Irish and Celtic Music PodcastAuthor: Marc Gunn
28 Jan 2021

Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

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If you love Celtic music, then welcome to Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Each week, you'll receive an hour-long award-winning Celtic radio show featuring some of the best independent Irish & Celtic music, and all 100% FREE! It is one of the top music podcasts on iTunes and receives over 10,000 downloads of each show each and every week. You can subscribe to have it automatically download through your favorite podcast player. Did I mention, it was FREE?

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    The Road to Anywhere #494

    Are you too ready to hit the road? Though I wanna return to Scotland or Ireland, I’ll happily take the road to anywhere with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

    Mithril, John Williams & Dean Magraw, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse, Con Durham & Maz O'Flaherty, Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, The Selkie Girls, The Rogues, RG Paddler, Cluan, Moch Pryderi, Patsy O'Brien, Don Gabbert, Marys Lane, Icewagon Flu, Molly Bauckham

    I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, please share the show on social or with a friend.

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free.

    VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20
    This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!

    THIS WEEK IN CELTIC MUSIC

    0:03 - Mithril "The Ale Is Dear/The Road To Kerrigoarch/The Boarding House Jig" from The Return Home

    5:16 - WELCOME

    6:08 - John Williams & Dean Magraw "Road to Wexford (jig)" from Raven

    10:17 - Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse "The Road to Drumleman" from The Laverock Song

    15:19 - Con Durham & Maz O'Flaherty "Reels: Josie McDermott's, Come West Along The Road, The Dairy Maid" from Ar An Sli (On The Way)

    Pronunciation: Air un Shlee

    18:33 - Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac "Rinn Mi Córr is Naoi Mìle / I Travelled More Than Nine Miles" from Seinn

    Pronunciation: Rin Me Core Iss Nee Meal-a

    21:52 - FEEDBACK

    26:15 - The Selkie Girls "Cheyenne" from Running With the Morrigan

    29:06 - The Rogues "A Rogue Less Travelled" from V.O

    31:54 - RG Paddler "Travelling Song" from Twisted Stick

    37:20 - Cluan "Johnny Allen's (reels)" from The High Road

    41:52 - Moch Pryderi "Trafaeliais Y Byd (I Traveled the World)" from Moch IV

    44:34 - THANKS

    46:18 - Patsy O'Brien "The Traveler" from Irish Guitar

    49:41 - Don Gabbert "The Road to Killybegs" from Tejas Go Bragh

    51:42 - Marys Lane "Road Less Traveled/Harvest Home" from Wild Unknown

    54:44 - Icewagon Flu "Follow Me Up to Carlow" from Off the Wagon

    57:43 - CLOSING

    58:47 - Molly Bauckham "Somewhere Along the Road" from Maid on the Shore

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at http://celticmusicpodcast.com/.

    WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC

    * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

    One of my big hopes for this year is to get back overseas for my Celtic Invasion of Loch Lomond. But to make that happen, we have to beat the pandemic, mask up, and get vaccinated.

    In the spirit of travel, my graphic designer, Miranda Nelson, suggested this theme--The Road to Anywhere. I picked songs and tunes with a travel theme. Let’s hit the road...

    THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST!

    Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow.

    As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon.

    A super special thanks to our newest patrons: Laura MacKenzie, Amy StarChild, Mike R, Sarah C, Henry C, Greg John C, Michelle M, and our newest Celtic Legend, Morgan George.

    You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com.

    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    Do you want to get your music on the podcast? Complete the permission form at www.4celts.com. If you have a favorite artist who you think should be featured, email them. Ask them to submit. I can’t wait to share the music.

    #celticmusic #irishmusic #celticpodcast

    I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

    What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you're doing while listening. Email a voicemail message to celticpodcast@gmail.com

    Pete from The Bookends emailed: "Hi Marc - thanks so much for featuring us off the top of your podcast this week and for supporting Irish & Celtic music.  We're thrilled you bought the record and went on to play it on your show"

    Maddy Churchhouse emailed some photos: "Hi Marc, Love the podcast. You mentioned you like pictures so I thought I would send some!

