Trees are essential for life. But they also bring peace, joy, and love. It’s our duty to care for our planet so this week, we celebrate Arbor Day and Earth Month with the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

The McDades, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Heather Dale, IONA, Nick Hennessey, The Haar, Lúnasa, Avon Faire, Brad Reid, Syr, Ockham's Razor, Iarla O'Lionaird, John McLean Allan, Spoil The Dance

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This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. You can vote for as many songs and tunes that inspire you in each episode. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2022 episode.  Vote Now!


0:08 - The McDades "The Oak, Ivy and Ash" from The Empress

5:52 - WELCOME

8:01 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer "Button Oak / The Polecat" from Stones on the Ground

11:51 - Heather Dale "Holly, Ivy & Yew" from The Road to Santiago

14:56 - IONA "The Ash Plant/The Bean Sidhe/Brenda Stubbert's Reel/Concertina Reel" from A Celebration of Twenty: New Growth

18:47 - Nick Hennessey "Down in Yon Forest" from Pebble & Bone

23:14 - FEEDBACK

26:11 - The Haar "The Green Fields of Canada" from The Haar

30:24 - Lúnasa "The Dregs Of Birch" from Cas

34:11 - Avon Faire "The Gowans Are Gay" from Tales of Love and Adventure

36:27 - Brad Reid "Braes of Dunvegan" from New Scotland

41:03 - THANKS

43:09 - Syr "Legacy" from Sentinel

47:39 - Ockham's Razor "Mother of the Waters" from Secrets and Silence

52:45 - Iarla O'Lionaird "The Heart Of The World" from Foxlight

57:28 - John McLean Allan "Amazing Grace" from Stand Easy

1:00:42 - CLOSING

1:01:56 - Spoil The Dance "Sheep They Bide" from Returning Home

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. I share my love of Irish and Celtic music from around the globe with you. I want to introduce you to some amazing Celtic bands and musicians.

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I am back from Texas and as you can hear I have no voice. Or rather I only have my sexy voice.

Today we are celebrating Earth month. April 22 is Earth Day. April 29 is Arbor Day. So I thought we’d celebrate our planet and trees with this special show. After all, we are stewards of this planet. I want to encourage you to find out what you can do to be a better steward.

I found a great article on “7 Tips to Recycle Better” on the Earth Day website. I learned a lot about what I’ve been doing wrong and how I can change my behavior to recycle more effectively.

I also want to invite you to check out The Carbon Almanac. It’s a crowdsourced book and website designed to share easy, small changes that you can do to make a huge impact. It was designed by literally hundreds of people around the world to address climate change. There’s even a book that’s coming out in June. You can find out more about it at


Two weeks after the episode is launched, I compile the latest Celtic Top 20 votes to update a playlist on Spotify and Amazon Music. These are the results of your voting. You can help these artists out by following the playlists and adding tracks you love to your playlists.

The newest bands added to the playlist: Runa, Emerald Rose

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Peter Bengtson emailed: "Hi Mark, I've  been neglecting sending you photos and feedback on what your listeners were doing while listening to your podcasts.  I listened to these two this afternoon.  I've been on my computer using the Arizona Request to Speak (RTS) system to provide my feedback to the state legislature. I'm giving them my views on which are the good bills and bad bills."

Jim Whitfield replied on Patreon: "Hey Marc,  Thanks as always for running such an awesome podcast!

I historically listened to the show while at the gym.  Well, COVID really impacted my gym attendance, so with the pandemic waning, I've got a lot of catching up to do (both in podcast listening and in physical health)!

I'm upping my pledge, hoping to get access to the shows that are concentrated music.

All the best, Jim

Answering the favorite song question, well, there are many, and I appreciate how easy it is to vote on Patreon.  If I can give one shout - out for a rare jewel, I found Talisk thru the podcast (episode #400 was the first, I think) and now I get to go to their show in Berkeley soon!  Yay!"