Celebrate the Things you Love #601
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Celtic music is an integral part of my life. But like all things, it could be gone tomorrow. We have to celebrate the things we love in the moment. You can do that on this week’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Hanneke Cassel, Emerald Accent, Lily Bentley, Ben Doran, Mad Maudlin, Jim Brady, The Bookends, Celtic Conundrum, Chris Crawford, The Langer's Ball, Kyle Carey, APRIL MOON BAND, Stout Pounders, The Tomfooligans, Niamh Dunne


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This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. You can vote for as many songs and tunes that inspire you in each episode. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2023 episode.  Vote Now!

Two weeks after the episode is launched, I compile your votes to update a playlist on Spotify and YouTube. These are the results of your voting. You can help these artists out by following the playlists and adding tracks you love to your playlists. Follow us on Facebook to find out who is added each week.

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0:02 - Intro: Barehead Bards

0:11 - Hanneke Cassel "Evacuation Day" from Infinite Brightness

3:42 - WELCOME

5:16 - Emerald Accent "Brosna / Padraic O'keefe / Merrily Kiss the Quaker" from All of Us

10:10 - Celtic Conundrum "Rosen Bridge" from The Promise

14:25 - Ben Doran "Bridget O'Malley" from Ceol an Chroi II

16:48 - Mad Maudlin "MacPherson's Rant" from Empty Chairs

22:35 - FEEDBACK

28:24 - Jim Brady "Whiskey on a Sunday" from Whiskey on a Sunday

32:24 - The Bookends "Waving to Muireann" from A Celtic Celebration: The Bookends with the Stratford Symphony Orchestra

38:34 - APRIL MOON BAND "Molly Malone" from Single

40:45 - Chris Crawford "Sword of Celts" from Single

45:20 - The Langer's Ball "No Irish Need Apply" from Hard Time in the Country


Kyle Carey plays Gaelic Americana music. She’s originally from New Hamshire and sings songs in Irish and Scots Gaelic. Her songwriting is inspired by American and Celtic folklore.

50:33 - Kyle Carey "Tell Me Love" from The Art of Forgetting

55:32 - THANKS

57:22 - Lily Bentley "Selkie's Call" from Ways of Calling

1:00:34 - Stout Pounders "Sometimes" from Pour Decisions

1:04:09 - The Tomfooligans "Bayou City" from Single

1:06:15 - CLOSING

1:07:06 - Niamh Dunne "Roads of Old Tralee w/ Joshua Burnside" from Tides

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. I am Marc Gunn. I’m a musician and podcaster out of Atlanta, Georgia. This 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, please email artists to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

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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.

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Betty Collette emailed: "I'm listening to today's new podcast and sewing! I make tshirt quilts and this one is #3 of 5. I love listening to Celtic music when I sew and especially on Thursdays with a new podcast! Thanks a bunch for all you share with us!"

Solange Benoit commented on Facebook about Kilrush: "Love these guys and gal! Their friendship and genuine respect for each other, shows on stage. Individually talented but together, simply amazing!"

Mary Beth Carty commented on Facebook: "Sometimes you just gotta go to the fair, and when you're there, you gotta... move through it Thanks for the spin, it's an honour!"

Dan C sent a message on Patreon: "Hey Marc. Heard your request for new bands and I feel the Drowsy Lads would a excellent band to feature. I’ve heard them play on the main stages of the Dublin and Milwaukee Irish Music festivals.

I personally sent them a submission form from your website and hoping they fill it out because their music is great. Thanks for all the hard work you do for the podcast. Cheers my friend"

Bill M messaged on Patreon: "Hello Mark,

You have asked for feedback hundreds of times over the past 15+ years.  But there was something about your 534th request  that moved me to type you this message.

I am among the listeners who you once called – “the original iTunes 1,000”.  I think I started listening to your podcast at the same time I discovered iTunes.

Figuring out how to download your podcast is the basically all I know how to do with my iPhone.  I am not any good with this social networking stuff.  In fact, I am not even certain if I am on the right website right now.  This message will likely shoot pass the Serenity and end up in the nihility of empty space.  But I will keep typing in the event this message somehow ends up on your desk.

I literally listen to every one of your podcast at least once a year and more likely two or three times a year.  Before you get a restraining order, let me explain.

I have a small goat dairy with about 15 goats.  I play your podcast for several hours a day, several days per week.  I download between 10 to 20 podcast every other week.  My sound system loops them over and over again, Monday through Saturday.  On Sunday I put on a playlist of religious music for the kids.

Your biggest fan is my #1 goat, MayBelle.  If I can figure it out, I will attach a picture of her.  You might say I am writing you in her behalf.  MayBelle really likes the lovely voices of women singers.  Sometimes you catch her taking a pause to listen to an angelic voice.  She will stand in the doorway of the barn, where the music is the loudest, and sway back and forth, just listening to the music.

And sometimes a song will make MayBelle throw a hoof my way.  MayBelle listens to your podcast while I am milking her.  She normally stands peacefully; but when you play some punk rock Celtic music; the change in tone startles her and she starts kicking.

So since you keep asking for feedback, here it comes.  You might want to consider doing a shout - out before you start playing the more heavy, rock - and - roll music.  Say something like  -  “Hey MayBelle, here comes a head banger!”  This way she can go to her happy place for a while, or at least I get a cue to watch out for flying hooves.

When I am not around the barn, I like to listen to your Pub Songs podcast.  In fact I am listening to Sci - Fi Pub Songs Podcast #265 as I type this message.   I don't play these podcasts in the paddock because some of the songs and stories have adult content that are not suitable for kids.  {just kidding  -  maybe}

A little more feedback.  I really like the way you link the singers to your podcast.  You introduced me to the Wicked Tinkers, Boston Blackhorn,  Irish Rovers, Three Mile Stone –  just to name a few.  Your podcast makes it easy to find their websites and download songs for my eclectic collection of Celtic tunes.  I even downloaded some of the headbangers that make MayBelle's ears bleed.

You have given me and my goats so many hours of wonderful and delightful music.   From all of us at MT Acres, we say – thank you, thank you, thank you......"

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