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!
Our last issue of the Celtic Radio newsletter was way back on St.
Patrick's Day, so we do apologize for our extended absence - but we hope
that you will agree that this installment is packed with lots of seasonal
stories and interesting music articles to keep you entertained throughout the
month. Keep this link handy for lunch time work reading or for late night
nights when you can not sleep (recommended with some green tea)!
For setting the Halloween mood right, make sure to check out our
Celtic Moon broadcast that includes many haunted melodies as well as
some of the best relaxing Celtic music that you will hear this side of the
graveyard. Celtic Moon is our most popular broadcast channel and is one of
the top 100 channels on Live365. Give it a listen!
Scary things to do on Celtic Radio:
a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly
experience? Then post your story on Celtic
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!
or watch this short film for some heart
An Occurence at Owl Creek
pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." ~ William
My Celtic Friends
In Celtic Radio news, we are pleased to announce our new Social
Network has gone live.
MyCelticFriends.com is a social networking site that brings family,
friends and musicians together in an active and engaging community.
We have some special music features available so that musicians and bands
can setup their own personalized pages which includes the option to share
their music. This would be the perfect option for a band who does not have
a website, or one that is looking to host their music on our ad-free
network. All services are free and we are not tracking or monitoring your
usage like other social networks are doing today.
is just getting started, so be sure to reserve your member name or band
Kiérah is a very impressive and versatile Celtic performer from Western
Canada. After 13 years of classical training, Kiérah received one of
Canada’s highest marks on her A.R.C.T. performance exam with the Royal
Conservatory of Music. However, with an Irish – Scottish heritage,
Kiérah’s true passion is performing on the fiddle and composing Celtic and
contemporary music, which she has done with equal dedication alongside her
Her latest release is
Stonemason's Daughter which Celtic Radio recently gave a 5 star
review. And we understand from Keriah that she truly is a Stonemason's
Daughter. So, if you would really like to help out a rising star then
please purchase her album from her online site. We are sure that she would
very much appreciate your support by purchasing her new CD online today.
Leo & Anto
Moran and Anthony Thistlethwaite of The Saw Doctors will begin a five week
acoustic duo Tour of the US on Friday September 20. More details can be
found on their
Additional shows that have just been confirmed for the Leo & Anto US Tour
include Rochester NY on Sunday October 20 at the Abilene, Cincinnati OH on
Wednesday October 23 at the Irish Center, and Cleveland OH on Thursday
October 24 at the Tavern at Beachland Ballroom. There will also be two
Boston shows on Thursday October 17 at the Backroom at the Burren in
Somerville MA. Check out their latest track from sound cloud!
Clare Island - Leo & Anto (The Saw Doctors)
Free Celtic Music
Act quickly as the Green Hill Music sampler is now free on Amazon.com.
Just log into your amazon account and purchase the entire album for the wonderful
price of $0.00. Enjoy!
Good news, we have a new SmartPhone website that gets you connected fast
to Highlander Radio. Just point your smartphone, android, blackberry, ipod,
or Symbian to
http://mobile.celticradio.net using your flavor of smartphones and
start enjoying the sounds of Highlander Radio Mobile. Whether you are
sitting in traffic, riding the bus or navigating the high seas - take
Highlander Radio with you where ever you go. Works great - simple and fast!
We hope that you enjoy our newsletter and we look forward to
providing you with our Winter St. Patrick's Day Edition coming up in early
2014! 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.
Origins of Halloween SHalloween'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..
The Gothard Sisters are on fire! After carving a comfortable spot for
themselves within the Celtic music scene, they are back with a brand new
studio effort, entitled Compass.
The charming Celtic music trio set out to come back on the scene with a
brand new full length album that consolidates the group's stellar
reputation within their music circuit, not only as a great live performer,
but as a great studio act.
"Compass is a strong album, featuring some of the
trio's most organic and heartfelt performances to date..."
"Compass" is a strong album, featuring some of the trio's most organic and
heartfelt performances to date, driven by lively violin lines that don't
overshadow the other elements of the music, but settle right in, boosting
the overall dynamics throughout the entire record. From start to bottom,
"Compass" feels authentic. The music is timeless and it has a strong
connection to its roots, yet the performances are no nostalgia gimmick:
The Gothard sister keep the fire of Celtic music alive, performing and
dancing with an unparalleled enthusiasm...
Go Wireless The
Google Chromecast is Google’s entry into the online streaming marketplace
with a small USB stick like dongle that can easily plug into your HD T.V.
For $35 this seems like a great bargain with the promise of portability
from room to room or while visiting friends and family.
The Chromecast works with your PC or mobile device. Simply download the
Chromecast app and then configure the network connection using your
device. Once the setup process is completed, you are ready to start
streaming. As of this writing the Chromecast only supports NetFlix,
YouTube, Hulu, Google Play Music and Movies. We really do not use Google’s
music and movie service, but it might be an option if you want to rent a
movie and stream it using the Chromecast.
For $35 we found the Google Chromecast very affordable. Google includes a
special flexible extension cable that can help with tight fitting HDMI
inputs and also extends the wireless range of the device. The Chromecast
must be plugged in to a power source using the provided cable. For our
test of this new device we used a basic android phone and within a few
minutes we had Netflix up and running streaming season 3 of Downton
If you have not won a CD from Celtic Radio, then you need to join
the fun by visting our
Mega Contest page. All CDs and prizes are donated by
the musicians that we play. There are many different contests
including games, raffles and more.
For our monthly contest, we are giving away 4 CDs in our October
contest! To qualify for our monthly Celtic Music CD giveaway, you
will need to
sign-up for a Celtic Radio member account and post
atleast 1 message in our Celtic Radio Community
Forums. Our Live CD contest starts at 12:00 EST every
first of the month and is open to all members. Be the first to
select the CD on our contest page, and you will win!
You can check your eligibility for the current Celtic Radio
contest by visiting our
contest page. This will show your current qualifying
status for the current months contest. Good Luck!
The Fenians "Take me Home"
The Fenians have been one of the most original and representative pioneers
of the crossover between pure folk music and uncompromising rock and roll.
Their songbook expanded to include originals, as well as renditions of
traditional Irish folk classics reiterated with their own attitude and
Unlike fellow Irish folk / rock crossover artists such as “The Pogues”,
The Fenians lean more towards the Celtic folk direction, spicing it up
with the energy of contemporary pop and rock, but retaining more melody
than grit and aggressively.
“The Fenians have
been one of the most original and representative pioneers of the
crossover between pure folk music and uncompromising rock and roll..."
While many similar folk crossover acts seem to actually include elements
of folk on a rock / pop format, The Fenians are unique because they seem
to follow exactly the opposite pattern. Their music is folk oriented,
spiced up with hints of 60s, 70s and 80s pop and rock. This apparently
very small detail truly sets them apart from the majority of the folk
crossover acts on the scene.....