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St. Patrick's Day Celtic Top 20 for 2016


It is finally here--the Celtic Top 20 for 2016. Every week, I ask for you to vote for your favorite bands in each show. You voted. I compiled the votes. The results are in this week's show. If you're not yet subscribed to the podcast, subscribe on iTunes now. I'm hoping we'll have a big feature on iTunes next week.

Congrats to the Top 20 Bands of 2016: The Gothard Sisters, Heidi-Jane Schwabe, Ockham's Razor, Black Market Haggis, Stanley & Grimm, Sarah Marie Mullen, Skeleton McKee, Burning Bridget Cleary, Innisfall, Reel Treble, Liz Schettner, Faerydae, Corktown Popes, Rachel Hair Trio, Young Dubliners, Niteworks, Spirited Lads, Michael DeAngelis, Syr, Steel City Rovers. You can see their most-popular songs played in the shownotes.

VOTE: Remember to vote for your favorite songs in each show.

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I have a free internet concert this Sunday, March 12th at 7:30pm CST. It's my St Patrick's Day Music Smackdown on Concert Window. You can register to watch for more details. Again, it's Free to watch. Come join me!

Oh! And let me know you're coming. I have a Facebook page for the Smackdown that you can share!

Finally, I hope you listened to show #298: 17 for St Patrick's Day. Because you can download all 17 of those songs and tunes next Wednesday March 15th. Just stay subscribed and I'll send you your free music next week.

Thanks for supporting independent Celtic music. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
March 9, 2017

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A Celtic Christmas 
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You can find links to all of these bands on Facebook in our weekly Celtic Music News.

  • We Banjo 3 will be performing at The Barrymore Theatre, in Madison, WI on March 10th.
  • The Here and Now will be performing at Celtic Bayou Festival in Lafayette, LA on March 10th and 11th.
  • Ellen Eccles Theater, in Logan, Utah, will be hosting a performance by Leaping Lulu on March 11th.
  • Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer will be performing at Halsway Manor on March 11th.
  • Jed Marum Music will be playing at Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse, in Dallas, TX, on July 7th.
  • The Selkie Girls will be performing at Uncle Calvin’s Coffeehouse, in Dallas TX, on March 17th.
  • The Wee Heavies will be making a special appearance at St. Margaret of Scotland-St. Louis on March 12th, for their St Patrick’s day Celebration. Check out their second album, Here, on their website
  • Check out The Gothard Sisters at Sumter Opera House on March 10th.
    @allthewhisky, in Tacoma, WA, will be hosting a St Patrick’s day concert by @seastarsings on March 17th.
  • Trinity Hall Irish Pub, Dallas, TX, will be hosting a performance by Skeleton McKee on March 18th.
  • Sons of Malarkey will be performing at the O'Neill Pub in Portland, OR on March 25th.
  • Check out The Prodigals at Golden Ace Inn, in Indianapolis, IN on March 11th.
  • Derek Byrne of Paddygrass has launched a new Kickstarter. Support it here.



Plastic Paddy - Lucky Enough

New CDs from Kierah, Katherine Nagy - Singer/Songwriter, Crikwater, O'Jizo, Plastic Paddy, Cockswain, and Kelteran. Get weekly updates of New Celtic CDs in our Celtic Music Magazine.

Lucky Enough
by Plastic Paddy
Drawing on the musical influences of the land in which they live, the debut album for Plastic Paddy has hints of California rock and country and yet evokes the intimacy and convivial atmosphere of an Irish Pub.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
Release Date: 2017

Strong Bow
by Kierah
“Strong Bow" is an outstanding demonstration of Kierah's virtuosity as a fiddler and as a composer, blending traditional and contemporary tunes.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Le Cuidiú Dé
by Various Artists
Traditional Irish Music
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Gypsy Lady
by Katherine Nagy
Katherine has an eclectic singer/songwriter style with Celtic and Folk influences. This is her first release and the songs on Gypsy Lady are greatly influenced by her childhood years living in Ireland.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

by Crikwater
A tasteful mix of fiery fiddle tunes, rowdy pub sing-a-longs, elegant trad ballads and original songs from Western New York's premier purveyors of Irish-American traditional folk music!
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Via Portland
by O'jizo
Irish music played by Japanese musicians. All tunes were recorded in Portland (US) 2016.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

For the Whiskey
by Cockswain
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
Release Date: 2017

The Green Fields of Erin
by Kelteran
Irish Traditional Music played by a young Italian band. This great living tradition in their own style.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017



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