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Apr 27, 2017

Enjoy some Scottish and Celtic music as we highlight musicians performing at the Texas Scottish Festival & Highland Games of 2017 with Celtic music from Battlefield Band, Tullamore, Scotland Rising, Ed Miller, Willow and Her Giant, Jed Marum, Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse, The Selkie Girls, Reel Treble Band , Seamus Stout, Madi Davis, Skeleton McKee, Cleghorn, Murder the Stout, Jiggernaut. Listen. Like. Share. Then download 34 Celtic MP3s for Free! 

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. You can share this show and find more episodes at And you can support this show on Patreon.

This week, we're doing a special on the Texas Scottish Festival and Highland Games. I decided to do this feature as an extra way to financially support the event. You see, every time you buy one of our compilation CDs or make a pledge to the podcast on Patreon, I donate some of the money to Celtic non-profits. Many of them are non-profit Celtic festivals. Last fall, I sent the Texas Scottish Festival a donation. I thought it'd be nice to promote the event with a special feature, especially since I have permission from many of the artists who are performing at the festival. You can find out more about the artists at and you can attend the festival May 5-7, 2017 in Arlington, Texas.

The first track was...

Battlefield Band is not actually performing at the Texas Scottish Festival, but Brian McNeill, one of the founding members, is. And since I don't have permission to play any of his music, I thought that'd make a nice alternative.


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This Week in Celtic Music

0:35 "Tending The Steer / Sandy Thompson / The Calrossie Cattle Wife" by Battlefield Band from The Producer's Choice

5:14 "The Ballad of Jack Dolan" by Tullamore from Wild and Wicked Youth

9:12 "Howl at the Moon" by Scotland Rising from Out of the Ashes

11:05 "Walk the Road" by Ed Miller from Come Awa' Wi' Me

14:26 "O'Carolan's Farewell to Music" by Willow and Her Giant from Demo

17:47 "Massacre at Glencoe" by Jed Marum from Calla's Waltz


22:40 "Jack Haggerty" by Jil Chambless & Scooter Muse from The Laverock Sang

26:16 "Norlan Wind" by The Selkie Girls from Pirate Queen

30:38 "Renwick's Ferret/Road to Errogie" by Reel Treble Band from Reel Treble Band

33:51 "The Spanish Lady" by Seamus Stout from Off the Wagon


39:35 "The Moon" by Madi Davis from Above the Waves

43:30 "Before the Devil Knows We're Dead" by Skeleton McKee from Leave the World Laughing

47:44 "Castle Kelly" by Cleghorn from Cleghorn

52:00 "Troosers" by Murder the Stout from Murder the Stout EP

56:45 "Miners Life" by Jiggernaut from The Well

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