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Yesterday, I turned on the new album by The Here & Now. The band features Chris Buckley and Niamh on fiddle, Rob Forkner on bodhran, and Joseph Carmichael of Flashpoint on guitar. I don't usually listen to albums all the way through, but I'm a huge fan of Chris Buckley's work. I've followed him from Cluan to probably 15 years of The Tea Merchants. He even recorded on my cat CD Whiskers in the Jar.

The album is fantastic. It has some incredible tunes and a few goregously performed songs. My only complaint is that it's so new, I don't know when they will release another album.

The summer is almost over. My kids are back in school and daycare. My work days are about to stablize. I feel a big sigh of relief. Ahhhh...

I guess that means I can start making grandiose plans of how to conquer the world and help my fellow Celtic bandmates. But I have one more big weekend to go. I'm driving to Atlanta later today to perform at DragonCon with the Brobdingnagian Bards. I'm tingling with excitement. I can't wait to see how the weekend turns out.

In the meantime, it's time for some end of Summer Celtic music from Kennedy's Kitchen, Eilis Crean, Rogue Diplomats, Ciana, Rattle the Knee, Tim Edey, The Jeremiahs, Free Range String Band, Christine Weir, Kailyarders, Templars of Doom, Barleyjuice, and Jim Sharkey.

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I hope you love this week's show. Let me know what you are doing to celebrate the end of summer.

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
August 31, 2017

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Sept 23-24, 2017
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New CDs from Roads to Home, 40 Shillings On The Drum, Charlie and the Bhoys, Elle Marie O Dwyer, Rusty Jacobs, and William Standish & John O'Grady. Get weekly updates of New CDs in our Celtic Music Magazine and download 34 Celtic MP3s for free at #NewCelticCDs

40 Shillings on the Drum 

Dark of the Moon
by Roads to Home
A potpourri of traditional tunes and ballads commemorating the Great American Eclipse of 2017.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Beggars Who Believe
by 40 Shillings on the Drum
Folk-rock punksters layering sweet guitar licks and fiddle kicks on top of complex keys, bringing a fresh sound to a traditional style.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
Release Date: 2017

Raised on Celtic
by Charlie and the Bhoys
The World's Number One Celtic Band
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

What the Hell Do We Care
by Charlie and the Bhoys
Irish Music, Irish Rebel Music, Celtic FC Music. The World's Number One Celtic Band CATB
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

On a Day Like This
by Elle Marie O' Dwyer
Traditional Irish and folk singer with a distinctive style from Cork, Ireland
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Harken Back
by Rusty Jacobs
It has now been ten years since Rusty left us. Voices of generosity and compassion are needed, it is necessary to remind ourselves of good people and purpose. Listening to Rusty once again, we feel good. I know he would love that he can still do that.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Tales from Old Wicklow Town
by William Standish & John O'Grady
Original seafaring/shanty folk songs and other stories about Wicklow town and Ireland.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
Release Date: 2017

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