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May 2007 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

And now for something completely different! I'd like to introduce you to the founder of Celtic Radio who started this web-based music community about 6 years ago. Yes, that is me over there with my little one - Paul MacArthur

So why the introduction? Well, we finally have reached a milestone with Celtic Radio - we have finished our original design goals and wanted to toot our horn a bit. The only problem is I don't really toot my horn that much (I'd rather blend in with the crowd with a cup of Joe or a cold one - depending on my mood), so I'm going to point out some people that really helped make this site.

Anthony Creech, AKA Aaediwen, has been instrumental in all things Linux - he is the Linux Guru. StevenPD has been an excellent source of ideas and motivation. Haynes9 and Maggiemahone1 - our official welcoming committee. Long time moderators - Rindy, CelticRose, WizardofOwls, Mailagnas and Shadows along with the entire moderating team that has kept things running so smoothly while we developed, tweaked and created Celtic Radio. And I must mention my wife Killian (Sara Aitken MacArthur) and family who have been very understanding and supportive while the foundation of Celtic Radio has been built.

And of course, the biggest contributors and the ones that have made Celtic Radio possible - YOU! the members, listeners and musicians! Without you there would be no CelticRadio.net and our 3 wonderful internet radio stations - Highlander Radio, Celtic Moon and Celt Rock Radio!

Celtic Radio, at the heart, is really a grass roots organization that has been created and run by listeners and members interested in the music of the Gaels. We are not part of band, political organization nor record label - so we can bring you coverage of Celtic music and introduce you to new musicians and bands in a completely fair and honest way. We love what we do - and that is why we do it. Simply as that - and we hope to continue to be your source for Celtic music of all types in the years to come. So stick around and watch what we have in store next...... 

“You are about to embark upon the Great
Crusade, toward which we have striven
these many months. The eyes of the
world are upon you. The hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you. - Dwight D. Eisenhower

In honor of the many men and woman that served and gave their lives on D-Day - June 6, 1944 - Celtic Radio would like to honor and remember these heroic peoples. When it was over, the Allied Forces had suffered nearly 10,000 casualties; more than 4,000 were dead. Yet somehow, due to planning and preparation, and due to the valor, fidelity, and sacrifice of the Allied Forces, Fortress Europe had been breached signifying the beginning of the end of the Nazi regime.

Let us also remember the many brave young men and woman serving in Iraq and Afghanistanian today. While there is great debate about the politics of this war, no one can deny that these brave soldiers represent our finest and that we should honor, remember and support their efforts while serving our countries abroad.

Until next month, Slàinte!

Slide Show Baby

When you think of four guys between the ages of 18 and 21 playing music, your first thought usually isn’t of Celtic rock and bagpipes. Throw in the fact that these guys are from Nashville, and things only become more interesting. Enter Slide Show Baby, the explanation for these musical anomalies. This talented, young band effectively mixes pop, punk, folk and Celtic rock to create an exciting new sound. High-energy songs and inventive instrumentals prove that the group, though only recently-formed, is anything but amateur.

“In a scene dry of imagination, Slide Show Baby’s unique sound is sure to make them stand out above the rest. Take note of this band now, as you will likely be seeing them on a much larger scale in the future.”

With gifted musicians and a wide array of instruments, Slide Show Baby is set to make an impact on the current state of music. Lead singer/songwriter Will MacMorran displays his versatility by playing everything from guitar and bagpipes to bouzouki, whistles, and button accordion. If that isn’t enough to impress you, fellow band member Victor Gagnon also plays fiddle and mandolin, in addition to singing harmony and lead vocals on occasion. Rounded out by Sean McWilliams on bass and Bob Zuclich on drums, the skilled four-piece brings together a range of influences and musical styles to form something fresh.

In a scene dry of imagination, Slide Show Baby’s unique sound is sure to make them stand out above the rest. Take note of this band now, as you will likely be seeing them on a much larger scale in the future.

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May CD Contests




CD Giveaways
Our May 2007 CD contest features music from The Fuchsia Band, Maggie Sansone, The Elders, Kennedy's Kitchen, Shauna Burns, No Fixed Abode, Gobs O'Phun, Judith Weikle and Beck Sian. Our special ongoing Founder contest could win you a copy of The Fuschia Band's Gra Da Raibh CD, The Wind that Shakes the Barley Movie Poster and a CelticRadio.net bumper sticker!

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:



What's New?
Music Videos of your favorite artists are now available in our Music Video Library. These videos are hosted on major websites such as Google, YouTube and MySpace. But we make it easy to see only the best in Celtic Music videos all wrapped around our famous Celtic Green website theme! No need to waste time browsing through 1000's of videos, just visit CelticRadio.TV each day to get your fix of free music videos. A featured video will appear each day on our main website and also on our CelticRadio.TV website.

Please feel free to let us know your favorite Celtic Music videos, so that we can add them to our special music video library and share with the rest of the Celtic Radio Community!




Rant, Rave, Lose Pants

That bunch of hard rocking, Yankee, Irish playing boys from Pittsburgh are at it again. With the release of their newest album - "Rave, Rant, Lose Pants" - these boys have proved their just not a blip on the radar screen. Their "Premium Brewed Fun" style of Irish music served Yankee side is certainly to make any die hard Celtic Rock fan addicted within minutes.

We didn't think it could get any better than Ceann's last release - Almost Irish, with their hit single "The Worst Pirate Song." But "Rave, Rant, Lose Pants" shows that Ceann is truly one of the greatest Irish-American bands on the scene today - only this time we are talking Vikings! The band's selection of tunes - such as "Blame the Viking", "Monahan the Mutineer", "McGranahan's Wife", and "New York Girls" will have you smiling and singing in no time!

Their "Premium Brewed Fun" style of Irish music
 served Yankee side is certainly to make any die hard Celtic Rock fan addicted within minutes.

If you liked "Almost Irish" then you will absolutely love "Rave, Rant, Lose Pants." It doesn't get much better when one of the premier Celtic Rock bands can make you sing, dance and smile all in one album! Pick your copy up today for summer cookouts, parties and on the boat - you won't be sorry! Stroke, Stroke, Stroke.........

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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. Loch Lomond [Live] - Runrig
2. The Night Pat Murphy Died - Great Big Sea
3. The Last Trip Home - Ed Miller
4. Killiecrankie - Charlie Zahm
5. The Ramblin Rover - Silly Wizard
6. Coal Tattoo - Fenians, The
7. Bow to the Crown - Heather Dale
8. The Green Fields of France - John McDermott
9. Mo Run Gael, Dileas - Rankin Family
10. Strathspeys - Scottish Rogues



Celtic Radio TIP: AAC Plus technology has arrived for Highlander Radio! Now, founders can listen to Highlander Radio in beautiful AAC streaming technology. The easiest way to access this special stream is tuning in to Celtic Radio TV between the hours of 5AM and 11PM everyday (EST) or check out the founder's control panel with new listening options.

AAC technology is the combination of three MPEG technologies comprising Advanced Audio Coding (AAC), coupled with Coding Technologies' Spectral Band Replication (SBR), and Parametric Stereo (PS) technologies. SBR is a unique bandwidth extension technique which enables audio codecs to deliver the same quality at half the bit rate. PS significantly increases the codec efficiency a second time for low bit rate stereo signals.

Read more about AAC technology and start listening to Highlander Radio in full quality AAC quality!




Featured Music

Charlie Zahm
"Lighthouse on the Shore"

Slide Show Baby
"Slide Show Baby"

"Rave, Rant, Lose Pants"

Blackmore's Night
"The Village Lanterne"

Atlantic Wave


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