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Jul 18, 2019

Strap yourself in for some high-speed, craic’n fun Irish Celtic music on this week’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

The Gatehouse Well, Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus, Teton Skye, Moch Pryderi, Farsan, The Glory Reel, Kevin Kennedy & Samantha Kennedy, Atyls, FinTan, Bridgid's Cross, Bernadette Morris, The Celtic Kitchen Party, Brendan Monaghan, St. Jame's Gate, Molly's Revenge

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With the new year comes a new votes in the Celtic Top 20. This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2019 episode.  Vote Now!


0:04 - "Tree Gap Set" by The Gatehouse Well from Bring You Ashore


6:14 - "Roslin Castle/Miss Gordon of Gight" by Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus from Return to Kintail

12:18 - "The Chill Eastern Wind" by Teton Skye from Teton Skye

16:06 - "Welsh Bagpipe Medley" by Moch Pryderi from Moch IV

18:53 - "Oran An Roin" by Farsan from Farsan


25:50 - "The Flood of the Holm" by The Glory Reel from The Glory Reel

29:18 - "The Connemara Cradle Song" by Kevin Kennedy & Samantha Kennedy from When I Was One And Twenty

33:18 - "Atlas" by Atlys from Atyls

37:04 - "Tamosher" by FinTan from Excursion

39:55 - "John Ryan's Polka/Blarney Pilgrim" by Bridgid's Cross from Half Two


45:13 - "By the Water's Edge" by Bernadette Morris from Where the Heart Is

48:37 - "The Finest Local Pub" by The Celtic Kitchen Party from Sociable!

52:39 - "Unbroken" by Brendan Monaghan from Unbroken

55:48 - "Tullamore Dew" by St. Jame's Gate from Happy Life


1:01:28 - "The Western Shore" by Molly's Revenge With Moira Smiley from The Western Shore

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. I want to ask you to support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

In every episode of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, I mention "celebrating Celtic culture through music." It’s easy to miss the nuance of this mission statement. This podcast is not just about the traditional music of Ireland or Scotland. It is about all of those under-served aspects of Celtic music, and its many forms, from around the globe. It's about the fusion, the change, and the growth of the musical traditions of the Celts.

So I found it disappointing to hear someone attack my guest host Susan J. E. Ritta last week for promoting the women of Celtic music and FairPle, an organization dedicated to giving Celtic women in music a voice. It's both disappointing and rather disgusting.

Women are under-represented throughout the music business, including Celtic music.

If you've spent ANY time studying the music business since it began, like I have, you would know this to be true.

Sadly, some folks feel threatened by those who are marginalized and gain a fair footing.

It happened to the Irish when they first came to American. If you have studied the history of the Celts, you will note the Celts too were marginalized. And when you belittle one marginalized group, you disgrace all of our Celtic culture. You disgrace the history and suffering the Celts endured and overcame.

So let me be clear. The women of Celtic music deserve our support. If you disagree, that's your choice. But I will continue to fight for these amazing women and promote FairPle and any organization that stands up against small-minded people who refuse to change with history.

So whether you're a new listener or long-time, if that's you, I wish you a fond farewell. This podcast is not for you.

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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. Email a voicemail message to

Allison Walker-Elders emailed from DC: "Hi Marc,I've been meaning to write this email for weeks! During your episode # 405 (Fight Like a Celtic Woman) I was so moved by Heather Dale's song "One of Us" that I had to stop in the middle of my hour-long run and have a good cry.

The song reminded me of every woman I have ever looked up to in my life, personally or academically or in my career. I don't know if it was intentional on Heather Dale's part, but I was strongly reminded of the 2016 American election-- while I didn't always agree with Secretary Clinton, she would have made a great president and I was proud that she was one of us. Remembering that feeling of pride combined with the devastation of her loss while listening to "One of Us" brought me right back to that moment in the early hours of November 9th, 2016.

Thank you for everything that you do to raise up the voices of underrepresented Celtic musicians and songwriters.I especially appreciated Lady Susan's episode this past week and can't wait to listen to other episodes of her show.

If I were to request anything from your show, maybe it would be a longer episode for workouts--I'll be running a marathon later this summer and plan on listening to your show while I run it in the beautiful mountains of Washington State."

Thank you so much Allison for your touching response. I'm so happy the song moved you. It's become a favorite of my daughter Kenzie too. And I'm quite proud of that.

You are right. There are many voices underrepresented in the Celtic community, especially from Celtic women. I know a quarterly episode is a very small contribution. But I'm proud I can add that into the world. And while I originally planned it just for 2019, I've since changed decided to extend it into the future.

As for the longer workout episodes, may I should add that as a Patreon Milestone--Celtic Marathon Training. That'd be fun.