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Jul 27, 2017

Wouldn't it be cool to have an episode featuring YOUR favorite Celtic music? Today's show is dedicated to Patron of the Podcast, Annie Lorkowski, who compiled a list of her favorite songs in featured over the past 12 years. You'll enjoy Celtic music from Mary Knickle, Heather Dale, Navan, Black 47, the Screaming Orphans, Marc Gunn, Ockham's Razor, Merry Wives of Windsor, MacTalla Mor, Coyote Run, Ciara Considine, The Borrowed Angels, The Blarney Rebel Band, Trip McCool, Ceann, BOWI, John Byrne Band, Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones, Jesse Ferguson.

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Back in May, I knew my time would be tight this summer. So I decided to ask some of the Patrons of the Podcast if they had a Top 20 list of artists featured in the podcast. Annie Lorkowski was one of the first to respond with 20 songs. So today, I'm gonna share with you her top 20 list, in no particular order. As she said on Patreon, many are older songs because she was binge-listening from the beginning. And I found at least one that I actually don't have the music for. So we'll make do.


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Erin Holman emailed: "Just wanted to say—I’m a freelance copyeditor and discovered your podcast just about a month ago (what took me so long? I have been listening to podcasts for about as long as they’ve been around!) Anyway, I think you are almost singlehandedly responsible for my recent uptick in productivity. I spent a study-abroad semester in County Galway (lived in vacation cottages just outside of Spiddal, with Galway Bay in my sightline) lo these many years ago (1991, to be exactk ;) ) and have enjoyed Celtic music well before that. Anyway, the upbeat tempo of so many Celtic songs is crucial for my focus and transports me back to ceili nights at the Hughes in Spiddal at the same time. Lucky for me, I’m just now listening to your early 2012 episodes—I’ve still got a wonderfully huge backlog to work through, and then I’ll start again. Thank you so much!"

This Week in Celtic Music

0:33 "Weave the Yarn" by Mary Knickle from Weave

5:27 "Mordred's Lullaby" by Heather Dale from Avalon

8:36 "He Mandu" by Navan from Oran nan Tonn

10:30 "James Connolly" by Black 47 from Fire of Freedom

16:28 "Rocky Road to Dublin" by the Screaming Orphans from Ballads Rule OK

23:11 "Mingulay Boat Song" by Marc Gunn from Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion

27:40 "Oro Se Do Bheatha Bhaile" by Ockham's Razor from Wolves in the Walls


32:06 "Mad Jenny" by the Merry Wives of Windsor from Tales from Windsor's Tavern

35:51 "Chi Mi Na Morbheanna" by MacTalla Mor from The New Colossus
he mi na morheena
41:22 "Mary Mac" by Coyote Run from Pleads the 5th

44:48 "Kilkelly Ireland" by Ciara Considine from O Mo Chroi

50:55 "Eist Eist" by The Borrowed Angels from The Borrowed Angels Singing Songs By Mazz O'Flaherty

54:00 "Stand With Me Boys" by The Blarney Rebel Band from Buy My Soul


59:52 "Drill Ya Tarriers Drill" by Trip McCool from The Traveler

1:04:56 "Moron with the Bodhran" by Ceann from Making Friends

1:08:22 "Rolling Home" by BOWI from Dry Land

1:12:44 "Betsy Ross Bridge" by John Byrne Band from The Immigrant and the Orphan

1:16:47 "Cead Mille Failte" by Derek Warfield and the Young Wolftones from Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight

1:22:37 "Loch Lomond" by Jesse Ferguson from The Parting Glass

VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20. 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.

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