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Aug 19, 2021

Be a part of Ireland with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Gaelynn Lea, Adam Young, Ashley Davis, Yeats in Song, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Thom Dunn, Jesse Ferguson, Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh, Laughing Jack, The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater, Bang On The Ear, The High Kings, Will Macmorran, Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps, Drumspyder, The Elders, Skully

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0:05 - Gaelynn Lea "Boys of Bluehill" from The Songs We Sing Along the Way

3:46 - WELCOME

5:02 - Adam Young "Forever Young" from Yearbook

8:26 - Ashley Davis "The Pity of Love" from I Am of Ireland / Yeats in Song

10:49 - Matt & Shannon Heaton "The Shady Spot" from Blue Skies Above

14:37 - Thom Dunn "Follow Me Up To Carlow / Éamonn an Chnoic" from Forfocséic, Volume 1
Pronunciation: Éamonn an Chnoic"  - AY-mon un CUN-ic

18:42 - FEEDBACK

24:27 - Jesse Ferguson "The Old Polina" from Sea Shanties

27:37 - Muireann Nic Amhlaoibh "Sí Bheag, Sí Mhór" from Neadú
Pronunciation: Murr-en Nick OWL-ee
Pronunciation: Neadú - Nyad-EW

31:11 - Laughing Jack "Sylvest (Live)" from Live at the Indy Folk Series

35:24 - The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater "The Dryads" from Illumina

39:02 - Bang On The Ear "Wellerman" from F15TEEN

41:38 - The High Kings "Farewell to Nova Scotia" from Home From Home

44:15 - THANKS

45:51 - Will Macmorran "New Ritual" from Glen Echo

48:47 - Michael Darcy & The Atlantic Tramps "Take Me Back to the Valley" from Single

52:04 - Drumspyder "The Dunmore Lasses" from Kenning

56:06 - The Elders "Naughty Bridget" from Story Road

1:00:31 - CLOSING

1:01:32 - Skully “Blackbird” from IRISH Makeover

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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

I missed this congrats from Jarrod Reynolds: "Hey Marc, Congrats on the 500th episode. I highly enjoy the podcast. One of my ancestral lines is Irish so Irish music has a special place in my heart, and the fact I've been to scotland, makes it that much more special. I was wondering if you had any suggestions for instrumental irish harp artists that specialize in jigs and reels. Slainte"

Domenico Rossi emailed a photo: "Hi Marc! It's Domenico here, from Italy!

I'm just listening to your podcast (ep. 517) while I'm finishing up details of my final thesis. You know how it works: each time you write even a single letter, images go everywhere, and you have to put them again in the correct place. And, of course, there always are small changes to do... and your wonderful podcast is here to help me!

Since I've become a patreon some months ago I can hear the episodes some days before usual, and it's a great way to start the week! (or also finish it, by listening to them again and again!)

Thanks for your work

God bless you


Joe Christensen emailed: "Hi Marc.

I've been listening and subscribing to your podcast for a long while. You have been, for a while now, asking what we are doing while we listen. I don't have a photo for you, but I am usually grading physics homework. Although they are unaware of it, I am quite sure the students appreciate that my mood is jaunty while I grade their work.

Speaking of students, which is my actual reason for writing, during the pandemic, I have been recording and posting my lectures so that students who are in quarantine, are caring for others who are sick, or are simply cautious about bringing the virus home to others can keep up with my class. Inspired by my gratitude to you for diligently maintaining the practice of including timestamps in all of your show notes (I can't tell you how helpful that has been), I started time-stamping my 50-minute lectures. Many students have expressed to me their gratitude for my effort in that regard and I wanted to share that gratitude with you. Your patience and attention to detail has benefits not just for those of us who listen and buy music we hear, but also has secondary benefits to those your listeners also interact with.

You are positively impacting in many ways.

Speaking of that, I am also grateful whenever you stand up for the women of Irish music, the LGBT community, and your broader support of a variety of people and cultures. Thank you!

Happy holidays. I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.”