"Trad Music Summer Camp" on Irish Music Stories

Irish Music Stories is the podcast about traditional music, and the bigger stories behind it. For my twentieth show, I talk to beacons of Irish music about "Trad Music Summer Camp."

This month's show explores why musicians and dancers from all over the world head to immersive teaching weeks. Dr. Mick Moloney takes me from 1982 in West Virginia to 2018 in the Catskills… Kathleen Conneely tells me her tapeworm tale… Kevin Crawford shares his first summer camp story (and Stroopwaffels) with me… Seamus Connolly and I laugh about the bleachers at Fenway park.

And Lissa Schneckenburger, Robbie O’Connell, Cecilia Faran, Deirdre Cronin, Fiona Howell, and Brennish Thomson all help me understand why internet-savvy musicians and dancers still travel to remote settings for jigs and reels. 

These conversations  are the antidote to the fragmentation and atomization that is part of the 21st century experience. And maybe it'll lead you to more of my conversations with beautiful, inspired musicians and dancers to explore the intersection between Irish music and real life.

Irish Music Stories is about what’s happened and what’s happening in the Irish music and dance world. And it's also about the much bigger human stories behind it all.

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