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October 2007 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

In 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.

A few suggested ghostly tracks you might request on Highlander Radio are:

Loreena McKennitt - The Highwayman
Matt McGinn - The Dundee Ghost
Jeff Victor - Dance of the Dumfrieshire Dwarfs
Maggie Sansone - Mystic Dance: A Celtic Celebration
The Bringers - Celtic Circle Dance Cup Of Wonder

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!

"We keep 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.

To 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 Radio's own Ghost thread. Warning, do not enter while alone - don't say we didn't warn you!

Until next 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.

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Thank you Mildred for sharing these photographs (including the The Barra MacNeils) and for letting us know about this wonderful annual event!


What's New?
Everyone focus your cameras and start uploading your favorite pictures to the Celtic Radio Member Photograph 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 a Celtic Radio Founder!
In 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 contagiously festive....”

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 contagiously festive."

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.

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October CD Contests



CD Giveaways
Our October 2007 CD contest features music from The Elders, Maidens IV, Bonnie Rideout, Hugh Morrison, Blessed Blend, Ted Christopher and Gaelheart.

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 posting messages. Monitor the score card to keep track of your rank.

The Top 7 members will get to take home their CD of choice depending on their placement. 1st place gets first selection, 2nd place gets second selection, etc.



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 December 1, 2007! To be eligible for this contest you must enroll in the Celtic Radio Founder's Club.

Good Luck Members!




Blessed Blend

"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 bodhran.

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.

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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. Chi Mi'n Geamhradh - Runrig
2. The Silver Darlins/I Hae Laid - Ed Miller
3. The Highwayman - Loreena McKenni
4. The Queen of Argyll - Silly Wizard
5. Mull River Shuffle [Live] - Rankin Family
6. Alexander's Welcome - Albannach
7. Scotland the Brave - Charlie Zahm
8. And the Band Played Waltzing M - John McDermott
9. The Mary Ellen Carter - Stan Rogers
10. Caledonia - Celtic Woman



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October Featured Music

Hair of the Dog

Rankin Family
"Family Reunion"

Celtic Chakra
"Moving Stones"

The Elders
"Alive & Live in Ireland"

El Hombre Pez
"Contra Viento y Marea"


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