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December 2009 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Celtic Attic, Music, Awards, Clancy.
2 Go Wireless The Squeeze Box.
3 DVD Review The Secret of Roan Inish.
4 Video of the Month Christmas in the Trenches.
5 The Elders: Gael Day


CD Giveaways!


December Featured Music


Anne Roos: A Light in the Forest


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs



Merry Christmas
Or in Gaelic - Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!

Welcome to our special Christmas edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter. Christmas has arrived on Highlander Radio with our popular "A Celtic Christmas" broadcast playing from November 25th through December 26th. This year we continue to compile one of the largest and inspirational Celtic Christmas music collections - featuring Gaelic, Scots, Irish, Welsh holiday music to keep you in the Christmas spirit at work and at home. Give us a listen to brighten up your house for the holidays!

Be sure to watch our 12 days of Christmas thread for your chance to win a prize every day from December 15th through December 24th! We have 7 CDs, 3 Celtic Radio Bumper Stickers and 2 Celtic Radio Premium account upgrades! 

Our newsletter this month is sponsor by the Celtic Attic. Be sure to check out their website for all of your Celtic Holiday Gifts. They have some lovely selections of Celtic, Irish, Welsh, Scottish and many more shopping ideas. To help celebrate the season one lucky member of Celtic Radio will win a free Tee Shirt from the Celtic Attic! The winner will announced on Christmas Day in our 12 Days of Christmas thread.

Another great Christmas Gift this year would be Coyote Run's 'A Kilted Christmas' DVD featuring a mix of rejoicing and contemplation that is the holiday season at its best. Grab a sneak peek of this wonderful Christmas DVD show over at YouTube!


"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" ~ Charles Dickens


Music Suggestions

Finding quality Celtic Christmas music is sometimes challenging when all you have available is the local Walmart! We have reviewed our library of Christmas music and would like to make the following recommendations. Please note that these albums can be found for MP3 download on Amazon.com:

Music Awards

And let us not forget that it is that time of year again to kick off the "Celtic Radio Music Awards!" Now is your opportunity to nominate your favorite musician to a Celtic Radio Music Award.  The Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by Highlander Radio to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of Celtic Radio. After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs in 6 categories for community voting. Categories for an award are Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Bagpipes, Contemporary and Roots Traditional.

Voting begins on January 1st of each year (so get those nominations in) 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. Album of the year recipient will receive a special Celtic Radio Music Award plaque!


Liam Clancy

Folk legend Liam Clancy, the last surviving member of the Clancy Brothers, passed away on December 4, 2009. He was 74. "Liam has been reunited with his brothers and bandmates after a passionate life that was lived to the full", his funeral service heard.

On a biting cold winter's day, hundreds packed into St Mary's Church in Dungarvan, Co Waterford, to raise a parting glass to the Irish balladeer, praised by Bob Dylan as the best ever.

Priest Conor Kelly said Clancy had a joy of life driven by a belief that it was too wonderful and mysterious to just get through skimming the surface or living in the shallows.

CelticRadio.net dedicates our December 2009 newsletter in memory of Liam Clancy. As Bob Dylan stated, "I never heard a singer as good as Liam ever. He was just the best ballad singer I'd ever heard in my life. Still is, probably."

Nollaig Chridheil Huibh! (Merry Christmas)



The Elders

"Gael Day"

Since forming in 1998, The Elders have set the American music scene on its ear, thanks to a skillful mix of amped-up roots rock, augmented with powerful vocals, blazing instrumentals and top-notch song writing.

The line up consists of a group of wicked-fine Kansas City musicians with a passion for Celtic music, and a charismatic Irishman with a love of all things American. This combination makes for cross-pollination that is high octane and progressive, yet rooted in tradition.

“The Elders have done it again with their release of Gael Day. Singing their ballads of rocking Celtic rhythm with a touch of pub music, Gael Day is a fine collection of some of the best songs to come out of this group yet ..."

These six gentlemen collectively create original music that transcends & endures - music that is unaffected by fads, trends and the giant maw of mind-numbing commercialism. The songs are mystical, comical, political and cultural while covering a wide variety of topics such as poverty, civil war, family bonds, spirituality, love and friendship. They speak of generations of immigrants, and address their heritage through songs and stories of history, characters, places and events - some distant, some recent, some real and some imagined...

