Bow your heads and raise a glass to those who’ve fallen on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

Matt & Shannon Heaton, House of Hamill, Gaelynn Lea, Jon Pilatzke, Eireann's Call, Gerry O'Connor, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Christine Collister & Kevin Burke, Jesse Ferguson, Jen Midkiff, Achill Crossing, The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater, Thom Dunn, Steel City Rovers, Marc Gunn, Matthew Dickerson

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SPECIAL REMINDERThis is the last podcast of new music for 2021. We will be back on December 16 with a Flashback episode with some favorite songs picked by our generous Patrons of the Podcast. Join the patrons if you want to make a song request. December 23 is our annual Celtic Christmas show. We will close out the year with the Best Celtic Music of 2021.

Next week there will not be an episode. Because you have from now until December 9 to...

VOTE IN THE CELTIC TOP 20 This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. Just list the show number, and the name of as many bands in the episode as you like. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2021 episode.  Vote Now!


0:06 - Matt & Shannon Heaton "The O'Connor Donn's & The Morning Thrush" from Blue Skies Above

4:32 - WELCOME

5:50 - House of Hamill "The Sneezing Loon" from Folk Hero

11:53 - Gaelynn Lea "Let It Go" from All the Roads That Lead Us Home

16:01 - Jon Pilatzke "The Canadian Set: Fisher's Hornpipe / Cotillon d'Avila LeBlanc / Reel du Forgeron (The Blacksmith's Reel)" from Amongst Friends

19:28 - Eireann's Call "My Ain True Love" from Tús

22:43 - FEEDBACK

29:32 - Gerry O'Connor "Mixing the Porridge (Single Jigs)" from Last Night's Joy

33:36 - The Merry Wives of Windsor "The Lads of Sailor Town" from Come One, Come All!

36:08 - Christine Collister & Kevin Burke "The Two Trees" from I Am of Ireland / Yeats in Song

39:43 - Jesse Ferguson "Strike at the Whale" from Sea Shanties

42:32 - Jen Midkiff "Eriskay Love Lilt/Eleanor Plunkett (feat. Amy McNally)" from All in Good Time

48:35 - THANKS

52:05 - Achill Crossing "Fighting Men from Crossmaglen" from The Rising of the Moon

54:51 - The Darkeyed Musician & Grimwater "Ghosts of the Fallen" from Illumina

1:00:45 - Thom Dunn "The Boys From County Cork" from Forfocséic, Volume 1

1:03:35 - Steel City Rovers "Old Caledonia ft. Iona Fyfe" from Grand Misadventures

1:07:24 - Marc Gunn "Bring Me Home, Boys" from Sci Fi Drinking Songs

11:11:10 - CLOSING

1:13:48 - Matthew Dickerson "Moment of Prayer" from When I'm Happy and I Know It

The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. The show was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather. Subscribe through your favorite podcatcher or on our website where you can become a Patron of the Podcast for as little as $1 per episode. Promote Celtic culture through music at


* Helping you celebrate Celtic culture through music. I am Marc Gunn. I’m a musician and podcaster. Here, I share my love of Irish and Celtic music from around the globe with you. I hope you fall in love with one of the artists in this show.

Because I’m also here for the artists. The artists in this show need your support. You can find a link to all of the artists, along with show times for each song when you visit our website at You can also support this podcast on Patreon.

Today we’re paying tribute to the fallen. The title of this episode was inspired by a couple tracks in the show. Originally, I was thinking of soldiers. But with nearing 800,000 deaths due to covid, I thought we’d also pay tribute to all the people who fought and continue to fight for their lives whether from war torn nations or bravely working in healthcare, or the day-to-day concerns about a dreadful virus that has impacted so many people.

I pray that each and every one of you is safe through the holidays and long into the new year.


Because of Your kind and generous support, this show comes out at least four times a month. 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. And if you pledge $5 or more per episode, you’ll also get the all new music-only episodes. I introduce the show, play non-stop music for nearly an hour, and then close the show. Plus, you’ll get access to hundreds of free MP3 downloads.

A super special thanks to our Celtic Legends: Dan mcDade, Carol Baril, Miranda Nelson, Nancie Barnett, Kevin Long, Lynda MacNeil, Annie Lorkowski, Travis Senzaki, Shawn Cali

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LISTEN TO CELTIC CHRISTMAS DRIVING MUSICThe all-new Celtic Christmas Podcast officially launches this Sunday. It is a short feature on the Christmas music of Matt & Shannon Heaton.

But you can already start enjoying their music as well as the music of 25 other bands on the second Celtic Christmas playlist of the season. This one is called Christmas Drive. It’s upbeat, fun, and beautiful Celtic Christmas music to enjoy while driving to visit your family or friends this holiday season.

You will find a link to the playlist in our shownotes. Please follow the playlist and share it to help all of these amazing Celtic bands.

If you would prefer a podcast of that playlist with bonus songs, then you should join the Christmas Patrons. It’s a separate Patreon page for folks who love Celtic Christmas music. But the music podcast is now exclusively available to supporters on THAT patreon page at

Subscribe to the show at and help me develop a brand new Christmas podcast and playlist experience!

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

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David K. Hutchings emailed photos: "Aloha from Hawaii, I listen in a beautiful grove in the lush rainforest of Pololo valley. I  get out my tobacco pipe , light it up and turn your podcast on to share it with the trees and birds of the rain forest. Mahalo Nui Loa"


Darren Mahoney emailed on Patreon: "I’m driving to the Irish Music Festival in Ocean Shores Washington listening to your fine Podcast, as I roll into town Bill Mullen is singing on the Podcast. First Person I run into is Bill Mullen! He was happy to be on your show! What a great fellow and performer, I have an awesome photo of us in our kilts, Wish I could post it. ????"

Mary Lynn Deal emailed: "Hi Marc, I really love that your show is around. I've checked out a couple of other Irish music podcasts and yours is the best I've found. Some folks are talking quite a bit between each song. Kinda disrupts the flow of the show. I'm usually crafting or working when I listen. Keeps me focused."

Mary added later: "Hi again Marc, My daughter got to see a wonderful show a few years ago. It's called "A Celtic Christmas" By Tomáseen Foley. It is a wonderful story! You should check it out."

Ken emailed: "Hey there Marc.   I came across your podcast by accident.  I became a member and am in the process of shifting through the treasure trove of music and information that is part of your podcast.  I heard on the first podcast I opened that you are a musician.  that became obvious when I went through the information and saw the CD that you have made available for sale.

Now, do not get me wrong, I am going to ask a stupid question.  How do you make your money to support the undertaking you have embarked upon since (2008??).

Second, do you go on podcast sponsored trips to listen to this music; or do you rely on bands sending in demo's.  I am not a musician at all.  I just love music.  Have taken a fancy to Celtic music as I like the heritage.  Will plan on visiting the Emerald Isle some time before I pass.  Can listen to Celtic Music just as much as Country music, New Wave, Classical, etc.  All depending upon the mood. Thank you for your time and Take care of yourself"