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This Week in Celtic Music

0:32 "Gavotennoù: Dardoup / "Mas Macho" / Brammer Kozh / Ar Menez" by Poor Man's Fortune from In Good Time

7:26 "Lilting Banshee/Munster Buttermilk /Humours of Ballyloughlin" by An Triur from Three People

12:33 "The Galway Shawl" by Castlebay from Bards & Blarney

18:10 "Trim the Velvet/Spike Island Lassies" by Pipedance from The Pleasures of Hope

22:07 "Weary of Lying Alone" by Karan Casey from The Winds Begin to Sing


28:18 "Cat's Meow - Josie McDermott's Reel" by Burning Bridget Cleary from Everything Is Alright

32:07 "Nead Na Lachan" by Abby Green from Einini

34:50 "Row Boys Row" by The Changing Room from A River Runs Between

38:25 "Off She Goes" by Bridgid's Cross from Live Without an Audience


46:41 "Sing On Johnny" by John Byrne Band from The Immigrant and the Orphan

51:10 "By the Sionnain" by Damanta from The Drunken Priest and the ghostly hymns of autumn

5:36 "Rebel Tooth" by Paddy's Pig from Rebel Tooth EP

57:51 "Deep Inside Out the Sea" by Seagulls Are Drunk from Next Round Is On Us

1:02:24 "Pod: Baldy Hollow/The Empty Pod" by Flook from Rubai

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