#257: Celtic Music Hero’s Return

Who's your Celtic music hero? Maybe you'll find a new one on this week's podcast with indie Celtic music from New Shilling, Dublin 4, Seamus Stout, Faerydae, Mazz O'Flaherty, Jimi McRae, Heather Dale, Sarah Dinan, The Langer's Ball, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Acoustra, Kilmaine Saints, Albannach, Rathkeltair, The Sandcarvers, Battlefield Band.

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Bill Spindler wrote on Facebook: “Listening to #254 yesterday, you read the email from Stephen Warta regarding the Straits of Magellan…I've been there a number of times on research vessels. Then you mentioned hearing from someone in Antarctica. Not sure how many ice people you've heard from, but I DID document your mention of friend Nathan Greenland at the South Pole in 2009 (show #76) as Nathan and I exchanged emails about it.”

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John Bartmann emailed from Cape Town, South Africa: “Hi Marc, it's such a pleasure to jump on the train in the morning and have such pure acoustic music going while I whizz by the urban chaos. Very relaxing start to the day! I especially enjoy that there IS a thriving independent Irish music movement going. It inspires me to continue my fiddle adventures. Some of the tunes on the show are top quality productions and some obviously home baked, but it makes no difference to me anymore. The songwriting and tradition shines through the layers of gloss. I appreciate your efforts in making this timeless sound so accessible to us.”

James Heald emailed a couple years ago: “I'm a fan of history, and was listening to #138 of Irish and Celtic Music podcast. I found “Holy City.” Backtracked to listen to it three times while looking up the story behind the song, as it made no mention of the city's name. I searched for River Clyde, and found Clydebank and the story of a German bombing raid in March 1941. “Holy City” is about that bombing. The song about the 51st Highlanders at the beach at St. Valeri and your cover of Killerkrankie also led to websearches, as I wanted to know more. Thank you for sharing those songs.

It is said that the Irish are famous for tragic love and glorious war. Have you used the theme of “all's fair in love and war” as a subject for the program? And has there ever been a song written about the Wild Geese, the Irish men who fought as mercenaries throughout Europe? Or any song written from the point of view of Confederate Irishmen who had to kill Irishmen of the Irish Brigade at Marye's Heights during the first Battle of Fredricksburg during the American Civil War? Thanks for your time.”

Seamus Stout - Off the Wagon

This Week in Celtic Music

0:27 “Ah, Surely Set” by New Shilling from Live!!

4:22 “Farewell to Erin” by Dublin 4

7:48 “The Maid Who Sold Her Barley” by Seamus Stout from Off the Wagon

10:05 “The Monighan/The Butterfly/Cooley's Reel” by Faerydae from Changeling

14:48 “I Will Stand On This Land” by Mazz O'Flaherty from The Borrowed Angels Singing Songs By Mazz O'Flaherty

16:36 “Donald of Laggan (Monster Mix)” by Jimi McRae from Last King of Pictland


22:33 “Mordred's Lullaby (TOL Mix)” by Heather Dale from Avalon

25:40 “The Hero's Return” by Sarah Dinan from From the Ashes

28:10 “Cork Dry Gin” by The Langer's Ball from Whiskey Outlaws

30:27 “Bandit” by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Scatter Pipes


Kilmaine Saints - The Good, The Plaid, and The Ugly

42:00 “Gypsy Queen” by Acoustra from The Way It Was

44:36 “Ten Fathoms Deep” by Kilmaine Saints from The Good, The Plaid, and The Ugly

48:21 “Rath'N'The Nach (Live)” by Albannach and Rathkeltair from Rathkeltair & Friends CPR

55:44 “Annie McGrew” by The Sandcarvers from Dealin' Craic

59:53 “One Night in My Youth” by Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow

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#257: Celtic Music Hero’s Return — 1 Comment

  1. For a podcast on All Is Fair In Love and War be sure to look to Jed Marum. You know he has several songs on the Irish during the Civil War, especially Confederate.