New Celtic CDs from Taranai, Maggie Sansone, Paul O’Brien, Alasdair Fraser & The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers, Jessica Haines & Mark Kaiser

Paul O'Brien - Fairfield Memories

Fairfield Memories
by Paul O’Brien
This is a collection of songs that are all linked in one way or another to my family members and to the place I was brought up, East Wall, Dublin.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
Release Date: 2014

Blues On the Brae
by Taranai
Celtic Blues – original interpretations of traditional Irish, Scottish, and Welsh tunes with a contemporary blues feeling on mountain dulcimer, bodhran, and pennywhistle, with special electronic effects for added spice.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

A Hammered Dulcimer Collection
by Maggie Sansone
Celtic, early music and mufti-cultural improvisations that takes the hammered dulcimer to a new level with Sansone’s trademark energy and grove based compositions.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers Live At the Freight
by Alasdair Fraser & The San Francisco Scottish Fiddlers
Sometimes soaring, sometimes supercharged, this group of 115 barely-behaved musicians unleashes their energy in their 25th anniversary live show, exploring Scottish and other traditional music.
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2013

Off She Goes
by Jessica Haines & Mark Kaiser
Off She Goes is Jessica and Mark’s demo CD, capturing the raw sound of when they started playing together in Saint Louis back in 2003. Irish, American, Scottish, and Welsh folk songs make up the song list.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
Release Date: 2006

Introducing #CelticThursday

I am placed to announce a new Celtic music promotion and hashtag–#CelticThursday.

If you’re not familiar with hashtags, they are used by social media websites to share similar content throughout the sites. Whenever you write or share a post that is Celtic-related, you include the hashtag #CelticThursday. This makes it easy for anyone interested in Celtic music, dance and culture to come together and share on that theme.

For instance:

Halfway to St. Patrick’s Day is rapidly approaching. Check out to find out the history of this new holiday. #CelticThursday

See how easy that its!

All you have to do is put #CelticThursday alongside any text you want to share and other Celtic music and culture fans can unite to learn more about our shared culture.


What Should I Share on #CelticThursday?

The ultimate goal here is to increase the interaction among Celtic music culture fans. So Share any and everything that you deem is Celtic.

Is there a cool Celtic website you found? Share it.

Did you find a great video? Share it.

Is there a cool Celtic or tune you ran across? Share it.

The goal is to be all inclusive. Anything that fits YOUR definition of Celtic, share it.

I’m sure at some point, there will be Celtic music fans who will say, Adrian Von… ain’t Celtic? Or what is this Irish Punk stuff? Or an autoharp, WTF? It’s true. We all have our opinions about what is Celtic and what’s not. We all have our biases of what we like and what we don’t.

#CelticThursday isn’t about the minutia. It’s about expanding the love and passion of Celtic music, dance and culture in all its forms. So share it!


Why Should I Bother With the #CelticThursday Hashtag?

Last week on The Celtic Geek podcast, I declared a state of Celtic Emergency. Over the past 6 or 7 years, the popularity of Celtic music has waned. Back in 2008, I was pulling in nearly 30,000 downloads of each episode of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast within a month of its release. Now, I barely break 15,000. Our culture has stepped out of the limelight.

As an avid Celtic music promoter, my goal is to make Celtic music MORE popular. But I can’t do it alone. Each and everyone of us must join together and push our culture to the forefront of the conversation online. Each and everyone of us should seek out new Celtic music or resources that will bring us closer to our heritage. It is the only way that our heritage will grow.

So think Irish. Or think Scottish, Welsh, Galician, Breton, Cornish, Manx, whatever. Share your heritage with others. And use the hashtag #CelticThursday.

One small step will make giant leap on our international heritage.

So do me, and yourself a favor, mark your calendar for next Thursday as the beginning of #CelticThursday. Then lets see if we can push our Celtic music to the top of the charts.

The Pourmen on the Celtic Music Spotlight

On Show #173 we have a special feature on the Sherwood Celtic Music festival taking place the last two weekends of September outside Austin, texas. Irish Celtic music from The Rogues, Flashpoint, Socks in the Frying Pan, Shillelagh!, Acoustalyn, Abby Green, Bedlam Bards, Ashley Davis, Chambless & Muse, Saxon Moon, Cleghorn, Blaggards, Faire to Middlin.

The Celtic Music Magazine shares New Celtic CDs from Caledonia Club of San Francisco, Pete’s Posse, Dave Holodiloff, Alexander James Adams, Wren, Marc Gunn. Plus a free mp3 from StarEdwards with KingBeat.

Find my album Sci Fi Drinking Songs. Buy it on iTunes

We are also encouraging you to resubscribe to the Celtic Music Magazine

Today’s Celtic music spotlight is on The Pourmen
from CD Too Old to Die Young

September is National Prostate Cancer Awareness Month. The Irish & Celtic music podcast continues to sponsor Kilted to Kick Cancer.

Buy the compilation Victims of Irish Music on iTunes this month and profits will go to help Kilted to Kick Cancer continue their education.

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New Celtic CDs from Caledonia Club of San Francisco, Pete’s Posse, Dave Holodiloff, Alexander James Adams, Wren, Marc Gunn

caledonian club

149th Scottish Highland Gathering and Games Pipe Band Competition (Saturday Grades 4 Medley, 3 & 2 M.S.R.) [Caledonian Club of San Francisco Presents]
by Various Artists
Genre: World: Celtic
Release Date: 2014

Pete’s Posse
by Pete’s Posse
Dynamic medleys of original and traditional fiddle music from sweet to hard-driving from the contradance heartland and northern New England.
Genre: Folk: Contra Dance
Release Date: 2014

Beloved Songs of Ireland
by Dave Holodiloff
Prepare to be transported to the Emerald Isle by this exciting album which includes a great mix of jigs, reels, folk songs ballads and more; realized in a stunning arrangement of moving mandolin, evocative vocals, fantastic fiddle, string bass and banjo.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
Release Date: 2014

Balance of Nature
by Alexander James Adams
A boisterous collection inspired by years of participation in Renaissance Fantasy Faires!
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2007

Bone Nest
by Wren
All-original alternative Folk by songstress Wren. Her achingly pure voice carries listeners back to the rhythms of the earth in songs accompanied by classical guitar and fiddle. Listen and remember the voice of your heart.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
Release Date: 2013

Sci Fi Drinking Songs
by Marc Gunn
In one hand, a pint of Mudder’s Milk, in the other a bottle of Romulan Ale. Sing and laugh along with this Celtic Geek musical gem.
Genre: Folk: Celtic Folk
Release Date: 2014

Mailing List Moving. Are You Subscribed?

The Celtic Music Magazine is moving to a new email list server. I want to make sure you don’t miss a single edition.

The magazine was hosted on six different email servers since I started it in 2000. I decided to consolidate those lists earlier this year, because I had too many. I also noticed a lot of bouncing email addresses. When I emailed some of those folks, I realized those addresses were dead.

I use Aweber now. It’s one of the email list servers for professionals online. It offers some great services for publishers. More importantly, it allows me to better serve you.

I have one final mailing list that needs to be migrated. That’s the one I’ve been using at reverbnation. If you are subscribed to the Reverbnation list, then you should’ve received your first of three notifications today. You’ll get one a week until the 21st. Then the list will be deleted forever.

To make sure you are on the list, go to and sign up. You should get a welcome email to that list. Then you’re good to go.

Thank you so much for continuing to support the Celtic Music Magazine and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I hope you love the new format.

Marc Gunn