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Charlene Adzima, Telenn Tri, Runa, The BorderCollies, Fialla, Natalie Padilla, Adria Jackson, Bettina Solas, Fig for a Kiss, Keltricity, Louise Bichan, Clare Cunningham, Maggie’s Wake


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0:06 - Charlene Adzima “Smash the Brisket/Hunter's House/Maids of Mitchelstown” from The Initiation

Charlene Adzima: fiddle, vocals

4:27 - WELCOME

5:51 - Telenn Tri “Looking at a Rainbow Through a Dirty Window” from The Cat's Meow

Christine Morphett: Harp and fiddle

8:30 - Runa “Until Morning” from When The Light Gets In

Shannon Lambert - Ryan: vocals, bodhran

13:03 - The BorderCollies “The Sweetness of Mary  -  Clumsy Lover” from To the Hills and Back

Caeri Thompson: vocals

Lisa McCann: bodhran, shruti, vocals

Suzanne Ramos: fiddle

16:33 - Fialla “Fear A' Bhàta” from Home & Away

Katie: Vocals, Guitar, Bodhrán, Irish Stepdancing

21:06 - FEEDBACK

24:50 - Adria Jackson “Eriskay Lullaby” from Troubadour

Adria Jackson: harp, vocals

27:20 - Natalie Padilla “Prairie Flax” from Montana Wildflower Natalie Padilla: fiddle

30:56 - Bettina Solas “Lonely Maiden” from Ruminations and Wanderings

Bettina Solas: autoharp, vocals

34:16 - Fig for a Kiss “Beare Island” from Wherever You Go

Addyson Teal: Vocals, Fiddle

40:23 - THANKS

42:08 - Keltricity “The Plooman” from Live at Terra Firma Radio

Laurel Fuson: Accordion, Piano

Caroline Yeager: vocals, Violin, Piano

46:41 - Louise Bichan “Arnie's” from The Lost Summer Louise Bichan: fiddle, photography

52:43 - Clare Cunningham “Wind in my sails” from ON MY WAY (AR MO BHEALACH)

Clare Cunningham: guitar, vocals

56:37 - CLOSING

57:32 - Maggie’s Wake “Shaken & Stirred” from Maggie’s Wake

Tara Dunphy: tin whistle, flute, fiddle, guitar, banjo and lead vocals

Lindsay Schindler: fiddle and vocals

1:00:58 - CREDITS

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What are you doing today while listening to the podcast? Please email me. I’d love to see a  picture of what you're doing while listening or of a band that you saw recently.

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Steffen Röder emailed a photo from Munich, Germany: “Hi Marc! This St. Paddys I had to be in the hospital in which ill spend the next three weeks due to a chronik pain issue. I was able to sneak in a (light) pint tho and have my banjo with me. I sang some tunes at the nearby lake with noone but some frogs around and enjoyed the moment. I hope you had a good one too!  Greetz from Munich, Rusty!”

Gerald Guinn of The Secret Commonwealth emailed a St Pats photo: “Hi Marc! Glad you had good St. Pat's/Birthday!  The Secret Commonwealth did as well. We had shows on all three days of the weekend, culminating with our 31st anniversary St. Pat's show at Cedar Glade Brews, in the "city of our birth", Murfreesboro, TN (see attached pic) Now it's on to finishing up album #5! We hope to have it out in early summer. Best!”

Brenda Richardson sent a photo for St Patrick’s Day: “I walked with a group from the YMCA in the 5K St Patrick’s Day Race in Colorado Springs. We heard some Celtic music along our route!”

Michael Maloney emailed a St Patrick’s Day photo: “Morning Marc! Happy belated St. Patrick's Day and Birthday! I feel like I'm still recovering. I play solo at Hugh O'Neill's in Malden, and several shows with my bandmates, The Boston Harbor Bhoys (Waltham Sr. Center, Medford's Ford Tavern, Framingham Elks fundraiser, Quincy's Assembly, and Boston's Green Dragon).

So many songs, so many memories. I loved playing Hugh O'Neill's, where a table of young people requested The Saw Doctor's "N17" and ran out from their tables on the refrain each time to shout out "and the grass is green!".

To the Sr Center in Waltham where the ENTIRE room of 100 people got all the hand - claps right on "Wild Rover" by the 2nd refrain, and the beautiful emotions expressed from our rendition of Danny Boy.

To guests at the Framingham elks getting up to do all the dance moves to "The unicorn song", to seeing old fans from the South Shore of Boston that we haven't seen in 4 years requesting "Raglan Road", to jumping around The Green Dragon with my harmonica and tambourine leading hand claps on 'Finnegan's Wake" getting the whole bar clapping together.

Agh, it was all so wonderful, went through a range of song styles and eras in the Celtic music catalogue, and it was wonderful connecting with audiences from the 20's up to their 90's, who all appreciated the music and experience in their own ways.

It was one for the books! “