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Sep 15, 2016

September 17th is Halfway to St. Patrick's Day with just six months to go. We're celebrating with a lot of new indie Celtic music from Spencer Murray & Pipeslinger, Poitin, The Wee Heavies, Pipedance, Liz Schettner, Ed Miller, Breabach, Des Wade, Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones, Innisfall, The Saucy Rovers, O'Hanlons Horsebox, The Elders, Sisters of Murphy, Crepuscule. 

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* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music.

* If you joined me on Facebook over the past couple o'weeks, you would've read a bunch of Celtic Music Spotlights. If you ever wanted to find out more about the bands in the show, these short features are both informative and fun. Plus, this week, we posted a list of upcoming Celtic festivals for the next month. I'm hoping that will be a new regular feature.

* My band, Kilted Kings, plays heroic, Celtic world music in kilts. We have a new Kickstarter with just two weeks to go.

The Wee Heavies are also crowfunding their second album on Indiegogo.

* I want to thank my Celtic Superstars: Derek Lineberry, Lynda MacNeil, Peter Tilghman, Steven, Bryan Brake, John Sharkey White, II, Theresa Sullivan, John Bilderback, Rian P Kegerreis, Johnny Berry, Shawn Cali. They all pledge $10 or more per episode. Your generosity is just amazing. I was looking at your past donations, and, wow! You are all too kind. Thank you so much!

I also want to thank our newest patron, JJmollpus, who signed up this week and brought us a wee bit closer to our next Milestone. We're now $46 away from a goal that will bring you two-hours of Celtic Women in your earbuds. We've had that goal sitting there for a while. It's time to up the ante. If we can raise that $46 per episode before the end of September, to hit that next milestone, then I will extend the next three shows in October by 30 minutes. Yes. There will be a lot of music. You'll get a 2-hour special on Celtic Women. And you'll get three hour and half shows.

And remember that your generosity will also go back into our Celtic community because I donate 10% of your pledges to Celtic non-profits. Go sign up right now and become a Patron of the Podcast today, because we are helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music.

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This Week in Celtic Music

0:32 "Bordertown" by Spencer Murray & Pipeslinger from Sound & Fury

5:05 "Tired By Kids" by Poitin from Simple Pleasures

9:05 "Loch Lomond" by The Wee Heavies from The Wee Heavies

12:25 "Trim the Velvet/Spike Island Lassies" by Pipedance from The Pleasures of Hope

16:23 "Up High" by Liz Schettner from Up High (EP)


24:02 "The Silver Tassie" by Ed Miller from Lyrics of Gold

27:06 "George Whites Favorite" by Breabach from The Big Spree

30:32 "The Sign of the Claddagh" by Des Wade from The Book of My Days

34:04 "The Stone of Destiny Set (Reels)" by Derek Warfield & The Young Wolfe Tones from Let Ye All Be Irish Tonight

37:17 "I Know My Love" by Innisfall from Innisfall


43:07 "Rolling Down to Maui" by The Saucy Rovers from Treasure Sickness

46:46 "The Fighting Boys of Corofin" by O'Hanlons Horsebox from Songs and Stories of the Border

49:17 "Whiskey on the Fire" by The Elders from Wanderin' Life & Times

53:16 "LOVE" by Sisters of Murphy from Working Stiffs Unite

58:43 "The Gentle Shepherd" by Crepuscule from Horizon

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