about how they learned their music, and how this has led them to pass it on.

    Séan Clohessy

    There’s big picture inspiration here from Sean Clohessy:“We have rhythm all around us—whether it’s breathing, a heart beat, blinking, walking, the seasons.. there’s rhythm in everything. Irish music is an easy way to perceive a lot of these things, and see things we can’t see with our eyes.”

    And there are intimate Irish music house sessions and concerts that have inspired Josie Coyne:“Falling asleep listening to amazing music, ever since I was really young.To meet all these musicians.. It’s pretty great.”

    And wisdom from Séamus Connolly, whose Collection of Irish Music is available online to all!“If traditional music is locked up, it doesn’t advance or move on. It’s very much a living tradition, and it should be that way.”

    Flanagan, Mulvahill, Furlong

    I hope you’ll join me as I talk with Rose Flanagan, Margie Mulvahill, Patty Furlong, Séan Clohessy, Josie and her dad John Coyne, Louis DePaor, Seamus Connolly, and Elizabeth Sweeney about their activities around traditional music, and how they feel about passing it on.

    Whether you already play tunes, sing ballads, dance sean nós steps.. or you don’t know anything about Irish culture… these conversations speak about friendships, community, and generosity.

    Seamus Connolly

    Read on for full music and poetry credits below. And take a peek at one of this month’s guests, Josie Coyne. This was back in 2013 (she’s 4 years older now..), when she joined fiddler Mick Conneely for a set.

    And here is Séamus Connolly at the NEA National Heritage Fellowship Concert from June 2014:

    Next month’s episode will air Tuesday July 11th. It’ll be a summer short about backers (accompanists). And on Thursday July 13th, I’ll be guest host of the Celtic Music Podcast. Hope you’ll check it out!

    Music Heard on IMS Episode 05

    all music traditional, unless otherwise indicated

    Tune: “Tap Room, Mountain Road, Galway Rambler” (reels), from Rehearsal recording from circa 2009

    Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Tune: “Travel Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

    Tune: “After Hours Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

    Tune: “Broken Clock,” from A Sweeter PlaceArtist: Girsa, feat. Maeve Flanagan (fiddle),

    Composer: Maeve Flanagan

    Tune: “Grupai Ceol Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

    Tune: “Heartstrings Theme,” from Production music made for Irish Music StoriesArtist: Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

    Tune: “Tom Ashe’s March,” from Rehearsal recording from circa 2009

    Artist: Dan Gurney (accordion), Shannon Heaton (flute), Matt Heaton (guitar)

    Tune: “Seán Sa Cheo,” from one of the 78 rpm recordings made for Regal Zonophone

    Artist: Neilidh Boyle (fiddle)

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

    Composer: Matt & Shannon Heaton

    Tune: “Katie’s Fancy” (jig), live in Rose’s Kitchen, 2016

    Artist: Rose Flanagan (fiddle), Patty Furlong (accordion), Margie Mulvahill (flute)

    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Thank you for listening. And thanks to Rose Flanagan, Patty Furlong, Margie Mulvahill, Séan Clohessy, Josie and her dad John Coyne, Louis DePaor, Seamus Connolly, and Elizabeth Sweeney for the beautiful conversations. Thanks, as always, to Matt Heaton for the beautiful guitar underscore, and for invaluable support to make these episodes.

    http://shannonheatonmusic.com/episode-05-handed-down/

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  4. The Gloaming - The Music Show

    The Gloaming is Martin Hayes, fiddle, Iarla Ó Lionáird, vocal, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, hardanger fiddle, Dennis Cahill, guitar and Thomas Bartlett, piano.

    Live performances in The Music Show studio:

    • Song 44: Trad arr. The Gloaming
    • Sailors Bonnet Trad arr. The Gloaming

    http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/musicshow/the-gloaming/5840218

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  5. Episode 06-The Backer | shannonheatonmusic.com

    For this sixth episode of Irish Music Stories (a shorter summer special!), I talked to some of trad music’s most inspired accompanists. It was great to hear about the inner game of backing from Matt Heaton, Neil Pearlman, Keith Murphy, and John Doyle.

    Now, singers and accordion players can also certainly ride a rhythmic wave in a session, or sculpt a song with color, texture, and deep care for the storyline. But there’s a particular experience that chordal players have with Irish music. I wanted to understand that feeling a bit more.

    John Doyle talks about the meditative quality of backing:

    “When you play in a good session, when it’s super rhythmic, you get into this flow state, especially when you’re rhythmic. It’s a very Zen-like, momentary space.. I think it’s a place where very few people get to in life. And then it’s broken when the tune ends… and of course, there’s an enjoyment, the love of music.”

    Pianist Neil Pearlman (who also hosts a great podcast called TradCafe) shared his thoughts on how a broader perspective shapes players and playing: “Traditional music is cultural music… knowing other people who play, dance, or speak with an Irish accent all go into some subtle sense of feel in the music.”

    And guitarist Matt Heaton says, “There are such cool things you can do with harmony. You can add tension, you can build suspense, you can make something sound bright and happy.. you can shine a light on certain aspects of the melody, sort of illuminate it.”

    I hope you’ll join me as I talk with Matt, Neil, Keith and John about how they think about backing traditional music.

    Whether you already play guitar, sing ballads, or dance steps.. or if you don’t know anything about Irish culture… these conversations concern deep listening, community, and flow state.

    http://shannonheatonmusic.com/episode-06-the-backer/

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  6. Tune of the Month: The Ashplant

    From Matt & Shannon Heaton, home of the Tune of the Month Podcast.

    This month’s Tune of the Month goes out to the gang at Simple Gifts Folk College in PA. We had a great time participating at this fine annual event over the Memorial Day weekend. We worked on this e minor reel, "The Ashplant" at our Rhythm and Style for Melody Players workshop, and managed a great group rhythm by the end of the class. Thanks, Pennsylvania (Matt’s home state) for having such style.

    Also, if you are seeking inspiration beyond the June tune, check out my friend Sue’s recent blog about practicing and flute playing. I think she sums things up better than I could: http://sueandstevelindsay.blogspot.com/2010/05/day-320-of-practice-lessons-from-lesson.html

    From http://tuneofthemonth.posterous.com/ashplant-june-totm-0

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  7. Chicago Fiddler’s Music Is a Hit in Ireland

    Irish-American fiddler Liz Carroll joins guitarist John Doyle on her latest CD, In Play. Her music made it from the American Midwest into the canon of Irish traditional tunes. Carroll talks to Melissa Block about the satisfaction of hearing her songs played at Irish fiddle sessions.

    From: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5232287

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