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Dec 4, 2015

December is here. That means it's time to start planning my Celtic Christmas music specials like I do every year. But I have one more show to share before the holiday music begins with great indie Celtic music from Maidens IV, Mithril, 3 Pints Gone, The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra, The Poxy Boggards, Bat Kinane, LandLoch'd, Breabach, The Skelligs, A Band of Rogues, Kilmaine Saints, Green Tea, Danny Carthy, Jiggernaut, Bonhomme Setter.

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* Thanks to the Patrons of the Podcast. Your kind and generous support keeps this show running every week. Become a Patron. Special thanks to our newest Patrons: Robert and Asa

* Taking a break from this podcast next week to release the first Celtic Christmas Podcast of the year.

* My Celtic Christmas Music website is now mobile-ready. Go to to read the articles. And now you can listen to my article "What is Celtic Christmas Music?" in the Celtfather podcast.

* I released several new Celtic Music Spotlights in The Celtfather podcast. You'll hear more about Wild Colonial Bhoys, Jig to a Milestone, and Black Market Haggis.

* There are two weekends left at the Louisiana Renaissance Festival. Come see me perform with Kilted Kings.

* I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK: What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? Send me pictures of what you're doing or picture of one of your travels to Ireland or Scotland

Vic wrote: "Hi Marc, greetings from Down Under. Thank you for another year of fab music. May you and your family have a merry Christmas. In Oz its its starting to warm up, so we'll be escaping to Tasmania for the Cygnet and George Town Folk Festivals. Cheers Vic"

Rick wrote: Mark, Earlier this year, my wife and I took a bucket list trip to Scotland and Ireland and England. In preparation for the trip I found your podcast and have been listening ever since. I went to my first Louisiana Renaissance Festival this month and took a side trip up a small rise and found a pair of Celtic musicians playing. I said to myself, that guy sure sounds like Mark Gunn. I later learned that it indeed was you, but could not return to find you as I was busily engaged in watching grandchildren at the fest. I enjoyed your set and enjoy the podcast very much. Attached a few of our favorite shots from the trip. Slainte! Rick Rawle, Slidell Louisiana, 45% British and 2% Irish according to Ancestry DNA."

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This Week in Celtic Music

0:29 - "Four in the Heartland" by Maidens IV from Emerald Fire

6:45 - "The Good Natured Man/The H.O.F" by Mithril from The Return Home

10:08 - "Donegal Danny" by 3 Pints Gone from It's About Bloody Time

15:17 - "Miss McGuinness / Tommy Peoples’ / The Torn Jacket (reels)" by The Washington Square Harp and Shamrock Orchestra from Since Maggie Dooley Learned the Hooley Hooley

19:20 - "This Pub That We Call Home" by The Poxy Boggards from Anchor Management

22:23 - Celtic Music News

23:57 - "Biddy Mulvey and the Landgrabber" by Bat Kinane from The Hills Above the Valley

27:37 - "Irish Rover" by LandLoch'd from Loch'd and Loaded

30:06 - "Chloe's Passion" by Breabach  from The Big Spree

33:46 - "In London So Fair" by The Skelligs from Kingdom Come

38:17 - "Ballyvaughn" by A Band of Rogues from A Band of Rogues

43:32 - Celtic Feedback

45:21 - "Ten Fathoms Deep" by Kilmaine Saints from The Good, The Plaid, and The Ugly

49:09 - "3 Piece Trad Set" by Green Tea from Synergy EP

51:55 - "Paddy Would a Wooing Go" by Danny Carthy from Stand Look Around You

55:14 - "The City Boy Set" by Jiggernaut from In Search of More

59:07 - "The Blacksmith" by Bonhomme Setter from Obia

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