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May 4, 2017

It's Star Wars Day. To celebrate, you'll enjoy a short feature on some sci fi Celtic songs mixed in with a bunch of great Irish and Celtic music from John McGaha, Andrew Finn Magill, Seamus Kennedy, Ron Cody, Ashley Davis, Marc Gunn, Bedlam Bards, Dust Rhinos, The Screaming Orphans, The Demon Barbers, Lau, The Kildares, West of Eden. Listen. Like. Share. Then download 34 Celtic MP3s for Free! 

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Originally, I planned for this to be a Sci fi Celtic music show. But I just couldn't find that many sci fi songs by Celtic bands that I could play. So I decided instead to do a small feature. That'll be later on in the show.


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Yesterday, I went live on Facebook for about an hour as I worked on the shownotes for this week's podcast. I had a nice time chatting with listeners. And best of all, I got some input for new artists to contact for the show. While it might not've been gripping video, it was a valuable way for me to connect with you the listener and new bands. So I want to try this again next Friday, May 12 at 9 am central. I'll put up an event page on Facebook with details. is now fully integrated with Libsyn. My hope is have a more stable website for visitors. I also have as the side website to help promote the show. Of course this big change means my old email address is no longer valid. I'm still trying to migrate the reviews. But we'll see if I can find a way to do that.

If you want some more May the Fourth Sci Fi Pub Songs, I recorded an episode of the Pub Songs Podcast last year for Star Wars Day. It's show #141. You can find a link in the shownotes.

My latest Kickstarter features pub songs inspired by Joss Whedon's TV show, Firefly, and movie, Serenity. I've already hit my goal, but there are some cool Stretch Goals if you'd like music inspired by this cult TV series.

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This Week in Celtic Music

0:32 "Paddy Ryan" by John McGaha from Exodus, An ElectroCelt Journey

4:01 "Shooting Stars" by Andrew Finn Magill from Branches

6:50 "The Liar" by Seamus Kennedy from In Concert

10:04 "Hanning's Farewell/Fleur De Mandragore" by Ron Cody from The Talking Rake

15:29 "Horses" by Ashley Davis from Night Travels


21:32 "Jedi's Dargle" by Marc Gunn from Sci Fi Drinking Songs

23:27 "Ballad of Joss" by Bedlam Bards from On the Drift

26:45 "Jedi Drinking Song" by Dust Rhinos from Got Guinnness?

30:51 "River's Jig" by Bedlam Bards from On the Drift

33:04 "The Long Arm" by Marc Gunn from As Long As I'm Flyin'


37:15 "Rocky Road to Dublin" by The Screaming Orphans from Ballads Rule OK

43:59 "Ranzo" by The Demon Barbers from Disco at the Tavern

47:49 "Flowers" by Lau from Single

52:15 "Space" by The Kildares from Secrets of the Day

56:16 "Twenty Years of Travelling" by West of Eden from No Time Like the Past

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