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Dec 14, 2017

You are working hard, struggling to survive and thrive. Sometimes the world seems out to get you. This show features music for the every day, hard worker with Celtic music from Spoil the Dance, The Gatehouse Well, Water Street Bridge, Vicki Swan, Kinfolk, Na Skylark, Nick Hennessey, The Tea Merchants, Kilted Kings, Celia Ramsay, The Kreellers, The Jackdaws, Bill Grogan's Goat, Sisters of Murphy.

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You can join me in Scotland in June 2018. Imagine joining a small group of eight Celtic music fans, driving in a van as we explore the  Isle of Skye. Some call it one of the most-beautiful islands in the world, with spectacular vistas, gorgeous castles and towns, fairy pools, and magic. We won't see everything. Instead, we will stay in one area, and get to know the region through its history, culture, and legends. Subscribe to the mailing list to join the invasion at


0:04 "Trip To Skye / Breton An Dro / The Cat And The Capo" by Spoil the Dance from Fairer Skies

6:13 "Calliope House Set" by The Gatehouse Well from And the Sparks Did Fly

11:04 "Paddy on the Railway" by Water Street Bridge from Oh Death

14:31 "Battle of the Somme" by Vicki Swan from a Single

17:47 "Working For the Company" by Kinfolk from This Land


23:00 "A Highland Reel-The Humors Of Glasses-Lough Ernes Water" by Na Skylark from Old Ceol

26:16 "Honest Work" by Nick Hennessey from Pebble & Bone

29:28 "Chariots of Steam" by The Tea Merchants from One Lump or Two?

33:38 "Blue Sun" by Kilted Kings from Name On My Soul

36:11 "I Ain't Gonna Work in the Factory" by Celia Ramsay from Songs of My Father's People


41:33 "Barnyards" by The Kreellers from Saints & Sinners

44:52 "Banish Morrisons" by The Jackdaws from Troubles

48:33 "Haul Away Joe" by Bill Grogan's Goat from Third Eye

55:05 "Working Stiffs Unite" by Sisters of Murphy from Working Stiffs Unite

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Imagine a world with no Celtic music. Pretty crappy, right? All you have is boring pop music being shoved down your throats by big record labels. You wouldn't get to experience the incredible music shared each and every week in the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic and Geek musician and podcaster. This podcast is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. I want to ask you to support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

This episode has been on my mind for a long time. It was inspired by Sisters of Murphy's latest album which called "Working Stiffs Unite". I wanted a show for everyone who is struggling to make ends meet, when the odds seem against you. I hope this show will inspire you to keep creating, working and following your dreams.

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My gift to you is the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast app. You can download it for free on iTunes or on Amazon. If that's not good enough for you, I'm giving away my CD Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion to everyone who becomes a Patron of the Podcast in December 2017. Sign up today and support your friendly neighborhood Celtic podcast.

If you want more Christmas music, I released an episode of Winter Pub Songs over on my Pub Songs Podcast. It's mostly Celtic Christmas music with a few geeky fun additions. Listen at

I also want to send out an extra special thanks to our new Patrons of the Podcast. Patreon made some painful changes this week which I will share more about in the Celtic Music Magazine. Thanks to Adrian Piazza who raised their pledge and also to our new patron, Jan. Become a patron at


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Dan Buchner emailed from from Niagara Falls, NY: "Hey Marc! Discovered the podcast over the summer. Great mix of music. The last couple weeks I’ve listened to a few I got behind on while restoring some old windows from a friend's 100 year old house. The tempo and mix helps me get through the work with ease."

Will Collins emailed: “Hey Marc (if I can call you that), I only found your podcast at the beginning of October but it's already got its hooks in me. I am a junior in college dual majoring in engineering and math. This isn't as exciting as anyone else, but I listen to the newest episodes and the giant backlog that exists every saturday during my 8-hour study sessions. It really makes the time fly, and I really appreciate all the work you put into making the best podcast around! Hope this finds you merry,“

Thanks Will. I’m so glad you found the show. It’s funny. You say that listening while studying for eight hours isn’t as exciting, but man, I love to hear it. Sure it’s  nice to think that we are all traveling in Ireland or Scotland, and listening to the podcast. But the truth is I listen while cleaning house, giving the girls a bath, or playing it to wear out overactive daughters right before bed.

Most of our lives are spent in mundane tasks. And while you may think it is uninteresting, personally, I find those mundane pieces of life to be fascinating and inspiring. And it lets me know how to make the show better. So thank you