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Winter 2013 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Leprechauns, Music, Awards, Irish Toasts.
2 Go Wireless The Roku.
3 DVD Review Celtic Woman - Believe.
4 Video of the Month History of St. Patrick.
5 Enter the Hagis: The Modest Revolution


CD Giveaways!


Winter Featured Music


Nolwenn Leroy: Nolwenn


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs



Happy St. Patrick's Day
Or in Gaelic - Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!

Welcome to our Winter edition of the Celtic Radio newsletter celebrating St. Patrick's Day! The snow has been piling up here in Boston, but spring and the return of green fields is just a few short weeks a way. We have been super busy this winter indexing over 100 new CDs recently received for our broadcast channels. A mix of everything from Celtic, Sea Shanties, Traditional and some New Age music too. Check out all of the new submissions received in the past 60 days!

Be sure to check two of our Live365 channels that were recently upgraded to CD quality for all listeners. SaltyDog Radio and Celt Rock Radio are now sounding better than ever with brand new play lists to keep you humming and rocking all day long.

And now for a tale of Celtic Lore! Everyone that happens to cross our site eventually finds out about our unfortunate troubles that we have experienced since 2003 with a mischievous Irish elf known as a leprechaun. Some say we are fortunate, others say we are cursed. But let it be known that Celtic Radio has a history of being plague with leprechauns on St. Patrick's Day. One St. Patrick's Day the leprechauns were not happy with our website, so they made our site vanish in one quick swoosh! Perhaps that was a blessing as our redesign of Celtic Radio came out very nice. We should consider having a contest for our members to build the ultimate leprechaun trap for our studio, but we'd like to think they are just trying to get a message to us.

In celebration of St. Patrick's Day, please join us on March 17th, 2013 for a day of prizes, fun and laughter. We've got CDs, Calendars and Bumper Stickers to giveaway all throughout the day. We will be holding our famous, mega ginormous prize giveaways on facebook through a brand new technology for us called LiveStream. If leprechauns are going to invade Celtic Radio, then why not share the experience with everyone on Facebook! You can preview our LiveStream page on Facebook which has a built in chat system and video stream. See you on St. Patrick's Day!  

"May the Irish hills caress you.
May her lakes and rivers bless you.
May the luck of the Irish enfold you.
May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you.



Music Suggestions

Finding quality Irish St. Patrick's Day music is sometimes challenging when all you have available is the local Walmart! We have reviewed our library of music and would like to make the following recommendations. Please note that these albums can be found for MP3 download on Amazon.com:


Music Awards

The yearly tradition continues! Let us not forget that it is that time of year again for all Celtic Radio members in good standing to do their civic duty and vote in the Celtic Radio Music Awards!   The voting booth is now open and ready to accept your votes! Be sure to listen to our special awards program on Highlander Radio to hear all of the nominated songs.

The Celtic Radio Music Award is a program sponsored by Celtic Radio to acknowledge and promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of Celtic Radio. After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs in 6 categories for community voting. Categories for an award are Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Bagpipes, Contemporary and Roots Traditional.

Voting begins on January 1st of each year (so get those nominations in) and ends on March 17th (St. Patrick’s Day). Winners receive recognition of this prestigious award through the induction into the Celtic Radio Hall of Fame and permission to use the Celtic Radio Music Award banner on their website. Album of the year recipient will receive a special Celtic Radio Music Award plaque!

Irish Toast for St. Patrick's Day

Toasts are an essential role for any St. Patrick's Day celebration. They serve as a link amidst the formal ceremony and a less formal atmosphere of the coming celebration. The St. Patrick's Day toast allows family members and friends to talk their hearts out. Remember Abraham Lincoln's words from his inaugural address, and you will never go wrong, "With malice toward none; with charity for all." A toast is a wish, and whether you believe in karma or not, it is always better to wish good than ill; far better to follow Shakespeare and "drink down all unkindness."

That said, we've found it helps us when offering toasts to use the standard pattern that Colonial-era drinkers used. It's a simple, two-part format in which you first propose the object of the toast and then either explain why it's worth toasting or offer a wish on its behalf. This will then lead into the toast at which point you should finish by fully drinking your beverage which is hopefully some hearty Guinness...

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We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and we look forward to providing you with our Spring "Woman of the Celts" Edition soon! Read it at work, at home, on lunch or while going mobile.  As always, we do appreciate the warm and encouraging support that you provide to us and we hope that you find our website, broadcasts and services enjoyable and worth keeping bookmarked when you need a little Celtic musical sunshine in your life!

Until next time, Slàinte.



Enter the Haggis

"The Modest Revolution"

Few things have a catchier beat than the news.

From John Lennon's glint of sarcastic joy in “A Day In The Life,” to Bono's mournful declaration on “Sunday Bloody Sunday,” daily reports of man's tragedies, accomplishments, inhumanities and eccentricities have urged many artists to create everlasting melodic tributes. In the spirit of these classics, Toronto's Enter The Haggis (ETH) created an entire album based on the contents of one day in one newspaper.

The newspaper was the March 30, 2012, issue of The Globe and Mail, and the album that transpired is called The Modest Revolution, a name taken from the front page headline. The date March 30, 2012, was chosen at random but the band was committed after pre-ordering 1500 copies of the issue. Those newspapers were then delivered to their fans with copies of the new album.

“Committing to a specific future day in history as the sole inspiration for an album's worth of music was an initial source of anxiety - what if nothing interesting happens..."

Committing to a specific future day in history as the sole inspiration for an album's worth of music was an initial source of anxiety - what if nothing interesting happens? As fate would have it, the focus of that newspaper was The Globe and Mail's analysis of the Canadian federal budget, which had just been passed. Initially, the band was shaken by the dryness of fiscal policy analysis, but true to life, at the heart of every story there was human interest - elements of love and loss....

