Welcome to our Summer newsletter and yes, it truly is a Scottish Summer
here at Celtic Radio. You will find this issue packed to the kilt with a
wealth of articles on Scottish music, culture, and history. There is so much great information in this newsletter about all
things Scottish that you might want to take a few days to browse through
all of our articles (great for lunch time reading).
The idea of a Scottish Summer was born back in the spring when we received
word of Disney’s promotion of
their new Scottish movie called "Brave" (see our review below). Our summer
theme has been such a big hit with our
Celtic Radio facebook members, that we have decided to repeat this
event for the next few summers! Summer 2013 will be an “Irish Summer”
followed by 2014 as a “Welsh Summer.” If you have a suggestion for a
future Summer’s theme, then please let us know.
the Highlands, farewell to the North, The birth-place of Valour, the
country of Worth; Wherever I wander, wherever I rove, The hills of the
Highlands for ever I love." ~ Robert Burns
sure to tune into
Highlander Radio at 12:30 a.m. (EST) every night to hear an episode of Nigel
Tranter's Tales and Traditions of Scottish Castles.
Nigel Tranter had a life long interest in Scottish Castles and
Scottish history in general. His 41 episodes cover a wide range of
Scotland's most treasured and secretly held stories on their Castles and
We are very pleased to announce that we are now broadcasting the
Highlander Radio and
Celtic Moon channels in HD through Live365. The depth
of the sound quality is rich and exquisite making for
a truly enjoyable
listening experience. Both channels offer a number of free HD listening
slots and can be tuned in through Live365’s mobile listening options.
For Celtic Radio Premium members, we introduced a brand new channel called
“Celtic Radio” that features some of the best Celtic music from our
popular genre channels. Here is the daily music schedule:
Celtic Rock Music
Only because of the support of our members are we able to offer new
channels and continue to improve the technology that is needed to deliver
our broadcast streams now totaling 8 channels! Our monthly expenses
continue to be very challenging (in these economic conditions) and we
would very much appreciate your support through the purchase of a
Radio Premium account. Use our coupon discount code “scotland” to receive
a 20% Scottish discount and start supporting Celtic Radio today! (offer
valid until August 25th, 2012)
the next Season, Slàinte!
Radio is pleased to announce the availability on our Highlander Radio channel
a new program that we will be re-broadcasting throughout the week.
Simply Scottish is a half hour program produced by Andrew McDiarmid that
focuses on all things Scottish. This new program will fit in nicely with our
Highlander Radio broadcast and with our previously announced focus on a
Andrew professionally produces each program with a wealth of knowledge and
information on all things Scottish - both on past and current topics. Having
been born and raised in Edinburgh, Scotland, Andrew is a great resource of
information on Scottish culture and music. Some recent program features
includes Robert Burns, Scottish Cuisine and Highland Games...
The age old question of what do people wear under their kilts. More
specifically, traditionally, what do Scotsmen wear under their kilts. It
is a question that people have pondered for hundreds of years. Join in our
discussion and vote in our poll on:
kilt is a knee-length garment with pleats at the rear, originating in the
traditional dress of men and boys in the Scottish Highlands of the 16th
century. Since the 19th century it has become associated with the wider
culture of Scotland in general, or with Celtic (and more specifically
Gaelic) heritage even more broadly. It is most often made of woollen cloth
in a tartan pattern.
Although the kilt is most often worn on formal occasions and at Highland
games and sports events, it has also been adapted as an item of
fashionable informal male clothing in recent years, returning to its roots
as an everyday garment.
Now go ahead and answer the question! Later on this summer we will post an
article to answer this question and others on the Kilt!
Top Ten Most requested songs for the past 120
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
in history and famed for its panoramic skyline, Edinburgh is one of the
world's most enchanting cities. So what is the history of Scotland's
capital? Well, Edinburgh's history is one that stretches far back to the
Bronze Age. Here, this ancient civilisation found themselves dotted along
East Scotland's coastline and further towards the central belt; both areas
which are now consumed by Edinburgh's growing boundaries. Historians
believe that later, during the Iron age, a tribe known as the Votadini
ruled the area.
By the 12th century, Edinburgh's famous crag and tail – a glacial rock
formation that now acts as the rocky perch for the city's iconic castle –
was home to a fortress and look out which quickly established itself as a
burgh; otherwise known as a trading town. During the next few hundred
years, Edinburgh – or Dunedin or Edenburgh as it was known then – became
something of a religious and regal hub as monks and the monarchy alike
moved to the city and called it home...
Highland Games Highland
games have long since been a staple of the Scottish tourist season and can
offer a great day out to experience something memorable but they are for
more than just tourists and you may even find yourself taking part. There
are many to events to watch; from the track events, both short and long
distances, dancing, piping and of course the most quintessentially
Scottish "heavies". The games are held across Scotland and are well
supported by Scots and tourists alike.
