Rocky Road to Dublin #631
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Take the Rocky Road to IrishFest and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #631.

Ed Harris, The Poor Clares, Dervish, Mary - Kate Spring Lee, The Secret Commonwealth, Ashley Davis Band, Jocelyn Pettit, Sylvia Platypus, Tommy Fakem, Blame Not the Bard, Eimear Arkins, Brian Quigley, Eclectic Revival, Piskey Led


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0:06 - W. Ed Harris "Leitrim Fancy" from Cares of Tomorrow Can Wait

3:02 - WELCOME

5:07 - The Poor Clares "The Maid at the Spinning Wheel Jig Set" from Resurrected Lover

8:33 - Dervish "The Rocky Road to Dublin" from The Great Irish Songbook

11:44 - Mary - Kate Spring Lee "Caves of Kiltanon/Fields of Woodford" from Tunes in the Morning

15:31 - The Secret Commonwealth "Dubhachas (I'll Dream of Times Like This)" from Last Call

19:25 - FEEDBACK

23:04 - Ashley Davis Band "Annachie Gordon (feat. Shawn Colvin)" from When the Stars Went Out

29:51 - Jocelyn Pettit "Royal Gala Waltz" from Wind Rose

33:46 - Sylvia Platypus "Tam Lin Reel" from Last Hurrah

36:31 - Tommy Fakem "Mother Malone" from Last Call

39:28 - Blame Not the Bard "Maggie's Pancakes / The Earl's Chair / The Wise Maid" from Now and Again

44:06 - THANKS

45:37 - Eimear Arkins "Glen of Aherlow/Miss Langford's/Callaghan's" from What's Next?

49:28 - Brian Quigley "Maid of Llanwelyn" from Tales of Distant Shores

55:06 - Eclectic Revival "Life & Love" from Life & Love

58:55 - CLOSING

59:58 - Piskey Led "Carn Galva" from Piskey Led

1:05:02 - CREDITS

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Marjie Kennedy replied to the Celtic Music Magazine feedback request: "I wanted to let you know that on March 17th I will be at the Hibernian parade in the Dogtown neighborhood of St. Louis Missouri.  St. Louis has two parades each year because the Dogtown one is on March 17 every year, and the downtown St. Louis one is always the Saturday before St. Patrick's Day (unless the 17th falls on a Saturday, in which case I think they end up both being the same day).

I will listen to your podcasts either before or after those festivities. And this past Sunday, March 12, I celebrated by including some Celtic music and other Irish tunes on the radio program that I host on called Lotsa A Cappella.

Thanks for all you do for Celtic music!"

Tera Bochik replied: "I'm usually driving around doing my patrol rounds as a security guard.

Unfortunately I have to work on St. Patrick's day. (Missing the First Annual 20th World's Shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in Hot Springs, AR.)

I celebrate by listening and sharing about the podcast to anyone who asks what I'm listening to."

Von Rothenberger replied from Lucas, Kansas: "Happy Birthday! Erin Go Braugh! Thank you for all that you do."

Rick Cunningham of Boxing Robin replied: "Hello Marc, Many thanks for including Boxing Robin on Vol 2 of the St. Patrick's Day podcast! Have fun at the gig tonight -  we're playing 80 miles away but at least it's a fairly early gig! All the best.

Tom McHugh sent a photo: "Hello Marc, One of the things I like to do while listening is make pens. The first picture is a Celtic - themed ballpoint pen I recently completed. The second picture is what two pens I recently made looked like while they were still on the lathe at our local makerspace.

Thanks for making the podcast! I’ve very must enjoyed listening to all the new music!"


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