“Bail Money” – The Bilge Pumps

In honor of International Talk Like a Pirate Day, we bring you The Bilge Pumps, a piratical band from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. This group has been releasing music since 2000 and likely performing for much longer than that. Their newest project is Bail Money.
Bail Money is a live album recorded over two years at various shows. The 37 tracks include intros to give you a feel for what a Bilge Pumps show is really like. There’s a lot of humor added to this album as well as music. Most of it is family friendly, a couple of places might be better suited for … older audiences. There’s definitely a lot of irreverence here, but well-blended voices.
The songs are collection of classic Celtic and Renaissance Festival favorites – such as “The Night Pat Murphy Died” and “The Derelict”- with a nod to some modern music with a piratical twist. I have to admit I have a soft spot for “The Banana Boat” song which The Bilge Pumps have made their own, and I found it amusing. This is the second “ren faire” band I’m run across that’s also adapted the Eagles “Seven Bridges Road” – but for bands like this who do a lot of a cappella work – The Bilge Pumps do have drum and guitar, but are mostly vocal – it’s a good song to adapt. Several tracks are collaborations with Traveller Song, which gives more layers to some of the tracks.
This album also has new songs for them, “Ghosts of Heros” which is hauntingly lovely, and “The Mermaid” is a great tune. The last track is the only studio track, and it’s a fun parody track called, “Once in a Mermaid’s Lifetime”. So if you want to completely partake in Talk Like a Pirate Day, this would be a fun way to do it.

Artist: The Bilge Pumps Band Website
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Buy Album: Release Date is scheduled for September 19, 2014. Check the website – or on Amazon
It will be available on iTunes today.

Rhonda Eudaly lives in Arlington, Texas with her husband, and two dogs. She’s ventured into several industries and occupations for a wide variety of experience. She has a well-rounded publication history in both fiction and non-fiction many of which can be found on www.RhondaEudaly.com.

Spotlight on Aiden’s Clan, #CelticThursday, Talk Like A Pirate Day

Show  #174 is a Talking Like a Pirate Day with Allan Yn Y Fan, Kennedy’s Kitchen, Bourbon & Shamrocks, Empty Hats, Rambling Sailors, Trinity River Whalers, SlipJig, Bob Conroy, The Gothard Sisters, The Kreellers, Heather Dale, Callanach, Bill Grogan’s Goat, The Shanties.

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

Today is Celtic Thursday use the #CelticThursday to share some Celtic news

September is national prostate cancer awareness month. You can help Kilted to Kick Cancer educate men about its dangers and why they should get checked. Just wear your kilt in sept and talk about. Visit http://kiltedtokickcancer.org for details.

And purchase a copy of our compilation, Irish Celtic Music in Sept and the profits will go to Kilted to Kick Cancer.

I had a great interview Eoin Bitesize Irish Gaelic Podcast as we talked about the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Irish music, as well as my music.


Today’s Celtic music spotlight is on Aiden’s Clan

Hometown: Lowell, MA USA
Description: Aiden’s clan members love playing music. Irish music is where we come together. You also might see one of us in stage with a folk singer, Rock band, or swing dance orchestra. We are equally comfortable as a quiet duet in the corner of an art show reception, and as a 6 piece band to rock your pub’s St Pat’s night.


Today is the vote for Scottish independence. Everyone is anxiously waiting to hear how the country will vote.

Visit http://celticmp3s.com to find more Celtic music news.

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 http://www.halfwaytostpatricksday.net 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. http://celticmp3s.com/

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.

Find more Celtic music news at http://celticmp3s.com