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Jul 23, 2015

On July 28, 2005, the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was born from my love of Celtic music. I had been cultivating that love through my Celtic Music Magazine which featured album reviews and free Celtic MP3 downloads from many of the bands on this podcast. The podcast quickly overtook the magazine in popularity. I had three main goals when I created this show. First, to help indie Celtic bands find new fans. Second, to give Celtic music fans a free, easily downloadable show where they could enjoy the music of their cultural heritage. Third, I wanted a Celtic radio show that was focused on the music. What's that phrase: "Less talk, more music". But I wanted it to be true. So I have long sets and usually short breaks where I share news and feedback. There are a bunch of additional reasons, including a latent desire to be a DJ. I'll tell you more about it later.

In the meantime, I want to share with you some of the best Celtic music featured in the podcast over the past ten years. Every month, I host the Celtic Top 20 where I ask you to vote for your favorite songs in each episode of the podcast. I've done this since almost the first year. That's how I created this show. It's the songs that fans of the podcast voted for over the last ten years. I just went in and cut down ten hours of music to a meer three hours.

I hope you will celebrate your love of Celtic music with me and these amazing Celtic bands with music from The Tea Merchants, Heather Alexander, The McDades, Colleen Raney & Colm MacCarthaigh, Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder, Clandestine, Athas, Sligo Rags, Navan, Jimi McRae And Sam Okoo, Heather Dale, Hawp, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Round the House in the first hour. You'll hear The Elders, Mary Knickle, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Tara MacKenzie, Fiddler’s Green, Rising Gael, Rambling Sailors, Bow Triplets, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Poitin, Ockham’s Razor, Gwilym Morus, LabGraal, The Selkie Girls in the second hour. Then we'll finish the show with Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Maidens IV, The Gothard Sisters, The Killdares, Tullamore, Marc Gunn, Across the Pond, Anne Roos, Holly Kirby, Molly Bauckham, Tallymoore, Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice, Stout Pounders, Rathkeltair, Black 47, The Rogues, Flashpoint.

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Thanks to the Patrons of the Podcast. Your kind and generous support keeps this show running every week. Become a Patrons at Thanks to the following new patrons: Daniel, Samantha, Carroll, DawnMarie, Across the Pond, Andrew, Daniel, Mike, Scott, John. Shout out to my Celtic Superstars: Theresa Sullivan, Wesley Dunnington, Anna Cylkowski, Brendan Nix, John Bilderback, Brakeing Down Security Podcast, Rian P Kegerreis, Steven, Samual Hill, Johnny Berry, Shawn Cali.

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This Week in Celtic Music

"The High Fiddle Reels" by The Tea Merchants
from The Tea Merchants

"March of Cambreadth" by Heather Alexander
from Midsummer

"The Whistle Blower" by The McDades
from Bloom

"Belfast Mountains" by Colleen Raney & Colm MacCarthaigh
from Cuan

"Jig Jag" by Jamie Laval and Ashley Broder
from Zephyr in the Confetti Factory

"Peggy" by Clandestine
from To Anybody At All

"Drowsy Maggie/Mountain Road/Tam Lin" by Athas
from Athas

"Whiskey Never Lies" by Sligo Rags
from The Whiskey Never Lies

"Ellas Mari (Cornish)" by Navan
from Lowena

"Highland Cathedral/The Black Bear" by Jimi McRae And Sam Okoo
from Scottish Pipes And African Drums

"Mordred’s Lullaby" by Heather Dale
from The Trial of Launcelot
from Secret World of Celtic Rock

"Aoife Orla Jigs" by Hawp
from Storm and Calm

"Jenny’s Story" by The Merry Wives of Windsor
from Tales From Windsor’s Tavern

"Mando Thing/Golden Stud/Evit Gabriel/Morning Dew" by Round the House
from At This Stage

"Men of Erin" by The Elders
from American Wake

"Weave the Yarn" by Mary Knickle
from Weave

"The Weasel In The Henhouse And Ships Are Sailing" by Kennedy’s Kitchen
from The Hotting Fire

"My Cavan Girl" by Tara MacKenzie
from Simple Irish Ballads And Songs For Singing

"The Night Paddy Murphy Died" by Fiddler’s Green
from Drive Me Mad

"Fierce" by Rising Gael
from One More Day

"Rambles of Spring" by Rambling Sailors
from Bright Shining Clear

"The Blacksmith" by Bow Triplets
from Secret Signs

"Broken Token" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer
from Stones on the Ground

"The Sea/Planxty Eleanor Plunkett/Planxty Maggie Brown" by Poitin
from Jiggery Pokery

"Oro, Se Do Bheatha ‘Bhaile" by Ockham’s Razor
from Wolves in the Walls

"Eryri" by Gwilym Morus
from Awena

"La Jument de Michao" by LabGraal
from Sacred Land

"Gaelic Song" by The Selkie Girls
from Long Time Traveling

"Farewell to Ireland (reel)" by Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones
from Far Away in Australia

"Rocks of Bawn" by Maidens IV
from Emerald Fire

"Compass" by The Gothard Sisters
from Compass

"September" by The Killdares
from Any Given Element

"Arthur McBride" by Tullamore
from Wild and Wicked Youth

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

"Swallowtail/Kid on the Mountain" by Across the Pond
from Kid on the Mountain

"Considine’s Grove" by Anne Roos
from A Light in the Forest

"The Lady and the Past" by Holly Kirby
from The Lady and the Past

"I Know My Love" by Molly Bauckham
from Maid on the Shore

"Smashing the Van" by Tallymoore
from Tallymoore

"An Alarc’h/Brian Boru’s March/Glennlivet" by Samantha Gillogly & Tim Maurice
from Celtic Chamber Music

"Run Paddy Run" by Stout Pounders
from 3 Drink Minimum

"The Crab Song" by Rathkeltair
from Something Good for a Change

"James Connolly" by Black 47
from Rise Up

"Bagpipes on Borbon Street" by The Rogues
from RogueTrip

"Martin Wynne’s Set" by Flashpoint
from Jammed

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The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to iTunes or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. You can post feedback in the shownotes at or email me