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December 2008 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

Merry Christmas
Or in Gaelic - Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!

Welcome to our special Christmas edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter. Christmas has arrived on Highlander Radio with our popular "A Celtic Christmas" broadcast playing from December 1st through December 26th. This year we continue to compile one of the largest and inspirational Celtic Christmas music collections - featuring Gaelic, Scots, Irish, Welsh holiday music to keep you in the holiday spirit at work and at home. Give us a listen to brighten up your house for the holidays!

Be sure to watch our 12 days of Christmas thread for your chance to win a music CD every day from December 13th through December 24th! We have 5 CDs from Steve and Ruth Smith's inspirational "An Appalachian Winter" to give away on the first five days. See our review below.

"Our hearts grow tender with childhood memories
 and love of kindred, and we are better through out the year for having, in spirit, become a child again at Christmas-time."  ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Music Suggestions

Finding quality Celtic Christmas music is sometimes challenging when all you have available is the local Walmart! We have reviewed our library of Christmas music and would like to make the following recommendations. Please note that these albums can be found for MP3 download on Amazon.com or Emusic.com.

"Celtic Christmas"

"And Winter Came"



Steve and Ruth
"Appalachian Winter"


Matt & Shannon
"Fine Winter's Night"


Loreena McKennitt
"Midwinter Night"


Music Awards

Word comes to us from 11 year old Kierah that she has been nominated by the Canadian Folk Music Awards for Best Youth Performer. Kierah is a very talented young lady from British Columbia, Canada. A BIG Congratulations to Kierah on her nomination. Be sure to check out Kierah's CD playing on Highlander Radio - Irish Madness!

And let us not forget that it is that time of year again to kick off the "Celtic Radio Music Awards!" Now is your opportunity to nominate your favorite musician to a Celtic Radio Music Award.  The Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by Highlander Radio to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 5 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of Celtic Radio. After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs in 5 categories for community voting. Categories for an award are Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Bagpipes and Roots Traditional.

Voting begins on January 1st of each year (so get those nominations in) and ends on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Winners receive recognition of this prestigious award through the induction into the Celtic Radio Hall of Fame and permission to use the Celtic Radio Music Award banner on their website. Album of the year recipient will receive a special Celtic Radio Music Award plaque!


Beginning this month, we will now be producing our newsletter every other month. This will allow us to provide a more comprehensive newsletter and also allow us to focus more on the day to day operations of Celtic Radio. Our CD contests will also be run on a bi-monthly basis with more CDs included with each contest. Expect the newsletter to be produced during even numbered months and the CD contests to be announced during odd numbered months.

Nollaig Chridheil Huibh! (Merry Christmas)


Steve and Ruth Smith

"An Appalachian Winter"

Steve and Ruth have been playing music together for over 30 years. From their home in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, they have performed their Celtic Appalachian music extensively in the U.S. from North Carolina to Hawaii. They have also been cultural music representatives of the Appalachian region, touring abroad in Japan, Korea, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Thailand, Australia, New Zealand, Tonga, and Canada.

“Perfect Christmas music to listen to by the fireplace or as the snow is falling by the window. 5 holiday Celtic Radio stars for An Appalachian Winter."

Ruth plays the hammered and Appalachian mountain dulcimers with Steve supporting on fingerstyle acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo, and vocals. Steve and Ruth are two-time recipients of a North Carolina Arts Council grant.

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December CD Contests


CD Contests

Our December 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 SoraGael Warning Thistledown Tinkers and  Steve and Ruth Smith.

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!

Winners to be announced January 1, 2009!

Good Luck Members!



"Celtic Christmas"

Milwaukee Celtic-Rock band, REILLY, is pleased to announce the release of “Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” on Oglio Records of Torrence, CA. The album will be available online and in retail stores on October 21st, 2008.

Melding familiar holiday standards with the high energy Celtic-Rock that REILLY has become known for throughout the Midwest, “Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” also features a trio of REILLY original compositions including the hilarious “Dear Santa (I Can Explain)”; the touching “Bells Over Boston”; and “For You On Christmas”, a tribute to our troops fighting overseas.

"If you like Santa Claus, Black 47 and Flogging Molly, then you will love this great new group from Milwaukee called Reilly..."

“Kick Ass Celtic Christmas” is the follow up to the band’s 2007 release “Saints of the Ocean”, and also serves as the debut album with new label Oglio Records (Beatallica, Nerf Herder, George Lopez, etc).

Recorded (somewhat ironically) by Shane Olivo throughout the summer of 2008, the album also features guest performances by Milwaukee musical mainstays Chris Conrad, Mitch Cooper, Matt Ostlund, John Steffes, members of the Mighty Lumberhorn, and nationally renown bag-piper Kimberly Siegel.

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The Top Ten
Most requested songs for the past 60 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. Beat the Drum - Great Big Sea
3. Ireland's Call - Celtic Thunder
4. Clans Unite (original) - Clann An Drumma
5. Tartan Is The Color Of My True - Barleyjuice
6. The Highwayman - Loreena McKenni
7. Mull River Shuffle [Live] - Rankin Family
8. The Prince of Darkness - Ed Miller
9. Sake of song - Blackmore's Nig
10. Ballymun Road - Elders


A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens was born on February 7, 1812, the son of John and Elizabeth Dickens. John Dickens was a clerk in the Naval Pay Office. He had a poor head for finances, and in 1824 found himself imprisoned for debt. His wife and children, with the exception of Charles, who was put to work at Warren's Blacking Factory, joined him in the Marshalsea Prison. When the family finances were put at least partly to rights and his father was released, the twelve-year-old Dickens, already scarred psychologically by the experience, was further wounded by his mother's insistence that he continue to work at the factory.

His father, however, rescued him from that fate, and between 1824 and 1827 Dickens was a day pupil at a school in London. At fifteen, he found employment as an office boy at an attorney's, while he studied shorthand at night. His brief stint at the Blacking Factory haunted him all of his life — he spoke of it only to his wife and to his closest friend, John Forster — but the dark secret became a source both of creative energy and of the preoccupation with the themes of alienation and betrayal which would emerge, most notably, in David Copperfield and in Great Expectations.

Dickens' "A Christmas Carol" was the first of Dicken's enormously successful Christmas books - each, though they grew progressively darker, intended as a whimsical sort of masque intended to awaken loving and forbearing thoughts - written in 1844.

[Read 'A Christmas Carol']

From our Attic Treasures!


December Featured Music

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"The Steps To Home"

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