Boston-based Matt & Shannon Heaton play updated and traditional Irish music on flute, accordion, guitar, bouzouki, and voices. They feature husband-and-wife harmonies and instrumental virtuosity.
With engaging stage presence and masterfully-crafted music, Boston-based Matt and Shannon Heaton offer well-travelled Irish music from the heart. Their new album “Whirring Wings” is a seamless blend of brand-new and centuries-old music. The title comes from Robert Burns’ line “the moorcock springs on whirring wings,” and the Heatons took it as stimulus to find lift and space with favorite tunes on flute, guitar, and bouzouki.
The Heatons are 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 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.