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Greetings and Happy Burns Day!

Yeah, I know. It's Robert Burns' birthday but this week's show features Irish drinking songs. I could've planned that better. But admittedly, show #192 was a great Robert Burns specials. I also had last year's Scottish music show #292 for Burns Day. Nevertheless, I'll make it up to you next year.

I told someone I played Irish drinking songs. They responded that they liked Irish music, but were likely to veer away from "drinking songs" or "pub songs".

Course, I see Irish drinking songs as not necessarily songs about alcohol. Rather, they are just fun Irish songs that you can sing-along with. That's what we have this week.

Enjoy Irish drinking songs from Crikwater, Cormac Gannon, Jesse Ferguson, Peat in the Creel, Matt & Shannon Heaton, The High Kings, The Kindred Kilts, Jim Cope, Hearthfire Duo, Andrew McKee, Bill Grogan's Goat, The Jackdaws, The Saucy Rovers, Screeched Inn, Plastic Paddy, The Muckers, Seamus Kennedy.

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We made record donations to Celtic non-profits in 2017. We donated $3885.57. That's up $1500 from the previous year. Why the donations?

I started creating compilation CDs back in 2002. My goal was to promote Celtic artists, but also to make artists a little money.

The first album, Best of, was a fundraiser for the the Celtic Music Magazine. I paid artists royalties on the albums royalties every quarter. The album sold poorly. Writing $1.49 checks to 12 different artists seemed ridiculous. I discontinued the album.

In 2004, I released The Secret World of Celtic Rock. The goal again was to promote Celtic bands and raise money for the magazine. Instead of writing tiny checks to bands, I decided to donate artists profits to Celtic non-profits, thereby finding new ways to promote artists and do good for the Celtic community at large.

The project was a success. I began donating money every since. In 2016, I started donating 10% of the money earned from Patreon as well.

Thirteen years late, we've raised over $30,000 for Celtic non-profits. You can see details here.

Thank you SO much for supporting the podcast and these amazing artists through your generous purchases of these compilations and for becoming a Patron of the Podcast.

Please become a patron today for as little as $1 per episode to support indie Celtic bands!

Thank you for your kindness, patience and joy!

Marc Gunn, The Celtfather
January 25, 2018

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New Celtic CDs

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Celtic Music 6-Pack
by Marc Gunn
Open up a 6-Pack of Celtic CDs by The Celtfather Marc Gunn and enjoy a few hours of fun music that you will love singing along with.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2018

Music in the Glen
by Conor Lamb, Brendan Mulholland & Deirdre Galway
Irish traditional album featuring three powerhouse players on uilleann pipes, flute and guitar. Sophisticated and superbly executed arrangements, combined with the all-important magic ingredient: 'respect'. In a nutshell, this is incredible music!
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2018

Where the Heart Is
by Bernadette Morris
Irish folk singer-songwriter Bernadette Morris.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2018

Heaven's Happy Hour
by The Sorry Lot
Lively renditions of traditional Irish Pub songs and ballads, plus a few original tunes to drink along to!
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2018

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