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Mar 12, 2020

Happy St Patrick’s Day! Two Hours of St Patrick’s Day music and a free Celtic album that you can download today on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Xavier Boderiou, Stringer's Ridge, The Selkie Girls, Kennedy's Kitchen, Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill, Beyond the Field from Single, Lissa Schneckenburger, Kinnfolk, Jesse Ferguson, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Catherine Koehler, The Kissers, Stephanie Claussen, KALOS (McKasson & McDonald), W Ed Harris, The Rowan Tree, Fir Arda, Celtic Conundrum, Avourneen, Tami Curtis, Pauline Scanlon, The Flailing Shilaleighs, The Wild Irish Roses, Kilmaine Saints, Ockham's Razor, Onde, Skeleton McKee, Battlelegs, Hugh Morrison, Eileen Ivers, Jiggy, Wolf Loescher

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The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on Spotify, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast.

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0:08 - "Wedding Reels" by Xavier Boderiou from Laimm

2:58 - WELCOME

4:45 - "Pikeman's March / Who'll Be King but Charlie? / Cliffs of Moher" by Stringer's Ridge from Handmade

10:57 - "Smeorach Chlann Domhnaill" by The Selkie Girls from Running with the Morrigan
Pronunciation: Smear-Rock Clan Dow-ohl

15:32 - "Tootsie's Flowers, Money In Both Pockets, The Whiskey Of Truth" by Kennedy's Kitchen from The Whiskey of Truth

20:20 - "Race for the Sun" by Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill from Race for the Sun

25:35 - "Three Hugs for Luca" by Beyond the Field from Single


34:35 - "The Fair Maid By the Sea Shore" by Lissa Schneckenburger from Song

37:49 - "New Rigged Ship / Lady's Cup of Tea / Drag Her Round the Road" by Kinnfolk from Kinnfolk

41:01 - "The Sally Gardens" by Jesse Ferguson from The Sally Gardens

43:45 - "Jiggle the Old Bones" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Sleep Deprivation

48:30 - “May Morning Dew” by Catherine Koehler from Stone Upon Stone

52:07 - "Foggy Dew (feat. Monica Martin)" by The Kissers from Three Sails

56:38 - "Ae Fond Kiss / Rory Dall's Port" by Stephanie Claussen from The Road Home from Skye: Scottish and Irish Tunes


1:04:18 - "Geordie" by KALOS (McKasson & McDonald) from Harbour

1:07:36 - "Crowley's/Johnny D's" by W Ed Harris from Turas Ceilteach
Pronunciation: Tour-ahs Kell-tuk kell-tach

1:11:40 - "One And All" by The Rowan Tree from Kolar's Gold

1:13:59 - "O'Carolans Welcome" by Fir Arda from Greenhouse Sessions Part 2

1:18:26 - "A Chance" by Celtic Conundrum from The Promise

1:22:17 - "Sparrow" by Avourneen from Sparrow


1:28:55 - "Hills of Connemara" by Tami Curtis from Caird Cavort

1:31:04 - "The Eighteenth of June" by Pauline Scanlon from Gossamer

1:35:13 - "Old Man Colm" by The Flailing Shilaleighs from Yours to Discover

1:38:37 - "The Adventures of a Young Rose" by The Wild Irish Roses from Full Bloom

1:40:23 - "Off the Wagon" by Kilmaine Saints from Off the Wagon (Acoustic Sessions)

1:42:47 - FREE MUSIC

1:44:01 - "The Moving On Song" by Ockham's Razor from Songs from Potter's Field

1:48:22 - "Le Metamorphose" by Onde from Maelstrom

1:53:42 - "Streams of Whiskey" by Skeleton McKee from Edinburgh Underground

1:56:25 - "Ability Scores" by Battlelegs from Save the Humans

1:59:40 - "Ballad of Thomas Higgins" by Hugh Morrison from The Other Side

2:04:09 - "Shine" by Eileen Ivers from Scatter the Light

2:08:35 - “Man of Aran” by Jiggy from Hypernova

2:12:59 - CLOSING

2:13:52 - "Legacy" by Wolf Loescher from Sheep's Clothing

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  • SAT, MAR 14: The Camp, Huntsville, AL @ 7:30 PM

