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Christmas 2006 Newsletter



Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

Merry Christmas
Or in Gaelic - Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!

Welcome to our special Christmas edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter. Christmas has arrived on Highlander Radio with our popular "A Celtic Christmas" broadcast playing from December 1st through December 26th. This year we continue to compile one of the largest and inspirational Celtic Christmas music collections - featuring Gaelic, Scots, Irish, Welsh holiday music to keep you in the holiday spirit at work and at home.

This year our main page has been decorated with a beautiful portrait of the Christmas nativity scene and enhanced with virtual snow flakes gently falling on your screen. 


Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories
 and love of kindred, and we are better through out the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time.  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder


There is plenty to do on Celtic Radio this time of year. Be sure to watch our special Christmas CD giveaway thread to win one of the 25 CDs we are giving away this month. Or, shop at our own Celtic Radio Gift Store featuring many holiday gift products. As always, our Celtic Radio Founder's club and a Live365 preferred member account are always popular holiday subscription gifts for love ones and family members.

We hope you enjoy our special music broadcast this year next to the Christmas Tree, the lights, the fireplace and during a few quite moments late at night. Celtic Radio at Christmas time is certainly an experience to add to your workplace or home,  so we sincerely hope you have a safe, happy and joyous holiday season!

Nollaig Chridheil Huibh! (Merry Christmas)

 

What's New?
Our popular community forums has thousands of members and hundreds of messages posted each and every day. Now you can add yourself to our special member community map or view other members from across the globe. Maps currently include the USA, Africa, Asia, Australia, Canada, Central America, Europe, South America and the U.K. Check out member map today!

 

Deirdre Shannon
Irish Star Shines Solo
Deirdre is one of the brightest new talents to emerge on the classical cross-over scene. This versatile singer, classically trained in Ireland at Dublin’s College of Music, embarked on a solo career after an illustrious series of achievements in critically acclaimed singing groups and shows around the world.

Her music career began when she was welcomed into the exclusive Irish choir Anúna, where she soon became a prominent soloist in concerts all over Europe, notably featuring on their album ‘Behind the Closed Eye’ with The Ulster Orchestra.


Deirdre has been touring the USA as a soloist in the hit show Celtic Woman which stayed at the top of the World Music Charts for a staggering 68 weeks...


Deirdre was then chosen by Michael Flatley to be the vocal soloist in his phenomenal show Lord of the Dance. Cast as ‘Erin the Goddess’, she performed over four years extensively in the USA, South America, Canada, and Mexico to great critical acclaim. Indeed she often returns to guest with this show. In 2002 she featured as the soloist with respected Irish American pianist Eily O’Grady on her sell-out US tour, paying tribute to Eily’s late husband Frank Patterson. Following her return, Deirdre joined forces with the legendary Dionne Warwick on her sweeping UK tour. Recent live performances have been with award-winning songstress Julie Feeney on her sell-out Irish tour...

CD Giveaways
This December we passed a milestone of 200 CDs that have been passed on to our members and listeners since the inception of our CD contest program! And in Celebration we have made this December a Mega CD Giveaway month! This is Celtic Radio's way of saying thank you to all of the members and listeners that support our site. All in all 25 CDs will be given away.

 To be eligible for our monthly CD giveaways you must post at least one message in our community forum. Or, join the Celtic Radio Founder's club for an enhanced member account and to be automatically entered in each monthly giveaway! Then, check your eligibility to this months contest. Here is a sampling of some of the CD's that are available this month:
 



 

In addition to our monthly CD giveaways, be sure to watch our December CD giveaway thread for instant CD giveaways. Most of this month's CDs will be given away in this thread!

 

 

Christmas Eve 1800s
Washington Irvings' Christmas Eve
Washington Irving (April 3, 1783–November 28, 1859) was an American author of the early 19th century. He is perhaps best known for his short stories, his most famous being “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” and “Rip van Winkle” (both appearing in The Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon), but he was a prolific writer of essays, biographies, and other forms as well. He and James Fenimore Cooper were the first American writers to earn acclaim in Europe, and Irving is said to have mentored authors such as Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, and Edgar Allan Poe.

Iriving's "Christmas Eve" describes a typical Christmas Eve in old England. Written in 1819, it could have been the inspiration for Charles Dickens to write, "A Christmas Carol", in 1843. In celebration of the season, we bring you the full text of this wonderful old description of a Christmas Eve celebration vintage 1819 England.


Saint Francis and Saint Benedight
Blesse this house from wicked wight;
From the night-mare and the goblin,
That is hight good fellow Robin;
Keep it from all evil spirits,
Fairies, weezels, rats, and ferrets:
    From curfew time
    To the next prime.

CARTWRIGHT.

WAS a brilliant moonlight night, but extremely cold; our chaise whirled rapidly over the frozen ground; the postboy smacked his whip incessantly, and a part of the time his horses were on a gallop. “He knows where he is going,” said my companion, laughing, “and is eager to arrive in time for some of the merriment and good cheer of the servants’ hall.

 

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The Top Ten
Most requested songs for the past 30 days
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our broadcast schedule for play times.

1. Book of Golden Stories - Runrig
2. What's Up Yours? - Barleyjuice
3. Me and the Moon - Gaelic Storm
4. Graceful & Charming - Great Big Sea
5. The Trial of Lancelot - Heather Dale
6. Love of the Century - Elders
7. The Green Fields of France - Fenians, The
8. Mo Run Gael, Dileas - Rankin Family
9. Come by the Hills - Charlie Zahm
10. Clann An Drumma - Practi Mor - Clann An Drumma


 

Featured Music


The Ecclestons
"Release the Hounds"

Michael Grey
"Leap and Rock"

Deirdre Shannon
Debut Album

Gypsy Soul
"Beneath the Covers: A Rediscovery"

New Shilling
Debut Album


 

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