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Celtic Connections on WMTB radio 89.9 “Celtic Connections” explores the music of Ireland and its connections with other places and genres - every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on 89.9 FM.
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Just a sampling of the music from Claddagh Records we’ll be playing in just a few minutes on today’s show. www.mammary.e...
05/31/2021

Just a sampling of the music from Claddagh Records we’ll be playing in just a few minutes on today’s show. www.mammary.edu/WMTB (Scroll down and click on “Listen Live”). The craic will be mighty!

Just a sampling of the music from Claddagh Records we’ll be playing in just a few minutes on today’s show. www.mammary.edu/WMTB (Scroll down and click on “Listen Live”). The craic will be mighty!

Our ship(ment) has come in! This Monday's show will feature a treasure trove of tunes from Claddagh Records including Wi...
05/29/2021

Our ship(ment) has come in! This Monday's show will feature a treasure trove of tunes from Claddagh Records including Willie Clancy, Leo Rowsome, Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn, Seamus McGuire, Matt Molloy, Liz Carroll, Michael Tubridy and what I'm listening to right now: Seamus Heaney and Liam O'Flynn - "The Piper and The Poet." Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty!

We are very pleased to welcome you back to Claddagh Records. Our new website and online store is now live at https://claddaghrecords.com

Irish President Michael Higgins wished Bob Dylan a Happy birthday today and on today's show we'll be making some Celtic ...
05/24/2021
Michael D Higgins wishes Bob Dylan a happy birthday

Irish President Michael Higgins wished Bob Dylan a Happy birthday today and on today's show we'll be making some Celtic Connections of our own with Bob! Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). Don't think twice...just tune in. The craic will be mighty!

President Michael D Higgins has wished Bob Dylan a happy birthday as the iconic musician celebrates his 80th year.

The Mount women’s team punched their ticket to the dance with a resounding win in the NEC Championship game yesterday! W...
03/15/2021

The Mount women’s team punched their ticket to the dance with a resounding win in the NEC Championship game yesterday! We’ll be giving them a shout out on today’s show. Go Mount!

The Mount women’s team punched their ticket to the dance with a resounding win in the NEC Championship game yesterday! We’ll be giving them a shout out on today’s show. Go Mount!

We’ll start today’s show with a special March Madness Shout Out to our Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. We’re going d...
03/15/2021

We’ll start today’s show with a special March Madness Shout Out to our Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. We’re going dancing! Go Mount!

We’ll start today’s show with a special March Madness Shout Out to our Men’s and Women’s basketball teams. We’re going dancing! Go Mount!

This is what we mean by March Madness! We're celebrating St. Patrick's Month and the Mount St. Mary's men's AND women's ...
03/15/2021

This is what we mean by March Madness! We're celebrating St. Patrick's Month and the Mount St. Mary's men's AND women's basketball teams going to the NCAA Tournament! Today from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The tunes and the DANCING will be mighty!

This video by Sharon Shannon and featuring Daddy Shannon is sure to put a smile on your face!
03/13/2021

This video by Sharon Shannon and featuring Daddy Shannon is sure to put a smile on your face!

It's here! Brand new version of Daddy Shannon's Jig featuring Daddy Shannon himself! Available wherever you get your music, Spotify, Apple Music etc.
The Daddy Shannon's Jig music video will go live at 12pm today on YouTube, follow the link below to check it out. https://youtu.be/WBTx4LtelXo
Thanks to Ray Doherty for the great photo.

Our month long celebration of St. Patrick continues this Monday with tunes and songs from Tara Howley, Ryan Molloy, We B...
03/07/2021

Our month long celebration of St. Patrick continues this Monday with tunes and songs from Tara Howley, Ryan Molloy, We Banjo 3, The Clancy Brothers and many more. Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty!

On today's show we begin our St. Patrick's Month celebration - because one day is not enough! Join us for tunes, songs, ...
03/01/2021

On today's show we begin our St. Patrick's Month celebration - because one day is not enough! Join us for tunes, songs, and craic every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). Hup!

We know Valentine's Day was yesterday, but love is still in the air. Here's Finbar Furey with a sample of what you'll be...
02/15/2021
Finbar Furey performs Sweet Sixteen | The Late Late Show | RTÉ One

We know Valentine's Day was yesterday, but love is still in the air. Here's Finbar Furey with a sample of what you'll be hearing on today's show from 4:00 - 6:00 PM. Get ready to sing along on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty! The chocolate is all gone...sorry.

Finbar Furey performs Sweet Sixteen.Watch The Late Late Show live and on-demand from anywhere in the world at http://www.rte.ie/playerThe Late Late Show | Fr...

It's the first day of Spring on the Celtic Calendar, so here is a wonderful version of Tom Petty's song "Wildflowers" by...
02/01/2021
WildFlowers (Tom Petty cover) - We Banjo 3 feat. Kiana June & Steve Ferrone

It's the first day of Spring on the Celtic Calendar, so here is a wonderful version of Tom Petty's song "Wildflowers" by our friends We Banjo 3. Tune in to Celtic Connections today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST). The tunes and the craic will be mighty!

