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June 2009 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

Welcome to the May/June edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter. Consider this our European edition as we are featuring three groups from Europe: Faun, from Germany; Paul Vens from Holland and the Avalon Dance Group from Slovakia. In fact, we seem to have a steady stream of mailings from some very talented musicians that come from all over Europe. We continue to be impressed with the music submissions from our European friends - thank you very much Europe!

We have also noticed a trend lately of musicians providing us woodland faerie music. This seems to be a growing sub-genre of music that is taking hold. With names such as The Faerie Archives, Faerielore and the Faerie Worlds event in Eugene, Oregon (Check out the Faerie World Events Video). We are most concerned that having fought the dreaded St. Patrick's Day Leprechauns, that we are now going to have to deal with Faeries too! Oh St. Patrick!

"Since we cannot know all that there is to be known about anything, we ought to know a little about everything.." ~ Blaise Pascal (1632 - 1662)

This issue marks the beginning of two new columns that we will feature in every newsletter. A technology column that will focus on electronic and computer gadgets related to music and a DVD review of either a new or classic Celtic themed movie. We are excited to bring you these two new columns and hope that you will find our recommendations both interesting and useful in your purchases. Check them out below.

In other late breaking news about our site, we have introduced a brand new 'Web Services' menu that provides our members with free email and a free Celtic Radio hosted website. This service is perfect for individuals and small bands. An upgrade option is available for those who need more rebust web hosting services.

Our popular channel - Celtic Moon - has a brand new playlist including a rich selection of old and new material. Not a VIP member yet, then sign-up to hear Celtic Moon in CD quality!

Celtic Radio wishes all of our members a safe and enjoyable summer vacation!


Until next time, Slàinte.


Go Wireless!

Until recently, Internet Radio was mainly confined to your computer system. But with the advent of wireless technologies becoming main streamed in our computer equipment, we are starting to see some really nice products in the market place that actual work as advertised. How nice it would be to simply hook an audio cable to a small device that would wirelessly transmit anything playing on your computer to a wireless weather resistant base speaker in your backyard. Well the future is now and this product is available for a very reasonable price. With the availability of these products increasing, we are witnessing a downward pricing on all of these wireless gadgets that only a few years ago cost over $500.

Sharper Image makes a product called "The Shift Wireless Speaker with Audio Transmitter." There are a number of models of this product available with the most expensive version having the greatest distance between the audio transmitter and the wireless speaker. Currently you can find the Shift System online through Overstock.com and also at a number of bargain outlets such as Home Depot, Kohls or Walmart. Do some checking when your out shopping and you might be able to pick this unit up for about $49.95.

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DVD Review - Excalibur

John Boorman's 1981 classic Excalibur is a primary adoption of Malory's Morte d'Arthur (1485) and unless you saw this movie in 1981 when it first came out, you might have missed a great classic that has endured to this day. One actor in the film, Patrick Stewart, you will recognize as the Captain of Star Trek Next Generation. No matter what movie Patrick plays in, he always looks the same - timeless like this movie!

John Boorman originally intended to film an adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and much of the imagery and set designs seen in Excalibur were created with that intention. He was, however, unable to secure the rights to the book. Besides a gorgeous cinematic approach to this film, it contains some of the most authentic medieval battle scenes ever filmed.

This movie is definitely worth picking up at your local Best Buy or Walmart, if they have it in stock, or you can always order it from amazon.com. You will probably pay less than $10 for a great afternoon or evening of a King Arthur classic. Start popping the corn! Celtic Radio gives John Boorman's 1981 classic Excalibur 5 Movie Stars...

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Avalon Dance Group
The Avalon Dance Group is located in Bratislava, Slovakia which goes to show that Irish dance does not necessarily need to come from Ireland. It is an international dance to be shared across the world. In keeping with our European themed newsletter, we present to you the Slovakia Dancers from the Avalon Dance School. Now these girls can Irish Dance!




