Podcasts

This page of my web site describes all of the podcasts available on the Internet of which I am aware that would be of interest to aficionados of traditional Scottish music as played in Cape Breton. Podcasts are recorded programs which are distributed as iTunes podcasts (.mp3 files) that any Internet user can download and listen to at any time. Some of the podcasts listed here are also broadcast as programs. Podcasts are typically available only for a limited time (e.g., up to three months from the initial broadcast of the program).

If you know of any podcasts that are not listed in this area of my web site that should be, please let me know using the feedback address in the footer below.

Downeast Cèilidh

URL
http://ceilidh.org/
Description
Hosted by Marcia Young Palmater, this show features traditional music from all over the Maritimes (Newfoundland and Labrador, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Cape Breton, and mainland Nova Scotia), enhanced by Marcia’s deep knowledge of this area and its music and culture.
Comment
The podcast is the same as the program. It is a “must-listen” for traditional music fans; its kitchen party atmosphere never disappoints. Shows up to three months old are available as podcasts. If you need a show older than that, check the archives.

Irish and Celtic Music Podcast

URL
http://www.celticmusicpodcast.com/
Description
A series of podcasts featuring Celtic music of various kinds; so far, I haven’t heard any Cape Breton artists on these podcasts nor do I see any listed on the web site.
Comment
I have mostly enjoyed the music I heard on these podcasts. Hosted by Marc Gunn, they were good enough that I have subscribed to the podcasts.

Vinyl Café

URL
http://www.cbc.ca/podcasting/index.html?arts#vinylcafe
Description
This podcast contains a Stuart McLean story that is usually an excerpt of the broadcast program, not the entire program itself; on occasion, the podcast is not related to the program at all, but contains some previously broadcast story.
Comment
Most of the stories relate to a fictional Toronto family, Dave and Morley and their children Stephanie and Sam; Dave’s roots are in the fictional town of Big Narrows, Cape Breton, and some of the stories even take place there. McLean’s wonderful story-telling prowess, a great Celtic art not often enough encountered these days, his humour, his humanity, and the essential human interest of these stories, make each of these podcasts memorable.