Worth another look – It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast

It's A Frog's Life Acoustic PodcastLast summer I wrote about some of the Acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts I was listening to. Back then I had just started listening to Graham Holland’s It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast, but then again, Graham had just started doing the podcast, so I guess that’s to be expected.

The show has gone from great to outstanding. Show 15, a MySpace special was just outstanding. Graham continues to hand-pick fantastic music and put out a great podcast. He was even nice enough to give me a shout-out in show 16.

Check out the podcast site or just subscribe via iTunes. The best things in life are free.

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More Acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts

A couple months ago I wrote about podcasts I listen to and mentioned that I’d post more as I found them. Well now I’ve got some catching up to do, so here’s the new acoustic, Irish and Celtic podcasts.

Celtic Folk Podcast is a great Celtic and traditional podcast by Al Mann. Though they have been a little infrequent this summer Al plays a great selection of music. Subscribe via iTunes

The Cleveland Celtic Podcast plays a bit more contemporary selection of Celtic music. Wendy Donahue plays some great Celtic rock and other contemporary selections in the Celtic genre. Subscribe via iTunes

Marc Gunn’s Pub Songs Podcast comes from the same guy who publishes the Irish and Celtic Music Podcast and features some of Marc’s favorite pub songs and often a selection which pushes the limits of the pub song genre. Though short, this podcast is well worth subscribing to. Subscribe via iTunes

It’s A Frog’s Life Acoustic Podcast is a relative newcomer to the podcasting scene by Graham Holland. Graham focuses on music from Liverpool where he lives and across the UK. If you gravitate toward British folk this is a great podcast for you. Subscribe via iTunes

The best part about all these podcasts (other than them being free) is there is very little overlap between them. Each one plays a different variety of music from different areas.

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Matt Wahl – Fun Songs About Good Stuff!

Matt WahlWhen you visit Matt Wahl’s website you will first see the words “Music Is Fun!”, a sentiment that is clearly a part of all of his music. Fun. Like beers with a friend, a day at the beach, a fantasy about being a rock ‘n’ roll star and stories about your buddy who always does something dumb when he’s had a few drinks.

Matt’s latest album “The Fun Side of Life” is filled with fun and true stories about life. The album starts with the song “Lighten Up”, an upbeat tune which perfectly sets the mood of the album. “Lighten Up” is followed by the song “The Answer is Faith”, one of the strongest tracks on the album which features a nice driving piano line and some great guitar work. “A Fun Song About Good Stuff” shows a little of Matt’s country side with a song that is perfectly described by it’s title.

With “Another Place, Another Time” and “I Never Took the Time” we hear the slower side of Matt. Both make me think of Jim Croche’s slower songs. The sound is echoed in “A Brilliant Song” where Matt pokes fun at the “metaphorical nonsense” that runs rampant in popular music.

“Hold My Beer…Watch This!” is a fun romp through indiscretion. With a very catchy tune this song is an ode to the most common last words spoken in Matt’s native Wisconsin. This is the most fun song on “The Fun Side of Life” and will… repeat will get stuck in your head after the first listening.

The Fun Side of Life“The Fun Side of Life” closes with the title track, a nice ballad of what we all want from life. No worries, no competition, loving our jobs, having a good time; call it idyllic, but this song is about what we are all looking for. “The Fun Side of Life” will take you back to the best times you’ve had and remind you how important it is to have more of them.

Some might consider Matt Wahl’s lyrics too simple, even pedestrian, I prefer accessible. No fancy over-your-head language or double meaning, just fun, true words about the world we live in. Matt follows in the tradition of Jimmy Buffett, Jim Croche and Gordon Lightfoot by offering what I would consider modern “folk music”. Music for and about people…real people.

For the complete track list and generous samples from “The Fun Side of Life” check out Matt’s CD page. The Fun Side of Life is available from CD Baby and also available on iTunes. If you like it I highly recommend checking out Matt’s other albums.

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Irish, Celtic, Folk and Acoustic Podcasts

Now that I’m back in the world of the working iPod I’ve been going through podcasts almost as fast as gas money. Here are a couple of my favorites thus far.

Irish & Celtic Music PodcastMarc Gunn’s Irish & Celtic Music Podcast has some of the best Irish and Celtic music I’ve heard. Ranging from the very traditional right up to edgy punk-fusion all the music is high quality Irish and Celtic music. Marc manages to get two or three podcasts out a month and is always great about giving artist and album information. Get it at iTunes.

TransAtlantic Acoustic ShowTransAtlantic Acoustic Show highlights a larger variety of modern acoustic music. Hosts jill no jack of the US and Sam Salter of the UK offer great info and background on the artists. Sam can be a little hard to understand (because of his voice, not his accent) but it’s nothing a little extra volume won’t fix. These come out almost every week. Get it at iTunes.

Both of these podcasts are free, and remember you don’t need an iPod to enjoy podcasts!

I’m going to start keeping a list of my favorite podcasts in my links in my sidebar, so as I find more good podcasts I’ll post them there.

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