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Apr 29, 2021

We’re keeping Ireland green on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Fir Arda, Tiffany Schaefer, Smithfield Fair, Sue Spencer, Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne, Máirtín de Cógáin, Caroline Bennett, Jeff Blaney, Liesel Wilson, Amelia Hogan, Jesse Ferguson, Heather Dale, Philleann, Barleyjuice, Turf Fire Liars, Stout Pounders, Bill Mullen

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0:03 - Fir Arda "Carolan's Receipt for Drinking" from Carolan's Receipt for Drinking

2:19 - WELCOME

3:44 -  Tiffany Schaefer "The Rights of Man" from Tara's Halls

5:50 - Smithfield Fair "James Of The Glen" from 20 For 20

9:27 - Sue Spencer "Down the Brae" from North Shore

11:00 - Niamh Parsons & Graham Dunne "Across the Blue Mountain" from Kind Providence

14:59 - Máirtín de Cógáin "Taglione" from The False Start

16:48 - FEEDBACK

20:24 - Caroline Bennett "Thionnda" from Brìgh

23:24 - Jeff Blaney "When I Am Home (In America)" from Exodus

25:36 - Liesel Wilson "Twa Corbies" from The Path

27:42 - Amelia Hogan "The Banks Are Made of Marble" from Dispossessed

31:31 - Jesse Ferguson "Merchant Sailor's Farewell" from Sailor Songs

34:42 - THANKS

36:21 - Heather Dale "Shipwright" from Sphere

39:29 - Philleann "Thornton's Fling" from The Wandering Stream

44:43 - Barleyjuice "Sweet Young Thing" from This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

48:19 - Turf Fire Liars "Polka Set" from Long Memories Short Fuses

50:54 - Stout Pounders "Old Dun Cow" from Pour Decisions

53:49 - CLOSING

55:34 - Bill Mullen "Piper O' Dundee" from The Beginning

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Two Celtic Punk Episodes #366 and Celtic Punk #313.