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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 on guitar. I don't usually listen to albums all the way through. I listen to singles usually. 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.

This is not you typical traditional Irish fiddle album. It's more like The Tea Merchants with songs mixed in. These are contemporary arrangements of trad tunes that will get your toes tapping. In fact, it's like a breath of fresh fall morning air. I know it's not actually fall yet, but the air...

I love this time of year as the temperature drops. My own "Little Monster" is back in school. Inara and I are going to the botanical gardens this morn. On the way, we'll be listening to "Celtic in Connemara", the newest episode of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Listen and enjoy some great Celtic music from Poitin, The Here & Now, Bard & Company, Eilis Crean, The Jeremiahs, Cady Finlayson, Irish Whispa, Ciana, AmeriCeltic Band, Forkroot, Tim Edey, Sliotar, The Muckers, Screaming Orphans.

Read the shownotes.

A special thanks to this week's sponsor, How Do You Write with Rachael Herron. I've been listening to this podcast for a while, even though I'm not much of a writer, outside of songwriting. It's kind of inspiring to hear where writers get their inspiration. Check it out.

Once again, I am attempting to learn Gaelic. Once again, I'm learning with Duolingo, a free app which I've used before and loved. But I wasn't consistent before. I'm trying my best to spend a good 5-10 minutes daily with their short lessons. So far it's working great. I feel like I'm starting to understand some of the basics of this intimidating language.

One of the neat, new things in the app is the "Club" feature. I and up to 15 friends can learn Gaelic together. There doesn't seem to be any social interaction. But you can see the progress of other club members. If you'd like to join my club, use this code: QJPN28.

One caveat. My goal is to do this daily. And I want you to do the same. So if you aren't practicing every day, I might need to kick you off to let someone else in who will. Go download the app on your phone and let's learn Gaelic together!

Finally, I just released a new podcast on Celtfather Music & Travel. It features a short interview followed by nearly an hour of live music from his concert with us on the Celtic Invasion of Brittany. Dom Duff was a blast. Don't miss Music of Brittany with Dom Duff now!

Thanks as always for supporting the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I love how the Celts come together and take care of our community. And not just ours, those outside of it as well. There are so many people who have suffered hardships like the Celts. It's good to know that our community is kind and giving to all those who are less fortunate. Thank you for being you. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
September 7, 2017

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PS. The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast comes out each and every week due to the generosity of people like you. Your kind pledge of as little as $1 per episode pays for the production of this podcast, as well as my time in producing the show. You get shows before regular listeners and my deepest thanks.  I want to thank our newest patron: Michael Conners, Alison Johnson, Zane Barber, Ian, Linda Burkins, Nick Felker. Help us get a special 2-hour episode of Celtic Rock. Become a patron today to celebrate Celtic culture through music!  Become a patron today!



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Live at the Druid
by The Druid, Tina Lech, Teddy Davis, John Coyne, Rory Coyne, Jimmy Noonan, Seamus Noonan, Ronan Quinn, Kathleen Conneely, Sean Clohessy, Laura Feddersen, Nathan Gourley, Kieran Jordan, Martin Langer, George Keith, Frank Woulfe, Helena Delaney, Josh Dukes, Dylan Foley & Owen Marshall
Some of the finest traditional Irish music, recorded live in one of Boston's best loved music bars.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

by Richard Jasper
Piperdemolicious is a collection of traditional and original bagpipe tunes and songs in demo form for your listening pleasure.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Sharing a Song
by Eddie Sheeha
Celtic roots vocal with Irish folk guitar
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
Release Date: 2017

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