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Happy New Year!

Is it just me or did 2017 kind of fly by? It was a good year for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. We released 49 new episodes, adding another 50+ hours of awesome music to our catalog. We gained lots of new Zine subscribers and Facebook followers. And we won our Third Award for Best Podsafe Music in the annual Podcast Awards. I'm excited to see what 2018 holds for us.

In the meantime, we're kicking off the year with new music submitted to the podcast from Na Skylark, Purcell's Polyphonic Party, The Gatehouse Well, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Jodee James, Patsy O'Brien, Crawley, Hopper & Reilly, Alex Sturbaum, Spoil the Dance, Sharon Shannon, Ryan MacNeil, The Jackdaws, Bill Grogan's Goat, Hibernia.

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Last week, I shared a social media tip in the podcast. I thought it deserved repeating... but for another reason.

It turns out that the best way for a post to be seen on social media is by sharing it. Makes sense, right?

Not only do you get to proclaim your love of Celtic music and culture, but if you share music by your favorite band (or podcast... hint, hint;-), then that post will be supercharged by the social media site. Those bands will get even more views and maybe make new fans.

But there is another reason why you should consider sharing Celtic music on social media--GOOD VIBES.

I don't know about you, but I hate looking at my Facebook wall because it's filled with negativity. Just imagine if you shared every post by The Gothard Sisters, Matt & Shannon Heaton, We Banjos 3, Celtic Music Journal, Barleyjuice, Ed Miller and even the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

You will light up your friend's Facebook feed with a Celtic JOY!

That's my goal for 2018. I want to bring a little more happiness into the world. And perhaps we can do that and start another revival of the Celtic Tiger, by sharing Celtic music on social media.

I wish you a joyful new year, packed full of great Celtic music. Slainte!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
January 4, 2018

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We have an all-new supply of merch for 2018. The sale of these items allows me to keep this podcast running.

2018 Sainted Song Henger Collection

Get the all-new Irish & Celtic Music Podcast t-shirt and you'll also get a digital copy of my Celtic album Happy Songs of Death.

Or get the 2018 Sainted Song Henge Collection that includes a shirt, coffee mug, and my Celtic Music 6-Pack of CDs, plus, our compilation Victims of Irish Music.

The first seven people to order in 2018 will get a tiny bonus gift from my Celtic Invasion of Brittany. You might get one of the following: a postcard, a magnet, a coin purse, or even a miniaturized capstone from the Cairn of Gavrinis.

Order your merch now!

The podcast thrives on the generosity of people like you. A big thanks to our newest patrons: Neale Pickett, Michael Garries, Michael Paul Tilley, Hunter Melville, Michelle Knee. A special thanks to Jason Roberts who raised his pledge recently. I deeply appreciate all of your generosity which goes extra far at this time of the year.

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New Celtic CDs

Get weekly updates of New CDs in our Celtic Music Magazine #NewCelticCDs

Dragons and Virgins (Live)
by Brobdingnagian Bards
Brobdingnagian Bards are back and hilarity ensues on their new album recorded live at DragonCon in 2016.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Classic Celtic
by Barbara Lemon Telecsan
An instrumental collection of lovely and ancient tunes, some very well known.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

A Thin Place
by Carmel Boyle
Carmel's original songs are inspired by her Irish spiritual heritage. They are evocative and contemplative while her voice has a healing quality that touches the heart.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
Release Date: 2017

Event Horizon
by Event Horizon
Electronic music with Celtic elements - inspired by the cosmos.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Live on PBS SoCal
by Eric Rigler & Dirk Freymuth
BRAVEHEART, TITANIC & OUTLANDER soloist Eric Rigler (Irish uilleann pipes & whistles), Dirk Freymuth (guitars) and friends perform Irish songs, blazing jigs & reels, haunting Celtic melodies and movie soundtracks from Eric’s 30-year Hollywood career.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Holiday Hooley
by Carolina Ceili
Celtic Yule and winter holiday music.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Make It Stay
by Avi McGourty
Irish Female Songwriter - Folk yet soulful voice exuding a sense of joy and deep emotion ! By means of her Lyrics and Melodies Avi cherishes the opportunity to connect with an audience and bring them into her world of music.
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Tales from Home
by Brian Hassan
Original Irish Folk music with a touch of old, Nick Drake and Lindisfarne thrown in. Easy listening.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Bonnie Songs from the West of Scotland
by Amelia Jocelyn
Amelia Jocelyn is a 22 year old singer songwriter from the west coast of Scotland near Glasgow. Her first album, 'Bonnie Songs from the West of Scotland" is inspired by her local surroundings and provides a captivating insight into Amelia's folk roots.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Amazing Saints
by Tesser Call
Scottish bagpipe music with a twist
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Gone Molly
by Gone Molly
The new voice of contemporary Anglo-Celtic folk.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2017

Shadows of Green
by St. Stephen's Green
The Irish genre is alive and thriving with this new addition of beautifully arranged Irish classics and two original songs by Chicago's favorite Irish folk and rock group!
Genre: Rock: Celtic Rock
Release Date: 2017

Child of Destiny
by The Wolfe Tones
A selection of new Irish folk songs from Ireland's premier folk group 'The Wolfe Tones' including the emotive 'Child of Destiny' and the ballad of 'Anne Devlin', Irish ballads at their very best.
Genre: Folk: Irish Contemporary
Release Date: 2017

by Ronen Sakal
So This Is My 2nd Album! Called "Epiceltic" - A Combination Of Epic Orchestal Music Combined With Celtic Flutes And Harps , And Makes It So Magical.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Eirlys (Snowdrop)
by Harmony Yemanya
A collection of original songs, on the themes of nature, loss and Celtic mythology, and original arrangements of traditional folk songs in the Welsh language (Cymraeg). All instrumental parts and vocals performed by Harmony Yemanya (Hilary Davies).
Genre: Folk: Contemporary Celtic
Release Date: 2017

Tales from Home
by Brian Hassan
Original Irish Folk music with a touch of old, Nick Drake and Lindisfarne thrown in. Easy listening.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2017

Breakfast in Balquhidder
by Orchestra Macaroon
Critically acclaimed original music played on piano, bass and drums, with flugelhorn, strings, yang qin and four varieties of bagpipes. Jazz, latin, reggae, Scottish and Galician music all have their influence in this infectious, intriguing collection.
Genre: World: World Fusion
Release Date: 2017

Like a Proper Deep Sea Rover
by The Dogwatch Nautical Band
Traditional sea shanties, fore-bitters, and river-boat songs from the age of working sail.
Genre: Folk: Sea Shanties
Release Date: 2017

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