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If you love Christmas and Celtic music, you should be subscribed to this podcast. It is absolutely free to subscribe. It features over 30 hours of great Celtic Christmas music from all the top Celtic podcasts online.



Every few days from the beginning of December until Christmas, the Celtic Christmas Podcast shares with you the Christmas music and entertainment from various Celtic podcasts online. This podcast features a wealth of Celtic Christmas craic for your holiday pleasure.
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The lights of Christmas are glowing with a Christmas Story by Brad Tuck on Celtic Christmas Podcast #68. Enda Reilly, Terry McDade With The McDades, Marc Gunn, Cherish The Ladies, The Chivalrous Crickets, Screaming Orphans, Anne Roos & David Blonski, Scythian, Brad Tuck, West of Eden 0:08 - Enda Reilly "Tá An Nollaig Linn" from Christmas is With Us (Tá An Nollaig Linn) 2:56 - WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am an Celtic musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer. This is the final episode of 2022. Hopefully, we are all ready for the holiday. House and trees decorated. Presents wrapped and placed beneath the tree. The cats aren’t chewing on the wrapping paper. We are ready to relax for this festive time of year. Make sure you check out Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. What is Celtic Christmas music? Click the link to find out more. 4:20 - Terry McDade With The McDades "What Child Is This" from Midwinter 7:32 - Marc Gunn "Celtic Christmas Elf" from Celtic Christmas Greetings 10:26 - Cherish The Ladies "Oh Little Town Of Bethlehem/The Ballintore Fancy/The Kerry Reel/Limestone Rock" from On Christmas Night 15:17 - The Chivalrous Crickets "A Christmas Carol" from A Chivalrous Christmas Christmas is an interesting time of year for musicians. Bigger artists are able to put together Christmas-themed shows. But many of the smaller indie artists create an album and dream of playing shows, but the venues stop booking. Christmas is a listening time of year. Not necessarily a buying time of year. I tell you this to remind you to support the artists that you love in this show. Visit the shownotes to find out more about the artists at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Then you can buy some music or merch from them, give them a tip, or even support your favorites on Patreon. Speaking of which… 19:16 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Thanks to our Christmas Christmas Producer: Carol Baril Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon. 21:20 - Screaming Orphans "Jingle Bells" from Happy Christmas, Vol. 1 23:19 - Anne Roos & David Blonski "The Cutty Wren" from A Winter's Dance 25:57 - Scythian "Christmas at Home feat. HoneyDay, Stevie Rees, Therese Fedoryka" from Christmas Out at Sea 31:36 - BRAD TUCK STORY OF THE LIGHTS OF PORT DE GRAVE Born in Hant's Harbour, Newfoundland, Brad developed a love for music early in his life. Residing in St. John's, Brad is the drummer for a staple of the traditional Newfoundland music scene, Shanneyganock, and began a solo career in 2018 with the release of his first album "On These Waters". Brad was nominated for Traditional Artist of the Year at the 2018 & 2022 MusicNL Awards, and has released three full length albums, one EP and two Christmas singles. 35:10 - Brad Tuck "The Lights of Port de Grave" from single 39:00 - WHAT ARE  YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SONGS THIS YEAR? I tried something new this year asking you to vote for your favorite song in each episode of the podcast. Past favorites of the season were We Banjo 3 "Joy to the World" from A Winter Wonderful Marc Gunn "Frosty the Irish Snowman" from Celtic Christmas Greetings And there’s a new one coming up… If there’s a song that you loved in this show or any of these episodes, please make sure you add the song to your own streaming playlist. 39:58 - West of Eden "Over the Hills" from Next Stop Christmas Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show is supported by our Christmas Patrons on Patreon. Visit our website to subscribe to the podcast. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode. You can subscribe to our Celtic Music Magazine and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free plus, you’ll get 7 weekly news items about what’s happening with Celtic music and culture online. And best of all, you will connect with your Celtic heritage. Finally, please tell one friend about this podcast. Word of mouth is the absolute best way to support any creative endeavor. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic
Christmas Celebration

