Podcast News Roundup | Motherfoclóir To End Its Run With A Liveshow And More!

Welcome back to HeadStuff’s Podcast News Roundup, your go-to place for podcast news and recommendations. This week’s roundup features HeadStuff’s Podcast Of The Week and also looks at the end of the popular Irish language podcast Motherfoclóir, if Joe Rogan’s exclusive deal with Spotify backfired, a major sponsor that’s been added to a new women-centered podcast award show, and more.

And as always if you host a podcast and want it featured as our podcast of the week, email us at [email protected] and we’ll be sure to check it out!

Podcast Of The Week

The Irish Mythology Podcast does exactly what it says on the tin. It is an immersive storytelling podcast that brilliantly explores the depths of Irish mythology.

Each episode takes a look at specific myths and stories from Irish mythology and folklore, some well known and some more obscure, and gets to the heart of what exactly is happening in each of these myths and how they connect to Irish mythology on a grander scale.


Hosts Marcas and Stephie achieve this by splitting the show into two unique but equally enjoyable segments. The first half of the show is a beautifully acted and sound-designed retelling of each myth, and then the second half is a deep dive that dissects each myth taking a look at its origins, history, and the modern contexts that affect how we explore these myths today.

Irish mythology is fascinating, but often hard to understand or read about. As a fan of mythology from all cultures, I often find myself longing for a resource that can educate me on the mythology of my own culture – this podcast is that resource. 

A treat for all fans of myth, storytelling, or Ireland check out their back catalog, catch up and get well acquainted with all things Irish mythology with The Irish Mythology Podcast.

Motherfoclóir To Celebrate The End Its Run With A Liveshow

After four years and more than 180 episodes, the fun Irish language podcast Motherfoclóir is finishing up with a live show today Friday, August 27.  

Darach Ó Séaghdha, Dr. Gearóidín McEvoy, Peter Kavanagh and their guests have been exploring the fun side of the Irish language and reminding us why this is not in fact a dead language since 2017. 

Over the show’s four-year run the group has covered everything from the experience of learning Irish with dyslexia, exploring Irish culture and folklore, and the origins of common Irish placenames, phrases, and more. Motherfoclóir has established itself as a fun and interesting place to explore the Irish language and its impact on the past, present, and future of Ireland.

Motherfoclóir will conclude tonight, August 27th, 2021 with an online live show starting at 8 pm.

Joe Rogan’s Exclusive Deal With Spotify Is Hurting His Influence

An investigative report by The Verge has discovered that Joe Rogan’s exclusive deal with Spotify may actually be doing more harm than good in terms of his audience reach.

Back in 2020, Spotify signed a reported $100 million deal with the comedian-turned-podcaster to have the exclusive rights to air what is arguably the biggest podcast in the world. However, the report found that the podcaster’s influence has actually dropped since signing the deal. His social media numbers have halved, with his search numbers and Youtube view counts falling as well.

That isn’t to say the show isn’t doing well, it is still incredibly popular and Rogan continues to be one of the biggest names in podcasting. But still, the argument could be made that perhaps limiting yourself to just one platform in exchange for a reportedly crazy amount of money may not play out as well in the longterm in the podcasting world where easy access and choice of streaming services play a major factor in gaining and keeping an audience. Particularly in the US market where Apple Podcasts dominates the podcast streaming platform wars.  

Shure announced as headline partner for the International Women’s Podcast Awards

Shure, a leading global manufacturer of premium audio equipment, has been announced as the headline sponsor partner for this year’s inaugural International Women’s Podcast Awards.

The International Women’s Podcast Awards will be an event to celebrate the very best female-led moments in podcasting of the last year. Where recognition will be given to women in podcasting, both behind the mic and behind the scenes, who have created incredible audio moments and intimate listening experiences.

The awards are open to everyone in podcasting that identifies as a woman or non-binary regardless of audience size or download numbers and the nominations are still open for eight different categories: Moment of Comedy Gold, Moment of Raw Emotion, Moment of Cliffhanging Drama, Moment of Touching Honesty, Moment of Behind-the-Scenes Brilliance, Moment of Entrepreneurship Inspiration, Moment of Badass Business Advice, Award for Changing The World One Moment At A Time.

The event will take place in London next month on Thursday the 23rd of September and tickets are available now.


A treat for fans of heavy metal The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 – The Black Album has been released in conjunction with the 30th anniversary of the band’s self-titled fifth LP a/k/a The Black Album

The podcast’s weekly episodes explore the stories behind and the legacy of the best-selling album in the history of Nielsen Soundscan. Over its eight episodes, The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 celebrates the September 10th release of Metallica’s remastered Black Album in unprecedented detail. Featuring first-hand anecdotes chronicling the making of The Black Album, and also explores the album’s ongoing cultural impact.

The Metallica Podcast: Volume 1 features the voices of each member of Metallica, as well as nearly 40 others including former bassist Jason Newsted, producer Bob Rock, studio and touring personnel, and other important figures within the band’s lives and the music industry. As well as never-before-heard demo recordings, candid conversations, and much more.

The show is shaping up to be a treat for any music fan as well as an interesting marketing tactic tying this audio documentary into a famous album anniversary.

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