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October 12, 2023 65 mins

Take the Rocky Road to IrishFest and the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast #631.

Ed Harris, The Poor Clares, Dervish, Mary - Kate Spring Lee, The Secret Commonwealth, Ashley Davis Band, Jocelyn Pettit, Sylvia Platypus, Tommy Fakem, Blame Not the Bard, Eimear Arkins, Brian Quigley, Eclectic Revival, Piskey Led


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0:06 - W. Ed Harris "Leitrim Fancy" from Cares of Tomorrow Can Wait

3:02 - WELCOME

5:07 - The Poor Clares "The Maid at the Spinning Wheel Jig Set" from Resurrected Lover

8:33 - Dervish "The Rocky Road to Dublin" from The Great Irish Songbook

11:44 - Mary - Kate Spring Lee "Caves of Kiltanon/Fields of Woodford" from Tunes in the Morning

15:31 - The Secret Commonwealth "Dubhachas (I'll Dream of Times Like This)" from Last Call

19:25 - FEEDBACK

23:04 - Ashley Davis Band "Annachie Gordon (feat. Shawn Colvin)" from When the Stars Went Out

29:51 - Jocelyn Pettit "Royal Gala Waltz" from Wind Rose

33:46 - Sylvia Platypus "Tam Lin Reel" from Last Hurrah

36:31 - Tommy Fakem "Mother Malone" from Last Call

39:28 - Blame Not the Bard "Maggie's Pancakes / The Earl's Chair / The Wise Maid" from Now and Again

44:06 - THANKS

45:37 - Eimear Arkins "Glen of Aherlow/Miss Langford's/Callaghan's" from What's Next?

49:28 - Brian Quigley "Maid of Llanwelyn" from Tales of Distant Shores

55:06 - Eclectic Revival "Life & Love" from Life & Love

58:55 - CLOSING

59:58 - Piskey Led "Carn Galva" from Piskey Led

1:05:02 - 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 subscribe to the show. You’ll find links to all of the artists played in this episode.

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