There's a lot of stuff that goes into creating a podcast. I thought I would try and explain away some of the mysteries by providing a large resource page for you to refer to. I recommend that you bookmark it for your reference and convenience. If you have a Celtic business, organizations, bands and would like to be a part of this list, contact me and lets work together to promote indie Celtic music.
Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links. This doesn't cost you anything, but I may earn a commission when you use some of these products. Please understand that if I do recommend anything as an affiliate then I do highly recommend it, not because I earn a commission, but because I believe in the product. Please do not spend any money on any of these products unless you feel they will help you achieve your dreams.
I have a few very special sponsors who support this podcast and who I support. My sponsors are not just businesses who financially support the podcast. They are also companies that I love and believe in, so much so that I put my name behind them.
Celtic Invasion Vacations: There's nothing more amazing than traveling the world with a handful of awesome people. That's why, every year, I take fans with me to places around the world. We don't just see the sites, we become a part of the local culture. Each group is small, from 7-14 people. We stay in one or two locations tops. And our adventure is all about getting to know the area where we spend our week.
My Irish Jeweler: My Irish Jeweler is a great company out Dublin, Ireland. They make Celtic Rings & Jewelry for Men & Women and ship for Free all over the world. My wife and I ordered our own Celtic Wedding Rings from My Irish Jeweler. But it's not just about wedding rings. My Irish Jeweler has a great range of Celtic Cross Pendants, Claddagh Jewelry and other super gift ideas. Always made in Ireland. Always free shipping.
Digital Music Stores
It's a digital age. More and more websites and music lovers are preferring digital music over CDs or other music media. Below are some of the top sites online for finding both digital and physical Celtic music online.
Celtic Music CD Store: This is the personal music store of Marc Gunn and my record label Mage Records. You can buy high-quality (320kbps) MP3s throughout the store. You can also purchase some CDs or buy through our CD distributor, CD Baby.
CD Baby: CD Baby is the number distributor for independent Celtic music online. Almost every artist who wants their music heard outside of a select group of people sells their music on CD Baby. You can find numerous Celtic music categories on the site from the world music to the folk genres.
iTunes: The #1 distributor of digital music online is iTunes. Anyone who sells their music on CD Baby, most likely also sells their music on iTunes. If it's convenient for you, then I highly recommend you buy from iTunes. I have an iPhone, so if I want music now, I buy from iTunes.
Amazon: The #2 distributor of digital music online and the largest online distributor in the world is Amazon. I buy most of my music from Amazon because they sell MP3s instead of the proprietary format that iTunes uses. It's fast and easy to do, but it's a bit of a challenge to get the MP3s into my iTunes if I buy while I'm on the road. But it's still a great service. They also offer EVERYTHING else in the world. So get an Amazon Prime account. It's worth it!
Lunarpages: All of my websites are hosted on Lunarpages. It's super easy to use with one-click WordPress installation and brilliant customer service. If you hope to get started creating a website, I HIGHLY RECOMMEND using Lunarpages.
Libsyn: While Lunarpages is the place I go to host all of my websites, there is no greater site than Libsyn for hosting your podcasts. This is a great site for MP3s or digital media. They also offer the option to get an app through iTunes or Android.
StartingAPodcast.org: This is my exclusive, free guide on how to start your own podcast. I go in depth into why you, how you can do it, and even how to make it an award-winning success, just like my own Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I reveal my own secrets that have never before been shared, and it is 100% free!
Marc Gunn's Podcast: I have released a LOT of podcasts over the years. This lists them all in order of popularity.
Stephen's Celtic Music Podcast Playlists: Stephen Conroy keeps track of every artist and song played in all of the Celtic podcasts found online.
Celtic Invasion Vacations: What can I say? There's no greater travel experience that you can join that is as personalized and as fun.
Irish Fireside: Not only do they offer a great podcast filled with small insights into Irish culture and travel, but it's a great place to network, chat and learn from people who love Ireland as much as you and I do.
Trad Music Tour of Ireland in 2014: Traditional Irish music tour that will help you discover the very best in Irish music through recitals, sessions and demonstrations featuring some of the greatest names in traditional music in Ireland today including renowned composer and producer Peadar O’Riada, Donnchadh Gough from the band Danu and Jack Talty a well-known concertina player, composer and producer. In Ballyvourney you will meet popular traditional Irish dance instructor Timmy ‘The Brit’ McCarthy and learn a few steps yourself. Experience 9 nights’ quality hotel accommodation, 15 meals, site entrance fees, transport in a luxury touring coach and a qualified and experienced tour guide throughout. See such sites as Gougane Barra and Blarney Castle in Cork, The Dingle Peninsula in Kerry and the magnificent Cliffs of Moher to name but a few.
St Patrick's Day
St Patrick's Day Music Party: My personal website to share all my amazing St. Patrick's Day articles, podcasts, gigs, news, free St. Patrick's Day mp3s and lots more.
Learn Irish and Celtic Music
Irish Song Lyrics: Over 100 songs that with lyrics, chords and audio clips so you can learn Celtic lyrics by ear. This is one of the original websites offering free access to Irish song lyrics online. Tens of thousands of people have used this website.
Celtic Music Magazine: This is the largest Celtic newsletter online with over 20,000 subscribers. You'll find free Celtic MP3s, CD Reviews, special features, podcasts, and of course when you subscribe you'll gain access to 78 free Celtic MP3s through an exclusive podcast.
Some Podcasts I Enjoy and Recommend: This is a fairly old list, but it features many of the great podcasts that I enjoy.
Fans of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast: These websites and podcasts use the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast as inspiration. I am honored to that so many fine sites appreciate what I do.
Celtic Christmas Shows: If you're looking for a good starting place for Celtic Christmas music, then start with these early Celtic Christmas episodes of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Then, don't miss our
Celtic Christmas Podcast: Every few days from the beginning of December until Christmas, the Celtic Christmas Podcast shares with you the Christmas music and entertainment from various Celtic podcasts online. This podcast features a wealth of Celtic Christmas craic for your holiday pleasure. Please help spread the holiday joy by sharing the podcast with your fellow Celts.
Celtic Christmas Resources: The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has published a ton of Celtic Christmas specials over the years. This page compiles all of the best Celtic Christmas resources in one simple, easy-to-access place.
The Mountain of the Women: Memoirs of an Irish Troubadour – This was a great look into the life of Liam Clancy and The Clancy Brothers.
The Irish Slaves: Slavery, indenture and Contract labor Among Irish Immigrants – An informative and emotional look into the immigration of the Irish to America.
Field Guide to the Irish Music Session – A fun and often funny guide to the Irish music seisun. If you ever wanted to play at one, you should read this guide.
O'Brien Pocket History of Irish Traditional Music (Pocket History series) – This was my first guide to Irish music. It's a fairly easy read and covers the music beautifully.