Wildflowers is the title track from Tom Petty’s 1994 classic album. This was the album when drummer Steve Ferrone first joined the band. We were blown away w...

It's snow joke. The tunes are mighty on Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online ...
02/01/2021

It's snow joke. The tunes are mighty on Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live").

Today's show will include a salute to Rabbie Burns, Scotland's National Bard. Tune in today and every Monday from 4:00 -...
01/25/2021

Today's show will include a salute to Rabbie Burns, Scotland's National Bard. Tune in today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty. The haggis...well...that's a matter of opinion.

Today's show will include a salute to Rabbie Burns, Scotland's National Bard. Tune in today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty. The haggis...well...that's a matter of opinion.

We're just minutes away from great tunes and songs on Celtic Connections, today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (ES...
01/18/2021

We're just minutes away from great tunes and songs on Celtic Connections, today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic is mighty!

We're just minutes away from great tunes and songs on Celtic Connections, today and every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic is mighty!

We're sorry to say that Celtic Connections will not be on the air today. We look forward to spending time with you next ...
01/11/2021

We're sorry to say that Celtic Connections will not be on the air today. We look forward to spending time with you next Monday.

Looking forward to Santa...and the Celtic Connections Christmas Show this Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on 89.9 FM and onli...
12/21/2020

Looking forward to Santa...and the Celtic Connections Christmas Show this Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down can click on "Listen Live"). The craic and Christmas cheer will be mighty!

On Monday December 14 and Monday December 21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, we'll be playing songs and tunes of the Christmas seas...
12/14/2020
Tiernan McBride's film of Paul Brady's 'Arthur McBride'.mpg

On Monday December 14 and Monday December 21 from 4:00 - 6:00 PM, we'll be playing songs and tunes of the Christmas season. What about this one? Sure, it's an anti-recruiting song, but is it also a Christmas song?

Long gathering dust on a shelf this is Tiernan McBride's 1977 film of Paul Brady's song 'Arthur McBride'. A wonderful document of a wonderful song.

Tomorrow, on what would have been Luke Kelly's 81st birthday, we'll mark the day with a playlist full of Luke's classics...
11/15/2020

Tomorrow, on what would have been Luke Kelly's 81st birthday, we'll mark the day with a playlist full of Luke's classics. Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty!

This Monday's show will feature new music from Luka Bloom and Sal Heneghan and newly arrived in our mailbox "The Thursda...
11/01/2020

This Monday's show will feature new music from Luka Bloom and Sal Heneghan and newly arrived in our mailbox "The Thursday Sessions" from the Cobblestone Pub plus much more! Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EST) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty! Hup!

Round up your friends and tell them Celtic Connections is ready to go on the air in just a few minutes on 89.9 FM and on...
10/26/2020

Round up your friends and tell them Celtic Connections is ready to go on the air in just a few minutes on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on”Listen Live”). The craic will be mighty!

We have a great playlist lined up for this Monday's show including a special treat for Halloween! Celtic Connections eve...
10/26/2020

We have a great playlist lined up for this Monday's show including a special treat for Halloween! Celtic Connections every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 WMTB FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty!

10/19/2020

Hi Folks - A last minute change for today. Due to circumstances beyond our control, Celtic Connections will not air today. Our celebration of Paddy Reilly's music will be next Monday, October 26.

We have it on good authority that yesterday was Paddy Reilly's birthday, so to celebrate we'll be playing lots of Paddy ...
10/19/2020

We have it on good authority that yesterday was Paddy Reilly's birthday, so to celebrate we'll be playing lots of Paddy today from 4:00-6:00 PM. The craic will be 90 (as Paddy sings) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live").

On today's show we'll have something old* something new** something borrowed*** something blue****...and much more!* Old...
10/05/2020

On today's show we'll have something old* something new** something borrowed*** something blue****...and much more!

* Old - "The Old Maid in the Garrett" by the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem.
** New - Roy Buckley's new release "Dark Rosaleen" - already #1 on the Irish charts.
*** Borrowed - Well...actually "barrowed." "The Wild Barrow Road" by The Jeremiahs.
**** Blue - "Exploring the Blue" by Luka Bloom.
Tune in from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 FM and online at www.msmary.edu/wmtb (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic will be mighty!

09/17/2020
Phil Coulter

Roy Buckley's powerful voice is made for storytelling and his song "The Old Man on Patrick's Street" is a poignant and powerful story that sadly plays out in many places around the globe. Here, Roy teams up with legendary songwriter Phil Coulter and the result is magical and moving!

Delighted to welcome back to the Lockdown Lounge the powerhouse that is Roy Buckley Music, one of Cork's finest and fast becoming a favourite with all of you. I tell Roy that he is like a Phil Coulter jukebox. He knows every one of my big songs.

