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Summer 2012 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Scottish Summer, Simply Scottish, History of Edinburgh, Kilt Poll
2 The Formidable Claymore Swords.
3 Movie Review Disney's Brave.
4 Video of the Month Highland Games.
5 Julie Fowlis: Cuilidh


CD Giveaways!


Summer Featured Music


Kilt Fashion Statement


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs




It's a Scottish Summer

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.

"Farewell to 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


Be 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 people.

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:

Start Time End Time Program
6:00am 10:00am BlueGrass Hills
10:00am 2:00pm Celtic Dance
2:00pm 6:00pm SaltyDog Radio
6:00pm 10:00pm Celtic Rock Music
10:00pm 6:00am Northern Woods

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 Celtic 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)

Until the next Season, Slàinte!


Simply Scottish

Celtic 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 "Scottish Summer."

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...

>>> View Simply Scottish Schedule <<<

What's Under Ye Kilt?

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:

What do Scotsmen wear under their kilts?

A bit of history on the kilt:

The 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!


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. Past the Point of Rescue - Celtic Thunder
2. Please Come Home - Elders
3. The Stamping Ground - Runrig
4. Horses - Dala
5. Diamond And Rust - Blackmore's Nig
6. Bare Arsed Bandits - Albannach
7. One Last Drink - Enter the Haggi
8. Merchant Marine - Celtae
9. The Prince of Darkness - Ed Miller
10. On The Road To Passchendaele - Scocha

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Steeped 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...

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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...

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Kilt 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...

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Julie Fowlis

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 songs..."

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...

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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...

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Movie Review - Brave

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...

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What's New?
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 of HD. 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!
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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Summer Featured Music

"Bareknuckle Pipes and Drums"

"Best Day"

The Chieftains
"Voice Of Ages"

Finbar Furey

Irish Rovers
"Drunken Sailor"



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