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Jul 2, 2020

Enjoy life--Highland Life--on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Plaid Menagerie, Fir Arda, Alexander James Adams, The Homespun Ceilidh Band, The Ugly Mugs, Jesse Ferguson, Callanish, Gaelic Fury Band, W Ed Harris, Blame Not the Bard, Tami Curtis, Wooden Legs, Skeleton McKee, Barleyjuice, IIsabeau Corriveau et Les tisseurs de rêves

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0:03 - "The Marquis of Huntley's Highland Fling/The Piper of Drummond/Jock Wilson's Ball/Tail Toddle/Miss Girdle" by Plaid Menagerie from Plaid Menagerie

4:37 - WELCOME

5:18 - "Boys of Ballycastle/The Dunmore Lasses" by Fir Arda from At Home

9:12 - "Dance in a Circle" by Alexander James Adams from A Familiar Promise

13:48 - "Ross' Reel" by The Homespun Ceilidh Band from Home with The Homespun Ceilidh Band

17:16 - "Shall Ye Go Far" by The Ugly Mugs from The Ugly Mugs EP


23:11 - "Reilly's Daughter" by Jesse Ferguson from The Sally Gardens

25:06 - "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music" by Callanish from Callanish

28:38 - "Irish Blues" by Gaelic Fury Band from Swimming Upstream

32:43 - "The Otzi Man" by W Ed Harris from Ye Banks and Braes

37:14 - "The Old Hags of May Day" by Blame Not the Bard from Soundcheck


43:20 - "False Lady" by Tami Curtis from Cairde Cavort

48:26 - "Oro, Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Wooden Legs from Animali

52:01 - "Follow Me Up to Carlow" by Skeleton McKee from Edinburgh Underground

55:44 - "High on Highland Life" by Barleyjuice from The Old Speakeasy

1:00:11 - CLOSING

1:01:22 - "Down By the Sally Gardens" by IIsabeau Corriveau et Les tisseurs de rêves from Leap of Faith

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Fabio Fiorelli emailed: "Dear Mark,I just listened to your podcast about Celtic groups in Italy. I have been living in the UK for 11 years by now, but Florence is my hometown, and there is a great group from there I used to listen to when I was still living with my parents.

They are called Whisky Trail, they play both traditional songs and tradition-inspired new ones, and have been active for over 30 years! One of them is a historian, and he popularized the history of San Frediano, one of the most important patron saints of the city, who turned out to have been Irish (his name was Frigidianus, something related to the fact that he came from a cold country, more info here) and who is well known across Tuscany as well.

Unfortunately their website is not well updated, so I don't know if their email is still active, but I know the group definitely is (they have played several concerts in 2019) and I wish to honor their love for irish and celtic music. I will suggest them to contact you, but if you want to do it personally they have an active facebook page with the same name."