Christmas Celebration

2022-12-1641:27

Time for a magnificent shiny Celtic Christmas celebration! It’s Celtic Christmas Podcast #67 Abbots Cross, Marc Gunn, Bart Zeal, Natalie MacMaster|Donnell Leahy, The Chivalrous Crickets, The Gothard Sisters, Bonnie Rideout, Plunk Murray, West of Eden 0:06 - Abbots Cross "The Church Street Polka / Good King Wenceslas / The Happy Polka" from Christmas Visions   2:58 - WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am an Atlanta-based musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer. If you hear music you love, please support the artists. Visit the shownotes to find out more about the artists and subscribe to the show at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. 3:42 - Marc Gunn "Celtic Christmas Elf" from Celtic Christmas Greetings 6:35 - Bart Zeal "Winter Solstace" from December Celebrations 9:31 - Natalie MacMaster|Donnell Leahy "Twelve Days of Christmas" from A Celtic Family Christmas 13:30 - CELTIC CHRISTMAS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: A Cozy Celtic Christmas by The Gothard Sisters 14:07 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Thanks to our Christmas Christmas Producer: Carol Baril Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon. 14:40 - INTRO: ENDA REILLY CHRISTMAS STORY Enda Reilly is a folk singer, songwriter and guitarist from Dublin, Ireland. Firmly rooted in the Irish tradition with songs that strive for a better future, Enda Reilly’s work invites you to see the world from his varied and unique perspective through each new song and project. 15:10 - ENDA REILLY CHRISTMAS STORY 18:15 - Enda Reilly “Christmas True” from Christmas Is With Us 21:35 - The Chivalrous Crickets "Cold, Cold December / Winter Nights" from A Chivalrous Christmas 25:06 - The Gothard Sisters "The Happy Elf" from Falling Snow 29:23 - Bonnie Rideout "Wassail!Wassail all over town!or The Gloucester Wassail/We wish you a merry Christmas" from The Celebration 33:13 - Plunk Murray "Christmas at the Pub" from Christmas in the Pub 36:27 - WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SONG IN THIS EPISODE? Make sure you add the song to your own Celtic music playlist or even better, support the artist by buying their music and joining their mailing list, or even joining their Patreon page, just like many have done with this podcast. There’s another way to share your favorite track in this episode. You can vote for your favorite song or tune when you join us on Patreon. The most-popular track will be added to our Christmas playlists. You have just two weeks to vote. So… Cast your vote for the Celtic Christmas Favorite song. Then let me know if there’s a Celtic Christmas song or tune that I should add to the next episode of the show. 37:36 - West of Eden "Next Stop Christmas (with Stefan Andersson)" from Next Stop Christmas Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show is supported by our Christmas Patrons on Patreon. Spread cheer and vote for your favorite Christmas song in this show. Visit our website to subscribe to the podcast. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode. You’ll get access to our Celtic Christmas Playlists. You can subscribe to our Celtic Music Magazine and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free plus, you’ll get 7 weekly news items about what’s happening with Celtic music and culture online. And best of all, you will connect with your Celtic heritage. Finally, please tell one friend about this podcast. Word of mouth is the absolute best way to support any creative endeavor. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic  
Finally, the Christmas Spirit is here at last with the Celtic Christmas Podcast. Full episode is in the podcast feed. It’s Celtic Christmas Podcast #66 Jed Marum, Alisa Marie, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, We Banjo 3, Gaelynn Lea, Bart Zeal, Brigid's Bounty, West of Eden, Marc Gunn 0:04 - Jed Marum "Banjos We Have Heard On High" from A Celtic Christmas and Rejoice! A Christmas Album 3:21 - WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am an Atlanta-based musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer. If you hear music you love, please support the artists. Visit the shownotes to find out more about the artists and subscribe to the show at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Shop our Mage Records online store. 4:52 - Alisa Marie is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from England, who creates music inspired by fantasy novels and films, in particular the works of Tolkien. Alisa's influences also include traditional folk music from Britain and Ireland. Alisa plays a number of instruments including the harp, ocarina, piano, guitar, Irish flute, tin whistle and bodhran. Her latest EP is a collection of traditional and Christmas music, recorded live in front of a real fire. 5:26 - Alisa Marie "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from Winter Harp (by the fireside) 7:16 - Vicki and Jonny are two of the most versatile musicians of the folk circuit today, on stage – and now online. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. They have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh. Their Christmas album is absolutely delightful as you’ll hear in this song. Check out this interview from 2006 with Swan & Dyer. 7:54 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer "Good Christian Men Rejoice" from A Sound of Christmas Past 11:54 - Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music. They seamlessly combine the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape. Their version of “Joy to the World” was a hit on earlier episodes this year. 12:23 - We Banjo 3 "We Three Kings" from A Winter Wonderful CELTIC CHRISTMAS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Joyful Celtic Christmas Music 16:26 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Patrons can vote for your favorite song in each episode and they also get music-only episodes. Thanks to our newest Christmas Patrons: O'McPub Band Thanks to our Christmas Producer: Carol Baril Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon. 16:58 - Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Since then, she has captivated audiences around the world with her haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Most recently, she composed the music for Macbeth on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga. 17:26 - Gaelynn Lea "Love Came Down at Christmas / It's in Every One of Us" from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn 21:39 - Bart Zeal is a Dutch songwriter of folky fantasy-themed songs. He is inspired by stories of people and places in both real-life and fantasy settings. Since November 2020, Bart creates one song a month, both covers and originals. He has a personal goal to make a living with his music by 2030. He hopes his music will create lasting connections with fans and friends, for the best thing about singing songs is finding enthusiastic listeners! 22:25 - Bart Zeal "Yule" from December Celebrations 25:04 - Brigid's Bounty "Merry Christmas Celtic Medley" from Celtic Christmas Medleys 31:26 - West of Eden is the Swedish folk-rock band that has vitalized the Celtic music scene with their unique sound and songwriting. A deep love for the traditional British and Irish folk music has earned them a solid reputation. 31:45 - West of Eden "Next Stop Christmas (with Stefan Andersson)" from Next Stop Christmas 34:53 - WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SONG IN THIS EPISODE? Support the artist by buying their music and joining their mailing list, or even joining their Patreon page, just like many have done with this podcast. You can also add the song to your own Celtic music playlist. Cast your vote for the Celtic Christmas Favorite song. The most-popular track will be added to our Christmas playlists. You have just two weeks to vote. So… cast those votes. Then let me know if there’s a Celtic Christmas song or tune that I should add to the next episode of the show. 35:46 - Marc Gunn "Frosty the Irish Snowman” from Celtic Christmas Greetings 38:51 - CLOSING Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show is supported by our Christmas Patrons on Patreon. Spread cheer and vote for your favorite Christmas song in this show. Visit our website to subscribe to the podcast. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode. You’ll get access to our Celtic Christmas Playlists. You can subscribe to our Celtic Music Magazine and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free plus, you’ll get 7 weekly news items about what’s happening with Celtic music and culture online. And best of all, you will connect with your Celtic heritage. Finally, please tell one friend about this podcast. Word of mouth is the absolute best way to support any creative endeavor. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #frostythesnowman
Winter’s Eve is a wee bit away, but Anne Roos has a tune to get you in the holiday mood on the Celtic Christmas Podcast. What are your Top 5 Christmas traditions?  It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #65. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Music from  Terry McDade & The McDades, Jennifer Licko, The Chivalrous Crickets, Susan Toman, Spoil the Dance, Marc Gunn, Steel Clover, Anne Roos & David Blonski, We Banjo 3  WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer. If you want to get your music on the show, email me celticpodcast. Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades' Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms. The Juno Award Winners' cutting edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances. 0:48 - Terry McDade & The McDades "The First Noel" from Winter Rose 3:26 - INTRO - Jennifer Licko The award-winning music of Jennifer Licko is influenced by stories, melodies, and instruments from the Carolinas and the ancient Scots who settled the cape fear region. As a vocalist, her message through song is delivered through both traditional Celtic music and original compositions that help deliver the story of who we are today because of our deep-rooted Celtic heritage. She has several Celtic Christmas concerts scheduled in December in North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to her Christmas album, she also has a Christmas bundle you should check out. She’s been a part of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast since 2008. 4:09 - Jennifer Licko "The Holly and The Ivy" from The Lights Of Christmas 7:48 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Thanks to our Christmas Song Hengers: Joe H, Hank W, robert k, Trevor T, Jan C Thanks to our Christmas Producer: Carol Baril Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon. A fan of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast recommended I reach out to The Chivalrous Crickets. They explore the roots, branches, and crossroads of Celtic, English, and American folk music. With equal attention to engaging performances and academic rigor, they bring to the stage boldly reimagined arrangements of standards and original songs with traditional influence. Their first full-length album was a Christmas album released last year. 8:50 - The Chivalrous Crickets "Rise Up Shepherd - Bright Morning Stars" from A Chivalrous Cricketmas 13:40 - MY TOP 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS? Nuts Kids opening Presents Lamb dinner Decorating the Christmas tree Listening to Christmas music Canadian born musician Susan Toman is a Celtic harpist, harpsichordist, and pianist who has gained widespread recognition as a performer, teacher, and recording artist. She performs as a soloist and in ensembles for concerts, weddings and special events. Susan teaches music in her home studio in Ottawa, Ontario, and is also available for online lessons. She has a Christmas concert scheduled for December 10th in Ottawa, Canada. 15:30 - Susan Toman "Silent Night" from Angels on High 18:14 - INTRO – Spoil The Dance Spoil The Dance hail from N.E. Derbys. They play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes of a mostly Scots/Irish nature. Their Bandcamp page says all profits from gigs and album sales are donated to local charities. They have a brand new single. 18:38 - Spoil the Dance "Noel Nouvelet (Sing We Now Of Christmas)" from Noel Nouvelet (Sing We Now Of Christmas) 22:37 - CELTIC CHRISTMAS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Fun Christmas Songs for Kids and Families Marc Gunn is a Rhythm & Folk songwriter who fuses Irish and Scottish folk songs with pop culture. His musical weapon of choice is the autoharp. He breathes Rock and Roll into this folk instrument and adds a bellowing taste of rhythm & blues. 23:35 - Marc Gunn "Frosty the Irish Snowman" from Celtic Christmas Greetings 26:40 - INTRO – Steel Clover Steel Clover, (also known as Sue Borowski), is a Celtic singer, songwriter and recording artist from the historic steel town of Homestead, Pittsburgh, PA. Sue has been in the Celtic scene for almost a decade and has been playing music in some very interesting venues. She is a multi-instrumentalist and continues to study Irish and Scottish fiddling. 27:05 - Steel Clover "Winter Wonder Day" from Season Of Love 30:24 - HOLIDAY FEATURE: ANNE ROOS & DAVID BLONSKI Harpist Anne Roos is a Grammy Award-winning harper. David Blonski in a new age Flutist of old world and folk melodies. Together you can relish the playful dancing between Anne’s Celtic harp and David’s silver flute in traditional tunes that echo the spirit of the fall, winter, and holidays. Their brand new Christmas album is called A Winter’s Dance. Joyfully enter another place and time, dance with the snowflakes, and immerse yourself in these delightful instrumentals! Anne Roos has been a part of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast since 2008. She is a brilliant harper. She will tell you a little more about her tune. 32:55 - Anne Roos & David Blonski “Winter’s Eve Aire” from A Winter’s Dance You can find out more about the album on Anne Roos’ website at harpistanneroos.com. 37:05 - WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SONG? Patrons of Celtic Christmas Podcast can Cast Your Vote for Your Favorite Track in each episode. In a moment, I’ll tell you which tune won last time. But before I do, please add all of your favorite songs to your own holiday playlist. Or even better, support the artist by buying their music or joining their mailing list. It’s time to announce the most-popular Celtic Christmas track in the last episode. The winner was… Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music, seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape. 38:14 - We Banjo 3 "Joy to the World" from A Winter Wonderful You have just two weeks to vote for your favorite track. Become a patron and cast your vote. While you’re there, let me know if there’s a Celtic Christmas song or tune that I should add to the next episode of the show. 41:02 - CLOSING Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Christmas Patron for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic
Christmas is A Comin'

Christmas is A Comin'

