to our Spring edition of the Celtic Radio Newsletter! Yes, we know the
Summer Solstice has passed, however, we have good reason to be a little
late in our quarterly publication. Unfortunately we were struck by a very
nasty virus that crashed our computer workstation. We have since upgraded
our virus protection to
Security Essentials and thank Odin for our
backup software called Acronis (we highly recommend this - perfect for
home users). So, nearly two weeks down time to replace our hard drive and
restore our very important data and we missed our deadline! The
lesson here, always keep virus software update to date and have a good
backup plan for your important computer files!
Our theme for our Spring Newsletter is focused on The Festival of Beltaine
- an ancient Gaelic Festival which was historically held on May 1st to
mark the beginning of summer. We've include an article in this month's
newsletter about the Beltaine Fire Festival and also a nice video clip
from Youtube showing the hugely popular Edinburgh Beltane Fire Festival
(note the video does contain some brief nudity).
There is also a nice script of the entire
events of the festival over at
wikipedia for those wanting a bit more
information on this intriguing modern version of an ancient festival. What
a wonderful way to celebrate the arrival of summer! Some ideas for a
backyard "private" Summer festival: Purchase a
fire pit and have a
backyard bon fire while listening to one of our earth-pounding Celtic
music channels, invite a few family or friends over - but we would recommend
keeping your shirts on for the sake of the neighbors! For wireless
backyard listening of Celtic Radio, check out our Go Wireless column this
This month we are featuring Orla Fallon's "My Land" CD, her companion DVD
and a Nashville group called Tin Cup Gypsy. So what's the connection you
may ask? Orla and Tin Cup Gypsy are currently touring together in the
United States. Thanks to Orla's U.S. Manager, we were lucky enough to be on
the guest list to see Orla and her musical entourage along with Tin Cup
Gypsy. They raised the roof at the historical Somerville Theater in Boston
Massachusetts for an evening of fun and entertainment. This is a once in a life time event to see Orla perform an
amazing concert with an amazing array of musicians. Orla will make you
feel welcomed as she tells her stories from Ireland between sets. Truly a
magical evening which we highly recommend. Concert
dates are running from August 5th through November 6th, so be sure to
check out Orla's website for more details on ticket purchases! Can't make
it to Ireland, then go see Orla's concert!
Finally we want to tell you about our brand new and improved monthly CD
contest. Our new interactive contest starts on the first of each month at
exactly 12:00 p.m. EST. Check out the
contest page for eligibility and
when the contest opens up, grab a CD! It's alot of fun and we hope it will
give our members a little say in what CD they wish to win!
As always, we do appreciate the warm and encouraging support that you
provide to us and we hope that you find our website, broadcasts and
services enjoyable and worth keeping bookmarked when you need a little
Celtic musical sunshine in your life!
Until next time, Slàinte.
"Now sweetly lies
Emerald green beyond the foam,
Awakening sweet memories,
Calling the heart back home..
Poitin Celebrates Award
celebration of St. Patrick's Day 2010, Celtic Radio announced the 2010 Celtic
Album of the Year. They are from the Czech Republic and they play Celtic
Music in all of its shapes and forms. From haunting Breton melodies to
raunchy traditional Irish songs. They have performed at festivals across
Europe, in Italy, France, Poland, Germany and of course - the Czech Republic.
They are a band that has been distilling and maturing since the mid-nineties,
not only a journey through different Celtic genres, but a journey reflecting
the development of the band over the years: discovery, experimentation,
exuberance and innovation are a few words to describe the 2010 Celtic Radio
Album of the year winners called
Jeremy Poitin and his crew finally did receive our beautifully engraved
Celtic Radio Award and our Award Certificate in recognition of their album
And in true Celtic Radio fashion they have sent us a few pictures of their
celebration. Looks like a pint is in order for this celebration! Way to go
What a nice picture! Kudos to Poitin!
Burning Bridget Cleary
Bridget Cleary, the award winning Celtic band from SE Pennsylvania,
has been touring Ireland during the month of May. You might remember that
Burning Bridget Cleary won the 2009 Celtic Music Radio award for their
album - "Everything is Alright."
With a bus load of fans in tow, the high-spirited foursome began their
tour in Dublin, with stops in Kinsale, Killarney, Galway City, and
Bunratty. Their Ireland musical itinerary included venues in Dublin,
Killarney, Dingle, Galway City and Bunratty.
During their tour, they traveled through County Tipperary and visit sites
related to the life and death of their namesake,
Bridget Cleary, who is remembered as “the last witch burned in
Ireland”. The tour, arranged by Ameranall Travel, also included 4 star
city-center hotels, the National Stud and Japanese Gardens, the Rock of
Cashel, the Blarney Castle, the Dingle Peninsula, the Cliffs of Moher, the
Aran Islands, Connemara Celtic Crystal, Bunratty Castle and Medieval
Dinner, and more.
Check out their brand new album called "Totes
For Goats" on Celtic Radio. We are featuring this exciting new album
from Burning Bridget Cleary this month and hope to have a review on this
new album very soon!
Tin Cup Gypsy "Calico"
At the core of Tin Cup Gypsy you’ll find a fusion of acoustic Folk, Rock,
Jazz, and Bluegrass with earthy lyrics and rich melodies that captures the
essence of their Roots-rock genre. By featuring a variety of instruments
such as Mandolin, Violin, Concertina, Acoustic Guitar, Percussion, Bass,
and three-part Harmonies, the group’s unique blend attracts a diverse
group of listeners.
This grass-roots band weaves a fresh sound with the classic groundbreaking
styles of The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, James Taylor, Nickel Creek, and
rocker diva Bonnie Raitt. Collectively they have worked as musicians for
multi-platinum recording artists as Sara Evans, Maroon 5, Josh Turner,
Lorrie Morgan, Steve Holy, and Katy Armiger.
“Take a little
bluegrass, a little jazz, a little folk, and a little pop. Throw it
all together, mix it up with trio harmonies and you’ll find yourself
in the arms of Tin Cup Gypsy..."
In addition to their live performances, Jonathan, Jordan, and Cassandra
Lawson and Tyler Oban have appeared on several national programs
including; The Martha Stewart Show, The View, Good Morning America, Today,
CMT's Cross-Country, Grand Ole Opry Live, and Jimmy Kimmel Live and have
also played key roles in music videos for Bon Jovi, Keith Urban, Trisha
Yearwood, Martina McBride, Blake Shelton, James Otto, Josh Turner,
Montgomery Gentry, Craig Morgan, Danielle Peck, and Lane Turner.
Accomplished as they may be, live performance lies at the heart of their
resume' and the four wayfaring musicians bring in a new level of talent
with an undeniable magnetic presence...
Festival of Beltane Bealtaine
was historically a Gaelic festival celebrated in Ireland, Scotland and the
Isle of Man. Bealtaine and Samhain were the leading terminal dates of the
civil year in medieval Ireland, though the latter festival was the more
important. The festival regained popularity during the Celtic Revival and
remains observed in the Celtic Nations and the Irish diaspora.
In medieval Ireland, the main Bealtaine fire was held on the central hill
of Uisneach 'the navel of Ireland', one of the ritual centres of the
country, which is located in what is now County Westmeath. The lighting of
bonfires on Oidhche Bhealtaine seems to have survived to the present day
only in County Limerick, especially in Limerick itself, as their yearly
bonfire night and in County Wicklow in Arklow, though some cultural groups
have expressed an interest in reviving the custom at Uisneach and perhaps
at the Hill of Tara.
Beltane marked the beginning of the pastoral summer season when the herds
of livestock were driven out to the summer pastures and mountain grazing
lands. Due to the change from the Julian calendar to the Gregorian
calendar, Bealltainn in Scotland was commonly celebrated on 15 May while
in Ireland Sean Bhealtain / "Old May" began about the night of 11 May. The
lighting of bonfires on Oidhche Bhealtaine ('the eve of Bealtaine') on
mountains and hills of ritual and political significance was one of the
main activities of the festival. In modern Scottish Gaelic, Latha Buidhe
Bealltainn or Là Buidhe Bealltainn ('the yellow day of Bealltain') is used
to describe the first day of May. This term Lá Buidhe Bealtaine is also
used in Irish and is translated as 'Bright May Day'. In Ireland it is
referred to in a common folk tale as Luan Lae Bealtaine; the first day of
the week (Monday/Luan) is added to emphasise the first day of summer....
