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
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!
a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly
experience? Then post your story on Celtic
Warning, do not enter while alone - don't say we didn't warn you!
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.
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.
the next Season, Slàinte!
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
“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.
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!
Our October 2008 CD contest features music from
Marc Gunn and The Dubliners' Tabby Cats,
McSherry and Dónal O'Connor,
of the Dog and
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!
"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
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
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
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
Most requested songs for the past 30
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
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2. Angels from the Ashes
3. General Taylor -
Great Big Sea
4. Ireland's Call -
5. The Way I Feel -
6. Jo'rneyman's Song
7. Scots Wha Hae -
8. Wild Mountain Thyme
- John McDermott
9. Dandelion Wine -
10. The Voice -