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Feb 7, 2019

We'll heal the wounds of Ireland with great Celtic music on show #396 of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Dervish, Ravens Three, Terry Griffith, Patrick D'Arcy, Dun Aengus, Fourth Moon, Lily Bentley, The King's Busketeers, Tom Morley, Rebels and Sinners, Charmas, Journey North, The Tan and Sober Gentleman, Katherine Nagy

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With the new year comes a new votes in the Celtic Top 20. This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2019 episode. Vote now!


0:03 "Palmer's Gate" by Dervish from Midsummer's Night

5:42 "Julia's Conflict" by Ravens Three from Flight

9:40 "They Wounded Old Ireland" by Terry Griffith from For My Grandfathers

15:04 "Jigs: Cathair an Phíobaire / The Langstern Pony" by Patrick D'Arcy from Wallop the Spot

20:02 "Kelly The Boy from Killan" by Dun Aengus from Down By the Glenside


26:33"Olympus" by Fourth Moon from Ellipsis

32:20 "Fear a Bhata" by Lily Bentley from Norwood Gothic

36:27 "The Foggy Dew" by The King's Busketeers from The Bedroom Sessions: Boston to Belfast

40:52 "The Blacksmith Jig/Garrett Barry's/The Old Favorite" by Tom Morley from The Raven's Wing


48:41 "Mother Tree" by Rebels and Sinners from Day's Just Begun

53:00 "Pancakes at Midnight" by Charmas from Stark Raving Celtic

58:25 "Black Douglas" by Journey North from Dance Towards Tomorrow Smiling

1:05:54 "Follow Me Up to Carlow" by The Tan and Sober Gentleman from Veracity

1:09:57 "Lay With Me" by Katherine Nagy from Single

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Last week, I released my new single, "When She Held Me In Her Arms". I told you if you liked the song to go Add it to your playlist on Spotify. But I messed up the release day. It was officially released today, February 7.

I also host the Pub Songs Podcast. It’s not totally Celtic. It often features non-Celtic music I love. But the latest episode features some of my favorite Celtic bands of 2018. Many were featured in an article I published last month. But not all. The episode (#175) is called “Celtic Music and the Dark Side of the Pub”.

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Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through it's culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos.

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What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? You can send a written comment along with a picture of what you're doing while listening. Email a voicemail message to

Cassidy Owen emailed a photo: "Hi Marc, Just wanted to say thank you for including Warbelow Range in the last couple of episodes. As a fellow Alaskan it is so wonderful to hear Caitlin Warbelow and the rest of Warbelow Range. I usually end up listening to the podcast while I walk too and from work at the Talkeenta Public Library in Talkeetna, Alaska. On a clear day I get a wonderful view of Denali while I walk. Thanks for the podcast, keep up the good work!"

Michael Garries emailed a photo: "Hey Marc! I love listening to your podcast while I study! I'm taking calculus right now (my least favorite subject by far) and your perfect blend of the various Celtic subgenres really helps to keep me focused from distractions. Keep up the good work and thank you for broadcasting the beauty of Irish and Celtic culture every month, we all appreciate it!"

Lily F Bentley replied to a Celtic Music Magazine newsletter: "Hello, and thank you for getting in touch! Thanks also for the MP3s, which all successfully downloaded. I’m still working through them, but so far Burning Bridget Cleary is standing out as a favourite. And more generally, I must say that as a UK-based listener, I’m really enjoying discovering Celtic musicians from further afield. It’s just amazing how much is out there that you’ll never hear on the British touring circuit. If I may return the favour with just a couple of recommendations of my own...

Gerry O’Reilly has done some beautiful covers of traditional Irish songs, which can be found here.

And chances are you’ll know this one already, but Talitha MacKenzie’s live performance of ‘Fear a Bhata’ is magical.

Really looking forward to hearing more from the podcast, and thanks for all the time you put into to curating the playlists - it really is appreciated, and I will be spreading the word!"