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!
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!
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.
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 -
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
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.
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
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
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...
Avalon Dance Group
Group is located in Bratislava,
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
"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
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
"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...
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 July 1, 2009!
Good Luck Members!
June CD Contests
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.
creating your free website now or sign-up for free email
services using our
services control panel!
Top Ten Most requested songs for the past 60
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