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Sep 16, 2021

Goodbye Muirhseen Durkin. Hello Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

The McDades, Jen Midkiff, The Irish Rovers, McKasson & McDonald, Celtic Rain, Alexander James Adams, Steel Clover, Catherine Koehler, Ciúnas, Achill Crossing, Battlelegs, The Flailing Shilaleighs, Hugh Morrison, Onde, Songs For Ceilidh

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0:05 - The McDades "The Oak, Ivy and Ash" from The Oak, Ivy and Ash

5:49 - WELCOME

7:49 - Jen Midkiff "Forestwalk" from All in Good Time

9:46 - The Irish Rovers "Muirsheen Durkin" from The Unicorn, the Continuing Story

13:39 - McKasson & McDonald "Strathspeys and Reels" from Harbour

18:35 - Celtic Rain "Come Now to the Table" from Celtic Rain

23:34 - FEEDBACK

25:55 - Alexander James Adams "Hapn' Frog" from Animals All the Same

29:18 - Steel Clover "The Mist Covered Mountains / Will Ye No Come Back Again" from Finding Your Way

32:05 - Catherine Koehler "Lady of Knock" from Stone Upon Stone

36:11 - Ciúnas "Mr. O’ Connor" from High Time

39:00 - Achill Crossing "Sean South of Garryowen" from The Rising of the Moon

42:43 - THANKS

44:38 - Battlelegs "Let's All Drive" from Save The Humans

47:22 - The Flailing Shilaleighs "Over My Shoulder" from Yours To Discover

49:47 - Hugh Morrison "Life Can Be Short" from The Other Side

54:44 - Onde "Vaëm-Til" from Maelstrom

59:47 - CLOSING

1:01:10 - Songs For Ceilidh "Hey Molly" from Falling Forward

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I finished performing at Dragon Con last week. That’s a big science fiction convention I do every year here in Atlanta. It was another rousing success. And happily, my two covid tests I took afterward were negative. It’s awesome being vaccinated. But the last thing I want is for my kids or friends or fans to get sick.

But this means, I am still behind on getting ahead on podcasts. Maybe after Gen Con in Indianapolis, which is where I am currently performing. I was barely able to get this episode done in time.

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Michael Cavanaugh emailed: "Hi Marc, I wanted to say I really enjoy the new opening to the podcast.  I think you saying “I am Marc Gunn” is so powerful and yet personal.  I hope you have enjoyed the change and I wonder if anyone else has noticed.

I recently got engaged!  My fiancé and I love the podcast, its always playing like radio in our house and cars.  You mentioned the next Celtic Invasion is in Scotland, which is where we went to go for our honeymoon.  You also mentioned it will be near the beginning of June 2022.  Thats also when we are planning our wedding, and it sees fortuitous that perhaps we can go on the Invasion vacation shortly after our big day.  Have you “Loched” down dates yet?

Where can we send a wedding invite?"

Katherine McMillan emailed a photo: "Hi Marc, Thanks so much for all you do, I’ve found many great Irish/Celtic bands through listening to your podcast. I usually listen to it while I’m in the lab at work but we are currently in lockdown here in Victoria, Australia so my work is closed. Instead, I’m listening to the podcast while sorting out all the sheet music for my flute quartet, hoping it will inspire me to arrange more Celtic music for four flutes as it’s definitely our favourite type of music to play. At the moment I’ve got the Rainy Days episode playing; it seemed appropriate given the very cold and wintery days.

Thanks again and keep up the great work!"