The Heavies are what many people come to see. These are split into a
variety of different disciplines. The weight for distance is intended to
see how far you can through a heavy weight on a chain. You can have a nine
foot run up but must be standing after throwing. The weight for distance
is not to be confused with the Olympic event, in the Scottish version the
hammer is attached to a wooden cane of just over four feet in length. You
throw the hammer standing with your back to the direction you are throwing
it with your feet still...
Fashion Statement The
Kilt is the traditional dress of Scotland for men and is associated with
Scottish pride for their heritage. Now, the kilt has also become a high
fashion garment that is worn by both men and women. However, Scotland is
not the only place where a kilt is worn; nations with Celtic or Gaelic
history are found to don kilts; the Irish Bagpipers wear kilts with pride
and aplomb, Highland sportsmen and dancers wear it at sports events and
other formal occasions.
The fabric used in the Scottish Kilt is woolen of different weights. The
tartan weaving in which the fabric is woven is type of plaid weaving of
the twill type. The tartan weaving patterns are now distinct for different
highland clans in Scotland. One can distinguish the clan from the pattern
and colors on the kilt...
It is little wonder that when Disney's Pixar were searching for the
perfect, authentic singing voice to feature in their Scottish Folk tale
“Brave”, their new animated film set in the ancient highlands of Scotland,
their research led them to one of the Western Isles’ true contemporary
treasures - Julie Fowlis.
Brought up on North Uist in Scotland’s Outer Hebrides, Fowlis has been a
proud standard bearer for Gaelic music and culture over the course of a
solo career which has spanned three highly acclaimed studio albums: “Mar A
Tha Mo Chridhe (As My Heart Is)” (2005), “Cuilidh” [pronounced ‘koo-lee’]
(2007), “Uam” [pronounced ‘oo-am’] (2009).
"She sings from the heart of the old tales of
Scotland and gives a fresh voice and perspective to these traditional
Julie Fowlis' CD - Cuilidh - is a wonderful collection of beautiful Scots
Gaelic music that is easy to fall in love upon first listen. Julie has a
powerful, calm and clear voice that will take you away to the Highlands
and beyond. She sings from the heart of the old tales of Scotland and
gives a fresh voice and perspective to these traditional songs. Uplifting,
exciting and pure delightful are a few words to describe her voice and
music. You will definitely not want to miss this CD of Scots Gaelic
melodies to keep you singing and dancing all summer long...
Claymore Swords Think
of Scotland’s ancient, windswept battlefields and the men who fought there
for kin and country and you think of the mighty claymore sword. Equally
fascinating is the story of how this legendary, double-handed weapon
evolved down the centuries.
Visitors to the National Wallace Monument in Stirling gaze in awe at
William Wallace’s claymore, a truly formidable weapon. The inscription on
the glass case reads, “The sword that seemed fit for archangel to wield
was light in his terrible hand.” Memories of the movie ‘Braveheart’ cause
them to wonder about the hero who once owned it.
At 5ft 6in long and weighing 6lb, it would have required enormous strength
to wield it and, as a result, its provenance is doubtful. Wallace, finally
defeated by his English enemies, was imprisoned in Dumbarton Castle before
being taken to his cruel death in London in 1305. His sword remained in
Dumbarton for centuries until it was returned to Stirling. The fact that
this, the Wallace sword, has been found to date from a time long after his
death, takes nothing away from its romantic associations. It still sets
the imagination racing...
Set in the beautiful Highlands of Scotland, Disney's much anticipated
Pixar movie about a Scottish princess, swept into theaters in June with
the roar of the clans and to the march of the pipes. To those familiar
with Scottish culture through the games and other avenues, it was a
welcomed focus on our beloved Highland gatherings. From the stunningly
rendered Scottish landscaped, to the highly detailed castles, tartans,
swords and yes - the caber toss - all add to the rich display of
Scottishness on the big screen for all to see.
The movie follows Merida (voice of Kelly MacDonald), a strong headed lass
who is perfectly fine with continuing to yield her sword, ride her horse
and loose her arrows all to the disapproval of her mother, Queen Eilnor
(voice of Emma Thompson). For the future plans of a princess are planned
well in advanced and when Merida finds out that she is to have a husband
of not her choosing, she is determined to change her fate.
Set in 10th century Scotland, the movie also features King Fergus, the
father of Merida and the unruly and uproarious Clan Chieftains. The
massive Lord MacGuffin, the surly Lord Macintosh and the cantankerous Lord
Dingwall all add to the fabric of the movie with their strong Scottish
accents and character...
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