witching month is upon us - time for lighted pumpkins on dark leave
covered streets; wind blown rain storms, trick or treats knocking at our
doors and let us not forgot about the gorgeous autumn foliage. Welcome to
our special Halloween edition of the Celtic Radio Newsletter!
This month we are featuring a couple of excellent CDs by Scythian and
Coyote Run. Two top notch bands that deserve your attention and a quick
listen. We are sure you will find their music both energizing and
addicting! Our video column this month is about the origins of Halloween
and our DVD review features a movie that is often overlooked as a classic
For setting the mood right, make sure to check out our annual play list of
haunted melodies on our
Celtic Moon broadcast. This is our third year in
compiling some of the most stimulating seasonal tracks for Autumn
listening and it keeps getting better each year. Celtic Moon is now the
most popular Celtic Radio channel and ranks as the #1 Celtic channel on
a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly
experience? Then post your story on Celtic
Warning, do not enter while alone - don't say we didn't warn you!
pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." ~ William
Word comes to us that Scythian is planning an impressive new festival
called "SunFlower Fest 2009" featuring a blend of talented performers
playing at the stunningly beautiful Rocky Gap State Park in Cumberland
Maryland Columbus Day Weekend. This event kicks off on October 10th, 2009
at 3:30 P.M. and promises to be the Celtic music event of the year.
The line up of performers includes
Holy Ghost Tent Revival,
The Morning Pages and
Smith. But the venue will feature music on the lake, camping, bonfires and
music deep into the night celebrating a village marriage of Joey and Sarah
from Scythian. SunFlower Fest will definitely be one of the most memorable
events to attend in recent memory and we are calling out to all Celtic
Radio members to please pass this information on to all of your friends
Camping is available on a first come first served basis, but hotel lodging
is also available at the full service Rocky Gap Resort, Fairfield Inn, and
the brand new Marriott Hotel. Rocky Gap State Park is only a 2 hour drive
from Baltimore, D.C., Northern Virginia and Pittsburgh. Get all of the
details at the official
SunFlower Fest website and hope to see you there!
unemployed man has unearthed the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold ever
found with the help of his metal detector. Experts are now calculating its
value—a process that could take more than a year because of its size.
Terry Herbert from Burntwood, Staffordshire, stumbled on the hoard in a
private field with his trusty 14-year-old metal detector. Over five days
in July, the 55-year-old dug up a fortune on the farmland near to his
home. The find was declared as treasure by coroner Andrew Haigh, which
means the cache will be offered for sale after it is valued.
More than 1,500 pieces of treasure—including around 11lbs of gold and
5.5lbs of silver—has now been uncovered. Archaeologists believe the hoard
dates back to the seventh century and may have belonged to Saxon royalty.
Among the riches are warfare paraphernalia, including sword pommel caps
and hilt plates, often inlaid with precious stones.
Irish session player Brian Hebert teams up with legendary octave mandolin
champion and Berklee professor John McGann and virtuoso bodhran (Irish
drum) player Joey Sullivan to create a unique musical blend of The Beatles
and Traditional Irish and American Flatpicking tunes. Includes 26 morphed
songs arranged as Jigs, Slip Jigs, Reels, Hornpipes, Slow Airs, and
instrumental covers. With guest performance by Irish piper Pelham Norville.
After hearing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show in February 1964 when he
was 8, Brian Hebert started to play rock and pop songs on the guitar. As a
teen he went on to play blues harmonica, clawhammer banjo, classical
guitar and then, after hearing the Boys of the Lough in 1974, Irish and
Scottish fiddle, octave mandolin and tenor banjo. He's played at many
Irish sessions around the Boston area since the late 1970's. He started
morphing Beatles songs into jigs, slip jigs, hornpipes, and reels after a
pilgrimage to Liverpool in 2006, which led to the
Any Time At All.
Halloween's origins date back to the ancient
Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000
years ago in the areas that are now Ireland, the United Kingdom, the Isle
of Man, France, Northern Spain & Portugal, Western Germany, Switzerland,
The Po Valley (Italy), Hungary and the Czech Republic celebrated their New
Year on November 1st. This day
marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark,
cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death.
Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between
the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of
October 31, they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts
of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging
crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it
easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the
future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world,
these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during
the long, dark winter.
commemorate the event, Druids built huge sacred bonfires, where the people
gathered to burn crops and animals as sacrifices to the Celtic deities.
During the celebration, the Celts wore costumes, typically consisting of
animal heads and skins, and attempted to tell each other's fortunes. When
the celebration was over, they re-lit their hearth fires, which they had
extinguished earlier that evening, from the sacred bonfire to help protect
them during the coming winter.
