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Greetings and Happy Mothers Day

I was trying to think of a cool twist to this year's Mother's Day special. I got an idea when I was looking for songs in my iTunes for last week's show, I noticed very few female Celtic artists. I know that's fairly standard in the music business. But it got me thinking.

I have 2 incredilbe daughters. Kenzie is 6, and Inara turns 2 next week. I confess I have a secret hope that one of them will become a musician like I am. But what challenges will they face as women in a male-dominated business?

That's why I decided to highlight Irish Women for Mother's Day. You'll enjoy Celtic music from Carolina Ceili, Susan Toman, Jennifer Lick, The Screaming Orphans, Colleen Raney, Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac, Katherine Nagy, Runa, Arlene Faith, Karan Casey, Chrissy Crowley, Amelia Hogan, Solas. Learn more in the shownotes.

I asked last week if you would prefer joining me on Facebook or YouTube for a Q&A event. I had a surprising number of people say they were no longer on social media due to all the negativity. I guess I'm really not that surprised. I'm pretty sick of it too.

So I've decided to hold tomorrow's event on YouTube instead of Facebook. It's still at 9am central time. I'm happy to say we finally have custom URL where you can watch the show:

I will send a reminder on Facebook and maybe even log on to Facebook live for a little bit. If you haven't yet subscribe to our new YouTube page, please do so.

I'd like to recommend a new podcast. Check out the Irish Music Stories podcast with Shannon Heaton. She's doing an NPR-style show highlighting Irish music stories. It's extremely engaging and fun, with lots of great music. I hope to work with her more in the future.

Finally I'm playing this Saturday, May 13 at Johnnie MacCracken's Pub in Marietta, Georgia from 7-11pm. Please take note of the NEW TIME. 7 til 11pm. Please come out to this show if you want it to continue.

I hope you have a great week. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
May 11, 2017

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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. Use the hashtag #CelticMusicNews.

  • On May 21st Andrew Finn Magill will be performing at The Crib in Arcato, CA.
  • On June 2nd Seamus Kennedy will be performing at The Annapolis Irish Festival, in Annapolis, MD.
  • Johnnie Maccracken's, in Marietta, GA, will once again be hosting Marc Gunn music on May 13th.
  • On June 8th Dust Rhinos will be performing at Wood Tavern, in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
  • Screaming Orphans will be performing at The Shawnee Celtic Festival, in Stroudsburg, PA on May 27th -29th.
  • On May 12th Demon Barbers will be performing at Theatre Royal Wakefield, in Wakefield, UK
  • On May 14th West of Eden will be having a release party and concert for their new cd, No Time Like the Past, at @Kronhuset & Kronhusbodama, in Gothenburg, Germany.



New Celtic Cds

Get weekly updates of New Celtic CDs right here in the Celtic Music Magazine. Share your #NewCelticCDs with this hashtag. New CDs from Jeff Taylor, Orla Fallon Official Page, Joanna Hyde & Tadhg Ó Meachair, Nelson's Shantymen & Greg Trafidlo.

Irish Violin Fiddle Favorites of Ireland: Jigs, Reels & Ballads
by Jeff Taylor
The focus is on the fiddle in this collection of Irish favorites! With only guitar accompaniment, violinist Jeff Taylor takes you on a tour of Ireland. The album is a showcase for his virtuosity on the uptempo numbers and his sweet tone on the ballads.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Sweet by and By
by Orla Fallon
Celtic and Americana combine in the Sweet by and By
Genre: Country: Americana
Release Date: 2017

One for the Foxes
by Joanna Hyde & Tadhg Ó Meachair
Irish and American folk and traditional music with influences from just about everywhere!
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

England Expects
by Nelson's Shantymen
3rd Album from the Nelson's Shantymen. Traditional songs of the sea.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
Release Date: 2017

The Crawlspace Tapes
by Greg Trafidlo
Need a laugh (or at least a smile)? Now in one place, just the fun stuff - - All Greg's funniest parodies and original songs. Perfect for times like these!
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
Release Date: 2017

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