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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
"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
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
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.
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 March 1, 2009!
Good Luck Members!
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
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.
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!
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
for all of the details about this wonderful event!
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.
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