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Nov 16, 2017

A listener emailed that they were just getting started with Celtic music. Wouldn't it be great to have an episode that could be a great intro guide? That's what this show is all about. You'll enjoy two-hours of awesome indie Celtic music from Jameson's Revenge, Poitin, Ed Miller, Cady Finlayson, The Elders, Mithril Duo, Jesse Ferguson, The Rogues, Rambling Sailors, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Runa, We Banjo 3, The Ne'er Duwels, The Gothard Sisters, Rathkeltair, Wicked Tinkers, Ockham's Razor, House of Hamill, Cara Dillon, Oisin McAuley, Screeched Inn, The Flying Toads, The Selkie Girls, Three Mile Stone, Lothlorien, Battlefield Band, Banna De Dha, Thomas "Doc" Grauzer, Rise, Socks in the Frying Pan.

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Years ago, a traditional Irish musician sat me down and told this autoharp-playing Renaissance festival musician what Celtic music really was. He gave me a list of popular trad musicians I should listen to. And I found some awesome bands in his list. That meeting was an important moment in my life. Because I did not see Celtic music the way he did. His definition narrowly defined traditional Irish music. For me, Celtic music is vast and growing. It encompasses the traditional songs and tunes as well as the contemporary arrangements that are more accessible to the average listener, like Celtic rock and even Celtic New Age.

So when I started the Celtic Music Magazine and later the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. One of my goals was to share my definition of Celtic music as well as to help independent Celtic musicians. So this week I'm gonna share songs and tunes that I think will be a great intro to someone getting started with Celtic music. I picked some of my favorite bands and tunes. I got a little of input as well from my Patrons of the Podcast. Without my Patrons support this show would not have happened. This is in fact the first of two 2-hour shows that you get because we hit a big milestone on Patreon.

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0:04 "Murty Delaney's/The Empty Bedpan" by Jameson's Revenge from While Yer Up

6:03 "The Congress Reel/Unknown Reel" by Poitin from Poitin

9:10 "The Broom of the Cowdenknowes" by Ed Miller from Generations of Change

12:32 "Ships Are Sailing/Over the Moor to Maggie" by Cady Finlayson from Irish Coffee

15:37 "Even the Great Ones Fall" by The Elders from Story Road

20:30 "Outlander Set: Loch Lomond / Comin' Thro' the Rye / Clean Pease Strae / The High Road to Linton (feat. Andy Kruspe)" by Mithril Duo from Bottom of the Punch Bowl

26:20 "The Spanish Lady" by Jesse Ferguson from Folk Favourites


29:58 "Amazine Grace" by The Rogues from Made in Texas

33:30 "Pay Me My Money Down" by Rambling Sailors from Bright Shining Clear

36:28 "Farewell to Ireland" by Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones from Far Away In Australia

39:58 "Ain't No Grave" by Runa from Current Affairs

44:20 "Puncheon Floor-Late For The Dance" by We Banjo 3 from Gather the Good

48:07 "Raggle Taggle Gypsy" by The Ne'er Duwels from The Ne'er Duwels


54:01 "Midsummer Jigs" by The Gothard Sisters from Story Girl

56:32 "How the Irish Saved My Life" by Rathkeltair from Something Good For a Change

59:58 "Hammer on the Anvil" by Wicked Tinkers from Hammered

1:03:42 "The Auld Triangle" by Ockham's Razor from Job's Comforter

1:06:42 "Fierce Cottage" by House of Hamill from Wide Awake


1:12:26 "Bold Jamie" by Cara Dillon from After the Morning

1;17:18 "Moneymusk/ Spey In Spate" by Oisin McAuley from Far From the Hills of Donegal

1:20:29 "Old Black Rum" by Screeched Inn from Screeched Inn

1:23:27 "Sweeney's Eyes Set" by The Flying Toads from In Stitches

1:30:22 "Gaelic Song" by The Selkie Girls from Long Time Traveling


1:38:13 "Piper on Horseback/Mullingar Lea/Molloy's Favorite" by Three Mile Stone from Three Mile Stone

1:41:26 "A Stor Mo Chroi" by Lothlorien from Single

1:45:50 "Highlands: The Lass of Killiecrankie / The Ladies of Gormand / Untitled Highland / The Teelin Highland" by Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow

1:49:03 "The Water Is Wide" by Banna De Dha from Band of Two

1:53:36 "Squire Woods' Lamentation on the Refusal of his Halfpence" by Thomas "Doc" Grauzer from Infernal Harp Racket

1:59:28 "Wild Mountain" by Rise from Uncertain Wonders

2:05:28 "The Track for the Craic" by Socks in the Frying Pan from Socks in the Frying Pan

I WANT YOUR FEEDBACK: 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

Christine Weir emailed: "Hello Marc, I just want to say thanks for playing my song Samhainn, on your Thin Veil show. I've had some really nice responses to it, and sold a couple of CD's as a result! Kind regards, Christine"

Chrystin Pleasants emailed: "Lucky me! Got the podcast e-mail as I am sitting in a waiting room at my car dealer’s working on my taxes. All life is portable, and thankfully, music especially so. Have loved the first two cuts, thanks so much! Not sure when they’ll be done with my vehicle, but if I don’t finish it in the next hour, then I’ll have something to listen to later in the day."

John Delahunty wrote: "I for the life of me cannot remember who sings or the name of a song you played last year and it’s driving me crazy! I think it was the fall of jack o lantern or something like that but google is not helping... help me Celtic music podcast you’re my only hope"

Great. Appeal to my inner geek why don't you John. Fine. There is a song called "Fall of Jack O'Lantern" by David Nigel Lloyd. You'll find it at the end of the 2015 Celtic Halloween & Samhain music special.

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