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I love Halloween. I know Samhain is the origins, but I'm an American. I don't think I really knew what Samhain was until I started this podcast in 2005. But it wasn't a part of growing up for me. Halloween was.

Every year since my oldest daughter, Kenzie, was a child, we picked a theme for our family costumes. I'm sure one day that'll change. Happil,y it didn't this year. Kenzie picked something extra cool for this year's theme--Star Wars!

You've heard me say on the podcast, "I'm a Celtic and Geek musician". That's because I love science fiction. My music merges Celtic songs and melodies with sci fi fandom. It's like the Celtic version of Big Bang Theory. So I was psyched when Star Wars came up. I could finally get some Jedi robes that I can also wear at conventions. hehe.

Though I was raised a geek, I've embraced Celtic culture more and more as the years pass. I've heard the Celts say that heaven and earth are only three feet apart. In some places that distance is even thinner. Thus comes the idea of the Thin Veil, when life and death are closer. This happens on Halloween or as the Celts say Samhain.

The Thin Veil is the theme for this week's Celtic Halloween special. I picked songs and tunes which seemed to mix the supernatural with life and death. You'll enjoy music from Kiss the Mistress, Rattle the Knee, Heather Dale, Patrick D'Arcy, Chambless, Taylor and Muse, Nava, Crepuscule, Shillelagh, Marc Gunn, Bellow Bridge, Matt Hughes, Faerydae, Shillaly Brothers, Christine Weir.

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Thanks to Brad Boucher who returned as a patron of the podcast this week.

Thank you as always for your generosity and for making this podcast a three-time award winning show. You're awesome. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
October 26, 2017

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Old Ceol
by Na Skylark
12 tracks of old Irish airs, songs, & dances, performed on Ireland's traditional instruments including harp, fiddle, pipes, whistles and voice.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Painted Trillium
by Painted Trillium & Kristin Rebecca
The 12 tracks include traditional Celtic favorites and less known tunes that audiences will come to love
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

by Christy-Lyn
In this, Christy-Lyn's first album, she invites listeners into the special experience of live music performed at a house concert where performs with harp, ukulele and singing in her warm and gentle style.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Hope Isn't Far Away
by Christy-Lyn
In this live album, Christy-Lyn's authentic and intimate style is perfectly captured as she shares a mix Celtic folk music and nostalgic love songs performed with her crystal clear voice and Celtic harp.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Féistastic 3
by Tina Jordan Rees
The third in a series of popular Irish dance music albums - 19 new and exciting tracks for beginners and champions including a special Presentation/Display Music track. A must-have album for every Irish dancer.
Genre: World: World Traditions
Release Date: 2017

by Stout Pounders
A high-energy blend of Scottish and Irish folk rock
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
Release Date: 2017

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