2022-10-2527:56

Christmas is a coming in 2022 with Triskele and the Celtic Christmas Podcast #64. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.  Music from  We Banjo 3, Reilly, Caitríona O'Leary, Triskele, The Barra MacNeils Welcome to the Celtic Christmas Podcast I am Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer. I’m working on another new format for this show in 2022. Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music, seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape. This is their 10th year performing together to thousands of fans at Irish and Bluegrass festivals. Their latest album is called Open the Road. And I'm happy I looked up that information because I can also add it to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast that I host. 0:53 - We Banjo 3 "Joy to the World" from A Winter Wonderful 3:40 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Join others to spread Christmas Cheer this holiday season! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon. Winners of the folk rock/Celtic band of the year award by Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2019 and 2015, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act. The band’s circuit continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected professional group.  National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly.  Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars.  Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene. Their latest album is called Durty Pool. You can find it on their Bandcamp page. 4:47 - Reilly "For You On Christmas" from Kick Ass Celtic Christmas 8:13 - PLAYLIST: Christmas Drive There a number of Celtic Christmas playlists that I published on Spotify. The Christmas Drive playlist is Christmas music you will enjoy while taking a holiday drive to see your family or friends. The Wexford Carols is a 2014 album of traditional Irish carols by Caitríona O'Leary featuring guest singers Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens and more. The album went to No.1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart. 8:52 - Caitríona O'Leary "Tell Shepherds" from The Wexford Carols 15:16 - HOLIDAY FEATURE: Triskele Triskele, [pronounced Tris-Kay-lee] is the premier all~female Celtic band out of Albany NY. They are known for their stunning harmonies, singing in the Gaelic language and for their Irish wit. Noeleen, who grew up in Dublin and is the youngest of 16, taught Sharon and Jenn the Gaelic language through song. These ladies perform, primarily, traditional Celtic/Irish music, but also have written originals. Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland. This gives the listener a deeper appreciation and understanding of Irish/Celtic history. Triskele stands out in a Celtic music world dominated by men. They have gained fans and supporters with their ability to keep traditional songs traditional. Fans have stated that they enjoy hearing songs sung with the unique qualities of the female voice; given the timbre and rich, clear harmonies. I’m particularly smitten with their byline–Celtic Trad. with a Women's Touch Their song “Christmas Is a Comin’” is a new addition to the Celtic Christmas music world. But I’ll let them tell you more about it. 16:24 - STORY OF CHRISTMAS IS A COMIN’ 18:02 - Triskele “Christmas Is A Comin’” from Christmas Is A Comin’ Do you have a Christmas story to share? Drop me an email. Include a picture for our shownotes. 19:57 - WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE CELTIC CHRISTMAS SONG IN THIS EPISODE? Make sure you add the song to your own Celtic music playlist or even better, support the artist by buying their music and joining their mailing list, or even joining their Patreon page. Several have that as well. There’s another way to share your favorite track in this episode. You can vote for your favorite song or tune when you join us on Patreon. The most-popular track will be added to our Christmas playlists. You have just two weeks to vote. So… Cast your vote for the Celtic Christmas Favorite song. Then let me know if there’s a Celtic Christmas song or tune that I should add to the next episode of the show. For more than three decades, Cape Breton-based family group the Barra MacNeils has been thrilling audiences of all ages, near and far, with their sparkling repertoire, vocals, instrumental prowess and vibrant showmanship. They are Canada’s Celtic ambassadors! Their Christmas album is currently available on vinyl. You’ll also find a wooden tree ornament in their store along with all of their albums. 21:22 - The Barra MacNeils "Party In Washabuckt" from The Christmas Album What did you think of this week’s show? Send me your feedback. Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Christmas Patron for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #triskele
Gaelynn Lea #63

Gaelynn Lea #63

2021-12-1814:12

A Holiday collection of Christmas music to tug at your heartstrings with Gaelynn Lea today as we spread Christmas Cheer. It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #63. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST AND PLAYLIST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. This podcast is funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the podcast and our companion playlist. You’ll find a link to both in the shownotes. Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today in 2022. Because this is the last episode of the year. But if you subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, then you will also enjoy another episode of Celtic Christmas music coming this week. FEATURED PLAYLIST: Celtic Christmas 2021 My final Celtic Christmas Playlist of the year is now completed. It features over 30 artists with amazing music to celebrate the holiday, from the slow and peaceful to the upbeat and rollicking. You can enjoy over two hours of Christmas music on this playlist. And of course, if you’re a patron, you can download a podcast version of the show on Patreon. Listen to Celtic Christmas 2021 now on Spotify. “Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Al Church)” by Gaelynn Lea from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn That was from today’s special holiday guest. She is on the latest Celtic Christmas Playlist. HOLIDAY FEATURE: Gaelynn Lea Traditional fiddle music tugs at the heartstrings, and it infuses feeling into what is otherwise notes on a page. There’s something transformative about it. Not only has Gaeylnn Lea mastered her craft, but her experimental use of this time-honored instrument adds yet another dimension to the sound. Melodies are stretched and harmonies are crafted by her use of live looping, paired with obvious classical training. It’s updated, and ultimately, very satisfying. Cellist Zoe Keating springs to mind as one listens to Lea’s use of her chosen instrument. It’s no wonder she has drawn attention for her music—she has really been carving out her own niche in the industry. Gaelynn has been playing the violin for over two decades, and there’s little doubt she’s comfortable with bow in hand. It really does take a person mastering an instrument before experimentation can be successful. The challenge is to depart from the norm and create something unique—all while expanding on previous training. The skill is still in there--but the music grows larger and more full. This is what Gaelynn does, and it’s a pleasure to hear the thread of the familiar woven in with the freshness of something new at the hands of an experienced artist. The musician has been recognized for her work—being chosen as the winner of NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, recognized as a benchmark in the world of music. This competition brings in thousands of submissions, and to win is quite the accomplishment! Those who are looking for a forward-looking holiday collection of music will want to investigate Lea’s album, "Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn". The tracks that are included here boast many of the well-known popular carol names, such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel--but you haven’t ever heard them played like this before. The 14-track album is an easy fit for anyone who is a true strings aficionado, and it would round out any collection of holiday music. Perfect for everything from a romantic candlelight dinner with your love, or at a family gathering, “Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn” is a delight to listen to. Experience the joy of hearing Christmas favorites that are coaxed into a new form through the hands of a talented musician. You can find out more about Gaelynn Lea at https://violinscratches.com/ “Silent Night” by Gaelynn Lea from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn IF YOU ENJOY THIS ARTIST... Follow them on streaming and add one of their songs to your playlist. You can also buy music from them, sign up to their mailing list and share this episode on social media. Use the hashtag #celticchristmaspodcast The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the Christmas Cheer and generosity of people like you over on Patreon. Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced and edited by Marc Gunn. Graphics were by Miranda Nelson Designs. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Christmas Patron for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #gaelynnlea  
Abbots Cross #62

Abbots Cross #62

2021-12-1211:29

It’s a Celtic Christmas jam session with Abbots Cross today as we spread Christmas Cheer. It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #62. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.  WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST AND PLAYLIST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. This podcast is funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the podcast and our companion playlist. You’ll find a link to that playlist, and the artist, in the shownotes. As a patron, you also get an extended podcast of each playlist. The music podcast version is exclusive to Patreon. Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today! FEATURED PLAYLIST: Christmas Driving Music Our latest playlist features music that is perfect for a Christmas Drive. Gather up your presents. Hop in the car. Let's go for a drive to visit family and friends with this delightful playlist of Celtic Christmas music for driving down the road. Listen to Christmas Driving now on Spotify. “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Pathways / The Kesh” by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions That was from today’s special holiday guest–Abbots Cross. They are on the latest Celtic Christmas Playlist-Christmas Driving Music. HOLIDAY FEATURE: Abbots Cross Pair up two experienced musicians who enjoy Celtic music and what do you get? Well, in this case, you get Abbots Cross! One half of this duo is Alan Booth, who plays guitar, fiddle, and provides the vocals for the group. Alan comes from a musical family and has been steeped in it all his life, starting with piano at the tender age of five, and having two music teachers for parents. He even does musical volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area where he’s from—and has traveled all the way to Kenya to share his deep love of singing and playing instruments.  The second half of this duo is Mike Clancy, who provides the percussion, as well as the Irish flute and whistles to the mix. Also a seasoned musician, he has performed for several of the Broadway shows that have traveled to Pittsburgh. Mike plays with several bands in addition to Abbots Cross, and has even created original jazz compositions and released them to CD himself.  It’s easy to see how the blending of these two men would provide the foundation for a solid band, and they do come together well to highlight their considerable talents! The holiday album, “Christmas Visions” is a 10-track offering that has such interesting arrangements—and they are deftly played. Clancy’s flute takes center stage in many of these tracks, and it just adds so much to the music. In particular, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is just fantastic. These guys know how to stay true to the spirit of a holiday song while experimenting with what you can do with the music. Everything on this album has a very natural, free-flowing feel to it. It’s as if the arrangements are loose and the two musicians just get in the groove and have a good time pushing their abilities. A veritable Christmas “jam session”! Don’t miss Si Bheag, Si Mhor / The First Noel. It’s hauntingly beautiful, beginning with the flute and then picking up the guitar gently in the background. This track builds slowly and easily with a warmth and genuineness that is very pleasing. Deck the Halls is happy and cheery as it should be, but also paired with a Christmas Eve Reel, adding that Celtic flavor and appeal.  This holiday compilation by Abbots Cross is a real treat, and a standout among the many Christmas albums. Don’t miss the chance to add something different to your collection of Celtic music that will help you get into the mood for celebrating!  “Si Bheag, Si Mhor/The First Noel” by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions   IF YOU ENJOY THIS ARTIST... Follow them on streaming and add one of their songs to your playlist. You can also buy music from them, sign up to their mailing list and share this episode on social media. Use the hashtag #celticchristmaspodcast The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the Christmas Cheer and generosity of people like you over on Patreon.  Celtic Christmas Podcast was produced and edited by Marc Gunn. Graphics were by Miranda Nelson Designs. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Christmas Patron for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh!   #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #abbotscross  
Genuine, kind Christmas music from Matt & Shannon Heaton today as we spread Christmas Cheer. It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #61. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.  WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. In each episode, I introduce you to a Celtic band or musician that is creating great Christmas music. I highlight their music in a Celtic Christmas Playlist on Spotify.  This show and our playlists are funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show.  As a patron, you’ll get a music-only episode and will join the other 51 patrons who are helping spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode. Subscribe to our Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today! CELTIC CHRISTMAS PLAYLISTS & NEWS The latest playlist is Christmas Drive. My idea was to create some good Celtic Christmas music for when you’re out driving around. Imagine a smile on your face, Christmas joy in your heart, and a relaxing drive to nowhere. You can find a link to the Celtic Christmas Drive playlist in the shownotes As well as other Celtic Christmas playlists to follow: Celtic Christmas Women Joyful Celtic Christmas Music Christmas Drinking Songs Don't forget to check out the Top Irish & Celtic Music playlist as well. HOLIDAY FEATURE: Matt & Shannon Heaton One of the lovely things about Celtic music is the fact that just a couple of people can make a whole lot of music, and this is certainly true when it comes to Matt & Shannon Heaton. This music duo offers flute/guitar/bouzouki and sweet, sweet harmony vocals in arrangements that are quite lovely.  Deeply involved in the Boston traditional music scene, the pair plays together seamlessly, and the enthusiasm that they have for the music really comes through. There’s a genuineness that is unmistakeable grounding their play. A husband and wife team can certainly telegraph their collective love for the music--and the sheer fun they have playing together. This one does it better than most.  The two are definitely experienced, and surround themselves with music in many different ways. Shannon has her own podcast, Irish Music Stories, and she’s also the co-founder of Boston’s Celtic music fest, which undoubtedly expanded her vision and abilities in the field.  Matt is front man for another band, the "surf-rock" Electric Heaters, and performs with a wide range of bands and musicians when he’s not playing with Shannon. Each an accomplished musician in their own right, the blend of the two is a true celebration of musical talent—dosed with a wholesome affection for the Celtic sound. It’s a pleasure to hear them play. The couple’s Christmas song collection is filled with a little bit of everything. You’ll find fresh holiday fare as well as traditional favorites like “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” to sing along to. Irish music lovers will appreciate the jigs and reels that are included in the mixture, and there’s certainly enough here to fill a holiday party to the brim with some good cheer.  Don’t miss “Julius the Christmas Cat”—it couldn’t be any sweeter, and is sure to be a favorite for those who love their feline friends. Nothing like a cute little "story song" to get in the holiday spirit! Other notable tracks in this collection include “Christmas in Mt. Horeb” and “Wexford Carol,” but there really isn’t a bad track on the compilation.  There’s 13 tracks offered here, and listeners who love the flute will really be pleased, as it appears often on these tracks. Soft harmonies and easy strumming on the guitar are other hallmarks of what this holiday album is all about. There’s little doubt this will have a place in any rotation of Christmas music where an updated Celtic sound is welcomed.  You can find out more about them at https://mattandshannonheaton.com/  IF YOU ENJOY THIS ARTIST... Follow them on streaming and add one of their songs to your playlist. You can also buy music from them, sign up to their mailing list and share this episode on social media. The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Christmas Cheer over on Patreon.  Celtic Christmas Podcast was executively produced by Marc Gunn. Thanks to our Patreon Show Producer Carol Baril.  The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Christmas Patron for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh!   #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #mattshannonheaton  
Celtic Christmas Women

