For me, December means Christmas. But we can't get ahead of ourselves. We still have 24 days until Christmas. So let's keep the Celtic music rocking this December with music from Pitch the Peat, The Here & Now, Avourneen, Albannach, Ed Miller, Dom Duff, Angus Mohr, Sons of Malarkey, Susan Toman, The Selkie Girls, Plunk Murray, Tara O'Grady, Whalebone, Hearthfire, Karan Casey. 

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This Week in Celtic Music

0:18 "An Leanbh Nua/Kilavil/Jerry's Beaver Hat" by Pitch the Peat from Far From Home

5:18 "Madison Avenue" by The Here & Now from Ladybird

10:26 "Eileen Oge" by Avourneen from Beloved

13:24 "Mons Graupius March" by Albannach from Bareknuckle Pipes & Drums

17:41 "Ferry Me Over" by Ed Miller from Generations of Change

21:19 "Kig Ha Fars" by Dom Duff from XXXXXXXX


28:59 "Talisman" by Angus Mohr from The Heroic Adventures of Angus Mohr

30:57 "The Leaving of Liverpool" by Sons of Malarkey from Gulls Lads

33:49 "A Scotch Lament" by Susan Toman from Emerald Shores

36:21 "Shepherd Lad" by The Selkie Girls from Pirate Queen


42:22 "Star of the County Down" by Plunk Murray from Plunk Murray

44:57 "In Belfast Tonight" by Tara O'Grady from A Celt in the Cotton Club

48:12 "Floodplains" by Whalebone from Mirabilia

54:32 "Get A Little Irish" by Hearthfire from Finding Our Way

"The King's Shilling" by Karan Casey from The Winds Begin to Sing

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