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Christmas in the Trenches
By the end of November 1914 the crushing German advance that had swallowed the Low Countries and threatened France had been checked by the allies before it could reach Paris. The opposing armies stared at each other from a line of hastily built defensive trenches that began at the edge of the English Channel and continued to the border of Switzerland. Barbed wire and parapets defended the trenches and between them stretched a "No-Mans-Land" that in some areas was no more than 30 yards wide.

Life in the trenches was abominable. Continuous sniping, machinegun fire and artillery shelling took a deadly toll. The misery was heightened by the ravages of Mother Nature, including rain, snow and cold. Many of the trenches, especially those in the low-lying British sector to the west, were continually flooded, exposing the troops to frost bite and "trench foot."

[Read 'Christmas in the Trenches']

From our Attic Treasures!


Anne Roos
"A Light in the Forest"

Anne Roos' CD - "A Light in the Forest" - is a masterpiece of music and sounds that will gently take you away to a world of ancient melodies, majestic forests, fairies, castles and witches. This musical creation includes Anne on the Celtic Harp along with musicians playing flutes, recorders, whistles, percussions, viola, guitars and fiddles. Beautifully organized and arranged, "A Light in the Forest" is a splendid way to spend an autumn evening listening to the sounds of the season.

"Celtic Radio gives "A Light in the Forest" a 5 star rating for truly a masterpiece production of sound and music..."

The CD comes in a gorgeous hardcover mini-book with 32 pages of full color pictures and commentary as well as historical background on each song. This production is very unique and top quality with the CD produced in super audio. It will definitely have a special place in your Celtic music collection. And if you love "A Light in the Forest", we are certain you will love Anne's other 2 similar productions; "Haste to the Wedding" and "Mermaids & Mariners" - also in the same format with hardcover mini-book included...

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Go Wireless

This month's Go Wireless column features the high end sound quality and versatility of Logictech's Wi-Music system called the Squeeze Box. The Squeeze box comes in many different versions and configurations. From the stand along classic base system to the new Squeezebox duet system that can control music from anywhere in your home. Logitech provides plenty of room to expand your system with a number of upgrade paths from bedroom to full complete remote stereo system. This system's price is not for the faint hearted as the starting price for the classic base system is over $199, however, for those die hard Internet Radio fans there is just no other system that can beat the tons of features, qualities and the number of Internet Radio channels this system showcases...

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CD Contests

Our December 2009 CD contest features music from Battlefield Band Alasdair White Patricia Bourke Irish Descendants Skully Paddy's PigSerundal 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 November 1, 2009!

Good Luck Members!

December CD Contests






DVD Review - Roan Inish

The Secret of Roan Inish is an American independent film written and directed by John Sayles, and released in 1994. It's based on the novel The Secret of Ron Mor Skerry, by Rosalie K. Fry. It is centered on the Irish and Orcadian folklores of selkies—seals that can shed their skins to become human. The story, set on the west coast of Ireland, is about Fiona, a young girl who is sent to live with her grandparents near the island of Roan Inish, where the selkies are rumored to reside. It is an old family legend that her younger brother was swept away in his infancy and raised by a selkie. Part of the film takes place in Donegal. The movie has been widely praised for its uniqueness and its breathtaking cinematography filmed by Haskell Wexler.

Although in the original novel the story takes place in Scotland, the filmmakers decided to have the film take place in Ireland for practical reasons. Critic Stephen Holden, of The New York Times, liked the film's direction. He wrote, "The Secret of Roan Inish is the first film directed by Mr. Sayles that could be described as visually rhapsodic. Photographed by Haskell Wexler on Ireland's rugged northwestern seacoast, it is a cinematic tone poem in which man and nature, myth and reality flow together in a way that makes them ultimately indivisible...

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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. Ride On - Celtic Thunder
2. Year of the Flood - Runrig
3. All Around my Hat - Skully
4. Concerning Charlie Horse - Great Big Sea
5. Back Home in Derry - Joseph O'Meara
6. Come Wi' Me - Clann An Drumma
7. The Cliffs of Doneen - John McDermott
8. Ballad of St. Anne's Reel - North Sea Gas
9. Celtic Girl - Barleyjuice
10. Sake of song - Blackmore's Nig



December Featured Music

Andy Redmond
"Kilted Warriors"

Cara Dillon
"Hill of Thieves"

Battlefield Band
"Zama Zama...Try Your Luck"


Paul Daly
"Many Miles"


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