Victims of Irish Music

Instrumental Irish & Celtic Music from the Best Independent Celtic Bands

Born from the struggle to keep acoustic Irish music alive and relevant, “Victims of Irish Music” gathers the finest independent Celtic musicians who are winning the fight to keep instrumental Irish and Celtic music as vibrant and meaningful as it was when musicians in Ireland were victimized for their love of music.

Last year, I borrowed a book from harper, Doc Grauzer, for casual reading about the history of Irish music. In the book, the author explained that many Irish musicians were forbidden by Britain to play the music of their heritage and suffered the consequences for disobeying. But the concept seemed to have greater depth to me as an independent Celtic musician.

Music has evolved a lot since those days. Styles have changed. Dylan went electric. Enya changed the whole concept of “Celtic music” to many in the United States. While I enjoy all styles of Irish and Celtic music, I feel that in order to know where you are going, you should know where you came from. Our cultural heritage is important, as is our musical heritage.

This album includes a wide range of acoustic instrumental music. It is not all traditional, but it is an exciting glimpse at how 21st century independent Celtic musicians are keeping tabs on their cultural heritage. It covers a wide range of musical styles by bands who refuse to allow their heritage to be victimized.

If you are love your Irish heritage, you can show your love of it with this captivating and energizing compilation of amazing music.

A portion of the money earned from this compilation benefits the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. Another portion benefits a non-profit Celtic organization (TBA). But all of it supports the heart of our Irish heritage.

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Track Listing:

  1. “Cooley’s Set (Reels: Cooley’s Reel,/Sporting Paddy/Toss The Feathers)” by Wild Clover Band from Behind the Blarney
  2. “Sleeping Under The Tables Set” by Kennedy’s Kitchen from A Pocketful of Lint
  3. “Lannigan’s Ball/Rambling Pitchfork/Tar Road Sligo” by Cady Finlayson from Harp and Shamrock
  4. “Staten Island Hornpipe/Morpeth Rant” by The Jolly Rogues from Captain Billy’s Privateers
  5. “The Gneeveguilla Reel/Drag her Round the Road/The Golden Keyboard” by Arabesque from Glen Road to Cordoba
  6. “The Boys from Blue Hill/Cherish the Ladies” by Bow Triplets from One Spot On Earth
  7. “Princess Royale” by Thomas “Doc” Grauzer from Infernal Harp Racket
  8. “Chicago Trippin up the Stairs by Boston Blackthorne from Better Late Than Ever
  9. “Rocky Road to Brenham” by Celtic Stone from Digital Traditions
  10. “Geordie Lad” by Vicki Swan & Jonny Dyer from Thumb Twiddling
  11. “Old Grey Cat” by Marc Gunn & The Dubliners’ Tabby Cats from Irish Drinking Songs for Cat Lovers
  12. “Congress Reel” by Poitin from Live!
  13. “The Road to Lisdonvarna/Morrison’s Jig” by Vince Conaway from Distractions from the Muse
  14. “Polkas and Slides” by The Tea Merchants from The Tea Merchants
  15. “Banks of Spey/High Road to Linton” by Highland Fling from Highland Fling
  16. “Campbell’s Farewell to Red Gap/Newcastle” by Bedlam Bards from Furious Fancies
  17. “The Skylark/Humours of Tulla/Lucy Campbell’s” by Culann’s Hounds from Year of the Dog

Produced by Marc Gunn. Graphic design by Marc Gunn.

A Celtic Renaissance Wedding One of Top 10 New Age CDs

I just noticed that our CD, A Celtic Renaissance Wedding, is the one of the Top 10 Most-Popular Celtic New Age CDs on CD Baby at #6. It is also listed as the Editor’s Pick of great CDs there. Considering it has twice been one of the Top 100 CDs sold in their annual poll and the number of outstanding reviews for this album, it is no great surprise.

A Celtic Renaissance Wedding was first released in 2003 as a compilation of romantic Celtic and Renaissance love songs for fans of the Brobdingnagian Bards and for couples getting married. The low price has made it a huge success over other Celtic wedding CDs.

Top Celtic CDs Sold in April 2007

The following Celtic Music Chart is a list of the Top 20 Celtic CDs sold at CD Baby through the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine, Celtic Music CD Store, Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, and our affiliates.

  1. Bedlam Bards: On the Drift
  2. Marc Gunn & The Dubliners’ Tabby Cats: Irish Drinking Songs For Cat Lovers
  3. Brobdingnagian Bards: A Faire To Remember
  4. Brobdingnagian Bards: Songs of Ireland
  5. Brobdingnagian Bards: Brobdingnagian Fairy Tales
  6. Marc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast: Victims of Irish Music
  7. Brobdingnagian Bards: Memories of Middle Earth
  8. Brobdingnagian Bards: The Holy Grail of Irish Drinking Songs
  9. Brobdingnagian Bards: Songs of the Muse
  10. Brobdingnagian Bards: A Celtic Renaissance Wedding
  11. Irish Stout: A Collection of Irish Pub Songs
  12. Marc Gunn: Soul of a Harper
  13. Bedlam Bards: Take Out the Trash
  14. Celtic Stone: Digital Flashbacks
  15. Maidens IV: Four Aflame
  16. Green Tea: All Ages
  17. Heidi, Stef, & Bow Triplets: One Spot On Earth
  18. Jed Marum: Lonestart Stout
  19. Seamus Kennedy: By Popular Demand
  20. Kennedy’s Kitchen: A Pocketful of Lint

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