But today I've invited him to sing one of his own, a song which recently was high in the Irish Charts. It's a powerful piece of work with a particular resonance in these troubled times.

Enjoy!

If you haven't secured your ticket for my upcoming live stream yet, follow the link below as some tickets are now in short supply - thanks to all who supported me in my online endeavours!

Tickets --> https://thevenueratoath.ticketsolve.com/shows/873621360

09/09/2020
Mount St. Mary's University

Mount St. Mary's has a wonderful study abroad program, and it’ll be back better than ever after Covid 19! Last year at this time, Olivia Prevost (C'22) was studying in Ireland and playing in seisuns. Here she is playing a tune from Donegal, "Meilti cheann dubhrann." One of Olivia's musical heroes, Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh recorded the tune for her album "Ceol Aduaidh" with Frankie Kennedy in 1983.

Last fall Olivia Prevost, C'22, played at traditional Irish sessions when she studied abroad in Dublin. This week she brought a bit of Ireland to the stairwell of Bradley Hall as she played a traditional Irish tune called "Meilti cheann dubhrann," loosely translated as "Sandy Hills of Ceann Dubhrann." Brava, Olivia! #MountProud #MountStrong #spreadingpositivity

We’re getting ready to celebrate our 2nd anniversary on the air! Today from 4:00-6:00 p.m.
09/07/2020

We’re getting ready to celebrate our 2nd anniversary on the air! Today from 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Looking ahead to celebrating our 2nd anniversary on the air tomorrow, we want to celebrate all the venues and pubs that ...
09/06/2020

Looking ahead to celebrating our 2nd anniversary on the air tomorrow, we want to celebrate all the venues and pubs that host live Irish music. Let's continue to support them all!

As Celtic Connections looks ahead to celebrating two years on the air, we take a look and salute the many pubs who suppo...
09/05/2020

As Celtic Connections looks ahead to celebrating two years on the air, we take a look and salute the many pubs who support the music by hosting traditional seisuns. Hup!

On next week's show we'll celebrate Celtic Connections' 2nd Anniversary on the air! Thanks to everyone who has spread th...
09/04/2020

On next week's show we'll celebrate Celtic Connections' 2nd Anniversary on the air! Thanks to everyone who has spread the word and tuned in from 38 countries across the globe. And a special thanks to the musicians, singers, pubs, and venues who bring the music into our lives! Let's continue to support them! Over the next few days we'll be sharing some musical memories...oh...if there had only been cell phones way back in the day!

Good news and a good reminder from our friends at McNeill's in Dublin. Support musicians. And support the pubs and venue...
09/01/2020

Good news and a good reminder from our friends at McNeill's in Dublin. Support musicians. And support the pubs and venues that support musicians. Our lives are so much richer because of them!

Were back with the first live trad session tonight from 9 till 11 with consuelo and Lucia but please remember that we have a capacity of 50 people . Please Ensure social distancing at all times and enjoy the evening of pizza, beer and trad music, we at Mcneills pub capel street will try our hardest to support the musicians and you should to.

Can you guess the top ten places on the planet Celtic Connections' fans call home? Well, here they are. And wherever hom...
08/30/2020

Can you guess the top ten places on the planet Celtic Connections' fans call home? Well, here they are. And wherever home is for you, thanks for tuning in every Monday from 4:00 - 6:00 PM (EDT) on 89.9 FM and www.msmary.edu/wmtb! (Scroll down and click on "Listen Live"). The craic is mighty!

10. Baltimore, Md.
9. Glasgow and Newry (tied)
8. Chicago
7. Galway and Cork (tied)
6. Belfast and London (tied)
5. Emmitsburg, Md.
4. Ennis
3. Philadelphia
2. New York
1. Dublin

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Cead Mile Failte! A hundred thousand welcomes to Celtic Connections!

Prof. Ed Egan hosts “Celtic Connections” every Monday from 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. on WMTB, 89.9 FM and online at: www.msmary.edu/wmtb. The show explores the music of Ireland and its influence on and connections with other musical genres, including folk, country and bluegrass.

Egan was first introduced to Irish music as a child listening to his parents Clancy Brothers LPs. You might say he was "raised on songs and stories" - to borrow a phrase from Dublin songwriter, Pete St. John. During law school, when he wasn’t immersed in his legal studies, Ed immersed himself in the vibrant Irish music scene in the pubs and concert halls of Washington, D.C. Years later, he opened an award winning Irish pub that showcased some of Irish music’s most accomplished performers and also hosted a weekly traditional seisun.

At Mount St. Mary’s, in addition to directing the Pre-Law Program and teaching in the Political Science Department, Ed has taught a popular course entitled “Poets, Patriots, Playwrights and Players,” which explores the Irish Cultural Revival and the intersection of Irish poets, patriots, playwrights, and players (musicians) of the late 19th and 20th century with Irish nationalism and independence. In 2017, Ed led the Mount’s semester abroad in Dublin. He is delighted to share his love of Irish music on Celtic Connections!

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