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Nov 23, 2023

Thank you so much for listening to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. It’s Thanksgiving here in the US. I can’t help but share about how grateful I am to each of you for listening and even more to all of our generous patrons. Over 300 people make a pledge of as little as $1 per episode to support this show. It allows us to keep this show running each and every week. We greatly appreciate your support of the show. Thank you and have a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #637

Hanneke Cassel, Dave Wiesler, The Gothard Sisters, Dervish, Brad Reid, The High Kings, Strings & Things, Faoileán, Willos', Massimo Giuntini, Brendan Monaghan, Firinn, Mànran, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Olivia Bradley


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This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. You can vote for as many songs and tunes that inspire you in each episode.

You have until December 8 to vote for your favorite songs in this show. Then the polls close. There will be one final Highlight Reel with just a week to vote for your favorite songs and tunes so that we can compile the end - of - year Best of 2023 episode.

Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2023 episode.  Vote Now!

Remember, you can also follow our playlists on Spotify and YouTube. These feature the top songs two weeks after the polls open. It also makes it easier for you to add these artists to your own playlists.


0:37 - Hanneke Cassel and Dave Wiesler "On the Morning Tide" from Many Happy Returns

5:26 - WELCOME

7:39 - The Gothard Sisters "Winterberry Set" from A Celtic Christmas

10:58 - Dervish "She Moved Through The Fair" from The Great Irish Songbook

14:55 - Brad Reid "The Lame Duck" from The Conundrum

18:11 - The High Kings "Song For Kelly" from The Road Not Taken

22:26 - FEEDBACK

24:36 - Strings & Things "Fuaim Gathering" from The Unsolicited Dance

29:09 - Faoileán "Hares on the Mountain" from Far Hills

35:01 - Willos' & Massimo Giuntini "The Donegal Brew" from From Now On

39:23 - Brendan Monaghan "The One I Left Behind" from Lovers Always Win

42:42 - THANK YOU

44:16 - Firinn "MacArthur Road, Pipe Major John Campbell" from The Long Lunch

48:32 - Mànran "Puirt Ùrar" from Ùrar

52:18 - Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening "One Night In Moaña" from Cloud Horizons

56:36 - CLOSING

58:36 - Olivia Bradley "Mountains of Pomeroy" from Misty Morning Shore

1:05:00 - CREDITS

The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather and our Patrons on Patreon. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. Visit our website to follow the show. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode.

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This podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. Musicians rely on your support to keep making music. If you hear music you love, please email artists to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

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This is the last regular episode of the show, one where you can vote for your favorite songs and tunes in the Celtic Top 20. I’ll tell you more about that at the end of the show. We still have shows next month. One is gonna highlight Celtic bands with Official Music Videos. Another is a Song Request episode for folks who supported our Kickstarter back in the summer. Then we have a Christmas episode and we will finish off the year with the Best of 2023 episode based on your favorite songs and tunes from throughout the year. I’m excited to see who the winners are. So keep following the show for details.

If you are a Celtic musician and would like to be on the podcast, Just complete the permission form at I’m also looking at the idea of adding short interviews to the podcast in 2024. So if there’s a band you’d like to hear on the show, drop me a line. You can send an email to gift@bestcelticmusic . You’ll get an autoresponder to also pick up a free eBook called Celtic Musicians Guide to Digital Music while you’re there. Email gift@bestcelticmusic

Don’t forget to subscribe and listen to Celtic Christmas Music wherever you find podcasts.

Let’s get on with the show!


I want to send a big shout out to our Celtic Legends: Bill Mandeville, Marti Meyers, Brenda, Karen, Emma Bartholomew, Dan mcDade, Bob Harford, Carol Baril, Miranda Nelson, Nancie Barnett, Kevin Long, Gary R Hook, Lynda MacNeil, Kelly Garrod, Annie Lorkowski, Shawn Cali


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Kael Wiersch emailed photos and wrote, "Thank you for the show! I really enjoyed being able to take along a varied selection of fresh Irish and Celtic music to enjoy far from civilization or along a cobblestone street after a pint! Last summer solstice I began bicycling alone from CT towards Yellowstone planning to winter in Arizona. 16 months later I returned to CT after 17,000 miles and about 40 episodes of the Celtic and Irish music podcast. I picked up a couple tin whistles along the way to dive a little deeper into the spirit. with love kaelwhale"