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If you love Christmas and Celtic music, you should be subscribed to this podcast. It is absolutely free to subscribe. It features over 30 hours of great Celtic Christmas music from all the top Celtic podcasts online.



Every few days from the beginning of December until Christmas, the Celtic Christmas Podcast shares with you the Christmas music and entertainment from various Celtic podcasts online. This podcast features a wealth of Celtic Christmas craic for your holiday pleasure.

Celtic Christmas Podcast Marc Gunn, Celtic Christmas Musician

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If you love Christmas and Celtic music, you should be subscribed to this podcast. It is absolutely free to subscribe. It features over 30 hours of great Celtic Christmas music from all the top Celtic podcasts online.



Every few days from the beginning of December until Christmas, the Celtic Christmas Podcast shares with you the Christmas music and entertainment from various Celtic podcasts online. This podcast features a wealth of Celtic Christmas craic for your holiday pleasure.

    Christmas Spirit at Last

    Christmas Spirit at Last

    Finally, the Christmas Spirit is here at last with the Celtic Christmas Podcast. Full episode is in the podcast feed.
    It’s Celtic Christmas Podcast #66
    Jed Marum, Alisa Marie, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, We Banjo 3, Gaelynn Lea, Bart Zeal, Brigid's Bounty, West of Eden, Marc Gunn
    0:04 - Jed Marum "Banjos We Have Heard On High" from A Celtic Christmas and Rejoice! A Christmas Album

    3:21 - WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST
    I am Marc Gunn. I am an Atlanta-based musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer.
    If you hear music you love, please support the artists. Visit the shownotes to find out more about the artists and subscribe to the show at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.
    Shop our Mage Records online store.
    4:52 - Alisa Marie is a multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from England, who creates music inspired by fantasy novels and films, in particular the works of Tolkien. Alisa's influences also include traditional folk music from Britain and Ireland.
    Alisa plays a number of instruments including the harp, ocarina, piano, guitar, Irish flute, tin whistle and bodhran.
    Her latest EP is a collection of traditional and Christmas music, recorded live in front of a real fire.
    5:26 - Alisa Marie "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen" from Winter Harp (by the fireside)
    7:16 - Vicki and Jonny are two of the most versatile musicians of the folk circuit today, on stage – and now online. Their performances showcase new interpretations of old songs alongside original self penned tunes and new contemporary songs that are entirely at home in the tradition. They have developed a sound that is both familiar and fresh.
    Their Christmas album is absolutely delightful as you’ll hear in this song.
    Check out this interview from 2006 with Swan & Dyer.
    7:54 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer "Good Christian Men Rejoice" from A Sound of Christmas Past
    11:54 - Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music. They seamlessly combine the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape.
    Their version of “Joy to the World” was a hit on earlier episodes this year.
    12:23 - We Banjo 3 "We Three Kings" from A Winter Wonderful
    CELTIC CHRISTMAS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Joyful Celtic Christmas Music
    16:26 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS
    The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Patrons can vote for your favorite song in each episode and they also get music-only episodes.
    Thanks to our newest Christmas Patrons: O'McPub Band
    Thanks to our Christmas Producer: Carol Baril
    Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon.
    16:58 - Gaelynn Lea won NPR Music’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Since then, she has captivated audiences around the world with her haunting original songs and traditional fiddle tunes. Most recently, she composed the music for Macbeth on Broadway, starring Daniel Craig and Ruth Negga.
    17:26 - Gaelynn Lea "Love Came Down at Christmas / It's in Every One of Us" from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn
    21:39 - Bart Zeal is a Dutch songwriter of folky fantasy-themed songs. He is inspired by stories of people and places in both real-life and fantasy settings. Since November 2020, Bart creates one song a month, both covers and originals. He has a personal goal to make a living with his music by 2030. He hopes his music will create lasting connections with fans and friends, for the best thing about singing songs is finding enthusiastic listeners!
    22:25 - Bart Zeal "Yule" from December Celebrations
    25:04 - Brigid's Bounty "Merry Christmas Celtic Medley" from Celtic Christmas Medleys
    31:26 - West of Eden is the Swedish folk-rock band that has vitalized the Celtic music scene with their uniqu

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    Top 5 Christmas Traditions, Anne Roos Christmas Story

