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December 28, 2023 95 mins

It’s time to listen to the Top 20 Best Songs and Tunes of 2023. This is the Celtic Top 20 on the Irish & Celtic Podcast #641.

Poitín, Corey Purcell, Matt McGinn, The Bordercollies, Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer, We Banjo 3, Banshee in the Kitchen, Emma Langford, The Chieftains, Fire In The Glen, Arise & Go, The Haar, The Gothard Sisters, Mary Beth Carty, Socks in the Frying Pan, Heather Dale, The High Kings, The Celtic Kitchen Party, The Bow Tides, Syr, Santiago Molina


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This is our way of finding the best songs and artists each year. You can vote for as many songs and tunes that inspire you in each episode. Your vote helps me create next year's Best Celtic music of 2023 episode.  Vote Now!

You can also follow our playlists on Spotify and YouTube. These feature the top songs two weeks after the polls open. It also makes it easier for you to add these artists to your own playlists.


0:20 - Poitín "One For The Road" from One For The Road

3:46 - WELCOME

6:02 - Corey Purcell "Polkas (Gas Station Sushi/Whiskey and a Fiddle)" from Undaunted

9:14 - Matt McGinn "THE MUSIC" from Behind Every Door

13:45 - The Bordercollies "The Ivy Leaf/Hanleys/The Milky Way" from Sticks and Stones

17:25 - Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer "1924" from single

23:17 - We Banjo 3 "We All Need More Kindness in This World" from Roots of the Banjo Tree

26:07 - Banshee in the Kitchen "Exile of Maggie" from Band O' Shees

30:39 - FEEDBACK

35:20 - Emma Langford "Mariana" from Sowing Acorns

39:27 - The Chieftains "Morgan Magan" from Bear's Sonic Journals: The Foxhunt  -  Live In San Francisco 1973

42:24 - Fire In The Glen "Whup Jamboree" from Cutting Bracken

46:00 - Arise & Go "The Braes: Dr. MacInnes' Fancy / The Braes Of Mellinish / The Famous Baravan / The Hag At The Churn / Up Leitrim" from Meeting Place

50:25 - The Haar "Whiskey In The Jar" from Where Old Ghosts Meet

56:41 - The Gothard Sisters "Midsummer Jigs" from Story Girl

59:14 - Mary Beth Carty "Trinity Avenue" from Crossing the Causeway

1:02:34 - THANKS

1:05:40 - Socks in the Frying Pan "Funky in Theory" from Without a Paddle

1:09:30 - Heather Dale "Mordred's Lullaby" from The Secret World of Celtic Rock and from The

Trial of Launcelot

1:12:42 - The High Kings "Go With The Flow" from The Road Not Taken

1:25:33 - The Celtic Kitchen Party "Covid - 19 Shanty" from Last Call

1:17:20 - The Bow Tides "The Wee Boy's Lament for his Pet Dragon" from Sailing On

1:23:56 - Syr "Lay Of The Ashes" from Sentinel

1:28:55 - CLOSING

1:31:58 - Santiago Molina "Whelan's Set" from Desde un nuevo lugar

1:34:48 - CREDITS

The Irish & Celtic Music Podcast was produced by Marc Gunn, The Celtfather and our Patrons on Patreon. The show was edited by Mitchell Petersen with Graphics by Miranda Nelson Designs. Visit our website to follow the show. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode.

Todd Wiley is the editor of the Celtic Music Magazine. Subscribe to get 34 Celtic MP3s for Free. Plus, you’ll get 7 weekly news items about what’s happening with Celti

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