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Earth Day Celebration

Saturday is Earth Day, a day for showing support for environmental protection. Did you know there used to be a lot more trees in Ireland than you find today. They were cut down to build ships, cathedrals, furniture, barrels, and just cleared for farming. Yet, trees were an important part of Celtic culture. I feel it is our duty to protect our land for future generations.

That's why I choose to celebrate Earth Day and Ireland's 40 shades of green with awesome Celtic music from Hearthfire Duo, Kennedy's Kitchen, Jed Marum with Hugh Morrison and Mason Brown, Old Blind Dogs, Smithfield Fair, Julia Lane, The Borrowed Angels, Mazz O'Flaherty, Harpnotic, Bow Triplets, Slan, String Theory, Barrowburn, Pipedance, Arthur Hinds, Sea Star, Sliotar. Read the shownotes to find out more about these bands.

Then go vote for your favorites in the Celtic Top 20!

One quick note. I launched a new Kickstarter for an album of music inspired by Joss Whedon's TV show, Firefly. I know. This is not an overly Celtic project. It's got some folk, some blues, and who knows what else. But there will be some fun, original pub songs that some of you might be interested. Make a pledge here.

Enjoy this week's show. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
April 20, 2017

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May 5-7, 2017
Texas Scottish Festival
Maverick Stadium
UTA Campus
Arlington, TX


A Celtic Christmas 
Buy Name On My Soul by Kilted Kings

Heroic, Celtic World music. We wear kilts and you are our royalty. Get the new album on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, YouTube and throughout the net! Put your name on my soul, buy a copy today!


You can find links to all of these bands on Facebook. Do you have news to share? Post your Celtic Music News on Facebook here.

  • On May 19th Old Blind Dogs will performing at The National Piping Centre. Check out their latest album, Room with a View, available on PledgeMusic.
  • Steel Clover Celtic Music will be performing at Pittsburgh Tartan Day at Bethel Presbyterian Church, in Bethel Park, PA on April 22nd.
  • The Clarke Hotel will be hosting a performance by Hearthfire on April 22nd.
  • Mithril will be performing at McSharrys Irish Pub, in Fairhope, AL, on April 23rd.
  • Check out Tim Keeley’s latest album, New Frontier, on CDBaby.
  • On April 22nd Alberta Aviation Museum, in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada will be hosting a session by Celtic Fusion Illusion.



New Celtic Cds

New CDs from Steafan Hannigan & Saskia Tomkins, and Clan Hannigan, Toyota Ceili Band, and Pat Razket. Get weekly updates of New Celtic CDs right here in the Celtic Music Magazine.

Drinking to the Bottom of the Day
by The Taverners
The Taverners is an irish-folk band based in Burgos ( Spain) which mixes the traditional melodies from Ireland and Scotland with the spanish folklore. Party is their sign of identity
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Trip to Walden Pond
by Hanneke Cassel
Hanneke Cassel’s new release Trip to Walden Pond (April 2017) features traditional Scottish and Cape Breton tunes and seventeen new pieces composed in the Scottish idiom. While her lively style is very much evident, this new album carries a deep, soulful
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Songs from the Porch
by County Crossings
Our members are fun-loving musicians who come from five counties stretching from Northern Illinois to Northern Wisconsin, playing mostly Celtic and old-time style tunes with a few vocals thrown into the mix.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

by Cormac Gannon
A mix of some traditional Irish songs, English folk rock covers and songs by American and Irish singer/songwriters. Acoustic sound with mostly guitar, bodhran (Irish drum) and uilleann pipes (Irish bagpipes) accompaniment..
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Off the Floor - Songs from the Harry Hibbs Shows
by Harry Hibbs
Classic recordings from the television series, "At the Caribou" and "The Harry Hibbs Show."
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

by Floriane Blancke
The music on the CD is a mix of traditional, classical and my own compositions. It is mostly about the people from whom I learned tunes, and played with since I came to Ireland 10 years ago. It is also about the landscape and its elements that also have i
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

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