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Mar 9, 2017

This extra-long St. Patrick's Day special highlights the Best Celtic Music of 2016 as voted on by you in the Celtic Top 20 with music from The Gothard Sisters, Heidi-Jane Schwabe, Ockham's Razor, Black Market Haggis, Stanley & Grimm, Sarah Marie Mullen, Skeleton McKee, Burning Bridget Cleary, Innisfall, Reel Treble, Liz Schettner, Faerydae, Corktown Popes, Rachel Hair Trio, Young Dubliners, Niteworks, Spirited Lads, Michael DeAngelis, Syr, Steel City Rovers. Listen. Like. SHARE. Then download 34 Celtic MP3s for Free!

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. You can share this show and find more episodes at And you can support this show on Patreon.

If you're new to this show on iTunes or elsewhere, I welcome you. My goal is to bring together small indie Celtic bands with Celtic music fans. So each week, I share an hour-long episode packed full of amazing indie Irish and Celtic music. Most of the bands, you have probably never heard of. Yes, there some that are turning heads in the Celtic music scene. But most are small. They don't have a record label. They can't afford a publicist. But the music is just as good. They deserve to be heard.

So if this show moves you, please do us all a BIG favor and SHARE IT on social media. Or tell a friend. Help spread the word.

Now with every episode I ask you to vote for your favorite bands in that episode. At the end of the year, I compile all of your favorites into this show--the Celtic Top 20. These are the Top 20 Celtic bands that you thought were the best in 2016.

When you're done listening, go cast your vote. Then listen to past episodes and to the same. You can do all of that on the website at


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I want to send out a big thanks to the patrons of the podcast. Your generous pledge of as little as $1 per episode pays for the production of this podcast as well as my time in producing the show. You will enjoy a personal podcast feed where you can listen to the show before regular subscribers, occasional extended editions of the show, and my deepest thanks. When we hit a milestone, you get a 2-hour special. Thanks to our newest patrons: Dieter Zimmerman, The QUASOR Podcast, Georg Macku, Sue Campbell, Jon Chamberlin. Thank you all for your generosity! Become a patron today!

Finally, I hope you listened to show #298: 17 for St Patrick's Day. Because you can download all 17 of those songs and tunes next Wednesday March 15th. Just subscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine to get notified about it.


Next episode will be released the St Patrick's Day is our 300th episode. So I want to ask you for your phone calls that I can include in that and other upcoming shows. Please call in.

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. Call 678-CELT-POD to leave a voicemail message. That's 678-235-8763.

jdemonz reviewed the show on iTunes: "Great diverse selection of Celtic music. Very uplifting. I like listening to it in the mornings to start my day."

Gypsy Lee from Piatt, IL posted on Facebook: "So glad that I found this podcast! I often listen to it whilst drifting off to sleep. At the moment, I'm listening to it whilst cleaning my art studio. Thank you for all the lovelies, as it reminds me of my dear Granny, whose family came through the Appalachian Mountains from County Wicklow to settle in Illinois in the 1800's. Many blessings"

Anthony Becker posted a comment to SONIC IMPULSE and tagged us: "Heard your music on Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Album purchased! Page liked! Hope to hear more of this amazing music in the future!"

He did the same with Ed Miller: "I heard Ed Miller on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast and had to immediately buy an album. Now I see this page with amazing photos of Scotland! Reminds me I need to get there someday soon."

Kersti Luik commented on Patreon: "Great show, as usual. Listened while cleaning up my place. I had time to actually listen to it, not just hear it, as when I do my school work. All the best greetings to you and our fellow invaders. So sorry I have been too busy with my studies and had no time to contact, but I'm thinking about you all :) Longing to see you one day!"


This Week in Celtic Music

0:37 "Hummingbird" by The Gothard Sisters from single

5:37 "Passing Train Juniper Jig" by Heidi-Jane Schwabe from Bonus Tracks

10:22 "Are You Alright, Liz" by Ockham's Razor from Job's Comforter

15:13 "Shandon Bells Set" by Black Market Haggis from EP

18:50 "Fiddler's Green" by Stanley & Grimm from Another Round

22:48 "Planxty Irwin" by Sarah Marie Mullen from We Brought the Summer With Us

27:44 "Strathmartine Mains (Love and Freedom)" by Skeleton McKee from Leave The World Laughing


32:01 "Chloe's Passion" by Burning Bridget Cleary from These Are the Days

36:07 "I Know My Love" by Innisfall from Innisfall

39:30 "Spotted Dog/The Swallow's Tail/Donegal Lass" by Reel Treble

41:38 "Up High" by Liz Schettner from Up High (EP)

46:44 "The Fiery Warlocks" by Faerydae from Changeling

50:21 "Tonight It's Joy" by Corktown Popes from And Also With You


57:20 "Angel" by Rachel Hair Trio from Tri

1:01:06 "Seeds of Sorrow" by Young Dubliners from Nine

1:04:08 "Obair Oidhche" by Niteworks from NW

1:09:06 "Bold O'Donahue" by Spirited Lads from Spirited Lads

1:11:40 "Lost in Cork" by Michael DeAngelis from Son of a Dunigan

1:16:52 "I Drove My Father to Drink" by Syr from Home

1:21:18 "Guinness For Two" by Steel City Rovers from Grand Misadventures

VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20. It's easier than ever to do. Just list the show number, and the name of one or two bands. That's it. You can vote once for each episode help me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2016 episode.

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