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Aug 15, 2019

Take in a little Celtic soul with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

The Fretless, Circled by Hounds, Ed Miller, Thomas "Doc" Grauzer, Runa, Poor Man's Fortune, Jenna Greene, Albannach, The Changing Room, Stout Pounders, Bill Grogan's Goat, Sliotar, Bad Haggis, Poitin

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0:04 - "Holton Alan Moore’s (Live)" by The Fretless from Live from the Art Farm

03:40 - Welcome Vocal

04:12 - "A Farewell to Praddies" by Circled by Hounds from Chasing Our Tales

10:05 - "The Green & The Blue" by Ed Miller from Edinburgh Rambler

13:55 - "Carraig Ferghus" by Thomas "Doc" Grauzer from Infernal Harp Racket

19:07 - "Dance in the Graveyard" by Runa from Ten: The Errant Night


28:51 - "Quand J’étais Jeune À Dix-Huit Ans" by Poor Man's Fortune from In Good Time

34:05 - "Soul of Nature" by Jenna Greene from Crossroads

40:08 - "Ode to the Mountain Rest M's" by Albannach from Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums

44:47 - "Gwrello Glaw" by The Changing Room from Picking Up the Pieces


49:42 - "But Then Again" by Stout Pounders from Pour Decisions

52:44 - "Black Velvet Band" by Bill Grogan's Goat from Bill Grogan's Goat

56:39 - "The Sweet Little Girl from Barnagh" by Sliotar from Voyage

58:38 - "Reels Part Two (My Love Is In America)" by Bad Haggis from Trip

1:01:35 - Closing Vocal

1:02:45 - "Blue Bear Polkas: Richard's / Willy Wink's / Blue Bear / Bill Sullivan's" by Poitin from Wish

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Sarah Marshall emailed: "Marc, thanks so much for the passionate defense of women's music. I am sorry that one troll, at least, evidently thinks that male artists only succeed if female artists are ignored!  The world needs great Celtic music from all kinds of people."

Mark R emailed a negative comment regarding my Diversity of Celtic Music episode: "Marc, I was very saddened to hear the comments in episode #418.  You title contains the magic word "diversity", yet you end up wishing a "fond farewell" to long time listeners who disagree. Because someone thinks you are deluded, does not mean that they must be a bigot.  And to bring electoral politics into the podcast only reinforces the stereotype that a Celt can never avoid a good bar brawl. I would never ask you to apologize -you have done nothing wrong, nor so far as I am concerned did Susan- but I would hope to hear a hand of outreach extended to your listeners who may not be signed up for these politics.  Politics which are, after all, as disgusting to us, as ours are to you."

Thank you Mark. I appreciate you writing me. While I’m gonna guess we disagree politically, this is not about partisan politics.

This about serving our community.

From the beginning, I have been “changing the way you hear celtic music” and providing the best service for my listeners, “celebrating celtic culture thru music”.

My goal is to open the minds of Celtic music fans to the diversity of Celtic music. It’s not all traditional Irish music. It’s not all African fusion, bluegrass, alternative rock or whatever. It runs the gamut.

I have a lot of trad music fans who do NOT listen because it’s not more trad sounding. I do not recommend this podcast fans who only love trad music.

Sure. You may not like music from celtic women. But this too IS just one aspect.

So to belittle a host, or especially Susan, because she’s promoting equality on the podcast, something I’ve long considered essential to the diversity and goal of this podcast, is disrespectful, no matter what party you belong to.

Again my point is to serve my listeners. If you or others disagree with me. That’s fine. I can respect that.

But I also know in the long run, you will not appreciate this show. Especially going forward. Because obviously this is a topic that needs further exploration. So I will bring it up at length.

My goal is to promote the diversity of Celtic music, like I always have. But if someone refuses to open their hearts to that diversity, they will Not enjoy the show. And I don’t want to waste their time.

So yes, I stand by my statement.

My questions then for you are

Will you choose to support the diversity in the show, Whether the artists are black or white, straight or gay, Scottish or Welsh, Indian, Australian or Japanese, male or female or transgender?

Will you support Celtic women and other marginalized aspects of Celtic music and culture Because they are a part of that diversity?

Will you stand against people who belittle the show because they disagree with the mission of the podcast?

If you agree with all three of these statements, then I am very honored to have you a part of our Celtic community.

If not, that’s OK.

But again, in the long run, you will not enjoy the show.

I don’t want to waste your time listening to a show that will ultimately make you unhappy.

I truly hope your enlightened answers are yes. If not, I wish you a fond farewell.