Music Matters: New England Folk Quartet 'Tracing Traditions' ~ Old Tunes & Ballads from Ireland & North America Friday, September 30 at 7pm

Music Matters: New England Folk Quartet
TRACING TRADITIONS ~ Old Tunes & Ballads from Ireland & North America
Friday, September 30 at 7pm

Music Matters brings together good friends and long-time colleagues Shannon Heaton, Becky Tracy, Matt Heaton, and Keith Murphy for a deeply appealing Stonington evening. Each of these two couples has performed on our stage before, and the Heatons appeared in a touching La Grua video at the start of the pandemic. Their fabulous musicianship has moved critics and writers in the field to sing their praises as individuals. As a quartet, their vivid personalities and irrepressible flair for lyrical, tuneful singing and playing are rare and special. 

Ticket $20. Visit for more information or to purchase. At the door ticket sales $25. Seating not reserved; first come, first served. Doors open 1/2 hour before the event starts.
FREE parking in the Stonington Commons Lot, 32 Water St. in Stonington
Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton play updated and traditional Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices. 

With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Steeped in sessions in County Clare and brewed in the acoustic music scenes of Chicago and Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition. 
The Heatons also gently incorporate the Thai music Shannon learned as a kid and rootsy Americana sounds that surrounded them during their three years in bluegrass-haven Boulder, Colorado. 

Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston’s vibrant trad music scene. Shannon co-founded Boston’s Celtic music fest and served on its board for 15 years, creating performance and mentoring opportunities for hundreds of traditional musicians and dancers. She was named Massachusetts Traditional Artist Fellow in 2016, and she hosts the culture podcast Irish Music Stories

Matt has performed with countless ensembles, including the Karan Casey Band, Boys of the Lough, and Robbie O’Connell. In addition to his work as an Irish accompanist on guitar and bouzouki, Matt is an active performer for children and families. He has received multiple MCC grants for his engaging sing alongs and rockabilly tinged albums. He also fronts surf-rock band Electric Heaters. 
Matt and Shannon are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They are world class American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal. 
Becky Tracy (fiddle) and Keith Murphy (guitar, mandolin, piano and foot percussion)
Becky and Keith are dynamic performers of traditional music from Newfoundland, Quebec, Ireland, France and beyond. Tracy’s fiddling pulses through tasteful arrangements of dance tunes and resonates with beauty on traditional slow airs. Keith’s gentle and expressive singing in English and French is balanced by the drive and power of his guitar playing and foot percussion. Combined, they produce a range and richness of sound that is striking for a duo. Their playing is seamless, the result of years of playing together and touring across the U.S., Canada and in Europe. Their repertoire also includes Keith’s original compositions (many of which are included in the Black Isle Music tune collection). He is a prolific tunesmith with a writing style strongly based on traditional dance music. This music is elegantly represented in their duo recording, Golden, released in early 2020.

Keith and Becky were two thirds of the popular Vermont trio, Nightingale and are veterans of several other bands including Childsplay and Assembly (Keith) and Wild Asparagus (Becky). They can be heard on recordings of all these bands and many others. Becky released her first solo recording, Evergreen, in 2001 and in recent years has been active with Eloise & Co which released their debut album, More Please in 2018. Land of Fish and Seals (2018) is Keith’s most recent solo recording.