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 Sephira
and FAUN. 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 featured story is about a true tale of Crawford Notch.
For setting the mood right, make sure to check out our annual play list of
haunted melodies on our
Northern Woods Radio 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. This year we have added
nightly haunted stories at the midnight witching hour and also ghastly
sound effects every few hours. Give it a listen!
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!
Head over to our ongoing poll titled, "Do
you believe in Ghosts?" and find out what other members of Celtic
Radio think of those things that go bump in the night!
pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." ~ William
In other Celtic Radio news we had the unfortunate experience of our
studios being directly effected by Hurricane Irene this past August. If
you tried to access our site anytime during the end of August or September
you might have experienced intermittent access or no access at all. There
is a silver lining in every cloud and for us we made the decision to
switch to a new internet provider which has resulted in alot of positive
feedback about our site. Pages load faster and our streams are rock
So, check out our new and improved site access and be sure to listen to
all of the colors of our
Celtic Radio channels this Autumn. As we have
said in the past, there is just no better time to listen to Celtic Music
than during the season of Autumn. Enjoy!
the next Season, Slàinte!
Gough Map or Bodleian Map is a map of the island of Great Britain, dating
between 1355 and 1366, and is the oldest surviving route map of Great
Britain. Its precise date of production and authorship are unknown. It is
named after Richard Gough, who donated the map to the Bodleian Library in
1809. He is believed to have acquired the map from the collection of the late
antiquarian "Honest Tom" Martin in 1774. Numerous copies of it have been
made, with an interactive online version created at Queen's University,
The Bodleian Libraries, in colloboration with Queen's University Belfast and
King's College London, have released a digital version of the earliest
surviving map of Great Britain.
Known as the Gough Map, it depicts a recognisable coastline, geographically
accurate locations of towns and the distances between them. The fifteen-month
research project about this map discovered that it was made close to 1375,
rather than in 1360 as had been thought. The project can also confirm that
the map is the work of at least two scribes, although their identities are
Like Home – set for release on October 18, 2011 – is a collection of
positive and uplifting Celtic songs that paint a picture of hope for the
Barely a decade into the 21st century, the world often feels like an
uncertain place. Look at any news headline from just about any continent,
and the old notions of security, economic and political stability and
cultural harmony all seem to be up for grabs.
In Ireland and the surrounding Celtic countries, the outlook is no
different, according to Matthew Gilsenan, founding vocalist for the Celtic
Tenors, the three-man vocal group that also includes James Nelson and
Daryl Simpson. The trio has been weaving together an eclectic repertoire
of Celtic, operatic and popular songs for audiences worldwide since 2000.
While some of the culture clashes of decades past may have been smoothed
over in recent years, “the global financial crisis has put Ireland in
difficult straits,” says Gilsenan. “The banks are struggling, and life
there has become very difficult.”
In response, the Celtic Tenors have crafted Feels Like Home, a 13-song CD
that celebrates the uplifting music of Ireland, Scotland, England and
Wales, while borrowing a few songs from other cultures along the way. The
album is scheduled for release on October 18, 2011, on Telarc
International, a division of Concord Music Group. Some of the songs on
Feels Like Home are traditional and some are contemporary, but all of them
serve as a reminder that the world is still a hopeful place.
FAUN combines medieval & ancient instruments with modern influences to
create an enchanting and powerful atmosphere. The band's performance
incorporates many different instruments, including the Celtic harp,
nyckelharpa, various lutes, the bagpipes, large Japanese taiko drums,
cister, the violin, flutes and even Arabic instruments like dombra, rebab,
riq, oud, darabukka and bendir, as well as the melodic vocal section going
from solo folk-like and often ambient melodies to chant-like and always
enchanting vocal performances with the two female and frontman Oliver
s.tyr vocalists combining something truelly magical. Influences of Celtic
& Nordic folk and medieval music draws an ever fast growing crowd of
Celtic Radio Contributor - Vickie J. Yakus - F
has finally released a new CD, and in this reviewer's humble opinion, it
was well worth the wait.
"From the very beginning of the CD you are drawn
in by the haunting melodies that permeate this musical story..."
Entitled "Eden", the composition is a collection of ballads, lullabies and
dances that takes the listener on a romp through the Garden of Eden and
beyond. The album is filled with poetry and joy as well as melancholy,
taking you by the hand to lead you by cool waters, over green meadows and
rolling hills, and even leads you to carefully tiptoe by a darker
From the very beginning of the CD you are drawn in by the haunting
melodies that permeate this musical story. Not only bringing their
offerings of lilting, soulful harmonies, Oliver s. Tyr, Fiona Rüddeberg
and Margareta Eibl also stun the listener with their multi-talented
instrumental repertoire. Add to the mix the pounding beats from
Latin-trained percussionist Rüdiger Maul, as well as the mixing and
synthesizing genius of Niel Mitra, and Faun's "Eden" is a true tribute to
the heavenly musical gifts that leave us mere mortals sitting in gaping
- Something Wicked this Way Comes
"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...
Tale of Crawford Notch During
the fall of 1825 Samuel Willey, Jr. of Bartlett New Hampshire moved into a
small house in the heart of Crawford Notch with his wife, five children,
and two hired men. The first year the three men enlarged and improved the
house which the family operated as an inn to accommodate travelers through
the mountains on the desolate notch road. The little cluster of buildings
was situated in the shadow of what is now called Mount Willey.
