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Apr 30, 2020

Celtic band requests came from our patrons this week on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Albannach, Socks in the Frying Pan, Burning Bridget Cleary, Heather Dale, The Gothard Sisters, Jesse Ferguson, Tullamore, Queen's Gambit, Seamus Kennedy, Ed Miller, Syr, The Killdares, Barleyjuice, The High Kings, We Banjo 3

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0:03 - "Bare Arsed Bandits" by Albannach from Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums

4:03 - WELCOME

5:09 - "Shanes Newest" by Socks in the Frying Pan from Socks in the Frying Pan

8:32 - "Nead Na Lachan Sa Mhuta" by Burning Bridget Cleary from Totes for Goats
Pronunciation: Nad na Lak-awn Sa Vew-ta

11:27 - "Tristan and Isolt" by Heather Dale from Avalon

16:39 - "Rose, Marie and Heather" by The Gothard Sisters from Midnight Sun


27:53 - "So Long, Cape Breton" by Jesse Ferguson from The Sally Gardens

30:24 - "One of Ireland's Children" by Tullamore from Two To Get Ready

33:11 - "Rocky Road to Dublin" by Queen's Gambit from En Passant

38:33 - "Mary Mac" by Seamus Kennedy from Bar Rooms & Ballads

41:54 - "The Silver Darlins/I Hae Laid a Herrin' in Saut" by Ed Miller from The Edinburgh Rambler


46:51 - "Unto the Gallows" by Syr from The Winter King

49:20 - "Farewell to Decorum" by The Killdares from Any Given Element

52:04 - "A Fine Lass" by Barleyjuice from The Old Speakeasy

56:06 - "The Rising of the Moon" by The High Kings from Decade: Best of the High Kings

1:00:31 - CLOSING

1:02:11 - "War of Love" by We Banjo 3 from Haven

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I told Bryan about our free iPhone and Android app.

"Ooooh! An App! Fantastic. Sorry about the spotify thing. ??  THANK YOU!!! Just finished downloading it. brilliant. I like having a dedicated app for you even better. Thanks for the great work and giving me a soundtrack for my life. ??"

Craig Backus emailed: "Marc, I've been wondering about listening to and supporting my favorite artists.... I have a pretty wide taste in music, and I often buy albums (albeit from Apple) but the whole album....

Since I'm a prime member, I keep getting ads from Amazon Music that their app includes access to millions of songs for $10 a month!  I'm sure artists see some benefit from it, but I don't know.  For example, I saw that Lucinda Williams has a new album out.  I've never actually bought any of her music, but have heard her many times on Tom Petty radio on SiriusXM.  I went to her website to get a feel for how she sells music, and she's basically included links to every music streaming and download site.

I thought that artists might make more from direct sales, but it doesn't seem like they are set up for that.  Perhaps it's more cost-prohibitive to have someone process orders than to just wait for streaming royalties and to go out on tour?

I don't know......  I'd be interested in knowing what you think.......

PS I really loved the discovery of "Jiggy" last week.  The combination of Celtic music with world beats is different and pretty cool.  I bet it will be coming to a scifi show soon!  Perhaps a new bar beyond the ring in the Expanse?"