Celtic Women #650

Irish & Celtic Music Podcast

Feb 29 2024 • 1 hr 11 mins

We’re highlighting some of the amazing women in Celtic music on this Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #650.

Eimear Arkins, Mary - Kate Spring Lee, Sassenach, Bonhomme Setter, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, Mary Beth Carty, Matt & Shannon Heaton, Rover's Way, Hanneke Cassel, Celtic Woman, Katherine Nagy, Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening, Derina Harvey Band, Mànran


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0:02 - Intro: Debby Regan

0:18 - Eimear Arkins "She's At It Again / Tune For Tom (Jigs)" from Here & There
Eimear Arkins: fiddle

4:00 - WELCOME

6:15 - Mary - Kate Spring Lee "Kusnacht/St.Brigid's Day" from Tunes in the Morning
Mary - Kate Spring Lee: harp

12:18 - Sassenach "Siúbhán Ní Dhuibhir" from Passages
Jane Critchlow: lead and harmony vocals, bodhrán, percussion
Susan Palmer: harp, harmony vocals
Laurence Beaudry: violin, viola, harmony vocals
Marie - Claude Simard: cello, harmony vocals

15:29 - Bonhomme Setter "Slide From Grace" from Colors of Time
SYLVAIN LABEGE | flute . whistle
MARIE - NOËLLE HARVEY | violin . viola

20:08 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer "John Lover" from Twelve Months & A Day
Vicki Swan: nyckelharpa, background vocals

24:37 - FEEDBACK

27:43 - Mary Beth Carty "Voilà le printemps" from Crossing the Causeway
Mary Beth Carty: accordion, guitar, bass, jaw harp, bones, triangle, shakers, tambourine, cow - bells, and washboard, vocals

31:36 - Matt & Shannon Heaton "Last Days of Fourth Grade/Against the Grain/Jig for Tim (waltz and jigs)" from Whirring Wings
Shannon Heaton: flute

36:45 - Rover's Way "The Journey" from The Journey
Keira Young: Penny whistle, bodhran, vocals

39:19 - Hanneke Cassel "Religulous / Patience" from Dot the Dragon's Eyes
Hanneke Cassel: fiddle

44:08 - Olivia Bradley “Molly Malone” from Misty Morning Shore

46:44 - THANKS

50:15 - Celtic Woman "A Stór Mo Chroí" from 20th Anniversary
Tara McNeil: violin, harp, vocals
Mairéad Carlin: vocals
Muirgen O’Mahony: vocals
Emma Warren: vocals

55:12 - Katherine Nagy "Jimmy's Dance" from Single
Katherine Nagy: guitar, vocals

58:45 - Kathryn Tickell & The Darkening "Just Stop & Eat The Roses" from Cloud Horizons
Kathryn Tickell (Northumbrian smallpipes, fiddle, vocals)
Amy Thatcher (accordion, synth, clogs, vocals),
Josie Duncan from the Isle of Lewis (vocals, clarsach).

1:02:34 - Derina Harvey Band "Stopped or Gone" from Waves of Home
Derina Harvey: guitar, vocals
Jess Blenis (violin)

1:05:33 - CLOSING

1:07:50 - Mànran "Briogais" from Ùrar
Kim Carnie: vocals

1:10:39 - CREDITS

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Dan Vaughn emailed some photos: "Hello! My name is Dan Vaughn, I am 1 of 3 members of the band Sorcha and I'm reaching out to you to try to make an appearance on your podcast! We are about to launch our new EP next week titled Stomp the Floor and we're very very excited about it. I'm going to attach the tracks to this email along with some pictures. Hope to hear from you soon!"

Steve Bradley emailed a photo: "Hi Marc, Greetings from Atlanta!  Love the podcast, and like to listen while walking my dog, Augie.  Here's a pic of him today as we were listening to episode #648!  My favorite artist is of course my daughter, Olivia Bradley, and we're heading up to Calhoun tonight to hear her perform with Celtic Angels at the GEM Theatre.  Thanks for all you do in highlighting great music each week and supporting the artists who produce it!"