    I listened to your Samhain episode and a few others from the backlog whilst wild camping the James Heriot Way (a 52 mile circular walk through Wensleydale & Swaledale) in the Yorkshire Dales for three days over the Halloween weekend. With the whirling leaves and autumn fellsides the podcast set the perfect magical atmosphere. The inspiring music was exactly what I needed to pick me up when my energy started to lag hiking down from the head of Swaledale as the sun set, and your cheerful commentary really kept my spirits high while I was night hiking under the full moon on Halloween night and looking for an appropriate place to pitch up! Thank you for spreading such awesome music."

    Sophia MacKay emailed: "Hello Mark! I first found the podcast through my mother, and have been listening for about 6 years now. It’s the soundtrack to my 40 minute walk to and from work, and what usually I listen to while I knit.

    What prompted me to finally reach out is the latest episode of the podcast. I wanted to make sure you knew Heather Alexander is now Alexander James Adams. He transitioned, and is therefore no longer a “Celtic woman”. I don’t know myself how to handle dead names when it comes to musicians with work still under their old name, but I’m sure you will do so with grace, considering your commitment to equality and diversity with your podcast."

    I did know that of course. I was a big fan of Heather Alexander’s work, which is why I reached out to Alex. After getting that emailed, I realized I should've asked Alex before adding Heather to the Celtic Woman show. So I did.

    Alexander James Adams responded: "Thanks for playing the music. No apologies needed.

    Heather was proud of her femininity. She worked hard at it.??

    I tend to refer to her as a separate person, though I show her off vocally when it is needed. (It’s taken years to get a good falsetto??) I like to think that I just have her running around in the background, making commentary like they do for movies on the bonus DVD. It’s a red head thing!

    I’m fairly open with the fact that I transitioned and leave it up to each individual as to how or what they say. You can go with the “faerie tale” if you like; Heather being a changeling returned home and me being a Stolen Child released, or you can be straight with your audience. I trust your judgement.

    I’m honoured and happy for you to play the music of the Heatherlands. As the Heir, I keep the magic alive by holding all that has been done equal to all that will be.

    Honesty is always fulfilling for me.

    Again, thank you for supporting my music, especially this year.

    I’m glad you’re getting through this still standing and wish you great advancement in the new year!

    Happy Holidays!"


  • Posted on 28 Jan 2021

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    Grace and Kindness #493

    Approach life with grace, kindness and generosity. You will have a happier, more fulfilling life. And it’ll make the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast even more enjoyable.

    Daimh, TJ Hull & Jeff Ksiazek, Andrew McManus, Dylan Foley, Tallymoore, Colleen Raney & Colm Maccárthaigh, Andrew Finn Magill, Jesse Ferguson, Kathryn Rose, Dave Howard Coons, Deirdre Graham, Lorcan Mac Mathuna, Follow the Crows, Wakefire, Scythian, Siubhail/Tress Maksimuk

    I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, please share the show on social or with a friend.

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free.

    VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20
    This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!

    THIS WEEK IN CELTIC MUSIC

    0:03 - Daimh "Pattern Day Jigs" from The Hebridean Sessions

    3:36 - WELCOME

    4:32 - TJ Hull & Jeff Ksiazek "Sergeant Early's Dream/Paddy Fahey's (reels)" from Eist

    8:13 - Andrew McManus "Searching for the Sun" from Days of Wonder

    11:43 - Dylan Foley "Bride's Favorite/Leitrim Fancy/Gallagher's Frolics" from Deliriously Happy

    15:19 - Tallymoore "Ronnie Hall" from One Foot Across the Ocean

    19:21 - FEEDBACK

    23:30 - Colleen Raney & Colm Maccárthaigh "Bound for Caledonia" from Cuan

    27:32 - Andrew Finn Magill "Polkas" from Drive & Lift

    31:07 - Jesse Ferguson "The Holy Ground" from Sailor Songs

    34:21 - Kathryn Rose "May Morning Dew from Origins

    38:48 - Dave Howard Coons "The Emigrant" from Sea Fever

    41:45 - THANKS

    43:56 - Deirdre Graham "Mairead nan Cuiread" from URRANTA

    48:00 - Lorcan Mac Mathuna "An raibh tú ar an gCaraig Part 2" from An Bhuatais & The Meaning of Life

    49:49 - Follow the Crows "Tide Turns” from Single

    54:22 - Wakefire "Tam Lin / Johnny Goes to France" from To A Distant Shore

    56:42 - Scythian "The Bruce" from Roots & Stones

    1:02:17 - CLOSING

    1:03:44 - Siubhail/Tress Maksimuk "Fount of Grace" from Siubhail

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at http://celticmusicpodcast.com/.

    WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC

    * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

    Congratulations to our new President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris. Hopefully our new leaders will bring a lot more stability and kindness for our future.

    But change does not come overnight. And it’s not dependent on the government. It’s on each of us to be kind and generous in our interactions, both inside and outside of our communities.

    Do you want to get your music on the podcast? Complete the permission form at www.4celts.com. If you have a favorite artist who you think should be featured, email them. Ask them to submit. I can’t wait to share the music.

    THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST!

    Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow.

    As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon.

    A super special thanks to our newest patrons: Terry K. M, Keith S, Karen K, Eric F, Connie M, Margaret D, Derek Byrne, and as well as our long-time Celtic Legend Rian P Kegerreis.

    You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com.

    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    #celticmusic #irishmusic #celticpodcast

    I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

    What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you're doing while listening. Email a voicemail message to celticpodcast@gmail.com

    Nan Griffin emailed: "Hi, I see your other podcasts on there and your music too and was wondering if your podcast, Irish and Celtic Music Podcast, will show up on Spotify anytime soon? Please advise and thanks"

    Georgy Grigoryev asked the same question. I told him the same answer I told Nan. He replied: "oh dang! it's a terrible decision from their side! Thanks for the podacst anyway! My favourite one and not like "oh I don't know they are all great" but truly honestly the most loved podcast!"

    Teddy Zeitlin emailed: "I just found your podcast. I am in the USA. In my 70s. I always loved folk music. I always found the sound of Irish music to be so comforting, so down to earth.  I was in Dublin a couple of years ago, and loved it.  Ireland is one of the places I hope to be able to visit again. COVID-19 go away!!!

    A couple of years ago while taking my then 8 year old granddaughter to Hebrew school, I put on a local Irish music show in the car. She loved the music. Glad I was able to pass that on to her. She plays violin. Hopefully one day the fiddle."

    1. (Gene) Brewer replied to the Celtic Music Magazine: "Yes, I did retrieve the free tracks and have installed them into my library, which continues to grow. Thank you very much.

    A few of my favorite bands/artists that I know names for are:

    Slainte (out of Seattle I believe but think they has broke up)

    Celtic Fiddle Festival (Kevin Burke is tremendous on the fiddle)

    Chieftains

    Altman

    There’s lots of artists I like but I don’t know or recall exactly their names.

    Right now I am living in a small SoCal desert town and there is no Celtic music scene here to my knowledge. this why I stream a lot of music.

    I’m retired so my entertainment funds are limited. so I look for the most for the least. Some people call it cheap, I call it frugal. However I’ll be getting the bumper sticker offer to help out the cause.

    My heritage is Irish (Ussery from County Cork), English, German and Cherokee Indian.

    My internet is flaky and sometimes real slow (DSL) like last night. Had trouble streaming the podcast. Looking into getting a better ISP."


  • Posted on 21 Jan 2021

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    I Will Always Love You #492

    I will always love you. Thank you for celebrating Celtic culture through the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

    Serious Kitchen, The Kissers, Emma Langford, Andrew Finn Magill, Trip McCool, Triskele, The Bookends, Martyn Wylde, Franco Morone, Saby O', Heather Dale, Reilly, Stand Easy, John McLean Allan, Tuatha de Danann, Tara

    I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, please share the show on social or with a friend.

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free.

    VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20
    This is our way of finding the best songs and tunes and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!

