Matt & Shannon Heaton launch new album with duo & solo shows


Boston, Massachusetts-based Irish music duo Matt and Shannon Heaton will be in the Midwest/Central U.S. in mid April. Their Friday April 12th show at Chief O’Neill’s will be something of a homecoming for the Heatons—they met as college students at Northwestern. And though they’d lived in Boston since 2001, they still play a lot of the music they learned in the Windy City.


The Heatons play updated traditional Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, and bouzouki; they complement their instrumental work with engaging vocals. It’s a satisfying mix of new and old tunes & songs with engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted arrangements. For the April shows, the Heatons will share songs and tunes from their new 2024 album Whirring Wings.


The Boston Globe said of the Heatons: “Their playing is masterful and inventive, their arrangements city-smart and spacious.”  


Both Heatons have years of experience with Irish music. Shannon co-founded Boston’s Celtic music fest and served on its board for 15 years. She was named Massachusetts Traditional Artist Fellow in 2016 and hosts the podcast Irish Music Stories. Matt has performed with countless ensembles, including the Karan Casey Band, Boys of the Lough, and Robbie O’Connell. They are world-class American performers with Irish roots and universal appeal.


Chief O’Neill’s Pub has been a showcase for traditional music since 1999. The Heaton concert, a CD launch, will take place Friday April 12th at 7:30pm. Admission is $20 TICKETS AND INFO HERE!


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“The hottest band in the Celtic realm.” - The Boston Globe

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The spirit and sound of Altan comes from the deep and rich musical tradition of their native Co. Donegal. After thirty years of playing on stages all over the world from Dublin to New York, Tokyo to Sydney, the premier traditional Irish band returned to the hills of Donegal to record their latest album, The Gap of Dreams. The music transports the listener to the lifestyle of rural Donegal, to a time before electricity when folks would gather together in the mists of winter to tell stories, sing songs and dance into the wee hours of the night. The music lifted the locals' spirits and helped elevate them beyond the hardships of the day like famine, conflict, and emigration. It is this spirit that informed the development of the band through their many phases of growth from a duo performing in pubs to international touring and recording artists.

“The best traditional Irish band.” - Dolly Parton