case you did not notice, its October! and Halloween – one of our favorite
holidays – is just around the corner. We have always said that the best
time of the year for Celtic Music is the fall and of course Halloween.
This month we are featuring two diverse musical groups, one with a
Ukrainian background and the other with a Native American background. Who
said Celtic music is not culturally diverse? Some of the best music in the
Celtic Genre is now being made by peoples from all across the world. What
a wonderful music genre!
moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're
curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."
- Walt Disney
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient
Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000
years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Isle
of Man, France, Northern Spain & Portugal, Western Germany, Switzerland,
The Po Valley (Italy), Hungary and the Czech Republic celebrated their New
Year on November 1st. This day
marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark,
cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between
the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of
October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts
of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging
crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it
easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the
future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world,
these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during
the long, dark winter.
commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people
gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of
animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When
the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had
extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect
them during the coming winter.
Read more Ghost stories or post your own experiences on Celtic
do not enter while alone - don't say we didn't warn you!
the next Season, Slàinte!
Cape Breton Calling! Linking Leaders
The Cape Breton Calling - Linking Leaders - was a complete success!
Mildred Lynn of appliedability.com has sent us some beautiful photographs
of the event that she would like to share with the Celtic Radio Community.
Thank you Mildred for sharing these photographs (including the
The Barra MacNeils) and for letting us know about this wonderful annual event!
Everyone focus your cameras
and start uploading
your favorite pictures to the Celtic Radio Member
Gallery. You could then have a chance to be featured on our
front page in our brand new featured member pictures!
The Photograph Gallery contains over a 1,000 pictures from our
members all across the world. Browse through pictures of our
members, families, friends castles, concerts and more!
Rate, Comment and
send postcards of the photographs. Every Celtic Radio member
receives 10 megabytes of storage space, 200 megabytes if you are
Celtic Radio Founder!
other Celtic Radio news, we are excited to announce the release
of WinAmp 5.5 from
AOL Music. This media player works
perfectly with our Highlander Radio broadcast. In addition to
providing links to the current artist playing, each time the song
changes a fading task bar notification box shows you the name of the
song playing. Grab it today!
"Immigrant Road Show"
Scythian (sith-ee-yin) is a
young Celtic band of four self-proclaimed "twenty-somethings" based in the
D.C. metro area. A charismatic group comprised of brothers and friends,
Scythian's music ranges from traditional folk to high energy Celtic, with
strains of gypsy and Klezmer. The lads are quickly becoming known for
their intense, high-energy shows and dynamic crowd interaction.
In just this year alone, Scythian has been booked for eleven festivals
including the Milwaukee Irish Fest
- the largest Celtic festival in the world. The band headlined the Irish
Fair Minnesota with
Gaelic Storm and the Potomac Celtic Festival with the
Prodigals. Scythian also recently
performed at Musikfest which is a nine-day festival in Bethlehem, P.A.,
that in 2006, drew over one million people.
“Scythian brings a
passion and energy that makes them unpredictable, spontaneous and
Landing spots in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village and in one of the MTV's
The Real World shoots in Philadelphia, Scythian's has secured its spot,
according to The Washington Post, "as one of D.C.'s most energetic and
eclectic bands. Led by a pair of young raging fiddlers, Scythian brings a
passion and energy that makes them unpredictable, spontaneous and
Though they have only been a full-time band for three years, Scythian's
love of music came from an early age. The Fedoryka brothers began studying
the violin and piano at age three while Crosby and Ounallah began playing
the violin and drums, respectively, at age five. The Fedorykas are 100%
Ukrainian and come from a musical family with their mother Irene
graduating from Juilliard and all ten of the children learning
instruments. Crosby and Ounallah bring the Irish blood to the group with
Crosby being half Irish and half Austrian and Ounallah being half Irish
and half Jordanian.
Our October 2007 CD contest features music from
We are holding a
special CD contest for the month of
October 2007 which will award this months CDs to the top
7 Celtic Radio members
who post the most in our popular community forums! To sweeten the pot a
bit, members who rank 8th-10th place for the month will receive a Celtic
Radio bumper sticker!
To post messages in our Community forums, be sure that you have
signed up for a Celtic Radio member account and then begin
score card to keep track of your rank.
7 members will get to take home their CD of choice depending on
their placement. 1st place gets first selection, 2nd place gets second
Our special ongoing Founder contest could win you the
Elders Heartland Package:
Winner of the Elder's Heartland Package to be announced on or after
2007! To be eligible for this contest you must enroll in the
Good Luck Members!
"Journeys through the Mist"
The Blessed Blend composes and performs music, blending Native American
and Celtic Sounds, creating a harmony of tribal music from these ancient
and still-thriving indigenous cultures. They lift up their voices to The
Creator honoring and thanking Him, as a form of worship through song.
Celebrating and embracing cultural “blendedness”, they encourage
overcoming prejudice with Love provided by our Maker.
"Blessed Blend is Native American and Celtic Music. In centuries past,
native people of Turtle Island (America) and the newly immigrated Irish
and Scots, came the realization that there were many shared tribal
commonalities between themselves and the people of Native American tribes.
From the past through today, we share a deep love for drums, flutes,
dance, language, music and culture. This is why it is so common to find
many people today in the United States with the blended heritage of Native
and Celtic bloodlines. During the 17th century, the term “blessed blend”
was coined by the Scots to describe the marriage union between a Native
American and a person of Celtic heritage. The same name, “blessed blend”
was used to describe children who were born of these unions."
"During the 17th century, the term “blessed blend” was
coined by the Scots to describe the marriage union between a Native
American and a person of Celtic heritage..."
Joseph RiverWind is a member of the Jatibonicu Taino Indian Nation of
Boriken. His great grandfather’s family was from Galicia (“Land of the
Gaelic People”). He has been performing since he was 4 years old when his
father gave him his first flute. He grew up in a musical family playing
the flute, singing, dancing, and storytelling. Joseph is a vocalist and
plays various First Nations drums and flutes, bagpipes, tin whistle, and
Laralyn RiverWind is descended from Muscogee
Creek/Cherokee/Choctaw/Irish/Scottish families. Her Native blood comes
through her father’s line and mother’s family is a union between Celtic
Nations – Clan Liston of County Roscommon in Ireland and Clan McDonald of
Scotland. Laralyn is a vocalist, songwriter, and artist. She enjoys
playing the Celtic harp, native drum, bodhran, and Native flute.
Most requested songs for the past 30
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
Mi'n Geamhradh - Runrig
2. The Silver Darlins/I
Hae Laid - Ed Miller
3. The Highwayman -
4. The Queen of Argyll
- Silly Wizard
5. Mull River Shuffle
[Live] - Rankin Family
6. Alexander's Welcome
7. Scotland the Brave
- Charlie Zahm
8. And the Band Played
Waltzing M - John McDermott
9. The Mary Ellen Carter
- Stan Rogers
10. Caledonia -
In keeping with our fun theme of Halloween, we'd like to point out
to all of our members that the Celtic Radio Penny Arcade is open
for business 24 hours a day! We have some of the best flash games
available and it does not even cost the usual penny to play!
Favorites such as Pac-Man, Mahjongg, Mini-Golf, IQ Test,
Horoscopes and much more await you in our "never close" arcade!
We currently have 118 games to choose from and to date there has
been almost 30,000 games played! So, take a little break and
bookmark this link for future video game enjoyment!