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Celtophilia Tee Company

Celtophilia Tee Company is pleased to announce the successful funding of their Kickstarter campaign to launch their first line of hand-printed t-shirts. The line includes twelve licensed designs featuring Celtic bands, musicians, and podcasts, and 4 original designs inspired by the lyrics of popular Celtic songs.

Licensed designs include Bounding Main, The Brobdingnagian Bards, Tejas go Bragh by Don Gabbert, Marc Gunn's Irish & Celtic Music Podcast, Jed Marum, Landloch'd, The Langer's Ball, Marc Gunn, One-Eyed Reilly, Real Men Wear Kilts, Three Quarter Ale, and Trinity River Whalers. All designs are hand-printed on high quality, black, heavyweight cotton t-shirts, and are available in a full range of styles and sizes, including: Men's from S-5X, Women's from S-4X, and Youth from XS-XL...

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History of St. Patrick
St. Patrick’s Day is many things to many people. For some it is a chance to celebrate their Irish heritage and remember their ancestors. For others it is a great day to plan a party and get together with both Irish and non-Irish friends. And of course many of us simply see St. Patrick’s Day as an excuse to drink lots and lots of green beer.

No matter how you choose to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, the history of this holiday is certainly worth examining. The original St. Patrick accomplished much more than ridding Ireland of snakes, and he emerged from his pagan roots to become one of Christianity’s best known figures.

The history of St. Patrick’s Day owes its origins to the Christian church, celebrating St. Patrick’s feast day on what was believed to be the anniversary of his death. Way back in 1737, Irish immigrants living in the US began to celebrate this important holiday, and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in 1766 in New York City.

These annual parades soon gained popularity not only with Irish immigrants but other residents of the city as well, and today the St. Patrick’s Day parade is one of the most popular and most well attended events in the city. These days St. Patrick’s Day parades are held throughout the country, with Irish and non-Irish residents alike enjoying the comraderie, the festive floats and of course lots of Irish treats...

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Nolwenn Leroy

French pop star Nolwenn Leroy has returned to America. The singer, who spent a year in small town Ohio as an exchange student, has released her U.S. debut "Nolwenn."

The album, an eclectic collection of standards and Celtic songs, is already a major hit in France where it spent a record seven weeks atop the album chart and has sold over 800,000 copies. The album's lead-off track, a cover of Mike Oldfield's 1983 hit "Moonlight Shadow," is getting its U.S. premiere..

"It's always been a dream of mine, as a French singer, to have the opportunity to share my music with the American audience..."

"Shadow" features traditional pipes overlaid with a pulsating beat and Nolwenn's crystal clear voice, which holds a resemblance to Kate Bush (whom she's covered in concert before) and the song's original singer, Maggie Reilly.

Nolwenn discovered the song when she was a little girl. "I've always thought this song was the perfect bridge between pop and celtic music. It inspired me a lot during the recording of 'Bretonne,'" she says, referring to her album's French title. "I also loved Maggie Reilly's voice. This song is definitely a classic."...

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Go Wireless

One of Walt Disney's favorite attractions was the Carousel of Progress. Presented during the 1964-1965 World's Fair, Disney seemed especially devoted to this project. The Carousel of Progress is steeped in both nostalgia and futurism, the attraction's premise is an exploration of the joys of living through the advent of electricity and other technological advances during the 20th century via a "typical" American family.

Beam ahead nearly 50 years later and yes, the Carousel of Progress is still playing in Walt Disney World as the longest running stage show in the history of American Theater. The optimism and excitement about the future of technology was one of Walt Disney's most enduring legacies and can be heard in the Carousel's theme song - "The Best Time of your Life" - if you have ever been to this Walt Disney World attraction, then you are probably humming the song to yourself now.....

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CD Contests

Our March 2013 CD contest features music from Donal Donohoe Oceans Apart Thistledown Tinkers and  Patricia Bourke.

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 entered each month!

Winners to be announced April 1, 2011!

Good Luck Members!

March CD Contests





DVD Review - Believe

Internationally renowned for their stage productions and songs of heartwarming inspiration, Celtic Woman returns with a new special DVD, Believe. The distinctive ensemble of female performers, originally comprised of four singers and a violinist, was brought together in 2004 by David Downes, the former musical director of Riverdance, and producer Sharon Browne. The 2005 broadcast of their concert from The Helix in Dublin, Ireland introduced Celtic Woman to American audiences and their popularity has continued to grow in the U.S. and worldwide ever since.

Believe stars vocalists Chloë Agnew and Lisa Kelly, who are original members of the ensemble along with violinist Máiréad Nesbitt, and Lisa Lambe, the troupe's newest member. They performed classic Irish songs (“The Water Is Wide,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” “A Woman’s Heart” and “The Parting Glass”), timeless pop anthems (“Bridge Over Troubled Water”), and inspirational songs (“You’ll Never Walk Alone” and “Ave Maria”) with their signature Celtic Woman twist, under the musical direction of David Downes....

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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. Past the Point of Rescue - Celtic Thunder
2. Touch The Sky - Julie Fowlis
3. Danny Boy - Michael Londra
4. The Stamping Ground - Runrig
5. On The Road To Passchendaele - Scocha
6. Remember Culloden - John Cairns
7. Scotland the Brave - Steve Reel
8. The Parting Glass - Celtic Céilí -
9. Calypso - Pipin Hot
10. Loch Lomond - The Borderers



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Winter Featured Music

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Enter The Haggis
"The Modest Revolution"

Colleen Raney

Peatbog Faeries
"Larry Kirwan's Celtic Invasion"

Port Isaac's Fisherman's Friends
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