    THIS WEEK IN CELTIC MUSIC

    0:03 - Serious Kitchen "Batten Down the Hatches" from "Tig"

    4:21 - WELCOME

    5:10 - The Kissers "The Wedding (Mingulay Boat Song / Three Sails / Connaghtman's Rambles / Haste to the Wedding)" from Three Sails

    11:39 - Emma Langford "The Winding Way Down to Kells Bay” from Sowing Acorns

    15:33 - Andrew Finn Magill "Humors of Tullycrine" from Drive & Lift

    19:37 - Trip McCool "The First Robin of Spring" from Hang Me Out to Dry

    24:05 - CELTIC FEEDBACK

    26:58 - Triskele "I Can Only Dream" from The Collar City Uprising

    29:15 - The Bookends "Last Night in Ennistymon" from Chapter One

    34:24 - Martyn Wylde "Absent Friends" from Learning from the Leaves

    38:43 - Franco Morone "Giants Parade / Morrison Jig" from Single

    42:40 - Saby O' "Left My Heart Behind" from Lilac Sky

    46:15 - THANKS

    48:28 - Heather Dale "Joan" from The Gabriel Hounds

    52:23 - Reilly "Fireflies" from Revelry & Regret

    56:27 - Stand Easy/John McLean Allan "Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda" from Head in the Clouds

    59:41 - Tuatha de Danann "The Devil Drink Cider" from In Nomine Eireann

    I interviewed Bruno Maia in the latest episode of the Pub Songs Podcast. You’ll find out how I ended up singing on this song for their new album. Plus, you’ll hear me sing my own version of the song. Plus you can get a St Patrick’s Day Gift. Listen now.

    1:04:20 - CLOSING

    1:06:44 - Tara "I Will Always Love You" from Single

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at http://celticmusicpodcast.com/.

    WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC

    * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

    It was a rollercoaster of a week here in the States. So I just want you to know, I love you for listening and for supporting the diversity in our Celtic community. It’s important to remember kindness in these tough times. So I hope I can bring a smile to your face with more great Celtic music.

    You may already know that I include timestamps in each episode. This makes it easier for you to find out who is playing and what the awesome track is.

    A few months ago, we started using an app called Forecast which creates chapters to make it even more easy.

    I can’t find the email. But a month or so ago, someone emailed and suggested that I put the artist name first, instead of listing the song first. I just did that. So now when you look at the show notes, it should be even easier to find out who is playing what track so you can vote for them in the Celtic Top 20.

    THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST!

    Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow.

    As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon.

    A super special thanks to our newest patrons: Ben, Pamala, Vaidah Katz, Phyu Kyaw, melsing, Esther W, Hobie W, Patty and Dan C

    You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com.

    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    #celticmusic #irishmusic #celticpodcast

    I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

    What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you're doing while listening. Email a voicemail message to celticpodcast@gmail.com

    Brandon Carl emailed a couple photos: "Hello Mark it is nice to meet you. This is my first time messaging you. I have been a long time listener of your podcast and am always a fan of Irish and Celtic music. I am actually in a bagpipe band in Virginia and play the snare drum. What I normally do while listening to your podcasts is play my truck simulator on my PC. Euro Truck Simulator 2. It can be a pretty addicting game. Hope you have a great New Years and talk to you soon! Cheers! *Note:: Band photo was when I used to play the bass drum."

    Kristina Arroyo emailed a photo: "I’m working on this piece while listening to your beautiful show, started this on winter solstice."

    Scott Selhorst emailed from Dayton, Ohio: “Hello Marc, I have been a fan, a listener, and a supporter for a long time.  Listening to episode 491 got me thinking about this.  Episode 18 (April 2006) is still one I listen to every so often.

    My kids, much younger then, thought 4:15-4:20 was pretty cool.  You might think that is a very specific, possibly strange, 5-second range.  Listen to it, and you will understand why 4, 8, and 9 year old kids would think that was pretty cool.  I cannot recall how I initially found your music, but you introduced me to this genre of music, which I enjoy immensely.  Thank you."


  • Posted on 14 Jan 2021

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    Love for Planet Earth #491

    Happy New Year! It’s a Do Over year. We’re gonna celebrate our glorious planet by cherishing our Celtic culture through 2-hours of diverse Celtic music on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Tell a friend and subscribe today!

    The Bookends, Andrew Finn Magill, Roads to Home, Wakefire, Brass Lassie, Brad Tuck, The Celtic Camerata, Emma Langford, Cady Finlayson, Dave Howard Coons, John McLean Allan, Tara, Kathryn Rose, Mary Vanhoozer, Trip McCool, Tor, Martyn Wylde, Siubhail/Tress Maksimuk, Michael Tinker Tierney, Vintage Wildflowers, Saby O', Lorcan Mac Mathuna, Conleth Kane, Brian Haitz, Reilly, Clann An Drumma, The Kilt Lifters, Tuatha de Danann, Scythian, Brother Sea

    I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, please share the show on social or with a friend.

