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Spring 2011 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Beltane, Poitin, Burning Bridget Cleary.
2 Go Wireless Grace Digital Internet Radio.
3 DVD Review Orla Fallon - "My Land"
4 Video of the Month Scenes from the Festival of Beltane.
5 Orlan Fallon: My Land


CD Giveaways!


Spring Featured Music


Tin Cup Gypsy: Calico


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs



Fáilte! (welcome)

Welcome 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 Microsoft 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 month!

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 old Ireland
Emerald green beyond the foam,
Awakening sweet memories,
Calling the heart back home..

Poitin Celebrates Award

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day 2010, Celtic Radio announced the 2010 Celtic Radio 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 Poitin!

Jeremy Poitin and his crew finally did receive our beautifully engraved Celtic Radio Award and our Award Certificate in recognition of their album called "Bofiguifluki". 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 Poitin!

What a nice picture! Kudos to Poitin!

Burning Bridget Cleary

Burning 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


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...

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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....

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Orla Fallon
"My Land"

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 Shore."

"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 hearts away!

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...

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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 channels...

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CD Contests

Our June 2011 CD contest features music from Hawp, Hugh Morrison, Steve And Ruth Smith, Sephira, Charlie Zahm and Carisma.

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 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.

Hint: 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

n 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. The Dublin Gospel Choir, the Dubliners, Tommy Fleming, and Damien Dempsey 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 gone...

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The Top Ten
Most requested songs for the past 120 days
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our broadcast schedule for play times.

1. The Village That They Call "Th - Ryan Kelly
2. Both Sides Now - Orla Fallon
3. Heart in the Holy Lands - Albannach
4. Horses - Dala
5. Merchant Marine - Celtae
6. The Galway Girl - Celtic Thunder
7. One Last Drink - Enter the Haggi
8. The Faeries - Burning Bridget
9. Now And Then - Blackmore's Nig
10. Loch Lomond [Live] - Runrig




Spring Featured Music

Burning Bridget Cleary
"Totes For Goats"

Orla Fallon
"My Land"

Ryan Kelly
"In Time"

Tin Cup Gypsy

The Washington Square Harp...
"Since Maggie Dooley Learned The Hooley"


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