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I am still on holiday. So the Celtic Music Magazine is a big lighter than usual. But the music is enormous.

In fact, I compiled a list of the bands I played the most in 2017. It turns out they're here because many of these bands are my favorite. This week, you will enjoy my Top 20 bands of 2017.

Okay, really it's top 21... But who's counting?

Enjoy Celtic music from Black Market Haggis, The Gothard Sisters, Ed Miller, Ockham's Razor, We Banjo 3, Screaming Orphans, Jesse Ferguson, Battlelegs, Battlefield Band, The Elders, Poitin, Runa, Sons of Malarkey, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Screeched Inn, Jil Chambless, Ed Miller and Scooter Muse, Barleyjuice, Ciana, Coast, West of Mabou.

Listen, find links and subscribe in the shownotes.

Next week, I'm gonna share the 2018 Sainted Song Henger Collection. Stay tuned!

Have a Happy New Year and Hogmanay!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
December 28, 2017

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Patreon made a big change this week. It's causing a huge uproar. It also caused 10 people to leave our Patrons of the Podcast before the Dec 18 change takes effect. What happened?

In an effort to make Creator's income a little more steady, Patreon is passing all of the credit cards fees onto You, the patron. Now, I will earn a flat 95% of all of your donations. Patreon gets 5%. And you pay the your pledge PLUS 2.9% + $0.35 per transaction.

That doesn't sound too radical until you realize that these fees hit you with every pledge. Meaning, if you pledge $1 per episode, you will now be charged $1.38 per episode or $5.52 per month (since I release 4 episodes monthly). That's a $1.52 more per month.

If you pledge $5, you'll be charged $5.50 per episode, or $22 per month. That's $2 more per month

As you can see, it means patrons who pledge less, pay more in fees. It also means that my statement of "become a patron for as little as $1 per episode" no longer applies. I'll have to change that in 2018 since I just finished recording the rest of the shows for the year.

I'm now unsure what to do.

Patreon is a timesaver. You may remember Song Henge from the first 10 years of podcasts. That system was all handled manually, and man, it was it tough to manage. That's why I moved to Patreon in the first place.

Patreon is also a lifesaver for me. A HUGE part of my livelihood comes from your pledges. Your generosity pays my bills and feeds my family. You cover daycare, healthcare, groceries, and rent. You allow me to advertise and promote the podcast. You have helped grow our podcast audience a lot in 2017. Without your kindness, I would probably have to get a regular job and either cut back or stop producing this show.

I love the service Patreon offers. But as I said, I lost 10 patrons. I'm afraid that may be just the start too.

I say all of this because I need your support more than ever!

Here are three things that you can do right now to support the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast:

  1. If you are already a patron and want to keep supporting me through Patreon, but you don't want to pay the extra transaction fees, then raise your per episode pledge and set a limit of one time per month.

  2. If you don't like this change and have decided to drop your Patreon pledges, please consider making a monthly donation through Paypal. You can now setup a subscription on our sister site at

    You won't enjoy the early shows and all of the bonuses from Patreon, but you will be able to keep supporting the podcast.

  3. If you are not yet a Patron of the Podcast, this new change means very little to you. So please become a Patron of the Podcast today and help me not only recoup some of these lost patrons, but also move forward with supporting independent Celtic music. Sign up at

    Oh! And as a bonus, I just sent all of our Patrons a free download of my album Scottish Songs of Drinking & Rebellion! You can downloat it for free when you sign up in December only!

Of course, if you're fine with the changes, I deeply appreciate your generosity. Again, I love what Patreon does even though I hate this change. I'm still hoping they will come to their senses. But I'm doubtful at present.

Thank you again for all your awesome support of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast!




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