    Top 5 Christmas Traditions, Anne Roos Christmas Story

    Winter’s Eve is a wee bit away, but Anne Roos has a tune to get you in the holiday mood on the Celtic Christmas Podcast. What are your Top 5 Christmas traditions? 
    It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #65. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.
    Music from  Terry McDade & The McDades, Jennifer Licko, The Chivalrous Crickets, Susan Toman, Spoil the Dance, Marc Gunn, Steel Clover, Anne Roos & David Blonski, We Banjo 3 

    WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer.
    If you want to get your music on the show, email me celticpodcast.
    Punching through the walls of tradition, The McDades' Celtic-rooted music fuses the spontaneity of jazz improvisation and infectious global rhythms. The Juno Award Winners' cutting edge sound is the perfect complement to their fiery performances.
    0:48 - Terry McDade & The McDades "The First Noel" from Winter Rose
    3:26 - INTRO - Jennifer Licko
    The award-winning music of Jennifer Licko is influenced by stories, melodies, and instruments from the Carolinas and the ancient Scots who settled the cape fear region. As a vocalist, her message through song is delivered through both traditional Celtic music and original compositions that help deliver the story of who we are today because of our deep-rooted Celtic heritage.
    She has several Celtic Christmas concerts scheduled in December in North Carolina and South Carolina. In addition to her Christmas album, she also has a Christmas bundle you should check out. She’s been a part of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast since 2008.
    4:09 - Jennifer Licko "The Holly and The Ivy" from The Lights Of Christmas
    7:48 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS
    The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show.
    Thanks to our Christmas Song Hengers: Joe H, Hank W, robert k, Trevor T, Jan C
    Thanks to our Christmas Producer: Carol Baril
    Join others to spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon.
    A fan of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast recommended I reach out to The Chivalrous Crickets. They explore the roots, branches, and crossroads of Celtic, English, and American folk music. With equal attention to engaging performances and academic rigor, they bring to the stage boldly reimagined arrangements of standards and original songs with traditional influence. Their first full-length album was a Christmas album released last year.
    8:50 - The Chivalrous Crickets "Rise Up Shepherd - Bright Morning Stars" from A Chivalrous Cricketmas
    13:40 - MY TOP 5 CHRISTMAS TRADITIONS?
    Nuts Kids opening Presents Lamb dinner Decorating the Christmas tree Listening to Christmas music Canadian born musician Susan Toman is a Celtic harpist, harpsichordist, and pianist who has gained widespread recognition as a performer, teacher, and recording artist. She performs as a soloist and in ensembles for concerts, weddings and special events. Susan teaches music in her home studio in Ottawa, Ontario, and is also available for online lessons. She has a Christmas concert scheduled for December 10th in Ottawa, Canada.
    15:30 - Susan Toman "Silent Night" from Angels on High
    18:14 - INTRO – Spoil The Dance
    Spoil The Dance hail from N.E. Derbys. They play traditional and contemporary songs and tunes of a mostly Scots/Irish nature. Their Bandcamp page says all profits from gigs and album sales are donated to local charities. They have a brand new single.
    18:38 - Spoil the Dance "Noel Nouvelet (Sing We Now Of Christmas)" from Noel Nouvelet (Sing We Now Of Christmas)
    22:37 - CELTIC CHRISTMAS SPOTIFY PLAYLIST: Fun Christmas Songs for Kids and Families
    Marc Gunn is a Rhythm & Folk songwriter who fuses Irish and Scottish folk songs with pop culture. His musical weapon of choice is the autoharp. He breathes Rock and Roll into this folk instrument and add

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    Christmas is A Comin'

    Christmas is A Comin'

    Christmas is a coming in 2022 with Triskele and the Celtic Christmas Podcast.
    It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #64. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. 
    Music from  We Banjo 3, Reilly, Caitríona O'Leary, Triskele, The Barra MacNeils

    WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a musician and podcaster. We are promoting Celtic culture through Christmas cheer.
    I’m working on another new format for this show in 2022.
    Galway-based We Banjo 3 has one foot in Irish music and one foot in Americana music, seamlessly combining the virtuosity and precision in each genre’s traditional disciplines with the artful song-craft and infectious live performance of today’s musical landscape.
    This is their 10th year performing together to thousands of fans at Irish and Bluegrass festivals.
    Their latest album is called Open the Road. And I'm happy I looked up that information because I can also add it to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast that I host.
    0:53 - We Banjo 3 "Joy to the World" from A Winter Wonderful
    3:40 - THANK YOU CHRISTMAS PATRONS
    The Celtic Christmas Podcast is brought to you by the kindness of Celtic Christmas fans on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. Join others to spread Christmas Cheer this holiday season! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon.
    Winners of the folk rock/Celtic band of the year award by Wisconsin Area Music Industry for 2019 and 2015, Reilly have garnered a reputation for being an interactive, get-off-your-chair act.
    The band’s circuit continues to grow along with their reputation for being a highly respected professional group.  National programs such as Good Morning Ireland, Blarney on the Air, and Paddyrock internet radio have featured Reilly.  Celtic Radio Music Network rates them as five out of five stars.  Their ability to adapt Celtic music to an American rock audience, and include unexpected rock favorites into their set, makes them the perfect eclectic choice in today’s watered down and predictable Celtic scene.
    Their latest album is called Durty Pool. You can find it on their Bandcamp page.
    4:47 - Reilly "For You On Christmas" from Kick Ass Celtic Christmas
    8:13 - PLAYLIST: Christmas Drive
    There a number of Celtic Christmas playlists that I published on Spotify. The Christmas Drive playlist is Christmas music you will enjoy while taking a holiday drive to see your family or friends.
    The Wexford Carols is a 2014 album of traditional Irish carols by Caitríona O'Leary featuring guest singers Tom Jones, Rosanne Cash and Carolina Chocolate Drops singer Rhiannon Giddens and more. The album went to No.1 on the Billboard World Albums Chart.
    8:52 - Caitríona O'Leary "Tell Shepherds" from The Wexford Carols
    15:16 - HOLIDAY FEATURE: Triskele
    Triskele, [pronounced Tris-Kay-lee] is the premier all~female Celtic band out of Albany NY. They are known for their stunning harmonies, singing in the Gaelic language and for their Irish wit. Noeleen, who grew up in Dublin and is the youngest of 16, taught Sharon and Jenn the Gaelic language through song. These ladies perform, primarily, traditional Celtic/Irish music, but also have written originals. Triskele not only revitalizes the Gaelic language, but weaves history and traditions about growing up in Ireland. This gives the listener a deeper appreciation and understanding of Irish/Celtic history.
    Triskele stands out in a Celtic music world dominated by men. They have gained fans and supporters with their ability to keep traditional songs traditional. Fans have stated that they enjoy hearing songs sung with the unique qualities of the female voice; given the timbre and rich, clear harmonies.
    I’m particularly smitten with their byline–Celtic Trad. with a Women's Touch
    Their song “Christmas Is a Comin’” is a new addition to the Celtic Christmas music world. But I’ll let them tell you more about it.
    16:24 - STORY OF CHRISTMAS IS A COMIN’

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    Gaelynn Lea

    Gaelynn Lea

    A Holiday collection of Christmas music to tug at your heartstrings with Gaelynn Lea today as we spread Christmas Cheer.
    It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #63. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com.
     
    WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST AND PLAYLIST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music.
    This podcast is funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the podcast and our companion playlist. You’ll find a link to both in the shownotes.
    Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today in 2022. Because this is the last episode of the year.
    But if you subscribe to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, then you will also enjoy another episode of Celtic Christmas music coming this week.

    FEATURED PLAYLIST: Celtic Christmas 2021 My final Celtic Christmas Playlist of the year is now completed. It features over 30 artists with amazing music to celebrate the holiday, from the slow and peaceful to the upbeat and rollicking. You can enjoy over two hours of Christmas music on this playlist.
    And of course, if you’re a patron, you can download a podcast version of the show on Patreon.
    Listen to Celtic Christmas 2021 now on Spotify.
    “Angels We Have Heard on High (feat. Al Church)” by Gaelynn Lea from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn
    That was from today’s special holiday guest. She is on the latest Celtic Christmas Playlist.

