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February 2009 Newsletter

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Inside This Issue

Welcome to our January/February Celtic Radio newsletter. This month finds us with an immediate need to start a fund raising drive in order to make sure that we can cover our Live365 renewal costs. All five of our Celtic Music channels renewal fees are due in April and we would urge you to head over to our fund raising page to see how we are doing making our goal and to make a small donation. Our best donation package includes a Celtic Radio bumper sticker, Tee Shirt and a full year of Celtic Radio Premium with access to our brand new control panel.

Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did. So throw off the bowlines, Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. 
~ Mark Twain

We are pleased to announce that all nominations for the 2008 Celtic Radio Music awards have been reviewed and the final nominations have been submitted by our panel of judges. Our community voting both is now open.

The Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by Highlander Radio to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music. New for 2008 is the addition of a 6th music category for Contemporary Celtic music.

Voting begins on January 1st of each year 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.


Drum Major in Hot Water!

During the inaugural parade in Washington, D.C., a Cleveland Ohio Pipe Major nodded and waved to President Obama after the President smiled and waved to the pipe band.

Apparently this Pipe Major is in hot water and has been suspended for 6 months from the band. In an exclusive Celtic Radio poll our members find that only 11% believe the Pipe Major should be punished and 88% believe he should not be punished. What do you think? Vote now!

Read the full article from MSNBC


Irish O'Bama
There is a new song in honor of our new President. It's called "There is no one as Irish as Barack O'Bama. The group that performs this song is called the Corrigan Brothers. At Celtic Radio we do not have any music from the Corrigan Brothers and this song probably will not make it on one of our channels as it seems a bit too much like green plastic. You can check it out here from You Tube:


Apparently there is a lot of Irish in O'Bama as indicated in this article from FoxNews. Although in a recent poll on Celtic Radio 60% of members found this song made them sick, 30% puzzled and 10% proud. Tell us what you think!

Update: "The President's ancestor was Fulmouth (or Falmouth) Kearney, who emigrated from Moneygall, Co Offaly, in 1850. The current Taoiseach (Prime Minister) of Ireland, Brian Cowan, being an Offaly man himself, promptly invited the new president to visit his ancestral home." Thank you Mcheál Gallagher for providing this information.


St. Patrick's Day

Make sure to log onto CelticRadio.net on March 17th, 2009 for our annual CD and prize giveaways! All day long we will be giving prizes away to our members in our Celtic Radio Community forums. CDs, Tee Shirts, Bumper Stickers, Premium accounts and much more! It's also a great place to come and listen all day long to our special Irish festival of music. So block some time out in your schedule, take the day off or play a little hooky from school to enjoy all of the fun.

St. Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and the Irish. He was born about 385 A.D. in Northern Wales. He studied religion in Europe to become a priest and bishop. He then brought Christianity to the Irish by teaching in Ireland for 29 years. According to early Irish tradition, he died on March 17, 461 AD. The anniversary of his death is celebrated as Saint Patrick's Day.

An Irish tale tells of how Saint Patrick used the three-leafed shamrock to explain the Trinity. He used it in his sermons to represent how the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit could all exist as separate elements of the same entity. His followers adopted the custom of wearing a shamrock on his feast day.

Green is associated with Saint Patrick's Day because it is the color of spring, Ireland, and the shamrock. Enjoy the day!

Until next time, Slàinte.


Stanley & Grimm

"Another Round"

Fiddler Nikki Engstrom and guitarist and singer Sean Brennan have been playing throughout New England as the duo Stanley & Grimm at concerts, house parties, pubs and festivals for the last three years. Having met and played together at local sessions on Cape Cod, Nikki and Sean made their debut appearance as Stanley & Grimm at the 2005 Cape Cod Celtic Festival where they opened for the internationally known Cape Breton group Beolach. In the following three years they have recorded two CDs of traditional material and original compositions and arrangements, opened shows for Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill, Liz Carool & John Doyle, and traveled throughout New England playing concerts, house parties, festivals and pubs to a growing base of fans.

