Or in Gaelic -
Nollaig Chridheil Huibh!
to our special Christmas edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter. Christmas
has arrived on Highlander Radio with our popular "A Celtic Christmas"
broadcast playing from December 1st through December 28th. The traditional
snows are flying on our main page once again!
This year we
continue to compile one of the largest and inspirational Celtic Christmas
music collections - featuring Gaelic, Scots, Irish, Welsh holiday music to
keep you in the Christmas spirit at work and at home. Give us a
to brighten up your house for the holidays and make a request
directly from our website using our Christmas Playlist below!
Be sure to watch for our 12 days of Christmas
thread for your chance to win a prize every day from December 14th through
December 25th! Check out the all of
we are giving away
For those looking for a more Celtic Rock influenced Christmas, you might be
Celt-Rock-Radio. We have a 50/50 playlist mixed with some of the best
rockin Celtic Christmas music your going to hear. And for those wishing not to
over indulge in an "all-out Christmas Fest", try our Celtic
broadcast which has the perfect mix of Celtic and Christmas tracks.
As we enter the Christmas season this year we would like to take a moment
and thank all of our members and listeners for a great year of Celtic music on
our website and broadcast. Many musicians have been introduced and many CDs
have been given away! All in all it’s been an excellent year.
We wish you, your family and friends a safe and Merry Christmas. Remember to
enjoy every moment of this special holiday season and take the time to make it
a Christmas to remember with the ones you love.
Nollaig chridheil huibh!
Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood
days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport
the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" ~ Charles
Finding quality Celtic Christmas music is sometimes challenging when all
you have available is the local Walmart! We have reviewed our library of
Christmas music and would like to make the following recommendations.
Please note that these albums can be found for MP3 download on
Christmas Celtic Sojourn
Celebrating its 10th anniversary of sold-out concerts around New England, A
Christmas Celtic Sojourn with Brian O'Donovan is returning to stages in
Boston, Rockport, and Worcester, MA, along with Providence, RI.
89.7 WGBH host
Brian O’Donovan has assembled some of the best musicians,
singers, and dancers imaginable from around the Celtic world, and beyond!
Martin Fay, a classically trained violinist who helped revive traditional
Irish music as a founding member of
died on Wednesday November 14, 2012 in Dublin, Ireland. He was 76.
"Martin, a native of Cabra in Dublin, was inspired to take up music after
seeing a film on Paganini.The soundtrack played by Yehudi Menuhin deeply
affected him, and after persuading his father to buy him a violin, he was
soon attending the School of Music for lessons. Martin wasn’t hugely
impressed by traditional music in his early years, in fact, he was headed
for a classical training. But after he had given up the idea of making a
living as a classical musician, an old schoolteacher got him a place in
the six piece orchestra that played overtures and intermission music in
the Abbey Theatre.
Soon after, and hooked on Irish music, Martin became a member of Ceoltóirí
Cualann, and not long after, he became one of the founding members of The
Chieftains. Martin is best known for his interpretation of slow air
demonstrating emotion and tranquility.
Martin lived in Dublin with his wife, Gráinne until November 2012 when he
sadly passed away."
Secret Garden "Winter Poem"
Secret Garden's "Winter Poem" is a beautiful collection of Winter songs to
warm the musical heart. Picture a dark and cold winterscape that is
suddenly alive with the sounds and instruments that flow through the
frozen glens and the coves - giving hope that the light and warmth of the
day is just a note away. Like a crackling fire, Winter Poem will keep your
company like an old friend. Rolf and Fionnuala have captured the
atmosphere and nature of a Norwegian winter with their talent, songs and
“We truly hope
that 'Winter Poem' can contribute light and warmth to our listeners
during the cold, dark winter evenings and to those living in warmer
climates, light and warmth through cold and dark times...Fionnuala
Reviewing the track and guest list brings a smile to our face. With Moya
Brennan, Brendan Graham and a host of talented musicians playing
accordion, harp, fiddle, uilleann pipes - this album is truly a pleasure
to listen to on a cold Christmas night. Winter Poem will keep you warm all
winter long. 5 Snowy Stars for Secret Garden's Winter Poem....
Christmas wreaths have a seasonal connection with the pagan feasts of the
winter solstice. Winter solstice happens on the shortest day of the year
when, in the northern hemisphere, the earth is tilted farthest away from
the sun. The sun has its lowest arc in the sky of the year on winter
Winter solstice ceremonies were performed by many cultures over time. Fear
that the sun would never return were the motivation for these ceremonies.
Ceremonies and celebrations gave hope. Many of these cultures were pagan
sun worshipers. Some of the greatest architectures of ancient cultures
were built to align with the solstices and equinoxes – temples, tombs,
cairns and sacred observatories..
The earliest Christmas wreaths were made from holly during Roman times.
Holly was looked on as having magical powers to the ancient Celts as it
was one of the few plants to survive and look beautiful in the winter. The
Celts picked holly boughs and put them in their houses to ward off the
evils they believed lurked about in the darker months. Roman soldiers are
believed to have brought the idea of decorating with holly back from
Christmas season brings along nostalgia, a remembrance for times when we
were young with our families gathered round the Christmas tree. Christmas
also welcomes in a new era, a birth, a new year and the hope it brings. In
that spirit we bring you the gift of new Christmas music by contemporary
Irish and Celtic music recording artists.
"This album is a labor of love that I have wanted
to do for a long time, it not only represents the best in contemporary
Irish/Celtic music, but some of the amazing
artists that have been on my roster - Anita Daly."
Anita Daly of Daly Communications, the premier Irish and Celtic
entertainment promotion company in the US, has put together a magnificent,
eclectic selection of yuletide cheer featuring original Christmas songs
and standards titled: “Together For Christmas: A Contemporary Celtic
Christmas Collection”. From the rousing opening ‘Christmas Day’ by Kansas
City’s own, The Elders, to the traditional sounds of Cherish the Ladies
and The Celtic Tenors; to the booming vocals of Damien Dempsey to folk
heroes, The High Kings, you will be singing along by the second time you
play it and you will think of Christmas music in a new light....
Sit by the warm Christmas Fireplace all Christmas Eve. Have a cup of hot
chocolate or your favorite Guinness!
Days of Christmas
on Friday December 14th we will begin our 12 Days of Christmas contest. 12
CDs will be given away every day until December 25th!
The contest will work in this way. We will post the CD or prize to be
given away in the early morning and then at some point in the day we will
ask for the first person to respond to win the prize. Only 1 prize per
person during this contest. Watch this thread for when we will be
announcing the prize:
We are also giving away 4 CDs in our regular monthly CD contest which can
Our monthly contests are held on the 1st day following the month of the
contest. At exactly 12:00 PM EST the contest opens up, and "Grab It" links
will appear next to the CDs below. Make sure to refresh this page at that
time. Be the first to click the "Grab It" button and the CD is yours. Good
Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York's Sun, and the
quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The
work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become
history's most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole
in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on
posters and stamps.
Dear Editor: I am 8 years old. Some of my little friends say there is no
Santa Claus. Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.' Please tell me
the truth; is there a Santa Claus?
your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism
of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that
nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All
minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this
great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as
compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the
intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge...