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And Happy New Year! I hope you had an awesome holiday. My family spent Christmas at home for the first time in a while. It was warm. We went to the park on Christmas Day...which... was kinda weird. The days after were not much different when we flew to Texas to visit grandparents and spent our days in the swimming pool. LOL. It was fun though. Now we're back, and I'm ready for another awesome new year.

We're kicking off the podcast this year with an instrumental music show. Strangely, I've only done two other all-instrumental shows (shows #103 and #204). Okay, it's not that strange. I am a singer. So I prefer vocal songs. But I do love the instrumental tunes.

This week, we have all nstrumental Celtic music from Andrew Finn Magill, Runa, Bill Troxler, Battlefield Band, Wolf & Clover, Myddle Earth, Vicki Swan, Oisin McAuley, Jed Marum, Crepuscule, Cady Finlayson and Vita Tanga, Sons of Malarkey, Susana Seivane, NUA. Go listen and enjoy!

I will release the Best Celtic Music of 2016 in a very, special show that is scheduled for February 2nd. Stay tuned.


A few of the bands in this week's show were nominated on TradConnect for Album of the Year. Getting nominated is a big deal. But winning will give these bands money. So if you have a moment, go vote for one of the artists who've been on our podcast, including: Andrew Finn Magill, Caladh Nua, Crepuscule, Innisfall, Jennifer Licko, NUA, Runa, Socks in the Frying Pan, We Banjo 3.

Now I should point out that you do need to be a member of TradConnect. But membership is free. This will do wonders for our awesome musicians and our community. So please vote!


A few months ago, we hit a big milestone. One of the rewards was that our Libsyn podcast app would be become 100% free. At long last, it is! Now you can be notified about new shows directly from your phone. Plus, you'll be able to easily comment and share the show you're listening to. Download it on iTunes and Amazon.

Here's to another amazing year. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
January 5, 2017

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A Celtic Christmas 
All the best Irish drinking songs that you can find, rockin' fun sing-alongs for the drinking song fan. Buy it on Amazon and iTunes



Find the complete list of new Celtic CDs on Facebook each and every week.

The Goddess' Chants
by Materdea
A new magical, soft and enticing sound, an acoustic journey full of beauty and energy where the engaging melodies and their fanciful tales open to new spaces revealing itself in a totally new key, essentially expressive.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2016

Winter Storm 2016 - The Pipes & Drums Concert
by Various Artists

This Bagpipe concert in Kansas City brings together one of the finest assemblies of highland piping and drumming talent in the world. Electrifying performances by World Class pipe bands and ensembles, World Champion piping soloists, and Champion drumming

Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2016

Irish Set Dances - Volume 1 - 7
by Sean Softley
A seven volume set of the official set dances for Irish dance feiseanna played at a range of competition speeds. Featuring fiddle and guitar for varied practice.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2016

Plain Sailing
by Dust Rhinos
A collection of popular sea shanties performed by your favourite Celtic band from the Canadian prairies.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2016



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