Celtic Christmas Women

2021-11-1502:13:49

Spread Christmas Cheer. Listen and Share Christmas music from Celtic musicians featured on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Celtic Christmas music from Stephanie Claussen, The Gothard Sisters, Laura MacKenzie, Eira, Celtic Woman, Screaming Orphans, Steel Clover, Sarah Marie Mullen, Heather Alexander, Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy, Aizle, Rioghnach Connolly, Peat in the Creel, A Shamrock in Kudzu, Susan Toman, Jil Chambless, Ed Miller, Scooter Muse, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Heather Dale, Carolina Ceili, Catriona O'Leary, Jennifer Licko, Cherish the Ladies, Liz Carroll, Golden Bough, Four Celtic Voices, Jessica Victoria, Banshee in the Kitchen, Liz Madden, Katie McMahon, Bonnie Rideout, Nancy Daily-Green, Sheri O'Meara, Eileen Ivers, The Poor Clares, Sharon Shannon WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. In each episode, I introduce you to Celtic musicians from the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast who are creating great Christmas music. This year I have an all new format. Instead of sharing the music in podcast form, I’ve created a playlist over on Spotify called Celtic Christmas Women. I hope to add YouTube and Amazon Music. But right now, it’s just on Spotify. If you prefer the podcast format and want more Celtic Christmas MUSIC episodes of the podcast, make sure you join our Celtic Christmas Fans on Patreon. You’ll get a music-only episode and will join the other 51 patrons who are helping spread Christmas Cheer! That said, this is actually the final MUSIC episode of the Celtic Christmas podcast. This episode was originally created for the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast in 2020. This is a replay of that show. You can find a complete list of the artists in this show at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. CELTIC CHRISTMAS PLAYLISTS & NEWS There, also, you will find a link to our 2021 Celtic Christmas Women Spotify playlist that features MOST of the artists in this show. Go follow the Celtic Christmas Women playlist now. More playlists to follow: Joyful Celtic Christmas Music Christmas Drinking Songs Top Irish & Celtic Music CELTIC CHRISTMAS NEWS 1:30 - "'Twas in the Moon of Wintertime / Ding Dong Merrily On High" by Stephanie Claussen from Light so Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas 5:24 - WELCOME TO CELTIC MUSIC * Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. This show is dedicated to the indie Celtic musicians. Please support these artists. Share the show with your friends. And find more episodes at celticmusicpodcast.com. You can also support this podcast on Patreon. At the end of November, we hit a HUGE milestone for the podcast. We now have over 300 kind souls who donate to the podcast each and every month. They collectively pledge over $800 per episode to make this show happen. I was already planning a Celtic Christmas Women episode. But because of that milestone, I decided to turn it into a 2-hour special. Plus, I’m adding another 2-hour special next month. So in this show I’m gonna share Christmas music by women playing Celtic music. That’s because women don’t get the attention they deserve in the music business in general and in Celtic music either. So I’m gonna highlight these ladies. If you want to find out more about the gender gap in traditional music, check out the non-profit FairPle. They advocate for equal opportunity and balanced representation for all. 7:03 - "Good King Wenceslas" by The Gothard Sisters from Falling Snow 11:00 - "What Child Is This" by Laura MacKenzie from Yuletide Bagpipes 13:35 - "Christmas Is Coming/Red Hair Boy/King's Reel" by Eira from Glen Tidings Liesel Wilson: Vocals, Fiddle, Erhu, Octave Fiddle Sue Spencer: Guitar, Vocals 17:51  - "O Come, O Come Emmanuel" by Celtic Woman from The Magic of Christmas 21:55 - "The Song We Used to Sing" by Screaming Orphans from Single 25:16 - "Christ Child's Lullaby" by Steel Clover from Season of Love Sue Borowski 28:31 - "Patapan" by Sarah Marie Mullen from In the Moon of Wintertime 30:38 - CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST If you’re looking for more Celtic Christmas music, then you should definitely subscribe to the Celtic Christmas Podcast. There are five episodes that we released in 2020. It’s a delightful way to celebrate Celtic culture through Christmas music. And of course, it too is supported by folks like you on Patreon. Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasMusic.net. 31:49 - "Unto Us a Child Is Born" by Heather Alexander from Wintertide 36:02 - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by Natalie MacMaster, Donnell Leahy from A Celtic Family Christmas 39:46 - "The Wexford Carol" by Aizle & Rioghnach Connolly from The Wexford Carol 44:19 - "Cutty Wren, Drive the Cold Winter Away" by Peat in the Creel from Winter Alison Myers: Flute 50:34 - "The Coventry Carol" by A Shamrock in Kudzu from Kudzu for Christmas ½ the 6 piece band of ladies 53:02 - "The Sussex Carol" by Susan Toman from Angels on High 56:12 - THANK YOU PATRONS OF THE PODCAST! Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out every week. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion and production of the show. It allows us to attract new listeners and to help our community grow. As a patron, you get to hear episodes before regular listeners. When we hit a milestone, you get an extra-long episode. You can pledge a dollar or more per episode and cap how much you want to spend each month over on Patreon. A super special thanks to our newest patrons: Ben, Pamala D, Vaidah Katz, Phyu K, melsing, Esther W, Hobie W, Dan C, Laura You can become a generous Patron of the Podcast on Patreon at SongHenge.com. 58:03 - "Emanuel" by Jil Chambless, Ed Miller and Scooter Muse from Nollaig Chridheil / Songs of the Christmas Season 1:02:35 - "Dust of Snow" by Matt & Shannon Heaton from Fine Winter's Night 1:06:50 - "Huron Carol" by Heather Dale from This Endris Night 1:10:25 - "Christmas Contra Dance" by Carolina Ceili from Holiday Hooley Laurie Fisher: Fiddler Maggie Anderson: Drums 1:12:38 - "A Virgin Queen in Bethlehem" by Catriona O'Leary from The Wexford Carols 1:17:49 - "Brightest and Best" by Jennifer Licko from The Lights of Christmas 1:21:06 - CELTIC CHRISTMAS PLAYLIST ON SPOTIFY If you enjoy this podcast, you might also enjoy our Joyful Celtic Christmas Music playlist on Spotify. Follow the link in the show notes. Or if you want a fun mix of popular and classic Christmas songs with some Celtic Christmas favorites by me and other Celtic musicians, I have another great playlist that my family listens to each and every year: Fun Christmas Songs for Kids & Families. 1:22:07 - "Oh Come, All Ye Faithful" by Cherish the Ladies from Christmas in Ireland Joanie Madden, Mary Coogan, Mirella Murray, Kathleen Boyle, Nollaig Casey 1:25:30 - "The Jump Ball | Whipple Hill | How We Spent the Christmas" by Liz Carroll from Lake Effect 1:28:58 - "Green Grow the Holly/The Holly and the Ivy Girl" by Golden Bough from Christmas in a Celtic Land Margie Butler: Harp, Vocals Kathy Sierra: Fiddle, Vocals 1:32:18 - "Angels (featuring Celeste Ray)" by Four Celtic Voices from Four Celtic Seasons 1:36:23 - "Christmas in Camelot" by Jessica Victoria from Songs of the Summer Realm 1:38:25 - "Bottom of the Punchbowl Set" by Banshee in the Kitchen from Invite the Light Kat, Jill, Brenda, Kris 1:42:14 - TRAVEL WITH CELTIC INVASION VACATIONS Every year, I take a small group of Celtic music fans on the relaxing adventure of a lifetime. We don't see everything. Instead, we stay in one area. We get to know the region through its culture, history, and legends. You can join us with an auditory and visual adventure through podcasts and videos. Learn more about the invasion at http://celticinvasion.com/ Oh! And if you want more Christmas podcasts from me, I also host the Pub Songs & Stories. I released my “Christmas Elf” a few days ago. It’s a bit more personal podcast. But I have a few Celtic Christmas songs included in the show. Go to PubSong.net. 1:43:56 - "Happy Christmas Christmas Tree" by Liz Madden from Christmas with Liz Madden 1:46:33 - "Christmas Pipes" by Katie McMahon from Celtic Christmas 1:50:13 - "So merry as we have been" by Bonnie Rideout from The Celebration 1:53:50 - "Angels From the Realms of Glory" by Nancy Daily-Green from Celebrating Christmas Yore 1:57:00 - "Bed for the Baby" by Sheri O'Meara from Christmas Light 1:00:24 - "Jigs: Apples in Winter/Frost is All Over/A Merry Christmas" by Eileen Ivers from An Nollaig: An Irish Christmas 2:04:35 - "The Holly Bears a Berry" by The Poor Clares from The Poor Clares: Songs for Midwinter Betsy McGovern: vocals Beth Patterson: vocals, bouzouki 2:07:27 - CLOSING I hope you enjoyed this week's show. If you did, please share the show with ONE friend. The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast is here to build our diverse Celtic community and help the incredible artists who so generously share their music with you. If you hear music you love, buy the albums, shirts, and songbooks, follow the artists on streaming, see their shows, and drop them an email to let them know you heard them on the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast. Every week, you can get Celtic music news in your inbox. The Celtic Music Magazine is a quick and easy way to plug yourself into more great Celtic culture. Subscribe and get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free. VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20 In two weeks, I am pleased to release the Celtic Top 20 for 2020. Every year, I ask you to vote for your favorite songs in each show. It’s very easy to do. The polls are closed for the year. And I’m taking off next week for Christmas Eve. On New Years’ Eve, I will release the best songs and artists of 2020. I hope you will help me spread the word. 2:09:50 - "Christmas Time Again!" by Sharon Shannon from Christmas Time Again! The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was p
Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to SHARON SHANNON as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    "Little Christmas" is the final episode of 2020. It features Christmas music from The Jig Is Up, Cynthia Shelhart, Steel Clover, Abbots Cross, Liz Madden, Laura MacKenzie, Reilly, Sharon Shannon, deCeadaoin, Tiffany Schaefer, Emish, Stephanie Claussen, Celtic Woman, Runa, The Selkie Girls   The show is generously brought to you by the Patrons of the Celtic Christmas Podcast on Patreon. Please show your Celtic Christmas Cheer, make a pledge to support the show. You will find milestones on Patreon which will effectively launch this show in 2021.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.    Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasMusic.net.   And now on to Sharon Shannon   Playing the accordion puts you in a unique category in terms of making music, and Sharon Shannon is one of the artists that has that distinction. Interestingly, although she can and does play Irish music, her career has continually spanned many different musical genres, always bringing her own style and background along with her for the ride. She is an experienced and dedicated musician, and has worked with some huge names in the industry. Among the people/bands she has recorded and performed with, you’ll find well-respected (and well-known!) Irish names like Sinead O’Connor, The Chieftains, Shane McGowan, and even Bono. In keeping with her genre-jumping style though, you’ll also see her name has appeared alongside other musical heavyweights, like Jackson Browne and Wille Nelson. As if that isn’t testament enough to Shannon’s musical abilities, she has also collaborated with John Prine, Natalie McMaster, and even Japan’s Kodo Drummers!   Good musicians are always eager to expand their circle and play with other talented people, and this is something that defines Sharon Shannon. It is also something that has allowed her to grow, and that has seasoned her as a musical artist. From classical, to Cajun, to rap, Shannon has embraced all forms of music and in turn, they have informed her approach and style along the way. Interestingly, the Irish influence always does seem to shine through though, no matter who she has paired herself with!   Shannon has a well-rounded selection of albums, but with the holidays quickly approaching, nothing is more appropriate than than the Christmas single, “Christmas Time Again”, which features her accordion play front and center. It’s a nice, jolly romp—a bit more updated than the old, standard carols--but with the same spirit of fun. Pick this one up to add something different to your holiday playlist, or to gift to a friend or relative that loves expanding their collection of Christmas music. After all, there’s always a little bit of room for the accordion…right?   Find out more about Sharon Shannon at sharonshannon.com   If you hear music you love in the Celtic Christmas Podcast, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.
Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to SCREAMING ORPHANS as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    "The Snows That Melt the Soonest" is the 4th episode of 2020 and show #58. It features Christmas music from Runa, Stephanie Claussen, David Pedrick, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Steel Clover, Mark O'Connor, Marc Gunn, deCeadaoin, Andrew D. Huber, The Rogues, Sheri O'Meara, Abbots Cross, Reilly, Screaming Orphans, Prydein, The Jig Is Up!.   The show is generously brought to you by the Patrons of the Celtic Christmas Podcast on Patreon. Please show your Celtic Christmas Cheer, make a pledge to support the show.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.  Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   And now on to Screaming Orphans   This four-person, all-women band hails from County Donegal, Ireland, and despite the loneliness that is hinted at by their chosen name—they are actually all sisters—with parents! As a matter-of-fact, their Mam used to be the band’s singer, and their Da was their engineer and manager before they struck out on their own to tour. The combination of leaving their parents behind, the “screaming” sounds that come with four girls living in an active household, and the fact that a school they attended actually was (previously) an orphanage all gelled together to create this catchy moniker for the group. It’s one that is not easily forgotten!   The girls started music young, eventually evolving into a pop rock band in their teens, and over time they just continued to blossom. The band began performing locally, and their circle quickly began to expand. Before long the ladies were chosen to play at a concert in Kildare, where known names such as Christy Moore and Sinead O’Connor were also performing. O’Connor chose the four to to tour with her as her backup singers after this, and they also opened up for the artist on the Gospel Oak Tour. This extended into other opportunities, including touring with Babba Maal, and recording tracks with the likes of Peter Gabriel, Joni Mitchell, and the Chieftains.   Since those days, the Screaming Orphans have become a well-known band in their own right, appearing on both the iTunes World Music charts and the Billboard World Albums charts, among many other accolades. They have put out 15 albums over the years – all their own one-of-a-kind recipe of pop/rock with Celtic influence, and this year they are releasing a Christmas single, "Song We Used To Sing” for the holiday season.   The single reflects the unusual time we find ourselves in this holiday—often isolated from our loved ones at the time we are used to gathering for storytelling, sharing memories, and celebrating Christmas. It calls forth a nostalgic feel with it’s simple arrangement and lovely harmonies. An original track, the band collaborated with songwriter John Spillane to craft a holiday song that focuses in on warm memories and togetherness at a time these ideas are most often highlighted. It’s a pretty song with a message of peace and hope that helps ease the sting of being apart at Christmastime. Not only is it especially timely for 2020, but this thoughtful tune will hold up well for future holiday seasons.   Find out more about Screaming Orphans at screamingorphans.com.   If you hear music you love in the Celtic Christmas Podcast, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.
Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to THE ROGUES as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    "The Snows That Melt the Soonest" is the 4th episode of 2020 and show #58. It features Christmas music from Runa, Stephanie Claussen, David Pedrick, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Steel Clover, Mark O'Connor, Marc Gunn, deCeadaoin, Andrew D. Huber, The Rogues, Sheri O'Meara, Abbots Cross, Reilly, Prydein, The Jig Is Up!.   The show is generously brought to you by the Patrons of the Celtic Christmas Podcast on Patreon. Please show your Celtic Christmas Cheer, make a pledge to support the show.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.  Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   And now on to The Rogues...     The Rogues have been producing music since wayyyyy back in 1994 when they got their start at the Texas Renaissance Festival. This Celtic band didn’t stay put in Houston for long though, and soon they were off--traveling all over the U.S., and even abroad. They’ve performed in Canada, Scotland, and Greece, among other places over the years, as well as providing entertainment on a number of different cruise ships. This great mixture of experiences has allowed the band the opportunity to truly hone their live shows, and put a shine on their ability to play together in a variety of different contexts. It has also given them a great deal of expertise in terms of playing Celtic tunes.   The Rogues are no amateurs when it comes to playing their instruments either, and band members have won prestigious music competitions, including first place in the World Pipe Band Championships in Grade III in 1998. If pressed to describe them, you could say they take their music seriously, but they don’t take themselves too seriously, which results in a nice mash up of outstanding musicianship and good fun—it really works out well. Plus, you know a band is not messing around when they wind up with their own tartan in the Scottish Register of Tartans. That’s dedication to the Celtic genre at a deep level.   You can’t help but notice a full pipe sound and a lot of percussion when you listen to this band play, but they are also capable of music that pulls at the heartstrings. The variety of instruments, arrangements, and pairings keeps things interesting, no matter how familiar the tune. This is especially evident on The Rogues 2013 Christmas album, Hellbound Sleigh, where you’ll hear tried-and-true favorites such as “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen” in a very different light. Be sure to listen to the "O Holy Night / Ave Maria” track, which has an almost haunting feel to it—in the best possible way. And—don’t miss "Jingle Bells/Good King Wenceslas” for a rousing take on this classic that showcases the pipes front and center.   The best part about this festive album though is the fact that there are also a few tracks you won’t find in every Christmas collection, making it a great pick for your music rotation this holiday season. Keep it all to yourself and enjoy listening at home, or ship it over to a friend or family member that needs a little bit ‘o cheer in the stocking.   Find out more about The Rogues at therogues.com    If you hear music you love, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.
Hang the Holly: RUNA