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If you listen to podcasts, I want to recommend a couple that I enjoy and are Celtic in nature. Irish Music Stories is put out by Irish musician Shannon Heaton. She looks at the bigger stories behind traditional Irish music. It’s extremely well-produced and well worth subscribing

Erin’s Isle is a short travel podcast. Erin brings you the delightful parts of Ireland in intriguing stories that’ll make you want to learn more. Her show is even syndicated on Aer Lingus and British Airways. It’s that good. And a lot of fun!

If you want more St Patrick’s Day music, check out the St Patrick’s Day podcast. It’s a 7-part series I released years ago. It’s music with minimal chatting. It’s perfect for playing in the background of your own Paddy’s Day party.

I’d be negligent if I didn’t tell you about my own personal podcast. The Pub Songs Podcast is the virtual public house for Celtic Geek culture. I put together several St Patrick’s Day episodes including the latest which is a Sci Fi St Patrick’s Day. Because, well, I’m a geek.

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How would you like a free album of Celtic music? Every year, I compile the 17 Free Celtic MP3s for St Patrick’s Day. In fact, if you listened to and enjoyed show #250, then you can now download every single one of those songs for free. Follow the link in the shownotes.

There are NO STRINGS ATTACHED. The download page is on our Patreon. It’s open to the public. So you can just click and download the free MP3s. You don’t need to sign up for a single thing.

Now if you want MORE FREE MP3s, you can also subscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine. Every week, you will get a few cool bits of Celtic music news. It's a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Plus, you'll get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free, just for signing up today.

And if that’s not enough… I want you to have a Free CD of mine. It’s an album of Irish songs called Happy Songs of Death. I actually featured it on episode #83 of the podcast. But you can have the physical CD. I will swallow the cost of the disc. You just have to pay for the shipping. Follow the link in the shownotes. I don’t know how long this offer will last. So get it soon!

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David (Daithi) O'Brien emailed: "Hi Marc. I live in Mn, and have always enjoyed the St. Patrick's day performances at the Landmark Center in St. Paul. I remembered that your birthday is on the 17th, and thought you might enjoy our Minnesota Nice celebrations. 2 of my old Step Dance groups will be performing along with I don't know how many Indie musicians. Sorry I didn't think about reaching out to you until the end of February, but if you have the chance, give the frozen north a try."

Bernard Nieuwendijk emailed: "Dear Marc, I just found out about this band, does it fit your show? Love your show btw, promoting it whenever I see a chance!"

Jeff Peterson wrote on our blog: "Thank you again, Marc. Nice music to listen to while at work. :)"

Stacia Ahlfeld wrote: "My son and I listened to this while we worked on his schoolwork. He really liked it! I did too, of course. It's fun to have a kiddo who enjoys Celtic music like me. Hope you have a great day!"

Amy Hineline sent a photo: "Recovering from total knee replacement surgery. Waiting to go home."

Barb Spears emailed: "Hi Marc!  I'm a newbie to podcasts and just downloaded an APP. I searched music and found your podcast - my first!  I love Celtic music having green blood in my veins and am a Ceili dancer who enjoys our Irish culture and community here in St. Paul MN.   As I listen to this great music, I am digging out of a very cluttered home office. The upbeat music is keeping me going as I tackle this rather daunting task.  No pics - nobody should see the mess I have!"

Helen Withers emailed: "Hi from Helen Withers in Falcon, Colorado. We attended the Larkspur, Colorado Renaissance Festival in the last two years. We have repeatedly sat in the audience to see, sing with(from the audience) and enjoy a musical trio called "Music the Gathering Band" They have at least one CD, & recently finished at the Brevard RenFaire. You may like them for one of your podcasts."

She sent another email: "Also, there's a band from one of the Carolina states, called Syr. We saw them live in Estes Park, Colorado & really enjoyed their music too. Thank you, Helen Withers in Falcon Colorado."