If there is such a thing as perfection, then Orla Fallon has done it with
her release of "My Land" - an outstanding collection of traditional and
contemporary Celtic music that is not to missed. Orla's heavenly voice
paints a picture of the vivid Irish landscape, filled with all of the
beauty and character of the land that so many people wish to visit. She
opens with a magnificent arrangement of "Mo Ghile Mear", sung completely
in Gaelic and then follows through with the sweeping and moving "Distant
"Orla's heavenly voice paints a picture of the
vivid Irish landscape, filled with all of the beauty and character of
the land that so many people wish to visit..."
This album is a masterpiece of musical talent orchestrated by the Angelic
voice of Orla. Your smile will grow bigger and bigger with each track. We
were so delighted to see that Orla brought in the Legendary Dubliners for
"Spanish Lady" and then joined with Damien Dempsey for the foot stomping
"I'll Tell Me Ma." But including "Morning Has Broken", "Both Sides Now"
and the Dublin Gospel Choir for "Down to the River to Pray" just stole our
And this album keeps getting better with "Isle of Innisfree", a beautiful
rendition of "My Land", "Red is the Rose", and the hand clapping "Ni Na
La." Just breathtaking...
Go Wireless This
month's Go Wireless column features the Grace Digital Solo Wi-Fi Internet
Radio Receiver is a combination Internet radio receiver and audio media
streaming device that brings all the audio content of the Internet to your
stereo system. With it users can listen to 18,000+ radio stations from
NPR, FOX news, CNN, BBC, CBS to KROQ, and over 35,000 podcast as well as
On-Demand subscription streams or your personal Pandora radio stations
seamlessly from their home setup. Additional features include the ability
to stream files from local computer networks, compatibility with the free
Grace remote control App for iPhone/iTouch and alarm clock functionality.
The workmanship, design and easy of use earns the Grace Wi-Fi Internet
Radio a 5 Star review from Celtic Radio. This system is a real genius of
innovation. An impressive compilation of technology, internet and music to
give you many hours of enjoyment. Best of all this system works with
Live365.com, so you will be able to listen to all of the Celtic Radio
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 eligible each month!
To win a CD, visit our CD
Contest page before the contest date to determine your eligibility and
get an idea of what CD you might be interested in winning. Then on July 1,
2011 at 12:00 PM EST (you may want to arrive a few minutes before hand),
the contest will open up and you will be able to select the CD you wish to
win. If you are the first, the CD is yours and you will be prompted to
enter your mailing address.
Watch for our special count down link on our front page beginning 5 days
before the contest start date!
Good Luck Members!
June CD Contests
DVD Review - Orla Fallon
- My Land
March, Órla Fallon released her concert DVD, My Land. With this
concert, Órla invites her audience to travel with her on a magical tour of
her favorite places around Ireland. She promises to transport the audience
to these spots using traditional and contemporary songs. A few of the
traditional songs are “Mo Ghile Mear,” “Ni Na La,” “I’ll Tell Me Ma,” and
“Red Is the Rose.” Some of the contemporary songs include Joni Mitchell’s
“Both Sides Now,” Brendan Graham & Rolf Lovland’s “My Land” and Dan Shea &
John Bettis’ “Distant Shore.” The sights and sounds of Ireland are brought
to life through these incredible songs which are woven together with
amazing videos of Órla singing at many of the spectacular sites around
Ireland. Órla also has several amazing guest performers that add to the
magic of the show.
Tommy Fleming, and
all added their own unique flair which further captivates the audience.
Her promise to transport us through the country
quickly becomes reality in the video. In August, Órla will begin the
second part of her My Land Tour and it promises to take us on a
similar magical tour. With her wonderful voice and engaging harp playing,
Órla is going to take her audience to the enchanting Emerald Isle.
The cities on Órla’s tour schedule are listed below
(Click Read More) and more details are available on her website. Tickets
for most of the shows are currently on sale through local PBS stations, so
don’t wait too long to purchase yours or all the good seats will be