    HOLIDAY FEATURE: Gaelynn Lea Traditional fiddle music tugs at the heartstrings, and it infuses feeling into what is otherwise notes on a page. There’s something transformative about it. Not only has Gaeylnn Lea mastered her craft, but her experimental use of this time-honored instrument adds yet another dimension to the sound. Melodies are stretched and harmonies are crafted by her use of live looping, paired with obvious classical training. It’s updated, and ultimately, very satisfying. Cellist Zoe Keating springs to mind as one listens to Lea’s use of her chosen instrument. It’s no wonder she has drawn attention for her music—she has really been carving out her own niche in the industry.
    Gaelynn has been playing the violin for over two decades, and there’s little doubt she’s comfortable with bow in hand. It really does take a person mastering an instrument before experimentation can be successful. The challenge is to depart from the norm and create something unique—all while expanding on previous training. The skill is still in there--but the music grows larger and more full. This is what Gaelynn does, and it’s a pleasure to hear the thread of the familiar woven in with the freshness of something new at the hands of an experienced artist.
    The musician has been recognized for her work—being chosen as the winner of NPR Music’s 2016 Tiny Desk Contest, recognized as a benchmark in the world of music. This competition brings in thousands of submissions, and to win is quite the accomplishment!
    Those who are looking for a forward-looking holiday collection of music will want to investigate Lea’s album, "Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn". The tracks that are included here boast many of the well-known popular carol names, such as Angels We Have Heard on High, Silent Night, Away in a Manger, and O Come, O Come Emmanuel--but you haven’t ever heard them played like this before.
    The 14-track album is an easy fit for anyone who is a true strings aficionado, and it would round out any collection of holiday music. Perfect for everything from a romantic candlelight dinner with your love, or at a family gathering, “Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn” is a delight to listen to. Experience the joy of hearing Christmas favorites that are coaxed into a new form through the hands of a talented musician.
    You can find out more about Gaelynn Lea at https://violinscratches.com/
    “Silent Night” by Gaelynn Lea from Deepest Darkness, Brightest Dawn
    IF YOU ENJOY THIS

    • 14 min
    Abbots Cross

    Abbots Cross

    It’s a Celtic Christmas jam session with Abbots Cross today as we spread Christmas Cheer.
    It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #62. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. 

    WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST AND PLAYLIST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. This podcast is funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the podcast and our companion playlist. You’ll find a link to that playlist, and the artist, in the shownotes.
    As a patron, you also get an extended podcast of each playlist. The music podcast version is exclusive to Patreon. Sign up for as little as $1 per episode on Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today!
     
    FEATURED PLAYLIST: Christmas Driving Music Our latest playlist features music that is perfect for a Christmas Drive. Gather up your presents. Hop in the car. Let's go for a drive to visit family and friends with this delightful playlist of Celtic Christmas music for driving down the road.
    Listen to Christmas Driving now on Spotify.

    “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen / Pathways / The Kesh” by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions
    That was from today’s special holiday guest–Abbots Cross. They are on the latest Celtic Christmas Playlist-Christmas Driving Music.
    HOLIDAY FEATURE: Abbots Cross Pair up two experienced musicians who enjoy Celtic music and what do you get? Well, in this case, you get Abbots Cross! One half of this duo is Alan Booth, who plays guitar, fiddle, and provides the vocals for the group. Alan comes from a musical family and has been steeped in it all his life, starting with piano at the tender age of five, and having two music teachers for parents. He even does musical volunteer work in the Pittsburgh area where he’s from—and has traveled all the way to Kenya to share his deep love of singing and playing instruments. 
    The second half of this duo is Mike Clancy, who provides the percussion, as well as the Irish flute and whistles to the mix. Also a seasoned musician, he has performed for several of the Broadway shows that have traveled to Pittsburgh. Mike plays with several bands in addition to Abbots Cross, and has even created original jazz compositions and released them to CD himself. 
    It’s easy to see how the blending of these two men would provide the foundation for a solid band, and they do come together well to highlight their considerable talents! The holiday album, “Christmas Visions” is a 10-track offering that has such interesting arrangements—and they are deftly played. Clancy’s flute takes center stage in many of these tracks, and it just adds so much to the music. In particular, God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen is just fantastic. These guys know how to stay true to the spirit of a holiday song while experimenting with what you can do with the music. Everything on this album has a very natural, free-flowing feel to it. It’s as if the arrangements are loose and the two musicians just get in the groove and have a good time pushing their abilities. A veritable Christmas “jam session”!
    Don’t miss Si Bheag, Si Mhor / The First Noel. It’s hauntingly beautiful, beginning with the flute and then picking up the guitar gently in the background. This track builds slowly and easily with a warmth and genuineness that is very pleasing. Deck the Halls is happy and cheery as it should be, but also paired with a Christmas Eve Reel, adding that Celtic flavor and appeal. 
    This holiday compilation by Abbots Cross is a real treat, and a standout among the many Christmas albums. Don’t miss the chance to add something different to your collection of Celtic music that will help you get into the mood for celebrating! 
    “Si Bheag, Si Mhor/The First Noel” by Abbots Cross from Christmas Visions
     
    IF YOU ENJOY THIS ARTIST... Follow them on streaming and add one of their songs to your playlist. You can also buy music from them, sign up to their mailing list a

    • 11 min
    Matt & Shannon Heaton #61

    Matt & Shannon Heaton #61

    Genuine, kind Christmas music from Matt & Shannon Heaton today as we spread Christmas Cheer.
    It's Celtic Christmas Podcast #61. Subscribe at CelticChristmasPodcast.com. 