Hang the Holly: RUNA

2021-11-0304:12

Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to Runa as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    "The Snows That Melt the Soonest" is the 4th episode of 2020 and show #58. It features Christmas music from Runa, Stephanie Claussen, David Pedrick, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Steel Clover, Mark O'Connor, Marc Gunn, deCeadaoin, Andrew D. Huber, The Rogues, Sheri O'Meara, Abbots Cross, Reilly, Prydein, The Jig Is Up!.     The show is generously brought to you by the Patrons of the Celtic Christmas Podcast on Patreon. Please show your Celtic Christmas Cheer, make a pledge to support the show.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.  Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   And now on to Runa   As holiday albums go, The Tide of Winter is much more than a collection of standard Christmas tunes. Each of the 13 tracks here offers something a little bit unconventional. The first track, "Brightest and Best / Gaudete / Noel Nouvelet” starts out with voice as instrument, blended harmonies softly wafting around before things pick up speed midway through alongside a percussive beat. RUNA seems to enjoy challenging the listener by defying the more typical patterns one's ear has learned to expect in favor of going where the muse leads them. For example, you’ve never heard “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel” done like this before! Those who enjoy a different take on things will want to pick this album up to go alongside their more tried-and-true favorites. It will provide just the right amount of contrast—as well as something to keep things interesting.   Track 3, "Christ Child Lullaby / Dún do Shúil” offers a hymn/lullaby that's blended in three languages; English, Irish Gaelic, and the original Scots Gaelic. This provides an additional soothing feel alongside the comforting rhythm of the lullaby itself. It’s a nice take, a simple arrangement, and an interesting inclusion. Very easy on the ears. Juxtapose that track with the next, "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”, which features a funky vibe and a perky, upbeat sound and you have the perfect way to sum up this grouping of songs…non-traditional, yet intriguing!   It’s very tough to be experimental—without being too experimental. After all, part of the charm of holiday music is the fact that it’s familiar. That said, RUNA doesn’t abandon the thread entirely, they merely embellish on it in their own way—which seems to be a great way to compromise. In all, the band isn’t intent on exploring just for the sake of being different. You get the sense that they are doing it to create depth, and to be true to the perspective that has developed within them as musicians.   Their “Instrumental Medley” both pays homage to Christmas music and showcases the skill of the musicians, and while “Silent Night” maybe isn’t as predictable as the standard radio holiday version, it’s every bit as lovely—as well as a nod to the Austrian “Stille Nacht”. The band’s liner notes sum this choice up well, saying, There is something magical about returning to the roots of such an iconic carol and to rediscover the beauty and depth in its simplicity.” And, indeed, there is.   This album is perfect for those looking to expand their collection of holiday music, without having things become too repetitive. You’ll find fresh arrangements throughout, and enough holiday spirit to go around the table—twice.   Find out more about Runa at runamusic.com.   If you hear music you love, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.      
Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to Stephanie Claussen as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    We Wish You A Merry Christmas is the 3rd episode of 2020 and show #57. It features Christmas music from Laura MacKenzie, Emish, Steel Clover, Seamus Kennedy, Stephanie Claussen, David Pedrick, The Barra MacNeils, Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra, Haggis Rampant, Jed Marum, The Rogues, Marc Gunn & Mikey Mason, Andrew D. Huber, Coyote Run, Angus Mohr & Friends, Mark O'Connor.   The show is generously brought to you by the patrons of this podcast on Patreon. Please show your support.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.  Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   And now Stephanie Claussen   If you love harp music, why not choose to listen to a proven talent? Not only have Stephanie Claussen’s skills been recognized with the title of 2018 US National Scottish Harp Champion, but this Minnesota-based harpist also runs her own harp studio, and travels to play for audiences all over the upper Midwest area of the United States. Claussen is classically trained, and the Celtic influences are easy to hear throughout her style. She is crystal-clear and very enjoyable to listen to on the strings of this enchanting instrument.   Claussen has released five solo albums, starting in 2002. She has also collaborated with other artists throughout her career. Since Celtic songs are her specialty, it makes sense that she would craft a Christmas album. After all, what other instrument brings forth the true magic of the holiday more than the harp? The mood that this music calls forth is at once elegant and otherworldly; especially at the hands of an expert harpist. There really isn’t anything quite like it. Not only is there the magnificent Celtic flavor, there’s also an old-fashioned, medieval charm to it all. It makes for a nice pairing.   On Light So Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas, her collection of Christmas music offers 15 tracks which will add warmth and delight to any holiday gathering. This solo harp album would also be perfect to enjoy by the fire, or while sipping a hot cuppa and taking in the majesty of a fully decorated tree. You’ll hear holiday favorites such as “We Three Kings” and “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen”… but that’s not all. Claussen also stocks the track listings with a delicate rendition of "Bouree d’Avignon” and other rewarding offerings, providing a full spectrum of beautiful music to round out any holiday music collection. Whether you want to keep it all to yourself or give this album as a gift, it’s well worth a listen!   Although this artist has just one Christmas album, really any of her albums would mix in well with a holiday vibe. Some instruments just have that “festive” feel to them, and the harp is definitely one of them. It puts a little spring in the step and happiness in the heart—which is what we call holiday spirit!   Find out more about Stephanie Claussen at www.stephanieclaussen.com.   If you hear music you love, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.    
Welcome to Hang the Holly. You'll meet Laura MacKenzie this week as we take an inside look into the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.      The The Holly and The Ivy is already getting a ton of downloads. Over 1000 in less than a week after it came out. So I have high hopes that all of these incredible artists will special attention this holiday season.   Show #56 features Christmas music from The Irish Rovers, Steel Clover, Matthew Young, Emish, Spencer & Beane, Laura MacKenzie, Cantus Lunaris, The Jig Is Up!, Andrew D. Huber, Rosmerta, Haggis Rampant, A Shamrock in Kudzu, Sarah Marie Mullen, The Selkie Girls, The Gothard Sisters.   If you enjoy the show, please do all of these artists a favor. Share it with your friends on social or in your community.   You can also rate the podcast or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher. And of course, subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   And now Laura MacKenzie   It’s not hard to believe that Laura MacKenzie has Irish dance in her background – you can almost hear it when she plays her music! This talented artist has not only been the recipient of some coveted fellowships, but she also has her own designated namesake “day” in Minnesota because of her work in traditional Irish music. (In case you are wondering, it’s November 22nd.) Laura has been mentored by some wonderful musicians on everything from button accordion, to Irish flute, to Scottish smallpipes. Yes—she’s definitely one of those Celtic artists that plays numerous instruments! She has also been awarded some heavy-hitting titles, such as a Master Folk Artist, a "Celtic music wizard”, and a "High priestess of Celtic music”. It’s doubtful that any of these monikers were handed out lightly!   If you’re looking to lay in something unique in terms of holiday music, this lady presents some fun options. Yuletide Bagpipes is exactly what it sounds like—a nice collection of tunes, featuring a wide array of pipes. You’ll hear border pipes, smallpipes, lowland pipes, medieval greatpipes, and even some cornemuse. It’s hard not to feel festive with this type of music wafting through the air. The album begins with Joy to the World/I Saw Three Ships and offers 15 bright tracks that end with her version of Auld Lang Syne.   Celtic Holiday is another one of MacKenzie’s holiday albums; this one features 14 tracks with many favorites peppered throughout, such as “Hark, the Herald Angels Sing”, “God Rest Ye Marry Gentlemen”, and “What Child is This/The Greensleeves Jigs. There’s an especially haunting version of “O Come, O Come Immanuel” that is almost meditative. Just lovely. It’s always interesting to see what various artists do with the arrangement of tunes that are familiar to almost everyone. Each has their own take on how to present it, and this is especially true of holiday music like these tracks.   For those who can’t decide which of these sounds better, the obvious compromise would be to go with “Heigh Ho, The Green Holly”, which is a collection of Celtic Christmas music that was selected from both of the previous albums. It really is a good mix of the two. This would probably also make a great gift if you know someone who loves the pipes and is in need of a bit of holiday cheer this season. Quite honestly, we could probably all use a bit of that in 2020. Take a look at the track lists and see if one of these albums piques your interest, or tune in and hear Laura MacKenzie for yourself on show #56: The Holly and The Ivy. Visit her website www.lauramackenzie.com.   The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.  
