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Oct 13, 2022

Let's sing to the Queen among the heather and listen to a story of Mental Health Awareness from Clare Cunningham on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Colm Broderick & Patrick Finley, The Flying Toads, The Chivalrous Crickets, Lunasa, Willos' & Massimo Giuntini, Achill Crossing, Outbound Traveler, The Breath, Clare Cunningham, Scythian, Wakefire, The Brazen Heads, Lissa Schneckenburger


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0:44 - Colm Broderick & Patrick Finley "Achonry Lasses/Crooked Road to Dublin" from unreleased

2:50 - WELCOME

5:16 - The Flying Toads "Mrs Galvin's" from Warts 'n All

9:41 - The Chivalrous Crickets "Queen Among the Heather" from Pavorreal Sessions

14:34 - Lunasa "Aoibhneas" from The Merry Sisters Of Fate

18:52 - Willos' & Massimo Giuntini "Road to Rome" from From Now On

24:01 - FEEDBACK

26:17 - Achill Crossing "The Galway Shawl" from The Rising of the Moon

32:02 - Outbound Traveler "Ring for a Lady" from Go On and Wander

34:56 - The Breath "Boat Song (Acoustic)" from Only Stories (Let the Cards Fall Revisited)


October 2 - 8 was Mental Health Awareness Week. I heard Clare Cunningham perform at the Middle Tennessee Highland Games & Celtic Festival. She shared her story of a song she wrote inspired to help others facing mental health issues.

43:10 - Clare Cunningham "I swear" from MERCY

47:08 - THANKS

48:26 - Scythian "Built These Walls" from Jump at the Sun

52:12 - Wakefire "Lannigan's Ball" from Meaning of Life

55:59 - The Brazen Heads "Sweet Whiskey" from Curse of the Hag

1:00:04 - CLOSING

1:00:37 - Lissa Schneckenburger "Feel Better" from Thunder in My Arms

The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs.

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Exciting news. I learned this week that the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast won it’s fourth Best Music Award in the annual People’s Choice Podcast Awards. These awards have been going since 2005. We won in 2009, 2010, 2017, and now in 2022. I’m extremely grateful to everyone who voted for us.

A huge thanks in particular to Mitchell Petersen, who mixes shows each week. Miranda Nelson is our graphics and social media goddess. And Todd Wiley is our Celtic Music Magazine editor. All of them are invaluable to making this show the success it is.

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Padraic O'Toole commented on Facebook: "I think this episode, number 576, is the best you've ever produced Marc. Thank you for supporting celtic music and musicians."

I had a whole bunch of congrats on Facebook for Best Music Podcast win:

Jana Lapel wrote: "Congratulations!"

Carol Baril: 'This is such awesome news!!! Yeah! Congratulations! Best music podcast out there!!! Way to go Marc! You do so much for the Celtic community!"

Triskele: "Congratulations on the Best Irish Podcast out there!"

Kinnfolk replied: "Congratulations, that’s amazing!!! Well deserved as always 🙂"

Mary - Grace Autumn Lee responded: "Congrats!!! Awesome news.

Bob Spellman: "Congratulations Marc, you deserve it for all the hard work you do!!!Z"

Steve Behrens: "Congrats Irish & Celtic Music Podcast"

The McDades "You guys are the best!"