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May 21, 2020

9 out of 10 merry blacksmiths agree that you’re gonna have a toe tapping craic-filled time this week with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Emerald Accent, Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill, Lissa Schneckenburger, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Jesse Ferguson, Kennedy's Kitchen, W Ed Harris, Kinnfolk, An Lar, Iron Roux, Barleyjuice, Black 47, Mary Ann Kennedy

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0:04 - "Scholar / Merry Blacksmith / Father Kelly" by Emerald Accent from The Oats Field

5:27 - WELCOME

5:59 - "Mountain Road #2" by Gillian Boucher & Bob McNeill from Race for the Sun

11:59 - "Jam On Gerry's Rock/Willie's" by Lissa Schneckenburger from Song

16:33 - "Lightening the Load" by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Sleep Deprivation

22:56 - "Me Darlin' Laura-Ann" by Jesse Ferguson from The Sally Gardens


29:38 - "Red Is The Rose" by Kennedy's Kitchen from The Whiskey of Truth

34:44 - "Tiarna Mhuigheo" by W Ed Harris from Turas Ceilteach

37:52 - "Siuil a Run" by Kinnfolk from Kinnfolk


49:07 - "The Return of the Dead" by An Lar from Deception (video)

53:01 - "My Molly" by Iron Roux from Iron Roux

57:06 - "Crackin' Jenny's Teacup" by Barleyjuice from The Old Speakeasy

59:16 - "Funky Ceili" by Black 47 from Bittersweet Sixteen

1:03:28 - CLOSING

1:04:37 - "Grioglachan" by Mary Ann Kennedy from An Dàn: Gaelic Songs for a Modern World

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The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is sponsoring the Middle Tennessee Highland Games this year. Right now, this festival is going. They won’t make a decision whether to stay open or not until June. So I did a Skype interview with Richard to talk about the festival.

Interview with Richard Trest of the Middle Tennessee Highland Games


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Tina Manbeck emailed: "Marc, I host a music radio show and found your podcast while searching for holiday song ideas for my show.  Appreciated the downloads and have played them, including you, on several of my shows.  Thank you.

I also am a board member of the Celtic Music Association, which has been bringing four or five concerts to Des Moines per year since 1992. Our current season includes Doolin’, Old Blind Dogs, Calan, High Time, and just this last weekend, La Vent du Nord.

I listen to your podcasts, Andy Donnelly on CKUA, and Thistle Radio.  Any other suggestions?"

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Alied Pérez Martínez emailed some videos: "Cheers Marc: I'm a frequent listener of your podcast and just want to share with you a live session I recorded last January in Inverness, Scotland[1]. I was there for Christmas and New Year visiting my brother and we went to Liverpool, Belfast, Glasgow and Inverness. You might say this was my own Celtic Invasion :-).

We were in a Hootananny at Inverness for dinner when the musicians began to arrive, and then we couldn't leave until it closed. There I also upped my English to "Drunken Glaswegian" Level :-D (English is not my mother language)

Feel free to use any of the videos; it's all public. The musicians names are in the video descriptions. And if you could give me a hand with the tune titles, I would be much appreciated. Slàinte"

Deanna Garrison emailed: "Hi! My sister and I love listening to the podcast. We're both American and while I'm still here, she's over in Norway working on her PhD. She likes to listen to the podcast while working or studying.

I've been listening to the show when I'm at work. Right now I'm working on inventory data entry (transferring products from the store to the website and logging all that)

I listen to at least one episode whenever I'm at work and it always makes my day better. Love the show, love the music,  and I appreciate getting able to find out about so many great bands! I'll support you all once my next paycheck comes in. Best, Deanna (and Laura the Norwegian)"