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I got an email from Iona yesterday. They said they are releasing their final CD. No. The band is not breaking up. The changing music industry is forcing them to stop recording music.

That got me thinking about the place of this podcast in the 2018 music industry. I wish I could say artists were making money having their music played on the podcast. Alas, if you read my Frequently Asked Questions, you'd realize it is not financially feasible. (The show does not earn $20K per episode)

Instead, the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is a music discovery platform. And a big one at that. It's the largest podcast for Celtic music in the world. It is also in the top 10% of all podcasts in the world by downloads. This show gets well-over 10,000 downloads per episode with a week or two. That's pretty incredible.

But still, all I can truly offer musicians is a chance to be heard. I have the slim hope that you will support these artists by buying their music or merchandise, following them on Spotify, or going to see them perform live. Maybe you will give one of these bands a few bucks to thank them for sharing their music freely on the podcast. For that small hope, I am grateful to you.

This week, we have music from Avery LeVine, Chambless, Taylor and Muse, Wild & Clover, Cara Wildman, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Corpus Christi Irish Session, Brynmor, The Jackdaws, Jiggy, Templars of Doom, Bill Grogan's Goat, The Founding.

Listen, Find links and Subscribe in the shownotes.

If you find something you truly love in the show, please spread the word. Vote in the Celtic Top 20. SHARE the band with your friends. Then buy something so that they will keep releasing new music for you to enjoy and me to share.

I thank you for your generous support of Celtic music!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
January 11, 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. One person will even get a miniaturized capstone from the Cairn of Gavrinis.

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The podcast thrives on the generosity of people like you. A big thanks to our newest patrons: Aaron Dent, George Mears. I deeply appreciate all of your generosity which goes extra far at this time of the year.

If you haven't yet, please start the year off right. Make your own pledge to support the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast by joining us on Patreon.

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New Celtic CDs

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

by Oran
On their first official CD, the band offers a fresh perspective with new arrangements of traditional Irish tunes and songs, and original compostions by Oran as well as Liz Carroll and Michael McGoldrick
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2018

Celtic Dawn
by Carmel Boyle
Songs inspired by ancient Celtic prayers.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
Release Date: 2018

Mirror of Eternity
by Carmel Boyle
Songs inspired by the letters of St. Clare of Assisi to Blessed Agnes of Prague. Powerful evocative experience of prayer in song.
Genre: Spiritual: Contemporary Christian
Release Date: 2018

Rise with the Moon
by The Men O' War Balladeers
With Precise Vocal Harmony, Tasteful Instrumentation, and Youthful Enthusiasm, these five young men bring emotions to the brim on their first studio album. Enjoy renditions of their favorite ballads from Ireland, Scotland, Canada, and the US!
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2018

Frails and Frolics
by Ken Perlman
Over 45 tunes, most of them collected by Ken from traditional fiddlers on Prince Edward Island, arranged on banjo to reflect their authentic flavor and nuance, and - like jewels in a setting - expertly organized into medleys; 17 cuts + 8pp. booklet.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2018

by Barry Davis and Sean Ryan
Traditional Irish Newfoundland easy listening ballads and toe tappers.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2018

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