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
"You see things;
and you say, 'Why?' But I dream things that never were; and I say,
- George Bernard Shaw
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
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.
Our brand new video website -
- 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!
"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.
Our April 2008 CD contest features music from
Fury, Al Petteway,
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
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....
Most requested songs for the past 30
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
of the Flood - Runrig
2. The Old House -
3. The Catch - Songs
4. Ghost Of A Rose -
5. Scotland the Brave
- Charlie Zahm
6. Shadowdancer -
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
Did you know that you can save a list of your favorite songs that you
hear on Highlander Radio? Throughout our
'now playing' pages look for
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.