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free.

    VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20
    This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!

    THIS WEEK IN CELTIC MUSIC

    0:08 - "The Salt Mine" by The Bookends from Chapter One

    5:47 - WELCOME

    6:36 - "Over the Moor to Maggie" by Andrew Finn Magill from Drive & Lift

    10:11 - "Star of the County Down" by Roads to Home from Dark of the Moon

    13:51 - "Tam Lin/Johnny Goes to France" by Wakefire from To a Distant Shore

    16:12 - "Breton Gavottes "Montagne" by Brass Lassie from Brass Lassie

    20:34 - "The Mickey Dam" by Brad Tuck from The Rocky Isle

    24:15 - "The Hills of Connemara/The Dawn" by The Celtic Camerata from On the Threshold of a Drink

    27:58 - "Birdsong" by Emma Langford from Sowing Acorns

    30:47 - CELTIC FEEDBACK

    36:07 - "Lavorette/Flowing Tide" by Cady Finlayson from Irish Coffee

    39:52 - "Roadways" by Dave Howard Coons from Sea Fever

    43:48 - "The Green Hill of Tyrol/ When the Battles O'er/ Lochanside" by John McLean Allan from Family Favourites

    48:13 - "I Thank You" by Tara from Single

    52:08 - "Galway Shawl" by Kathryn Rose from Origins

    58:09 - "Riverside Ceilidh" by Mary Vanhoozer from Bard and Ceilidh

    1:01:43 - "Pips and Squeeks" by Trip McCool from Hang Me Out to Dry

    1:06:19 - "Ilustración – Muiñeira de La Ilustración, ribeirana de Villanueva e muiñeira picada de Emilio Fernández" by Tor from TOR

    1:11:23 - CELTIC FEEDBACK

    1:12:41 - "Learning from the Leaves" by Martyn Wylde from Learning from the Leaves

    1:15:47 - "Highland Cathedral" by Siubhail/Tress Maksimuk from Siubhail

    1:18:16 - "Carrickfergus" by Michael Tinker Tierney from Due Season

    1:22:43 - "Westphalia Waltz" by Vintage Wildflowers from Lovely Madness

    1:26:05 - "Missing Piece of My Heart" by Saby O' from Lilac Sky

    1:30:34 - "Plait agus Domhnaill (Clontarf)" by Lorcan Mac Mathuna from An Bhuatais & The Meaning of Life

    1:34:33 - CELTIC PODCAST NEWS

    1:38:18 - "Emerald Isle" by Conleth Kane from Liberty

    1:42:13 - "Solidarity Jig" by Brian Haitz

    1:45:28 - "Resurrection Man" by Reilly from Revelry & Regret

    1:48:48 - "Bizzy Lizzy" by Clann An Drumma from Order of the Stag

    1:52:14 - "MacPherson's Rant" by The Kilt Lifters from Single

    1:56:14 - "Nick Gwerk's Jigs" by Tuatha de Danann from In Nomine Eireann

    2:00:25 - "Sail Away Johnny" by Scythian from Roots & Stones

    2:04:19 - CLOSING

    2:05:59 - "Circadian" by Brother Sea from Single

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at http://celticmusicpodcast.com/.

    WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC

    * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

    This episode is brought to you through the generosity of the Patrons of the Podcast. We hit a big milestone a couple months ago. So there was a two hour Christmas show. And now the first show of the year is another two hour special.

    CELTIC PODCAST NEWS

    THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST!

    Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow.

    As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon.

    A super special thanks to our newest patrons: Ben, Pamala De Voy, Vaidah Katz, Phyu Kyaw, melsing, Esther Weeks, Hobie Wood, Dan Cook, Laura MacKenzie, Amy StarChild

    You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com.