    WELCOME TO THE CELTIC CHRISTMAS PODCAST I am Marc Gunn. I am a Celtic musician and I love Christmas music. In each episode, I introduce you to a Celtic band or musician that is creating great Christmas music. I highlight their music in a Celtic Christmas Playlist on Spotify. 
    This show and our playlists are funded by people just like you on Patreon. Your generosity funds the creation, promotion, and production of the show. 
    As a patron, you’ll get a music-only episode and will join the other 51 patrons who are helping spread Christmas Cheer! Sign up for as little as $1 per episode.
    Subscribe to our Patreon to spread Christmas Cheer today!
    CELTIC CHRISTMAS PLAYLISTS & NEWS The latest playlist is Christmas Drive. My idea was to create some good Celtic Christmas music for when you’re out driving around. Imagine a smile on your face, Christmas joy in your heart, and a relaxing drive to nowhere.
    You can find a link to the Celtic Christmas Drive playlist in the shownotes

    As well as other Celtic Christmas playlists to follow:
    Celtic Christmas Women
    Joyful Celtic Christmas Music
    Christmas Drinking Songs
    Don't forget to check out the Top Irish & Celtic Music playlist as well.
    HOLIDAY FEATURE: Matt & Shannon Heaton One of the lovely things about Celtic music is the fact that just a couple of people can make a whole lot of music, and this is certainly true when it comes to Matt & Shannon Heaton. This music duo offers flute/guitar/bouzouki and sweet, sweet harmony vocals in arrangements that are quite lovely. 
    Deeply involved in the Boston traditional music scene, the pair plays together seamlessly, and the enthusiasm that they have for the music really comes through. There’s a genuineness that is unmistakeable grounding their play. A husband and wife team can certainly telegraph their collective love for the music--and the sheer fun they have playing together. This one does it better than most. 
    The two are definitely experienced, and surround themselves with music in many different ways. Shannon has her own podcast, Irish Music Stories, and she’s also the co-founder of Boston’s Celtic music fest, which undoubtedly expanded her vision and abilities in the field. 
    Matt is front man for another band, the "surf-rock" Electric Heaters, and performs with a wide range of bands and musicians when he’s not playing with Shannon. Each an accomplished musician in their own right, the blend of the two is a true celebration of musical talent—dosed with a wholesome affection for the Celtic sound. It’s a pleasure to hear them play.
    The couple’s Christmas song collection is filled with a little bit of everything. You’ll find fresh holiday fare as well as traditional favorites like “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” to sing along to. Irish music lovers will appreciate the jigs and reels that are included in the mixture, and there’s certainly enough here to fill a holiday party to the brim with some good cheer. 
    Don’t miss “Julius the Christmas Cat”—it couldn’t be any sweeter, and is sure to be a favorite for those who love their feline friends. Nothing like a cute little "story song" to get in the holiday spirit! Other notable tracks in this collection include “Christmas in Mt. Horeb” and “Wexford Carol,” but there really isn’t a bad track on the compilation. 
    There’s 13 tracks offered here, and listeners who love the flute will really be pleased, as it appears often on these tracks. Soft harmonies and easy strumming on the guitar are other hallmarks of what this holiday album is all about. There’s little doubt this will have a place in any rotation of Christmas music where an updated Celtic sound is welcomed. 
    You can find out more about them at https://mattands

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Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
73 Ratings

73 Ratings

'60s Child ,

So refreshing!

Just the music to keep the Season Merry and Bright - so glad I found it!!

PwnyWarrior ,

Amazing

This is one of my favorite podcasts. I listen to some of my favorite past shows throughout December and now is a staple for my Christmas season.

Snarkclaw ,

A Delightful Way to Find Different Christmas Music

I discovered this -- and the other podcasts by this host -- earlier this year, and have been saving this one for December.

I listen to one or two episodes a day and enjoy the original songs and different versions of classics that I do not hear elsewhere. This podcast introduced me to a few new favorite artists and has been great for creating a festive mood.

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