Shannon & Matt Heaton at La Grua Center January 11

Music Matters: Irish Music in North America
Saturday, January 11 at 5pm

Shannon Heaton, vocals, wood flute, whistles
Matt Heaton, vocals, guitar, bouzouki, bodhrán

Irish Music in North America
Lovely Annie • Mountain Road
Galway Rambler • Lover’s Lament
First Date • Pick the Lock
Cabin Boy • Giant of the Road
LuAnn's Jig • Paulline O'Neill's
Sailing Down Fulton Street • Lily of the West
Botany Bay • 900 Miles • Ormond Sound
Maids of Mitchellstown
McFadden’s Handsome Daughter

Just ten months after their fondly remembered 2019 Music Matters début, Shannon & Matt Heaton return to explore the wonderful "cross-pond" culture of Irish music in our New World. Their touching duo performances, Shannon's wickedly agile wood flute solos, and Matt's easy lilt bring the very stars down among us.

Tickets $15. Advance sales available on our website.
Cash, check, or credit accepted at the door. Age 18 and under admitted for free. 

ALL seating is unreserved. Doors open 1/2 hour before start of event.
With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt & 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 & Boston, their flute/guitar/bouzouki instrumentals and sweet husband-and-wife harmony singing draw deeply from the Irish tradition. 

Since their move to Boston in 2001, the Heatons have become an integral part of Boston’s vibrant trad music scene. (Shannon co-founded the Boston Celtic Music Fest in 2003.)

Shannon was named 2016 Massachusetts Cultural Council Traditional Artist Fellow. The Irish American News dubbed her Female Musician of the Year (2009) and Live Ireland nominated her Female Musician of the Year 2010 and  2011. She's been compared to Alison Krauss and Altan's Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh for her combination of vocal grace and instrumental prowess on Irish flute, whistles and accordion. She is also an acclaimed arranger and composer, and has published two instructional Irish music books.

In addition to his acclaimed work as an Irish accompanist on guitar and bouzouki, Matt has also received multiple Massachussetts Cultural Council Grants for his work with kids (he's got two CDs of original rockabilly-tinged music for children and discerning parents). He fronts surf-rock band Electric Heaters and also holds a master's degree in classical guitar. For his creative chording and driving grooves, Matt has been called "a combination of Bill Frisell and Arty McGlynn."

Matt and Shannon are poised, passionate American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal. They are comfortable onstage and have a warm connection with their audiences. They move listeners with their love of traditional music (and each other), and their sense of adventure and fun in exploring new directions and possibilities.