Or in Gaelic -
Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!
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
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
"And Winter Came"
Steve and Ruth
Matt & Shannon
"Fine Winter's Night"
Word comes to us from 11 year old
Kierah that she
has been nominated by the
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 -
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
favorite musician to a Celtic Radio Music Award. The
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
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
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
Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!
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
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
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Our December 2008 CD contest features music from
Marc Gunn and The Dubliners' Tabby Cats,
McSherry and Dónal O'Connor,
of the Dog,
Thistledown Tinkers and
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
Founder's account to be automatically entered each month!
Winners to be announced January 1, 2009!
Good Luck Members!
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
"If you like Santa Claus, Black 47 and Flogging
Molly, then you will love this great new group from Milwaukee called
“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.
Our popular community forums has thousands of members and
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Most requested songs for the past 60
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
of the Flood - Runrig
2. Beat the Drum -
Great Big Sea
3. Ireland's Call -
4. Clans Unite
(original) - Clann An Drumma
5. Tartan Is The Color
Of My True - Barleyjuice
6. The Highwayman -
7. Mull River Shuffle
[Live] - Rankin Family
8. The Prince of
Darkness - Ed Miller
9. Sake of song -
10. Ballymun Road -
A Christmas Carol
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.
'A Christmas Carol']
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