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Sep 8, 2022

Climb that hill. Look across the countryside with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Wolf & Clover, The Gothard Sisters, Kinnfolk, We Banjo 3, The Chivalrous Crickets, The Chieftains, Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira, The Secret Commonwealth, Stanley & Grimm, Barrenhart, The McKrells, Voice of Lir, Flatfoot 56, Clare Cunningham, Socks in the Frying Pan


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0:02 - Intro by Kinnfolk

0:08 - Wolf & Clover "The First Avenue Set (Live)" from Live at the Silvan Sessions

2:44 - WELCOME

4:10 - The Gothard Sisters "New Horizons" from Single

7:12 - Kinnfolk "Byker Hill" from Single

9:03 - We Banjo 3 "Chair Snappers' Delight" from String Theory

12:43 - The Chivalrous Crickets "The Auchindoun Set" from The Chivalrous Crickets

20:06 - FEEDBACK

22:47 - The Chieftains "Drowsy Maggie" from Bear's Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt  -  Live In San Francisco 1973

26:55 - Jocelyn Pettit & Ellen Gira "Last Train to Glasgow" from All It Brings

32:04 - The Secret Commonwealth "The Johnny Jump Up" from Lager & Blood

35:33 - Stanley & Grimm "Caledonia's Wail for Neil Gow" from Another Round

37:25 - Barrenhart "The Old Dun Cow" from Celtic Grass

42:01 - THANKS

43:38 - The McKrells "The Rat Upon the Harp" from Somethin' Fierce

45:56 - Voice of Lir "Battering Ram  -  Kerry Slide" from Aislingeach

50:06 - Flatfoot 56 "I Believe It" from Toil

52:45 - Clare Cunningham "No Place Like Home" from Dear Ireland

55:41 - CLOSING

57:18 - Socks in the Frying Pan "Buachaillí Bána" from Return of the Giant Sock Monsters from Outer Space

The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs.

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. I am Marc Gunn. I’m a musician and podcaster. You can find a link to all of the artists in the shownotes, along with show times and chapters for each song when you visit our website at You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

I’m performing this Saturday in Hendersonville, TN just outside of Nashville at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival. There are a lot of great bands performing. Clare Cunningham, The Secret Commonwealth and Flatfoot 56 are all in this show and performing there on Saturday. But you can also catch The Sternwheelers, Barrenthart, and Tuatha Dea to name just a few.

I hope you will come out and join us. If you want to hear more bands performing there, check out the Middle Tennessee Highland Games episode #570 of the podcast.

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Elizaveta Lapteva sent photos: "Hi, Marc!

My name is Liza and I am from Russia (unfortunately), I have recently discovered your podcast and I would like to say thank you for what you are doing. I love Celtic music, songs and dances, also picked up some piano notes when visiting Scotland. Utterly magnificent sounds and composition. I enjoy listening to your podcast while I am walking through the woods near my country house or collect berries there. It helps me to escape from the harsh reality and just meditate in the great outdoors.

I sent you some photos of our my favourite places"

Thank you for emailing Liza. I appreciate you sharing those beautiful photos. And I hope you stay safe in this terrible period of history.

Rex Edwards emailed: “Marc. Long time fan and podcast subscriber. You provide the modern and I’m a long time supporter of Alan OLeary and his trad podcast on which I think has hit hard times.  He has great connections to the old timers.  Don’t know if you’ve heard of him but any visibility you could give him would be great.  He’s always asking to share with friends but that would require me making friends. Your show is a great delight and many thanks.  Rex”

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