In June, following a heavy rain, the Willeys were terrified when they
witnessed a great mass of soil and vegetation, torn loose from the
mountainside across the river, slide in a path of destruction to the
valley floor. As a result, Mr. Willey built a cave-like shelter a short
distance above the house to which the family could flee if a slide
threatened their side of the valley.
During the night of August 28, 1826, after a long drought which had dried
the mountain soil to an unusual depth, came one of the most violent and
destructive rain storms ever known in the White Mountains. The Saco River
rose twenty feet overnight. Livestock was carried off, farms set afloat,
and great gorges were cut in the mountains.
An account of that night:
"August 28 started like any other summer day. It was muggy and dry.
There had been little rain over the last month, but that was about to
change. By afternoon, the sky had begun to darken into a most sinister
hue. Thunder began to clap, and lightening struck the mountaintops. This
was no usual thunderstorm - the rain began to fall in buckets, and the
thunder and lightning overlapped in multiple strikes on the peaks. The
family held fast, reading the Bible until the last moment, when they heard
the deafening rumble of the mountain coming down around them. That was
probably when they fled from the house into the ravaging storm."....
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.
Word comes to us by one of our Celtic Radio Members of a unique
way to listen to Celtic Radio in the car: "I am so thankful I
discovered that I can use my Droid phone to listen to Celtic Radio
in my vehicle! I downloaded the Live365 app and purchased a car
tape adapter for less than $5. By plugging the adapter into the
headphone jack and putting the tape into the car's cassette player
(yes it's an older stereo haha) I can enjoy Celtic Radio just
about anywhere I drive! For those who have newer stereo systems,
you simply need a male-male headphone jack to plug into your
A big thank you to Celtic Radio member
Vixie for making this suggestion. We are sending her a Celtic
Radio bumper sticker in appreciation!
Celtic Radio Contributor -
Carol Stepp -
This is Sephira, who are sisters Ruth and Joyce O’Leary. These sisters are
classically-trained violinists and vocalists who hail from Carrickmacross,
Ireland. They mostly worked out of Dublin, but now are stationed in New
York City, where they are quickly becoming as popular in the US as they
ever were in Ireland. Among their fans you can count Larry Hagman and his
wife, Maj, who have the sisters as regular visitors to their home in
California, which incidentally is named Heaven. Larry has said the sound
of the ladies is exactly like his home’s name.
They also have beautiful long red hair, red hair being, as you have read
before, my favourite colour of hair.
"They mostly worked out of Dublin, but now are
stationed in New York City, where they are quickly becoming as popular
in the US as they ever were in Ireland..."
I first “met” the sisters when they appeared on Celtic Thunder’s “Take Me
Home”, where the ladies also sang, as backup to a couple of numbers by
Damian, and did some solo work on a couple of orchestral numbers, and
“It’s Entertainment”, where they were featured on Loch Skilly Railroad,
dancing to their own “fiddle” music. I knew I wanted to see and hear more
of them. Unfortunately, by the time I saw my first CT show, the ladies had
already moved on to NYC, and the next steps in their musical life. So I
still hope I may be able to see them live one day...
Go Technology This
month in our new Go Technology column we take a close look at Amazon's
upcoming new product called the Kindle Fire. Set to release on November
15, 2011, the Kindle Fire is certainly about to set the digital and
technology world on fire with 95,000 units already sold.
For a low price of just $200, buyers will get a great deal on a tablet
that is going to change the way manufactures sell and market this
wonderful little devices we call tablets. By the end of the year,
researchers expect the Kindle Fire to sell over 3 million units!
So what is all of the excitement about? Kindle Fire will have 18 million
movies, TV shows, songs, magazines and books available. It will contain an
Amazon App store similar to iTunes App store and also a web browser. But
here is the magic of the Kindle Fire - Ultra Fast Web Browsing using
Amazon's Silk cloud computing. To store all of your purchases Amazon will
provide free cloud storage and that's not all...
Movies, magazines and children's books come alive on a 7" vibrant color
touchscreen that delivers 16 million colors in high resolution. Kindle
Fire uses IPS (in-plane switching) technology - similar technology to that
used on the iPad - for an extra-wide viewing angle, perfect for sharing
your screen with others. Kindle Fire features a state-of-the-art dual-core
processor for fast, powerful performance. Stream music while browsing the
web or read books while downloading videos. Stay in touch using a built-in
email app that gets your webmail (Gmail, Yahoo!, Hotmail, AOL etc.) into a
single inbox. Import your messages and contact lists from other email
Mega Contests have arrived on Celtic Radio! We had to think of something
really big and exciting to name all of our advertised contests and MEGA
seemed like the best description of the combination of all of our
You can access the
MEGA CONTEST page
anytime! Go ahead and check it out.
and just plain
to win a CD or other prize. Enjoy and be sure to book mark this page to
win fun prizes all year long!
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
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
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!
We are pleased to announce the
availability of Highlander Radio High Definition
through Live365. Highlander
Radio HD takes our flagship channel and reproduces it in the
full quality and sound
Listen to Celtic Music on Highlander Radio HD the way it was
meant to be listened. The Fiddles, Drums and Pipes will
come alive with every track and you will delight in hearing and
enjoying Highlander Radio as never before!
Radio HD can be heard only through Live365. We currently have
available 10 free listener slots at all times. Once those fill
up you will need to have a Live365 VIP account to hear
Highlander Radio HD. Be sure to download our Live365 Desktop App
or look for Live365 on your iPod, Blackberry or other mobile