I am a firm supporter and promoter of the Celtic culture. If you love Irish music, dance or culture, then it's up to you to keep it alive. Below I list eight ways you can get involved and support your Celtic culture.
But first, every few years I release a new compilation CD to promote independent Irish and Celtic music artists. My most-popular compilation is dedicated to traditional Irish music. It's called Victims of Irish Music (listen to samples here).
When you buy the album below, I will mail the CD to you and donate 100% of the profits to a variety of Celtic cultural organizations. Thusfar, I have donated over $30,000 through my label, Mage Records to a variety of Celtic non-profits. These donations have helped Celtic festivals to meet their budgets and entertain thousands.
Borne 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 vibrant and meaningful. Benefits Celtic Non-Profits.
Oh! If you don't want to support a Celtic cultural charity on Halfway to St. Patrick's Day. That's okay too. Just pick your favorite charity and hold an event to raise money for whoever they may be.
Chart-topping Irish Celtic music beyond imagination and set aflame through the inspiration and fusion of past and present Ireland.
The tunes on this album are by two of most-popular traditional Celtic groups on the podcast. They are also two of Marc Gunn’s very favorite indie Celtic bands–FIMM and Poitin.
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If you are a regular reader of the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine (subscribe for free), you know I am on a Celtic Crusade to inspire folks to get involved in their Celtic community.
Supporting our community is important. It is one of the reasons why the Celts have flourished around the world. Because we are involved. We interact. We support one another.
Earlier this year, I wrote a blog called “How Can You Get Involved in 2011?” for my fans and for fans of bands. Many of these same tips are useful for people who want to get involved in their community.
However, here are a few ways you can get involved:
Join the board of your local Celtic non-profit organization.
Volunteer to work at your local Celtic festival.
Help a board member organize and promote an upcoming event.
Do you know Gaelic? Share your gift by teaching workshop on the basics of speaking the language.
Pass out fliers about your your Celtic community at a St. Patrick’s Day celebration (make sure to ask permission if it’s at a pub).
Got a special talent? Donate your talents to your community. It doesn’t have to be Celtic related. Just share.
Promote your favorite band.
Attend a live Celtic music show.
I’d like to hear your thoughts on the topic.
Marc Gunn “The Celtfather” is an indie acoustic Celtic folk musician–-Celtic music, the Traditional and the Twisted–and Chief Editor of the Celtic MP3s Music Magazine. He fun his own record label, Mage Records, which rusn the Celtic Music CD Store. Gunn is a champion of indie Celtic music and has given away over ten million MP3s through his music and podcasts since he began his Celtic music career in 1999. His Irish & Celtic Music Podcast won “Best Podsafe Music” two years in a row in the Podcast Awards and is one of the most-popular music podcasts on iTunes.