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Enjoy Celtic Christmas music by some of the finest indie Celtic musicians in the Celtic world.
Enjoy Celtic Christmas music by some of the finest indie Celtic musicians in the Celtic world.
222 backers pledged $6,037 to help bring this project to life.

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I love Celtic music. That's why I started the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast. I wanted to share all of the incredible Celtic music I found. Plus, I wanted to help out all the incredible indie Celtic artists I've met online. Since then, the podcast has won TWO awards for Best Music Podcast in the Podcast Awards. It is consistently at the top of the charts on iTunes, and it gets well-over 20,000 downloads of each show. It's the most-popular Celtic podcast online.

In 2006, I released my first Celtic Christmas special. That blossomed into an annual, highly-anticipated show. Eventually, it spun off into the Celtic Christmas Podcast which features Celtic Christmas podcast episodes from around the podosphere.

Now I'm ready to produce my first Celtic Christmas compilation. It's called A Celtic Christmas. It features Christmas music by some of the best indie Celtic music artists that I've featured in my podcasts.

My goal is to help these incredible indie Celtic musicians to be heard. However, I can't do it without your help. So I decided to raise money to pay for the production of the album. To that end, I am offering a bunch of cool rewards for people who support this project.

However, far more important than the money is the awareness. Your pledge will help bring further attention to the bands on this compilation as well as to the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast.

You will hear incredible Celtic Christmas music by at least the following artists:
  • Mithril  
  • Heather Dale 
  • John McGaha 
  • Jed Marum 
  • George Papavgeris 
  • Tom Morley 
  • The Elders 
  • Marc Gunn 
  • The Gleasons 
  • Rathkeltair 
  • Pandora Celtica 
  • Iona 
  • Boston Blackthorne 
  • Brobdingnagian Bards
  • The Malarkeys 
  • The Gothard Sisters

Where does the money go?

My goal is to raise money for duplication, artwork and the rewards. It isn't cheap. Here are the expenses associated with this album:

Duplication = $1,250  
Artwork = $600
Shipping = $550
Shirts = $100
Greeting Cards Cards = $100
Fees = $285
TOTAL = $2885

Like all of my compilations, most of the profits support the podcast to help promote Celtic musicians. That said, I do have a couple stretch goals designed to bring greater awareness to this project.

First Stretch Goal

If we reach the stretch of $5685 by the time this campaign closes, I will not only hire a publicist for one month to promote the album, but you will get a free subscription to Song Henge. Here's how it works:

Donate $50, get a one-year membership to Song Henge (that's $20 value)
Donate $100, get a one-year Celtic Core membership to Song Henge ($45 value)
Donate $250 or more, you'll get a one-year Sainted Membership (with all the free gifts) and your name posted on the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast website ($100 value)!

OH! And if you donate $100 or more, you will also receive a Celtic Christmas ornament featuring the Celtophilia.com Christmas tree Celtic knotwork that will also be seen on our T-Shirts!

Risks and challenges

There a ton of Celtic Christmas compilations on the market. In fact, the market is swamped with crappy compilations. The biggest challenge is making this album stand out despite the overflow of Celtic Christmas albums that come out each year.

Can we do it?

Will this be the best Celtic Christmas compilation ever?

Is it good enough to excite you to tell people more about it?

I believe in these songs and these artists. These songs are some of my favorites. These bands are consistently my favorite on the podcast. I listened to this album all last Christmas and never got tired of any of the songs. I think you will too.

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    Receive a "Keep the Celtic in Christmas" bumper sticker and my deepest thanks!

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    Receive the Sticker above, plus receive a high-quality, digital download of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation.

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    Receive a physical copy of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation CD. You will also get a digital copy of the album as soon as it is released, the sticker and two additional Celtic compilations as digital downloads by the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast ("Irish Celtic Music" and "Best of the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast").

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    Receive TWO copies of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation CD. You will also get the digital album as soon as it is completed, the stickers, and physical copies of two our Celtic compilation CDs of your choice.

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    Receive TWO copies of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation CD. You will also get the digital album as soon as it is completed, the stickers, and physical copies of two our Celtic compilation CDs of your choice. Plus, you'll get one of the "Keep the Celtic in Christmas" T-Shirts.

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    CHRISTMAS GIFTS. You will receive 10 copies of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation CD, plus 10 Celtic greeting cards that you can send to your friends. You will also get a digital copy of the album as soon as it is released, 20 Keep the Celtic in Christmas stickers, and all four of our Celtic compilation CDs.

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    CHRISTMAS GIFTS. You will receive one copy of the "A Celtic Christmas" compilation CD and 5 copies of CDs of your choice from the podcast or Marc Gunn's catalog (including more Celtic Christmas CDs), plus 10 Celtic greeting cards that you can send to your friends. You will also get a digital copy of the album as soon as it is released, 20 Keep the Celtic in Christmas stickers, and the "Keep the Celtic in Christmas" T-Shirt by Celtophilia.com

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    HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO YOU. You'll get everything from the Christmas Gift level, PLUS a T-Shirt, a CD of your choice by the artist of your choice on the compilation, special thanks in the album liner notes, and in the Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, and a Christmas card from the Gunn family.

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    EXECUTIVE PRODUCER. You will receive everything from the Happy Christmas to You level, PLUS you will be credited as an Executive Producer on the album and in the podcast. I'll also send you a tiny Christmas gift that I picked up in Scotland from this year's Celtic Invasion Vacation.

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    OFFICIAL PODCAST SPONSOR. Receive everything from the Executive Producer level, plus you will be mentioned ten times in the podcast as an official sponsor of the podcast.

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