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Autumn 2013 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Halloween, MyCelticFriends, Keirah, Leo & Anto, Ghost Stories, Free Celtic Music Download.
2 Go Wireless Chromecast.
3 DVD Review The Elders - Hoolie.
4 Video of the Month History of Halloween.
5 The Fenains: Take me Home


CD Giveaways!


Autumn Featured Music


The Gothard Sisters: Compass


Community Discussion: Hot Topics


The Top Ten Songs




The 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!

Some Scary things to do on Celtic Radio:
Got a spine chilling story to share with us, or perhaps your own ghostly experience? Then post your story on Celtic Radio's own Ghost thread. 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!

read our past chilling stories about:

A Tale of Crawford Notch

Salem - Trials of Hysteria

The Burning of Bridget Cleary


or watch this short film for some heart breaking suspense:

An Occurence at Owl Creek


"By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes." ~ William Shakespeare

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.

MyCelticFriends is just getting started, so be sure to reserve your member name or band page today.



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 classical studies.

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

Leo 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 blog

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!

Green Hill Free Music Sampler


Highlander Radio Mobile

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..

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The Gothard Sisters

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...

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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 Abbey...

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CD Contests

Our October 2013 CD contest features music from Emish Billy Pigg, Northumbrian smallpipesIrish Moutarde and  Alan Ross.

October CD Contests


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 outlook.

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.....

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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. Leave Her Johnny - The Fenians
2. Highland - Blackmore's Nig
3. The Titanic - Irish Rovers
4. Barrett's Privateers - Poor Angus
5. Copper Leaves - Enter The Haggi
6. Tell God and the Devil - Solas
7. My Irish Molly-O - Michael Londra
8. Better Days Ahead - The Elders
9. The Parting Glass - Celtic Céilí -
10. South Australia - Port Isaac's Fi


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Autumn Featured Music

Irish Moutarde
"Raise 'Em All"

"As The Crow Flies"

Burning Bridget Cleary
"Pressed for Time"

"Stonemason's Daughter"

"Shamrock City"


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