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0:02 - Intro: Tamsin Silver

0:25 - Juha Rossi "Glen of Aherlow (feat. Valentine Fatout - Bineau)" from Irish Tunes on Mandolin

3:48 - WELCOME

5:37 - Scottish Fish "Freefalling" from Upscale

9:35 - Lily Bentley "Ploughboys in the Gloaming" from Norwood Gothic

12:52 - Arise & Go "Slides & Polkas: Cuz Teehan's #1 / Cuz Teehan's #2 / Mairtin O'Connor's / The Ballydesmond / Jessica's Polka" from Meeting Place

17:29 - Mary Beth Carty "Blueberry Mountain" from Crossing the Causeway

21:36 - FEEDBACK

26:14 - Tim Cummings, Pete Sutherland, Brad Kolodner "Farewell Dundee • Babe of Bethlehem" from The Birds' Flight

29:51 - Alli Johnson "Streets of Derry" from Into the Hollows

34:00 - Corey Purcell "Polkas (Gas Station Sushi/Whiskey and a Fiddle)" from Undaunted

37:13 - Victoria Johnston "Tar Liom" from Where the Lights Glow

Pronunciation: Tar Liom-Tar Lohm

40:41 - Gordon McLeod "Twelve of Sheila's Lads" from Still Fiddlin'

44:22 - THANKS

46:44 - Clare Sands & Brian Finnegan "Dealán Dé"

Pronunciation: Dealán Dé-Deal - awn Day

50:36 - Brad The Piper "Cradle 2 the Grave" from The Forgotten Game

55:05 - The Celtic Kitchen Party "The Ottawa Jail Song" from Lobster Tail and Beer

1:00:07 - The Elders “Moore St. Girls” from The Secret World of Celtic Rock and American Wake

1:04:22 - CLOSING

1:06:13 - Brass Lassie "Moch Diluain Ghabh I 'n Cuan" from Brass Lassie Pronunciation: Moch Diluain Ghabh I 'n Cuan-Mac Diloon GHav in Gyuan-That GH is a bit of gutral back of your throat kind of thing.

1:09:25 - CREDITS

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Tom Morley emailed around St Patrick's Day: "Marc, Our Chattanooga - based band Stringer's Ridge played a concert on St. Patrick's Day at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, NC. (I am there on the faculty at the famous folk arts school usually once a year teaching beginning or intermediate Irish Fiddle.) We had a wonderful crowd and it was a great way to spend the best Irish day of the year! I am enclosing several photos of us at the historic Keith House where we put on the concert. (Tom Morley - fiddle, Fran Morley - bodhran, Bryant Haynes - guitar)

Thanks for all you do to promote Irish trad music!"

Marilyn S. Hansen sent a photo about Easter Rising Band: "14 seminarians got together years ago in St. Louis and developed an Irish band. Most of them are married now. They play at each other’s weddings, but they also have regular gigs. The interesting part is how their kids take part… This is last year‘s celebration. I was out of town this year celebrating my sister’s birthday the day before St. Patrick’s Day. Thought I’d send you last year’s photo. I’ll send you a few that they’ve sent to me for this year.

Pete Watson emailed St Pat's photos: "Hi Marc, The Bookends had a fabulous time playing a number of shows throughout Ontario around St. Patrick's Day.Attached is a photo of Miriam (left) and Cait (right) on St. Paddy's Day for our gig at The Rec Room, Toronto, with our regular special guest bodhrán player extraordinaire, Romano Di Nillo.Romano is just back from 4+ years with Come From Away on Broadway and we were so glad to have him with us for these shows.The venue was handing out some "paddywhackery" to attendees and these 3 couldn't resist putting some on!"

Bruce Cummings, a Piper emailed a photo: "Hey Marc!Just to say how much I enjoy listening to the Celtic music you provide. You asked for pictures from St. Patrick's Day 2023, so here's a couple. I am part of the Lane Fire Brigade Pipes and Drums in Eugene Ore. We had a great weekend piping in the area.Keep up the good work!"

Jim O'Connor of Boston Blackthorne emailed a photo: "Hi Marc -hope you had a fabulous holiday!

Boston Blackthorne played 3 nights in Western MA, centered around St Patrick’s Day as well as the big parade (the nation’s oldest) in Holyoke MA.We played to crowded enthusiastic fans in Northampton MA and Holyoke MA.But perhaps the best gig (and story) was the one that arose spontaneously back in the lobby of our hotel after our St Pat’s evening show.

The hotel lobby is most frequently empty but this night is was crowded with about 100 boisterous folks from Minnesota, visiting Massachusetts to support a Women’s college Hockey team.

We were approached by the unofficial spokesperson who pointed at our guitar and fiddle and asked, “Can you really play those?”

I answered of course we can, and this is your lucky night!Not only has your party been invaded by musicians, we are an Irish band and this is St Patrick’s Day! We proceeded to unpack our instruments and did a set of singalongs like Charlie on the MTA for the Boston connection.Halfway through the set our wives came into the lobby -my wife grumbled to Pete’s wife, “This party is going to keep us up all night!”Pete’s wife Maureen looked a little closer and exclaimed, “Hey that’s Jim and Pete in the center of it all!”They joined the fray, we had the best gig of the year playing for this group of strangers from the Midwest, wonderful folks who doubtless went home with a great tale and the definition of the work “Craic!”