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August 2007 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

Welcome to our August 2007 Celtic Radio Newsletter! This issue happens to be a first, as we have never produced an August newsletter. We usually only produce a summer issue for the months of June, July and August - but there is just too much happening to let a month go by without letting you know about our generous CD contests and about new Celtic/Folk musicians on the scene.

This month we are featuring two new groups. Allison Barber and Wanderluste. Both very different yet each offering their own perspective on Celtic music. Allison for the more traditional folk listener. Wanderluste a cross between traditional and Celtic Rock. Each group has released their debute CD and each has received a 5 star rating from Celtic Radio! Highly recommended! Check them out in this issue.

“Time is but the stream I go a-fishing in."
- Henry David Thoreau

An interesting topic on our Celtic Radio Community has generated alot of responses - this thread poses the question, "How did you find CelticRadio.net." It is very interesting reading about all of the different ways people found Celtic Radio - (probably more interesting than us rambling on). For ourselves, we have to admit that the idea of Celtic Radio goes back to 2000 - during the Loon Mountain Highland Games. With the backdrop of the White Mountains of New Hampshire, the sun setting and the Celtic Rock super group Seven Nations playing Amazing Grace in true Seven Nations style. What a night to remember and what an inspiration to bring Celtic music on the web. Check out the thread and post your own comments! :)

It's amazing how time moves by so quickly. Here we sit 7 years later and Celtic Radio keeps getting bigger and better. The goal all along has been to introduce people to this wonderful music genre. So do us and Celtic music a favor by introducing someone you know to Celtic Music! Tell them about a new group, our broadcast or website.

The Green Fields of Tommy Makem

Let us all take a moment to reflect on the passing of a great Legend in Irish music - Tommy Makem. He passed away on August 1st due to lung cancer in his home in Dover, New Hampshire. He gained international fame in the 50s and 60s when he teamed up with the Clancy Brothers. Tommy Makem was born in County Armagh, Northern Ireland, and learned to sing from his mother, who knew hundreds of folk songs and tales in the Irish oral tradition.

Take a moment to read our memorial thread on Tommy Makem and post your own comments.

Until next month, Slàinte!



What's New?

We recently added a new feature to our website to help our listeners better locate songs. Previews of each song on our playlist are now available in 20 second bandwidth friendly clips.

Compatible with all major browsers and media players, the preview clips are located on our "Song Info", "Playlist" and "Last 25 Song" pages! Look for the special preview icon to play a small preview clip of the selected track.

The new preview tool is the best way to locate hard to find songs rather than waiting to hear them again on our broadcast. When used together with the search features of our playlist tool, we expect this should save a lot of time in finding and locating your favorite Celtic Radio songs! 

Allison Barber

"Traveling Home"

Allison Barber brings a purity of voice and an earthy soulfulness to traditional Irish music. With a “sean-nós style beyond her years” (Irish America Magazine) and a talent that touches hearts and souls, this fresh singer/songwriter captures her audiences’ attention from the first note.

Allison lives in New York, in high demand as a singer in the traditional scene. Allison has had the privilege of performing and recording with a variety of renowned musicians and groups, most recently lending her voice to Jameson's Revenge as well as Tony DeMarco and The Atlantic Wave.  

“Allison Barber brings a purity of voice and an earthy soulfulness to traditional Irish music. With a sean-nós style beyond her years....”

Born in Boston, Allison grew up amid the sounds of Irish music from a young age. She began performing at age 13, starting her vocal and piano training in classical music at the Boston Conservatory. After completing her undergraduate degree in acting and music at Ithaca College in New York, Allison moved to Edinburgh where she traveled extensively throughout Scotland and Ireland to reconnect with the traditional, folk and sean-nós styles of singing. She honed her skill and style by performing everywhere from street corners to various local pubs. Allison returned to New York, where she began studying Irish Gaelic at the NYU Glucksman Ireland House. She has been performing in the Irish traditional circuit there ever since.

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August CD Contests



CD Giveaways
Our August 2007 CD contest features music from Gaelheart, The Fuschia Band, Maggie Sansone, Steve and Ruth Smith, Bill Thurman, Hugh Morrison and Gobs O'Phun.  Our special ongoing Founder contest could win you the Celtic Music Festival Collection containing 6 popular Celtic Music CDS:

Winner of all of these great CDs to be announced on or after October 1, 2007! To be eligible for this contest you must enroll in the Celtic Radio Founder's Club.

To be eligible for the monthly Celtic Radio contests you must post at least one message in the Celtic Radio community forums. Or sign-up for a Celtic Radio Founder's account to be automatically entered each month!

Good Luck Members!



"Sink or Swim"

Leading a new generation of Irish folk bands with their unique blend of popular and Celtic influences. Wanderluste's distinct sound flows throughout their debut album Sink or Swim.

Core band members Emmanuel, Paddy and Louise are no strangers to the spotlight and have no reticence when it comes to showcasing their exceptional combined musical prowess. As a band and individually they have performed at a wide variety of high profile venues, sharing the stage with a diverse range of artists including Bagatelle, Tom Fleming, Gin's Aloud and Bodyrockers. Their energetic live performances and individualistic musical styles come together in a unique blend that both hardened folk fans and mainstream audiences love.

"Wanderlust's unique sound has been described as a strong fusion of traditional Irish music and popular Celtic rock..."

Their newly released album, entitled Sink or Swim, was recorded over a 10-month period at the Dublin home studio of the band Kila. This album was commercially guided by Thomas Black from RTE's You're A Star, produced by Larry Hogan and Lance Hogan from Kila and co-produced by the band themselves.

Wanderlust's unique sound has been described as a strong fusion of traditional Irish music and popular Celtic rock. For this band live performance is a key element and they have translated the nautical visual style of the album Sink or Swim into a rich theatrical audio/visual experience on stage.

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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. The Ramblin Rover - Silly Wizard
3. I Am - MacTalla Mor
4. Men of Erin - Elders
5. The Night Pat Murphy Died - Great Big Sea
6. Pierre and Marianne - Heather Dale
7. Juice of the Barley - Barleyjuice
8. When The Clans Unite - Clann An Drumma
9. The Green Fields of France - Fenians, The
10. Strathspeys - Scottish Rogues


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August Featured Music

Allison Barber
"Traveling Home"

Silent Planet
"Silent Planet"

Maggie Sansone
"A Celtic Fair"

"Immigrant Road Show"

"Celtic Origins"


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