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Jun 29, 2023

What’s that you hear high up on an Irish cliff, soaring with the birds? It’s the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #612.

Willos', Irishtown Road, The Jig Is Up!, Arise & Go, Amelia Hogan, We Banjo 3, The Carroll Sisters, Giant's Dance, Logical Fleadh, Tan and Sober Gentlemen, Ockham's Razor, Band O'Brothers, Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia, Jim Sharkey


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0:02 - Intro: Christa Burton

0:14 - Willos' & Massimo Giuntini feat. Martino Vacca "Pipers Paradise" from From Now On

5:03 - WELCOME

7:23 - Irishtown Road "O'Keefe's Slide / Kerry Dance / Michael's Farewell To Glasgow" from On the One Road

12:19 - The Jig Is Up! "When First Unto This Country  -  Christmas Eve" from On Yer Toes!

16:22 - Arise & Go "Waltz & Reels: The Jewels Of The Ocean / The Humours Of Tulla / Last Summer's Reel" from Meeting Place

19:47 - Amelia Hogan "Manx Lullaby" from Taking Flight

23:16 - FEEDBACK

27:38 - We Banjo 3 "High On A Mountain (Live)" from Live in Galway

31:29 - The Carroll Sisters "Fairy Queen" from Daybreak

35:46 - Giant's Dance "Cunla/The Frieze Breeches" from Giant's Dance

40:22 - Logical Fleadh "The Ballad of Saint James" from Logical Fleadh (17 - Track Album)

44:33 - THANKS

46:21 - Tan and Sober Gentlemen "Heart is Haunted" from Regressive Folk Music

49:17 - Ockham's Razor "Buile Shuibhne (The Frenzy of Sweeney)" from Secrets and Silence

54:30 - Band O'Brothers "Nancy Whiskey" from Band O'Brothers

58:47 - Highlander Celtic Rock Band Australia "Galloway" from North of the Wall

1:02:46 - CLOSING

1:04:04 - Jim Sharkey "Vignettes" from Misty Morning Rain

1:09:03 - CREDITS

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I had such a fantastic time on my Celtic Invasion of County Mayo. I kept a personal blog on the trip that I’ll publish in the coming weeks. You can also find pictures scattered across my different profile pages.

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Richard Medaugh emailed photos:

Rising A Pint of Guinness at the Gaelic League  -  Irish American Club in Detroit, Michigan on Saint Pádraig Day 2023 – Sláinte

Russ Gaudet emailed photos: "Hello there, Yes the Knights of Columbus had a very successful St Patrick's Day dinner and dance at our Church in Middleton, NS

Here are a couple of pictures to prove it. Cheers"

Ann Peck McBride emailed photos: "My Ceili group, Ceili of the Valley, here in Salem Oregon, has a "walkabout" every St Patrick's Day, complete with the Willamette Valley Pipes and Drums. Everyone wears green and has a good time!"

Caz of Crikwater emailed photos: “Marc, Thanks for reaching out…Happy belated St Patrick’s Day!  we have a bunch of pics from last weekend.  Buffalo,NY goes all out for the High Holy days…we have 2 huge parades!!!!(and two irish fests over the summer) parade on Saturday through the Old Irish Neighborhood and one on Sunday through the middle of Downtown…so that results in a BIG Party weekend with LOTS of gig opportunities…

We played 16 shows in three weeks in March (all on weekends)..Last weekend alone we played 7 gigs in 72hrs!!!

NOBODY in the music biz works harder than Irish musicians in the month of March!!! Hup! I’m attaching a few pics for you.”

CRIKWATER Pic 1…We played KeyBank Arena at an NHL game to a crowd of 19,000  -  pregame & between periods of the Sabres v Bruins on Sunday 3/19

CRIKWATER Pic 2…Sportsmens Tavern, Buffalo NY..sold out

CRIKWATER Pic 3… Ploughshares Barn, Canandaigua, NY..sold out

CRIKWATER Pic 4…Molly Maguires Pub, SouthBuffalo, NY..max capacity(we definitely exceeded Fire code - don’t mention that please😉)

CRIKWATER Pic 5…75 Stutson Street with our good friends Dady & Ryan in Rochester,NY..sold out

I got a private message from Bob on Patreon which I felt needed addressing in a public format:

“Marc: I am going to end my Patreon sponsorship of your podcast. The cursing on your podcasts irritates me and I don't think it syncs up with celebrating Irish culture nor a fun, family oriented atmosphere.

One example: the Magic Dragon podcast  -  -  Forkroot "Coyotes at the Dump" from Water & Shade, about 20:16 mark.

So rather than me being irritated and you being irritated at my reaction, I'll wish you the best, but I sure don't get where you are going.”

I did respond to Bob’s comment, but I thought I’d address it here too. I did catch that explicit word in Forkroot’s song. Unfortunately, I was not listening closely to songs right before I headed out on vacation. They were the type of band that I did not expect to hear foul language from. So yes, I messed up.

I am terribly sorry for anyone who had to endure the explicit language. As you should know, I do my best to keep episodes of the podcast family - friendly. And as I told Bob, if you ever hear explicit language on the show, please please email me ASAP so that I can correct that error. I rely on your generosity to help me catch these problems.

I caught the language problem a day after the show went live and removed the song from the public version of the show. I left it in the Music - Only episode on Patreon, but that song was removed, also from the Celtic Top 20.