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Mar 16, 2016

Happy St. Patrick's Day. I am excited to share our 5th St. Patrick's Day music special for the holiday. This one highlights all of the Top 20 Celtic Bands of 2015 as featured earlier in the year, but with completely different songs. You will enjoy amazing indie Celtic music from Carolina Ceili, Runa, Clandestine, The Flying Toads, Marc Gunn, Emerald Rose, Full Gael, The Gothard Sisters, Heather Alexander , Appalachian Celtic Consort, Jesse Ferguson, Breabach, The Blarney Rebel Band, Kailyarders, The Rogues, Whiskey Sunday, Wild Colonial Bhoys, Bourbon & Shamrocks, The Elders, Patsy O'Brien.

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* St Patrick's Day Internet Music Festival has 24 videos on the playlist. You can enjoy Celtic music from LQR and Beltain. Jesse Ferguson should be added soon.

* I hope you enjoyed the very special feature on Poitin's album Wish. If not, go listen to show #250 where you can hear the album from start to finish.

* Would you "17 Free Celtic MP3s for St. Patrick's Day". Every year, I publish an article with that title on my website and Celtic bands from around the globe donate tracks to share with you. You can find this year's article at or follow the link in the shownotes.

* I posted a new episode of the Pub Songs Podcast. It features St. Patrick's Day Pub Songs by me and other Celtic artists.

* Celtic Radio has a new app for iTunes and Android. You can listen to their many streaming Celtic radio programs. They also are running the Celtic Radio Music Awards. Several of the artists you've heard on this podcast are up for awards. Go vote them!

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* My final St. Patrick's Day show is in Marietta, Georgia at Johnnie MacCracken's Celtic Pub this Friday, March 18th starting around 9pm, though I may kick it off earlier. Details on my St. Patrick's Day music website.

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This Week in Celtic Music

0:29 "Banish Misfortune/Moon Coin Jig" by Carolina Ceili from 50 Shades of Green

6:38 "The Wife of Usher's Well" by Runa from Current Affairs

11:15 "Wobbly Wheel Set" by Clandestine from Red

15:45 "Lord Mayo" by The Flying Toads from In Stitches

21:05 "Peggy Gordon" by Marc Gunn from The Bridge

25:21 "Mountain Fey" by Emerald Rose from Sunwise


29:28 "Nellie J. Banks" by Full Gael from Traditional Music with Celtic Roots

32:52 "Cat in a Bush" by The Gothard Sisters from Mountain Rose

36:11 "Brannigan's Special Ale" by Heather Alexander from Midsummer

38:36 "The Banshee/Pride of Rathmore" by Appalachian Celtic Consort from Drop o' the Pure


42:56 "Mary and the Soldier" by Jesse Ferguson from The Butcher Boy

46:44 "Kilbowie Cottage" by Breabach from The Big Spree

50:53 "The Apparatus" by The Blarney Rebel Band from Pile High the Pennywall

53:28 "Where the Wildflowers Grow" by Kailyarders from The Black Well


58:37 "Reels Again" by The Rogues from Made in Texas

1:01:05 "Cabin Song" by Whiskey Sunday from Holy Water

1:05:14 "Padraig An Sicin" by Wild Colonial Bhoys from On Our Own

1:08:33 "Johnston's Motorcar" by Bourbon & Shamrocks from Shock & ARRRR!

1:12:15 "Saint Patrick's Battalion" by The Elders from Story Road

1:17:51 "The Travelers" by Patsy O'Brien from Irish Guitar

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