“Stanley & Grimm is a celebration of traditional music through old and new interpretations of jigs, reels, and songs played with lively fiddle, guitar and voice..."

Nikki Engstrom is an accomplished, award winning fiddler and teaches many workshops at festivals throughout the year while maintaining over 30 full time private students on the Cape. She has performed, competed, and taught throughout New England and Canada. In addition to her inspired and intense fiddle playing, Nikki has also composed many original tunes such as the popular "Little Hawk" and "The Huntress" and continues to come up with exciting and original arrangements of old and new tunes.

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February CD Contests



CD Contests

Our February 2009 CD contest features music from Leza MesiahGael Warning MabonHeather Dale Blackheart and  Stanley and Grimm.

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 March 1, 2009!

Good Luck Members!




"Celtic Mantras"

A range of spiritual cultures has already inspired the group of singers and musicians of Sarva-Antah. They've performed ancient Tibetan mantras, mantras and chants from the Hindu tradition as well as shamanic Native American songs. On this album they are to explore prayers and blessings of the Celts. The music often evolved from ceremonies, gatherings and workshops where songs were favoured. Chant along for comfort and healing, for mediation and relaxation. Or just for joy!

"They've performed ancient Tibetan mantras, mantras and chants from the Hindu tradition as well as shamanic Native American songs..."

Singing in repetitive form is as old as the existence of mankind. Nowadays we call this form a mantra. Mantric singing is easy to do. In a short time, the rather rigid brain processes clear and open up so you can let yourself go with the flow. This album can be used for group singing with only a short practice time required. The basic melodies are easy to follow and can be used for ceremonies and many types of gathering.

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What's New?
At Celtic Radio we have decided to do our own part in stimulating the economy by holding "The Great VideoCelt Contest!" This is the perfect contest to earn a few dollars and have a bit of fun too. There's a bunch of prizes, including Tshirts, CDs, bumper stickers, premium upgrades and of course - cash prizes! :)

The idea for the contest started when we were going to purchase advertising to promote our new VideoCelt.com site. We thought perhaps a cash contest for our members would do a better job at getting the word out to the Celtic masses. So far its been a complete success and we have increased our video library by about 35%. Read all of the details about this contest and then check the current stats. Have fun!
>>> Visit VideoCelt <<<





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. Tartan Is The Color Of My True - Barleyjuice
2. Concerning Charlie Horse - Great Big Sea
3. The Summer Walkers - Runrig
4. One Last Drink - Enter the Haggis
5. A Bird Without Wings - Celtic Thunder
6. The Last Trip Home - Ed Miller
7. First Landing - John Cairns
8. Men of Erin - Elders
9. The Green Fields of France - John McDermott
10. Genevieve's Waltz / Apples in - Stanley and Grimm



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The East Coast Music Awards (ECMA) is a yearly music awards event based in Atlantic Canada for the appreciation of Canadian Music (February 26th - March 1st). Some of the familiar names that have won awards in the past are well known to Highlander Radio - such as Natalie MacMaster, The Rankin Family, Sarah McLachlan and Great Big Sea to name just a few.

This is the music ceremony to attend in Canada boasting a nationally televised gala event which in 2006 was attended by the Prime Minister of Canada. This year the EMCA is being hosted at Corner Brook, Newfoundland & Labrador. Be sure to check out their website for all of the details about this wonderful event!



Celtic Radio TIP: Looking for some new music to add to your CD collection? Then check out our front page every day for a new featured album. Our featured albums are personally reviewed for high musical quality and standards. The daily featured CD is located right below our 'now play' box. Bonus Tip: Click on the album art to view all of the tracks on the CD and make a request. Its better to sample the music first and then make a purchase!




February Featured Music

The Mighty Regis
"Co. Sligo"

Clann An Drumma
"Tribal Heart"

The McDades

Blair Douglas
"Stay Strong"

Ronnie Drew
"The Best Of Ronnie Drew"


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