Or in Gaelic -
Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!
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
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!
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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...
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
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
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.
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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Most requested songs for the past 30
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
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of Golden Stories - Runrig
2. What's Up Yours?
3. Me and the Moon -
4. Graceful & Charming
- Great Big Sea
5. The Trial of Lancelot
- Heather Dale
6. Love of the Century
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