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October 2008 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. Halloween is the second biggest holiday for decorating and what better season to listen to the haunting melodies of Celtic Moon then on Halloween!

This month we are featuring two highly recommended CDs. On one end of the spectrum we have Sonic Impulse, a new bagpipe rock fusion band from LA; and for those that like softer side of Celtic music we have "A Light in the Forest" by Anne Roos. It does the heart good to know that we have such talented individuals supporting Celtic music and providing a wide range of musical taste to listeners. Be sure to check both CDs out!

Got a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly experience? Then post your story on Celtic Radio's own Ghost thread. Warning, do not enter while alone - don't say we didn't warn you!

"The Only Thing We Have to Fear is Fear Itself."
- Franklin D. Roosevelt "

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.

Until next the next Season, Slàinte!


Sonic Impulse

"Pipe Dreams"

Sonic Impulse is an intense and explosive fusion of various musical influences centered around the highland bagpipes. Hard hitting techno and hip-hop beats meet lush, ethereal soundscapes and driving dance rhythms to support innovative bagpipe melodies. The project, the brain child of Los Angeles musician Blake Pullen, draws from his varied experience as a piper, composer, singer, and instrumentalist. Although the bagpipes are well known, they are seldom used in conjunction with other instruments and musical styles.

“Sonic Impulse is an intense and explosive fusion of various musical influences centered around the highland bagpipes."

Sonic Impulse combines the timbre of this ancient instrument with the new and modern vibes of hip hop, electronica, rock, jazz, techno, and various other world genres, resulting in a unique tapestry of audio textures. At a Sonic Impulse concert, the listener can expect to experience a bombardment of the senses. A laser/light show, the Sonic Impulse dancers, and the trance like state of the audience will envelope the listener as they experience the complete sensory escape that is Sonic Impulse.

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Celtic Radio TIP: 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 50,000 games played! So, take a little break and bookmark this link for future video game enjoyment!

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October CD Contests


CD Contests

Our October 2008 CD contest features music from Ceann Marc Gunn and The Dubliners' Tabby Cats Paddy's PigJohn McSherry and Dónal O'ConnorHair of the Dog and  Sora.

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!



Anne Roos
"A Light in the Forest"

Anne Roos' CD - "A Light in the Forest" - is a masterpiece of music and sounds that will gently take you away to a world of ancient melodies, majestic forests, fairies, castles and witches. This musical creation includes Anne on the Celtic Harp along with musicians playing flutes, recorders, whistles, percussions, viola, guitars and fiddles. Beautifully organized and arranged, "A Light in the Forest" is a splendid way to spend an autumn evening listening to the sounds of the season.

"Celtic Radio gives Anne Roos' "A Light in the Forest" a 5+ star rating for truly a masterpiece production of sound and music."

The CD comes in a gorgeous hardcover mini-book with 32 pages of full color pictures and commentary as well as historical background on each song. This production is very unique and top quality with the CD produced in super audio. It will definitely have a special place in your Celtic music collection. And if you love "A Light in the Forest", we are certain you will love Anne's other 2 similar productions; "Haste to the Wedding" and "Mermaids & Mariners" - also in the same format with hardcover mini-book included.

Celtic Radio gives Anne Roos' "A Light in the Forest" a 5+ star rating for truly a masterpiece production of sound and music. The included CD mini-book is certainly the best and most unique production that we have seen in our 7 years of operation and makes this a very compelling package to add to your Celtic music CD collection or as a gift to that someone special!

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What's New?
In response to an overwhelming response to our Knights Templar donation package, we have been able to come up with three donation packages featuring the selection of three beautiful medieval books. Supplies are limited, so please place your order quickly in order to secure these limited edition books.

Knights Templar (Crusades) - A complete illustrated chronicle of the rise and fall of one of history's most secretive and conspiratorial brotherhoods, from its origins as a champion of Christ in the middle ages to its mysterious legacy in the present day, illustrated with more than 200 fine art images.
Medieval Legends of Chivalry - The ancient myths and artifacts by combing centuries-old sources from around the world. Together, this books serves as a repository of human wisdom, the product of thousands of years of thought and experience.
Kings and Queens - A roll call of some of the most iconic names in British history; Alfred the Great, William the Conqueror, Richard the Lionheart, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I, Victoria....Their stories area always compelling sometimes extraordinary, and occasionally almost too gruesome to contemplate.

Donation packages come with a one year subscription to the Celtic Radio Founder's Club (Premium Account), choice of downloadable Family Coat of Arms and a Celtic Radio bumper sticker!
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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. The Bonny Swans - Loreena McKenni
2. Angels from the Ashes - Runrig
3. General Taylor - Great Big Sea
4. Ireland's Call - Celtic Thunder
5. The Way I Feel - Rankin Family
6. Jo'rneyman's Song - Barleyjuice
7. Scots Wha Hae - Charlie Zahm
8. Wild Mountain Thyme - John McDermott
9. Dandelion Wine - Blackmore's Nig
10. The Voice - Celtic Woman


October Featured Music

Bounding Main
"Maiden Voyage - Bounding Main"

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Sonic Impulse
"Pipe Dreams - Sonic Impulse"

Ciara Considine
"Ó Mo Chroí"

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