Coyote Run "Between Wick and Flame"
Originally formed in 1999, Coyote Run has changed significantly from its
Celtic Folk roots, evolving into one of the hottest bands on the Celtic
Rock circuit today. Blending traditional tunes with rich, literate lyrics,
compelling melodies and rock, jazz and flamenco instrumental hooks, this
band weaves a tapestry unlike any other out there. Their lyrics and music
take the audience on a journey that is at once heart stopping and foot
stomping. Tears, laughter, clapping and spontaneous dancing are regular
features of a Coyote Run concert.
traditional tunes with rich, literate lyrics, compelling melodies and
rock, jazz and flamenco instrumental hooks, this band weaves a
tapestry unlike any other out there. Their lyrics and music take the
audience on a journey that is at once heart stopping and foot
Their instrumentation begins with musical elements familiar to fans of
Celtic music, i.e. wailing bagpipes, dancing whistles, and intricately
woven accordion lines, but then includes the tribal growl of the
didgeridoo and the backbeat of the djembe, all couched and supported by
world class jazz/rock bass, and electric and flamenco guitar. But none of
this would work at all, were it not for the symphonic, nuanced and
incredibly powerful rock drumming that surrounds, supports and drives all
of the music. All of this musical power and richness wraps around our
acclaimed lyrics. Founder David Doersch was a professor of Theatre for
over 20 years when he began writing the music that brought this band
together. His love of poetry, drama and myth has served as the focal point
for this wildly unique band.
Rousing and raucous, Scythian (sith-ee-yin) plays kicked-up Celtic and
world music with hints of Gypsy and Klezmer, all infused with a touch of
punk-rock sensibility. Take a pair of classically trained dueling
fiddlers, toss in a rhythm guitar and the occasional funky accordion, then
power it with the driving rhythm of a jazz percussionist, and you've got
the ingredients for a show you won't soon forget. Their high-energy,
adrenaline-peddling, interactive brand of music has one goal in mind; to
get people on their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from
traditional and contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and
dramatic strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes, and then crosses
back over the border to pick up some good old-fashioned bluegrass licks.
"Their high-energy, adrenaline-peddling,
interactive brand of music has one goal in mind; to get people on
their feet and dancing. Their repertoire ranges from traditional and
contemporary Celtic and folk music to the alluring and dramatic
strains of Gypsy and Eastern European tunes..."
Marching towards a musically victory of some of the most energetic live
recordings we have heard to date, Scythian's Live Volume 1 is a
masterpiece of fiddling, drums, guitars and vocals. You just might fold
your arms, jump on top of the kitchen table and start kicking the dishes
off as you dance to some of their incredible eastern European sounding
tracks like Chava Nagila or the slow building "Gypsy Fiddle" that erupts
into an explosion of phenomenal dance jigs that would bring down the house
anywhere. Scythian has achieved, through their talents, what few bands can
claim, a Live album that sounds just as good, if not better, then their
Go Wireless: Sennheiser! We
continue with this month's "Go Wireless" article to explore the many
different ways to utilize wireless technology to improve your home music
experience. The Sennheiser RS120 Wireless RF headphones with charging
cradle is this month's featured product. This is an ideal choice for
wireless use of both Hi-Fi audio, Computer and the TV. The open-ear
headphones are supraaural and provide detailed, warm sound reproduction
with a strong bass response. The headphone receives sound through walls
and ceilings so you won't have to remain in the same room as your
equipment. Power comes from NiMH batteries that are recharged by simply
putting the headphones on their transmitter base that can be mounted to a
wall. The entire system weighs just 8.1 ounces.
These headphones are absolutely amazing. There is no interference and the
claims of 300 feet range is just about right. Sound quality is excellent.
Bass is strong, mids are prominent, and highs are crisp. The headphones
and base are ergonomically made and look just great next to your computer
or home theater system. One of the impressive features of this product is
the versatility of using it with any number of home music systems. Whether
that is your DVD player, Computer, MP3 player or Internet Radio system -
the Sennheiser RS120 works flawlessly with all...
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 November 1, 2009!
Good Luck Members!
October CD Contests
DVD Review -
"Something Wicked this Way Comes" is a classic elegant horror film from
1983 that tells the tale of Ray Bradbury's 1962 novel of the same name. It
is about two 13-year-old boys, Jim Nightshade and William Halloway, who
have a harrowing experience with a nightmarish traveling carnival that
comes to their Midwestern town one October. The carnival's leader is the
mysterious "Mr. Dark" who bears a tattoo for each person who, lured by the
offer to live out his secret fantasies, has become bound in service to the
carnival. Mr. Dark's malevolent presence is countered by that of Will's
father, Charles Halloway, who harbors his own secret desire to regain his
This Disney adoption of the movie combines fantasy and horror, analyzing
the conflicting natures of good and evil, and on how they come into play
between the characters and the carnival. The movie opens on a cloudy
October 23rd. Two friends, William Halloway and Jim Nightshade, both on
the verge of their fourteenth birthdays, encounter a strange lightning rod
salesman who claims that a storm is coming their way...
We have once again continued to expand our Video Website, called
VideoCelt.com, with new features and enhancements.
The latest version of VideoCelt features speed improvements
which have greatly increased the site's performance. A new video
player can show videos in full screen or window display. We have
also expanded our content by including an Article section were
we can post interesting news and stories. Behind the scenes we
now have the ability to sell short video advertising that can be
purchased by musicians and businesses wishing to advertise on
Currently we are featuring a daily video on our main page from
our Celt Rock category. Be sure to visit atleast once a day to
get all of the Celtic music videos you need. And if you run
across a great video, be sure to
suggest it to our video editor.
We can redisplay videos from all of the major sites.
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