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Fall 2011 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Halloween, Celtic Tenors, Gough Map, Tips
2 Go Technology Kindle Fire.
3 DVD Review Something Wicked this Way Comes.
4 Video of the Month Halloween History.
5 FAUN, Nordic Roots: Eden


CD Giveaways!


Fall Featured Music


Sephira, Irish Sisters: Sephira


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs




The 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!

Got a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly experience? Then post your story on Celtic Radio's own Ghost thread. 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!


"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." ~ William Shakespeare


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 stable.

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!

Until the next Season, Slàinte!


Medieval Map

The 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, Belfast.

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 unknown.

>>> Visit and View the Gough Map <<<

Celtic Tenors

Feels 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 future

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.

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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. A Place In The Choir - Celtic Thunder
2. Wall of China/One Man - Runrig
3. A Song for Harry Chapin - George Donaldson
4. Mysterious Lady - J.A. Connor
5. Sail Away - The Mourne Dew
6. The Village That They Call "Th - Ryan Kelly
7. Don't Let the Truth Get In the - Gaelic Storm
8. The Fields Of Athenry - The High Kings
9. I Will Go - Charlie Zahm
10. The Chemical Worker`s Song  - Great Big Sea

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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 followers.

Celtic Radio Contributor - Vickie J. Yakus - FAUN 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 presence.

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 appreciation.

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DVD Review - 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 youth.

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...

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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."....

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Halloween History
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.

To 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.



Celtic Radio TIP: 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 stereo."

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...

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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 accounts...

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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 contests.

You can access the MEGA CONTEST page anytime! Go ahead and check it out. There are Games, Raffles and just plain Fun to win a CD or other prize. Enjoy and be sure to book mark this page to win fun prizes all year long!

Our October 2011 CD contest features music from Rose Laughlin, Loud Whisper, Douglas McLean, France Ellul, Govannen and Orla Fallon.

October CD Contests


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 November 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!


What's New?
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Highlander 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 device.

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Fall Featured Music

Buy Reflections CD!
Candice Night
Buy Beyond Celtic CD!
Michael Londra
"Beyond Celtic"
Buy Celtic Fire - Govannen CD!
"Celtic Fire"
Buy The White Rose CD!
George Donaldson
"The White Rose"
Buy Eden CD!


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