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Dec 28, 2017

Who were the most-popular Celtic bands in 2017? We're ending the year with some of my favorite Celtic bands of the year with Celtic music from Black Market Haggis, The Gothard Sisters, Ed Miller, Ockham's Razor, We Banjo 3, Screaming Orphans, Jesse Ferguson, Battlelegs, Battlefield Band, The Elders, Poitin, Runa, Sons of Malarkey, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Screeched Inn, Jil Chambless, Ed Miller and Scooter Muse, Barleyjuice, Ciana, Coast, West of Mabou.

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You can join me in Scotland in June 2018. Imagine joining a small group of eight Celtic music fans, driving in a van as we explore the  Isle of Skye. Some call it one of the most-beautiful islands in the world, with spectacular vistas, gorgeous castles and towns, fairy pools, and magic. We won't see everything. Instead, we will stay in one area, and get to know the region through its history, culture, and legends. Subscribe to the mailing list to join the invasion at


0:06 "Welcome Paddy Home" by Black Market Haggis from Better Than It Sounds

4:52 "Chaos in La Casa" by The Gothard Sisters from Mountain Rose

7:58 "Bonnie Bessie Logan" by Ed Miller from Come Awa' Wi' Me

11:29 "I'm Coming Home Northumberland" by Ockham's Razor from Wolves in the Walls

16:29 "Over the Waterfall/Liberty Polka" by We Banjo 3 from Roots of the Banjo Tree

18:59 "The Ballad of Spring Hill" by Screaming Orphans from Taproom


24:15 "All For Me Grog" by Jesse Ferguson from Folk Favourites

27:18 "Greenland Whale Fisheries (acoustic version)" by Battlelegs from Facemelt Friday

29:47 "Leaving Friday Harbor" by Battlefield Band from The Producer's Choice

34:55 "Golden Ghost" by The Elders from TRUE


41:15 "O'puss No. 7" by Poitin from Simple Pleasures

46:16 "Bedlam Boys" by Runa from Live

49:37 "Killarney Boys of Pleasure" by Sons of Malarkey from Gulls Lads

51:58 "The Proposal" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Red House

58:15 "Farewell to Nova Scotia" by Screeched Inn from Screeched Inn


1:04:48 "Billy Gray" by Jil Chambless, Ed Miller and Scooter Muse from The Lang Awa' Ships

1:09:32 "Whiskey & Weed" by Barleyjuice from This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

1:13:23 "King's House/The Maids of Selma/Abbey Reel" by Ciana from Rubicon

1:17:27 "Gordon's Reels" by West of Mabou from West of Mabou

1:23:29 "Windmills in the Sky" by Coast from Windmills in the Sky

1:29:32 "Silent Place" by Jiggy from Translate

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Every year, I compile a list of the most-played Celtic bands on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. We're gonna end the year with some of my favorite bands played on the show in 2017.

This is your last chance to vote for your favorite bands in the Celtic Top 20. Every year, I compile a list of the best tracks played on this podcast and I share it in an extra-long show like this one. I want to ask you to review the 2017 shows. Find your favorite tracks in each show. Then go vote at In a few weeks, I will share your votes with the world.

Celtfather Music & Travel podcast features an interview with Shannon Heaton of the Irish Music Stories. You may remember in show #314 Shannon Heaton was the the guest host of this podcast. I was really curious to learn about her history as an American playing traditional Irish music. She also published a video about Irish Session Etiquette. So I decided to ask her to share her insights into playing in Irish sessions in this podcast. Listen to episode #234 Demystifying Irish Sessions.

If you're in a Celtic band, I want to invite you to submit your new album to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. It's easy to do. Complete the permission form at Then follow the instructions to send a digital copy of your album.

Band Social Media Promotion Tip. I've never been super fond of social media. Partially because of the negative nature of the beast. But partially because I've never been able to figure it out. I generally keep to myself.

However, over the past year, I've made a dent in the social media monster and I wanted to share my best social media promotion tip which I beg you to use with your favorite Celtic artist. It's simple too--SHARE.

Don't just laugh and like a post. If you support Celtic music, take an active role and share it. With one little click, you will not only proclaim your love of Celtic culture, but you will also immensely help these artists who are fighting to be heard.

And of course, you can do the same with any posts from the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Please SHARE your love of Celtic music.



It's easier than ever to do. Just list the show number, and the name of one or two bands. That's it. You can vote once for each episode help me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2017 episode.



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

Seán Roy Mac Aodha emailed: "Hi Mark, First off, I want to say that I really enjoy listen to your Celtic music podcasts. You do an excellent job putting together selections, and listening to an hour of the ICM podcasts is one of my great pleasures and I'm happy to be a subscriber.

Right now, I'm listening to the podcast #324, Celtic in Connemara, and I think it's great that you want to learn to speak the language a little better. While I'm not a native speaker, I am an Irish-American with exposure to the language, and my pronunciation is pretty good. I'm glad to answer any questions you may have. Although many words look intimidating, it's really not that hard once you learn the rules of Irish orthography.

You should probably know that the correct name of the language spoken in the Gaeltacht regions of Ireland is properly referred to in English as "Irish," and not Gaelic, as many people think, as "Gaelic" can mean Scottish Gaelic or even Manx. In Irish, the word for the language of course is "Gaeilge."

Good luck with your Duolingo lessons, and I'll look forward to your continuing podcasts. Thanks so much for all you do."