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April 2008 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

Welcome to our April Newsletter! As you can see, we have gone back to our web-based formatted newsletter. We switched around the end of 2007 to an email-based newsletter while we focused our efforts on a number of projects on our website. With the majority of work completed, it only seemed natural to kick off the spring weather with our colorful and easy to read monthly newsletter!

"You see things; and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say, "Why not?" 
- George Bernard Shaw

The Celtic Radio Music Awards are in and complete results and coverage can be read in our Official Press Release of this yearly event. New for our awards program is a beautiful Celtic Radio framed award plaque that will go to the winner of the Album of the Year. Pictured standing above is myself and Victoria MacArthur displaying the 2007 award before it is shipped to New Brunswick Canada for the Bottoms Up Band who won this award for their fantastic Live album. Individual song award winners can display the official Celtic Radio Music Award banners on their website. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2008 awards, so don't lose out on recognizing your favorite musicians with this prestigious award!

Coming up in the next few months we expect to release the first version of our online community game called "Medieval Kingdom." This virtual game of conquest and kingdom building will reflect in each member's community statistics. Each night allotments of Gold will be dispersed depending on a member's activity. Gold can be used to purchase additional attributes in the Game or can be used for Live auctions of real life items such as CDs, Prizes and Clothing items.

Until next month, Slàinte!

What's New?

Our brand new video website -
VideoCelt.com - is a hit! Traffic to this new site has been incredible during the first month of operation and it continues to impress and delight. No longer do you need to search for videos of your favorite Celtic musician, watch and hear them on VideoCelt!
Already VideoCelt has a ton of features, such as member profiles, comment/rating system, video suggestions and the ability to link directly to the videos we offer. We expect over the course of the next 6 months to release 2 major upgrades to this new service with even more cool and satisfying features to the video addict!
Sign-up now for a VideoCelt account and start enjoying our new website today!


Fin's Fury

"What about Ya?"

Take 2 award winning fiddle players, a bald, bearded, frequently bare-footed bass player/lead vocalist with an affinity for kilts, a well seasoned powerhouse drummer/percussionist and a guitarist who excels in every genre, add a blend of Irish and Scottish traditional tunes, mix well with some blues, punk, as well as lyrical vocals to a hard rock wall of sound, stir in some infinite possibility and you get Finn's Fury: Urban Celtic Fusion Rock.

“What makes this band unique is it's improvising ability. Instrumental jams with a raw edge of unpredictability are a trademark....”

What makes this band unique is it's improvising ability. Instrumental jams with a raw edge of unpredictability are a trademark. With well over a decade of experience in touring and concerts behind them, the members of Finn's Fury come from quite a diverse collection of backgrounds. Fiddler/vocalist Leenya Rideout has appeared in "Cabaret", "Company", where she won a Tony award, and "Cyrano De Bergerac" alongside Kevin Kline and Jennifer Garner. Fiddler/Bagpiper Calum Pasqua holds the Celtic Classic and New England Regional Scottish Fiddle Championship titles and bears the distinction of not only being the first American invited to compete in Scotland's prestigious Glenfiddich Scottish Fiddle Championship, but also the first American to win it! 

Collectively, the members of Finn's Fury have graced the stages of the Waldorf Astoria, Celtic Festivals all over the country, Broadway, television and radio. As a group, they bring an exciting and eclectic mix that generates an infectious, high energy to all their live performances.

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April CD Contests

CD Contests

Our April 2008 CD contest features music from Donal Donohoe BarleyjuiceSharon KayeFinn's FuryAl Petteway Oceans ApartPoor Angus and  The Tom Collins Band.

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!



"Bonny Prince Barley"

The first thing that attracts you to Barleyjuice is their uncanny ability to pen songs that sound like they could be straight from a classic Pogues or Flogging Molly album. The second thing that hits you is their wit and prowess in performing them. This is why they're making waves in the celtic community and beyond...

Or maybe it's just that they have nice legs for kilts.

Chuck & Sarah Fishbein, videographers for U2's last tour, caught the band at Rocky Sullivan's, NYC early on and faithfully followed them from venue to venue to create the rough "rockumentary" you see on this website.

"At the heart of their success is simply just a
great group of guys that love to play Celtic Rock music and it shows in their latest
CD “Bonny Prince Barley..."

Barleyjuice's eponymous first recording was steeped in traditional bagpipe & celtic singing songs. By their second album, Another Round, Swanson & Brewer had written more than half of the material. Encouraged with numerous comparisons to Shane MacGowan & the Pogues, Ronnie Drew, even the Rolling Stones, they staved on with their own original tunes as well as trad favourites. Their tongue-in-cheek element delights audiences thoroughly, in addition to, as Brewer notes, making it difficult for them to sing properly. The six members pilot a barrage of instruments - guitar, fiddle, accordion, bagpipes, bouzouki, mandolin, harmonica, banjo, tinwhistle, piano, bass and drums. Sometimes they even dance....

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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. Year of the Flood - Runrig
2. The Old House - John McDermott
3. The Catch - Songs for Ceili
4. Ghost Of A Rose - Blackmore's Nig
5. Scotland the Brave - Charlie Zahm
6. Shadowdancer - Clanadonia
7. My Bonnie Lassie and Me - Barleyjuice
8. Bully in the Alley - Bounding Main
9. The Devil Made Texas - Ed Miller
10. Mo Run Gael, Dileas - Rankin Family



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Celtic Radio TIP: Did you know that you can save a list of your favorite songs that you hear on Highlander Radio? Throughout our playlist and 'now playing' pages look for this icon:

When you click on this icon, the current song or the song from our playlist will be saved to your favorites list. View your entire favorites to easily request your favorite songs or to decide if you wish to purchase the song/album at a later date.


April Featured Music

Finn's Fury
"What About Ya?"

The High Kings
"The High Kings"

Blackmore's Night
"Live in Paris"

Fiddler's Green
"Drive Me Mad!"

Aine Minogue
"Celtic Pilgrimage"


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