Paul Vens

"The Son to the Father"

Paul Vens music is definitely something special that has caught the ear of Celtic Radio. We are not known as a New Age music site; however, we do occasionally play some New Age music that meets our high standards of excellence and crosses over between different genres. Paul's mix of music, acoustic melodies, and nature sounds of the forest combine for a treat and remembrance of those Father Son years gone by and those years yet to come.

Bicyle Ride, Playing in the Fields, Father I must go into the World, Wonderful Silence and Father & Son are some of our favorite tracks. Just listening to the music paints the picture of a Father and Son engaged in the peaceful activities of passing ones very life on to the one person who will carry on all that you love and treasure in this world. Whether it is hiking through the alpine mountains, engaged in father son conversation or acknowledging each other's milestones. Paul Vens says it perfectly, "we shouldn't create distance, because we originate from them."

“Paul Vens is a new age musician from Holland who has been kind of enough to provide to Celtic Radio a number of his beautiful and relaxing musical journeys..."

"The Son to the Father" is a unique album that you can listen to and reflect on the importance of your Father Son relationship - whether spirtual or physical. We give 5 Father-Son Stars for a true masterpiece of musical work on this very fitting day - Father's Day! Listen and watch for Paul Ven's tracks on both Highlander Radio and Celtic Moon - or better yet, purchase this or another of Paul's CD directly from his website below...

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FAUN combines ancient instruments with modern influences to create an enchanting and powerful atmosphere.

The band's performances incorporates with up to three voices chant and employs many different instruments. For example: Celtic harp, nyckelharpa, various lyres, bagpipes, large Japanese taiko drums, cister, Pagan zither, flutes and even Arabic instruments like dombra, rebab, riq, oud, darabukka and bendir.

"Influences of Celtic folk, medieval music and Arabic rhythmic tones fusing with driving beats draws an ever fast growing crowd of followers..."

Influences of Celtic folk, medieval music and Arabic rhythmic tones fusing with driving beats draws an ever fast growing crowd of followers.

The ensemble FAUN was founded in early 2002 in Munich and has performed at more than 450 locations, festivals, concert halls and churches throughout Europe, including: Mèra Luna Festival (Germany), Elf Fantasy Fair (Netherlands), Wave Gotik Treffen (Germany), Fiesta Celtica Biella (Italy),Folkwoods Folkfestival (Netherlands), Arena van Vletingen (Belgium), Locomotive (Paris/France), Savari Karn..Hungary), Palladius/Barcelona (Spain), Estragon (Italy) and many more...

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CD Contests

Our June 2009 CD contest features music from SkullyWild Thyme Jim MalcolmJohn McSherry and Dónal O'ConnorSharon Kaye Ceallach Mabon and  Griogair.

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 July 1, 2009!

Good Luck Members!


June CD Contests







What's New?
Work has been completed on a new section of Celtic Radio called 'Web Services.' The Web Services control panel is available to all members and contains tools for members to create a free email account or a free website using one of our 14 unique Celtic themed domain names!
Free Email - Web based email system with desktop notifications.
Free Website - All the tools you need to create a simple website including a file manager and WYSIWYG HTML editor.
Paid web services are also available for the more serious web designer at a very reasonable price of $14.95 per year which will give you additional storage, bandwidth, email options, FTP, MYSQL and much more.
Start creating your free website now or sign-up for free email services using our web services control panel!





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. Lauren & I - Celtic Thunder
2. Pog Aon Oidche Earraich - Runrig
3. The Devil Made Texas - Ed Miller
4. Concerning Charlie Horse - Great Big Sea
5. Diamond And Rust - Blackmore's Nig
6. Sait Brendan Had a Boat - Elders
7. Until Death Does It's Part - Ceann
8. Mo Run Gael, Dileas - Rankin Family
9. All Around my Hat - Skully
10. Hornpipe - Clann An Drumma



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June Featured Music


High Priestess
"Faerie Archives, Vol. 1"

Red Hot Chilli Pipers
"Bagrock To The Masses"

Burning Bridget Cleary
"Everything is Alright"

"Gael Day"


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