    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

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    Nova Fortier sent a beautifully satirical question: "Mark, I’ve been listening to your podcast on and off for a couple of years. I enjoy most of your podcasts, your updates on where life finds you. But, when you label something ‘female’ or ‘women’ on your podcasts, I am just extremely confused as to why you included any male voices on your latest podcast? I mean, truly, now, why must I endure male voices on a titled podcast to showcase female voices? Looking at all the musical recordings and references throughout history, surely the male ego has been adequately stroked to allow for women to, truly, be able to showcase their own musical abilities without treading on the chrystalline male ego? Sure, you, as a master musician in your own right, can do better, to research an entirely female show when it is marked as such? Yes, that was stroking your fragile male ego, because, after listening to you for so long, I’ve learned that you need such proddings. Simple male, will you never evolve to meet your female sister, ever?"

    Trip McCool emailed: "Marc, I want to thank you for playing "Gravy In The Grave". Both my wife and I had Grandfathers who fought in WWI and suffered poisoning from Mustard Gas. It was tough time for young Irish men who returned to a world with little to no support for the insanities of war. The ravages of the mind, body and soul. My Grandfather Frederick Michael Dougherty, was one of those who "Let the women do the thinking and the men do the drinking." Add four children, the stock market crash, the great depression and 'the old boy' was off for the greener pastures of the mind. When my father said, "You don't know what growing up tough is." he meant it! "You want gravy with your spuds! Sweet Jesus will give ya Gravy in The Grave." Keep your guard up!"

    James Martin emailed a photo: "I am frying up some giblet doggy treats while doing some thanksgiving meal prep. Someone in my house is very excited about these treats."

    Michael Carey emailed a photo: "always enjoy listening to your podcast when I am out walking my wife’s sulcatta tortoise.  Here is the pic of Groot the tortoise and Iggy the iguana in West Palm Beach Florida"


  • Posted on 07 Jan 2021

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    Celtic Music Top 20 of 2020

    Your votes are tabulated to bring you the Best Celtic Music Songs and Tunes of 2020. It is all on this week’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

    Matt & Shannon Heaton, The Here & Now, Runa, The Gothard Sisters, Kyle Gryphon, ChildsPlay, The Changing Room, We Banjo 3, Lisa Schettner, Kennedy's Kitchen, Bellow Bridge, Syncopaths, Heather Dale, Celtica Pipes Rock, Jiggy, The Gartloney Rats, The Flailing Shilaleighs, The Rogues, Barleyjuice, Ockham's Razor

    I hope you enjoy this week's show. If you did, please share the show on social or with a friend.

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build a diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, then there’s another way you can support these artists.

    Buy the CDs, digital albums, shirts, and songbooks. Follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

    Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free.

    VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20
    This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!

    THIS WEEK IN CELTIC MUSIC

    0:07 - "New Married Couple" by Matt & Shannon Heaton from Lovers' Well

    3:34 - WELCOME

    5:07 - "The Peacock's Head" by The Here & Now from The Winding Stair

    8:56 - "Again for Greenland" by Runa from Ten: The Errant Night

    13:16 - "Mazama Mornings" by The Gothard Sisters from Midnight Sun

    16:55 - "Astral Hunt" by Kyle Gryphon from Isolation

    20:13 - "The Noodle Vendor /Sweetest Blooms / Avery's Mazurka" by ChildsPlay from The Bloom of Youth

    24:26 - "Gwrello Glaw" by The Changing Room from Picking Up the Pieces

    Cornish Pronunciation: gwrello glaow

    28:13 - CELTIC FEEDBACK

    32:08 - "Dawn Breaks" by We Banjo 3 from Haven

    36:36 - "Great Expectations" by Lisa Schettner from Great Expectations

    40:15 - "The Umbrella Reel, Two Days To Go, Down The Broom" by Kennedy's Kitchen from The Whiskey of Truth

    45:05 - "Kiss in the Morning Early" by Bellow Bridge from Cautionary Tales

    49:00 - "Bronwyn Leigh" by Syncopaths from Five Gears

    54:54 - "One Of Us" by Heather Dale from Imagineer

    58:15 - CELTIC PODCAST NEWS

    1:00:55 - "The Last Voyage of the Great Michael" by Celtica Pipes Rock from Oceans of Fire

    1:04:07 - "Paddy's Lamentation" by Jiggy from Hypernova

    1:06:49 - "The Landlord's Walk" by The Gartloney Rats from Some Drunken Nights (Irish Music Buried Treasures)

    1:11:13 - "I Only Drink Upon the Days That End in D-A-Y" by The Flailing Shilaleighs from Yours to Discover

    1:14:28 - "Reels Again" by The Rogues from 25...and Live!