Welcome to Hang the Holly. I'll introduce you to LIZ MADDEN as we take an inside look at artists in the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast.    "Little Christmas" is the final episode of 2020. It features Christmas music from The Jig Is Up, Cynthia Shelhart, Steel Clover, Abbots Cross, Liz Madden, Laura MacKenzie, Reilly, Sharon Shannon, deCeadaoin, Tiffany Schaefer, Emish, Stephanie Claussen, Celtic Woman, Runa, The Selkie Girls   The show is generously brought to you by the Patrons of the Celtic Christmas Podcast on Patreon. Please show your Celtic Christmas Cheer, make a pledge to support the show. You will find milestones on Patreon which will effectively launch this show in 2021.   If you enjoy the show, you can rate the show or post comments on Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcatcher.    Subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasMusic.net.   And now on to Liz Madden   Irish-born singer Liz Madden is a classically trained vocalist with multiple artistic talents. Not only does she have a cache of her own solo albums, but she is an actress and musical theater performer as well. In addition, she has done voiceover work and it’s easy to see why—her gentle, bright, clear voice is a pleasure to listen to, whether she is speaking or singing. Madden has delved deeply into studying the things she is interested in, and holds a Masters degree in music, and she is working toward one in theology as well. Her list of accomplishments really does go on and on, and they include everything from songwriting credits for film and television, to producing a live show, to winning multiple awards throughout the course of her career.   Such a full and total immersion in the arts shows fierce passion and a dedication to creating, and this is apparent in Madden’s musical history. She has contributed to 12 albums, and is actively involved in collaborating with other musical artists on a regular basis. Her albums tend to favor simple arrangements that allow her beautiful voice to be the centerpiece, with instruments serving as a support, rather than the central focus. It works well, and Madden’s voice is definitely worthy of having a place that is front and center. She has certainly earned it, developing her voice as a well-honed instrument in its own right. Not all singers are blessed with such an even measure of talent and passion, but this is a singer that certainly has a heaping spoonful of both.   Her holiday album, "Liz Madden’s Christmas Celebration" offers nearly an hour of music that ranges from delights such as the French carol Noel Nouvelet to some of the more expected holiday favorites like Joy to the World, and We Wish You a Merry Christmas. The satisfying mixture of simple arrangements and a classically trained voice make this singer's holiday album a perfect choice for the season. A well thought-out grouping of 17 tracks provides a solid Christmas soundtrack that would make a terrific gift—or would blend in well with nearly any rotation of holiday music you may already own. Whatever you do, be sure not to miss Madden’s version of Silent Night—it’s a song that was meant to be covered by a vocalist with her range, and she does it beautifully, hitting those high notes with confidence and clarity.   Find out more about Liz Madden at LizMadden.co.   If you hear music you love in the Celtic Christmas Podcast, then support the artists. Buy something from them. Sign up to their mailing lists. And share the episode with your friends on social or in your community.     The Celtic Christmas Podcast is free to enjoy. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. Get Christmas Cheer. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.
Hang the Holly is an inside look into the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast. The first teaser episode of the 2020 season came out last week. I want to share a little bit about one of the artists in the show, namely Celtic Woman.   But first, the first episode of 2020 is show #55. It features Celtic Christmas music from eight Celtic artists with Christmas holiday music, including: Angus Mohr, Don Grieve, The Irish Rovers, Marc Gunn, Alexander James Adams, The Wee Heavies, Matthew Young, Celtic Woman.   Show #55 is a shorter episode. Most shows will be about an hour long. They also no available on Spotify or YouTube. So if you want to hear those shows, please subscribe the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   Let's get on with the show.   Are you searching for a GRAMMY-nominated, multi-platinum, Celtic music group with a decidedly feminine sound to fill your home with warmth during the Christmas season? If so, you don’t have to look any further than Celtic Woman. Many fans of Irish music already adore this celebrated band, and with several Christmas albums to choose from, there’s something for everyone to listen to during the upcoming holidays! Since the band’s debut in 2005, this group has had a PBS special, performed at the White House, and even appeared on ABC-TV's Dancing with the Stars. All this from a group that was originally created for a single event! That tells you a little something about how special they are…   Although there is plenty of traditional appeal in Celtic Woman’s sound, they also bring a more contemporary flavor into the mix. This can be ideal for those who are searching for something fresh for the holiday season. You won’t have to worry about it being too modern, but you will hear an updated take on many of your seasonal favorites, and you may even hear some new tunes too! This, and the fact that they are an all-female group, might make a CD or DVD of theirs a perfect Christmas gift for someone on your list as well. There are a number of them out there – 15 CDs and 11 DVDs to choose from. Four of these CDs are dedicated to Christmas music.   Celtic Woman's A Christmas Celebration album made it onto Billboard's World Music Chart in 2006, and it remained there for 112 weeks in a row, so that would definitely be one to check out if you haven’t already. It’s the earliest offering of Christmas music by the band, and it was followed by Home for Christmas in 2012. The Best of Christmas was released in 2017, and their last holiday album was The Magic of Christmas in 2019, featuring songs such as 'The Wexford Carol’ and ‘Deck the Halls’, among others.   Fans of the band might find a bit of solace in listening to these CDs since Celtic Woman's much-anticipated 2020 tour has been cancelled due to COVID-19. While nothing is quite like live music, unfortunately this year a recording will have to do. New listeners can opt to add yet another layer to their Celtic Christmas spirit with music by these lovely ladies. Their angelic voices make the Christmas music shine, and each of these CDs has a decent number of tracks on them. It makes for a good introduction to the band’s sound, and will be a super add to the rotation of holiday tunes each year going forward.   What better way is there to celebrate the end to this long year than hearing Celtic Christmas songs drifting through the house as you decorate?    To get a taste of the band’s sound and their Christmas songs, be sure to subscribe to the Celtic Christmas Podcast. The show is free though it is supported by Celtic music fans on Patreon. I have featured Celtic Woman many times on past episodes. And they will be on again on future episodes.    Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.  
Welcome to Hang the Holly. This is an inside look into the latest episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast. Today, I'm gonna tell you about The Irish Rovers.    But first... the second 2020 episode of the Celtic Christmas Podcast is now online. It's called The Holly and The Ivy. It features Christmas music from The Irish Rovers, Steel Clover, Matthew Young, Emish, Spencer & Beane, Laura MacKenzie, Cantus Lunaris, The Jig Is Up!, Andrew D. Huber, Rosmerta, Haggis Rampant, A Shamrock in Kudzu, Sarah Marie Mullen, The Selkie Girls, The Gothard Sisters.   If you want to enjoy an hour of Celtic Christmas music, rate the show. Then subscribe to the podcast at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.   Let's get on with the show.   Hailing all the way back to Toronto in the 1960s, The Irish Rovers are a well-regarded Irish band that have had the honor of being named the  “Folk Group of the Year” in Canada, appeared on TV shows in the U.S., and even hosted their own show on the CBC in the 1970s. Known for their Irish folk music—and their longevity—this band has produced more than 45 albums that people have enjoyed throughout the world, many times over.   If you’re searching for a good batch of Irish Christmas tunes, this Canadian band delivers a number of different collections to choose from. Piano for Christmas Time is a wonderful album of instrumental holiday music. The blend of songs is perfect for holiday dinners or tree trimming, or whenever you are looking to add a bit of Irish flavor to the mood of the day. This 10-track collection finishes off with a fun Christmas Eve medley, blending favorites like "Jingle Bells", "Frosty the Snowman", and "Here Comes Santa Claus" together to help get everyone in a festive mood.   Merry Merry Time of Year is another collection of Christmas music that provides 15 lovelies to round out any holiday collection, such as “Christ the King” and “Must Be Santa”. Also available—and a great choice if you're in the mood to kick back and watch a concert--be sure to try out their DVD, “The Irish Rovers Christmas”, which showcases the band (and guests!) at Chatham Ontario's historic Capitol Theatre, playing live. Not only will you hear great music, but the 2+ hours that were recorded also feature some sneak-peeks behind the scenes and other cool extras.   Those searching for a recognizable list of Christmas classics—Irish style—would do well to invest in “The Irish Rovers Songs of Christmas”, which kicks out some tried-and-true favorites. Included on this album are tracks like “Away in a Manger”, “We Three Kings”, and “Silent Night”, among others. And don’t miss the band’s fun take on “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer”, which makes you want to sing right along with them!   There’s something to be said for bands like The Irish Rovers, who have stood the test of time. Groups like this have truly developed a sound that is all their own. Playing together for so many years results in a seamless blending of musicianship, and the band is filled to the brim with Irish energy and enthusiasm. Whether you’re looking to round out a collection of Christmas music or want to share some Celtic-style tunes with friends or family as a gift, these albums make a terrific pick.    To get a taste of this band’s take on holiday music, you can now listen to show #56: The Holly and The Ivy.   The show is free to enjoy, as usual. However, it is supported by the generosity of Celtic music fans like you over on Patreon. You can subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com . Nollaig shona daoibh.
Little Christmas #59

Little Christmas #59

2020-12-2001:02:221

Spread Christmas Cheer. Listen and Share Christmas music from Celtic musicians. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Celtic Christmas music from The Jig Is Up, Cynthia Shelhart, Steel Clover, Abbots Cross, Liz Madden, Laura MacKenzie, Reilly, Sharon Shannon, deCeadaoin, Tiffany Schaefer, Emish, Stephanie Claussen, Celtic Woman, Runa, The Selkie Girls This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of our Christmas Patrons. Sign up on Patreon to bring more episodes to your ears every November and December leading up to Christmas. YOUR CELTIC CHRISTMAS MUSIC THIS WEEK 0:04 - "The Little Christmas Set" by The Jig Is Up! from A Penny for the Wren 6:20 - WELCOME CHRISTMAS WELCOME - Welcome to the Celtic Christmas Podcast. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and host also of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. My goal is to introduce you to Celtic musicians who are making and sharing Christmas music. 6:51 - "That Night in Bethlehem (Don Oíche úd I mBeithil)/Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence" by Cynthia Shelhart from The Night in Bethlehem 10:03 - "Christ Child's Lullaby" by Steel Clover from Season of Love 13:15 - "I Saw Three Ships / Tripping up the Stairs / Blackthorn Stick" by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions 16:27 - "The First Noel" by Liz Madden from Christmas with Liz Madden 19:42 - "We Wish You a Merry Christmas/Ding Dong Merrily on High" by Laura MacKenzie from Yuletide Bagpipes 22:15 - "Good King Wenceslas" by Reilly from Kick Ass Celtic Christmas 25:49 - GIVING THANKS ** The Celtic Christmas Podcast is now supported by generous people just like you. Your kind pledge of as little as $2 per episode pays for the production and promotion of the podcast, as well as my time in creating it. It allows us to share Christmas Cheer through Celtic culture and music. Bring the gift of Christmas to your ears this year, make a pledge at patreon.com/celticchristmas. CELTIC CHRISTMAS NEWS ** If you enjoy this podcast, you might also enjoy our Joyful Celtic Christmas Music playlist on Spotify. Follow the link in the show notes. ** Want more Celtic Christmas music? I have a webpage dedicated to it with playlists, Christmas albums, videos and more. 27:23 - "Christmas Time Again" by Sharon Shannon from Single 30:38 - "My Darling Asleep/Christmas Eve" by deCeadaoin from unreleased 34:22 - "To Drive the Cold Winter Away" by Tiffany Schaefer from Tara's Halls 40:13 - "What Child Is This" by Emish from Everlasting 42:51 - "The Traveler Benighted in Snow/The Bonfire" by Stephanie Claussen from Light so Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas 48:03 - "Amid the Falling Snow" by Celtic Woman from The Magic of Christmas 51:45 - "Brightest and Best / Gaudete / Noel Nouvelet" by Runa from The Tide of Winter 57:04 - - NOLLAIG SHONA DAOIBH - If you enjoyed this show, please LIKE and SHARE this episode. If you found a song you loved in this show, I list the show times and URLs for each artist in the notes. Follow the link in the shownotes to support the artists who support this podcast. Buy their music and merch, subscribe to their newsletters, and tell a friend about the great music you found. Finally, subscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine. This is the official newsletter of the Celtic Christmas Podcast and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. It is 100% free to subscribe, and every week, you'll get an inside look into the latest Celtic podcast news. Sign up today, and you can download 34 Celtic MP3s for FREE! 59:00 - "Rug Muire Mac do Dhia" by The Selkie Girls from Winter Lore: Songs of Celtic Christmas Pronunciation: rug meerah mach dah yeer The Celtic Christmas Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $2 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #littlechristmas
Spread Christmas Cheer. Listen and Share Christmas music from Celtic musicians. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Celtic Christmas music from: Runa, Stephanie Claussen, David Pedrick, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Steel Clover, Mark O'Connor, Marc Gunn, deCeadaoin, Andrew D. Huber, The Rogues, Sheri O'Meara, Abbots Cross, Reilly, Screaming Orphans, Prydein, The Jig Is Up! This podcast is brought to you by the generosity of our Christmas Patrons. Sign up on Patreon to bring more episodes to your ears every November and December leading up to Christmas. YOUR CELTIC CHRISTMAS MUSIC THIS WEEK 0:01 - "The Snows they melt the Soonest / Wondrous Love" by Runa from The Tide of Winter 4:12 - CHRISTMAS WELCOME - Welcome to the Celtic Christmas Podcast. My name is Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and host also of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. My goal is to introduce you to Celtic musicians who are making and sharing Christmas music. 4:45 - "Willie Take Your Little Drum / Il Est Né, Le Divin Enfant" by Stephanie Claussen from Light so Brilliant: Carols and Tunes for Christmas 8:50 - "Gower Wassail" by David Pedrick from Wintertide EP 12:12 - "Carol of the Birds" by Matt & Shannon Heaton from Fine Winter's Night 16:33 - "Snowflakes" by Steel Clover from Season of Love 18:36 - "Cherry Tree Carol" by Mark O'Connor from Appalachian Christmas 22:09 - "Jingle Bells" by Marc Gunn from Celtic Christmas Greetings 24:56 - GIVING THANKS ** The Celtic Christmas Podcast is now supported by generous people just like you. Your kind pledge of as little as $2 per episode pays for the production and promotion of the podcast, as well as my time in creating it. It allows us to share Christmas Cheer through Celtic culture and music. Bring the gift of Christmas to your ears this year, make a pledge at patreon.com/celticchristmas. CELTIC CHRISTMAS NEWS ** If you enjoy this podcast, you might also enjoy our Joyful Celtic Christmas Music playlist on Spotify. Follow the link in the show notes. ** Want more Celtic Christmas music? I have a webpage dedicated to it with playlists, Christmas albums, videos and more. 26:01 - "A Jig for Christmas/Merry Christmas" by deCeadaoin from unreleased album 29:36 - "Soft Silver Sound" by Andrew D. Huber from Lights & Snow, Vol. II 33:11 - "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" by The Rogues from Hellbound Sleigh 34:28 - "Lambs on the Green Hills" by Sheri O'Meara from Christmas Light 36:52 - "Silent Night/La Valse Des Jeunes Filles" by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions 40:21 - "We Three Kings of Orient Are by Reilly from Kick Ass Celtic Christmas 45:03 - “Song We Used to Sing” by Screaming Orphans from a new Christmas single 48:25 - "Merry Xmas Everybody" by Prydein from Single 52:56 - NOLLAIG SHONA DAOIBH - If you enjoyed this show, please LIKE and SHARE this episode. If you found a song you loved in this show, I list the show times and URLs for each artist in the notes. Follow the link in the shownotes to support the artists who support this podcast. Buy their music and merch, subscribe to their newsletters, and tell a friend about the great music you found. Finally, subscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine. This is the official newsletter of the Celtic Christmas Podcast and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. It is 100% free to subscribe, and every week, you'll get an inside look into the latest Celtic podcast news. Sign up today, and you can download 34 Celtic MP3s for FREE! 54:40 - "At Last I'm Ready for Christmas" by The Jig Is Up! from A Penny for the Wren The Celtic Christmas Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. To subscribe, go to Apple Podcasts or to our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $2 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through Christmas music at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. Nollaig Shona Daoibh! #celticchristmas #celticchristmasmusic #snowstheymeltthesoonest
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Andy Carver

brilliant selection of festive songs. 10/10

Dec 2nd
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