    1:16:47 - "High on Highland Life" by Barleyjuice from The Old Speakeasy

    1:21:15 - CLOSING

    1:22:50 - "The Foggy Dew/Seven Nation Army" by Ockham's Razor from Songs from Potter's Field

    The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at http://celticmusicpodcast.com/.

    WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC

    * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

    In every episode, I ask you to vote for your favorite tracks in that show. Your votes for those beloved songs and tunes are added up at the end of the year so that I can bring you the Celtic Top 20. It is my great pleasure to share with you the Top 20 Celtic Songs and Tunes of 2020. These tracks were voted on BY YOU! Your vote matters, not just in a democratic election that brings President-Elect Joe Biden to the White House next month. It also matters for creating this incredible list from twenty amazing bands.

    2020 was a crazy year. The livelihood of thousands of Celtic musicians vanished in a blink of an eye. Streaming music is more popular than ever. But it pays nothing. I can’t help but wonder how many of these incredible artists will continue creating music.

    So as you listen to this show, I want you to think about how you can help these amazing artists. In fact, I might throw out a few suggestions during the show.

    CELTIC PODCAST NEWS

    If you’re a Celtic musician, I still have a free eBook that I want you to read. It’s called Celtic Musicians Guide to Digital Music. It includes a lot of the things I learned over the years promoting Celtic music online. It will be updated in the months to come. Maybe I’ll even finally officially release it. In the meantime, just subscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine and it’s yours.

    TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS
    Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/

    THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST!

    Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow.

    As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon.

    A super special thanks to our Celtic Legends: Morgan George, Samir Malak, Patricia Conner, Carol Baril, Miranda Nelson Designs, Nancie Barnett, Kevin Long, Lynda MacNeil, robert michael kane, Tiffany Knight, Annie Lorkowski, Travis Senzaki, Hank Woodward, Shawn Cali

    You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com.

    And of course, many Celtic musicians started Patreon pages in 2020. I created a blog that highlights over 70 Celtic musicians and bands with Patreon pages. And it’s still growing. Check out the Celtc Music on Patreon here.

    #celticmusic #irishmusic #celticpodcast

    I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK

    Ye know. I love getting feedback for the podcast. I love hearing what you think of this show and sharing it here. While feedback is great right here, it’s also super important in a public setting. Like reviews on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher. It’s also hugely important to musicians.

    If you enjoy an artist’s music, tell someone. You can do it as a review on iTunes or Amazon. You can post how much you love a song on social media. You can email the artist and say thanks.

    In the meantime, What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you're doing while listening. Email a voicemail message to celticpodcast@gmail.com

    Jason Denen emailed: "Hey Marc, thanks so much for all the celtic Christmas music. This episode had so many wonderful tracks I hadn't heard before. I'm lucky to have a job where I can work from home, but being in the same spot every days gets wearying. It's great to have new music to fill the space. I find most Christmas music that gets played on the radio trends to the same old tracks. I do like the classics, but they get so overplayed during the holidays."

    Georgy Grigoryev emailed: "Hi Marc, Is it possible to listen Irish and Celtic music podcast on Spotify? I tried to look for it but there’s no results."

    Sadly, no but you can enjoy the Celtic Top 20 on Spotify through our Top Irish & Celtic Music Playlist. This playlist has many of the tracks featured on the Celtic Top 20 for the past 15 years. Sadly, it doesn’t have all. Some are no longer available. But it has most of them.

    J Dickerson saw my moniker and asked: "Ok.  What does Celtfather mean?"

    Celtfather was a nickname given to me by Les Howard of The Signal Podcast. I was one of the earliest and biggest promoters of independent Celtic music on the internet starting back in 1999. Everyone else was going through the traditional promotional means through radio, magazines and anywhere a publicist would send your material.

    I took a different strategy. I created an internet newsletter and website with the Celtic Music Magazine. In 2005, I started the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I soon had the #1 most-downloaded podcast for Celtic music in the world. So when I met Les, he came up with The Celtfather moniker. I loved it and started using it to brand myself. Of course, in 2010, it took on new meaning when my first daughter was born.


  • Posted on 31 Dec 2020

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