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Winter 2014 Newsletter

Inside This Issue

Inside This Issue

1 Welcome!  Celtic Pub, Awards, Women Armor, Irish Toasts.
2 Go Wireless The Oontz Wireless Bluetooth Speaker.
3 Streaming Video Review The Celts Complete Series.
4 Video of the Month The Wilson Family.
5 Barleyjuice: This Is Why We Cant Have Nice Things


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Winter Featured Music


The High Kings: Friends for Life


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 with lots of interesting articles, music reviews and technology to keep you entertained throughout St. Patrick's Day and beyond.

Our newsletter is produced four times a year and is really a snapshot of some of the best articles and content that are produced by the Celtic Radio websites. For this edition, we thought we should honor our Welsh members with a fascinating article on Llewellyn the Last - one of the last princes of Wales and one that met his fate by the same King of England who set William Wallace to the four corners of Britain.

We've also decided that going forward we will be changing our DVD reviews to Streaming reviews. That is video content that you can find on Netflix, Amazon, HuluPlus or any of the other major video streaming services that are replacing the DVD. While it is sad to see tried and true technologies slowly fade away, part of the Celtic Radio experience is to embrace new technologies which we can harness to further promote our goals of introducing the masses to Celtic music and culture.

And in speaking of goals, can we just tell everyone a big thank you for successfully meeting our fund raising goals this year! More than ever we really do need your support so that we may continue our music and website operations. While our Live365 fees are covered through our fund raising event, we continue to experience monthly expenses by continuing to offer our Highlander Radio broadcast free to everyone through our partnership with Stream Licensing. This partnership pays all of our royalty and copyright fees to the major music organizations including the Canadian SOCAN. For this reason, more than ever, we need your continued financial support as our expenses have tripled with our new licensing agreement which covers a broader range of musicians and organizations.

Finally, we want to tell you about the Celtic Radio Music awards now in its ninth year. Amazing to think we have been keeping this awards program going with your support for so long. This year we are going to redesign the award plaque for the album of the year to be bigger, better and with our logo embossed on the award. We will be sure to have pictures to share of the new award and we will be announcing the winner on St. Patrick's Day.

Be sure to tune into one of the Celtic Radio stations for St. Patrick's Day and enjoy a glass of Guinness or any other favorite drink to enjoy a day of Celtic music. Until next time, Slàinte.


"May you have the hindsight to know where you've been,
The foresight to know where you are going,
And the insight to know when you have gone too far.


Ye O' Celtic Pub

We wanted to provide a new channel that plays some of the tried and true Celtic tunes from the legends, such as the Dubliners, the Clancy Brothers, Ronnie Drew, the Irish Rovers and more. Really has a nice sound if you are wishing to discover some of the musicians from a generation or two back.

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"Come on in to Ye O'Celtic Pub where the fish and chips are hot and the tunes are from days past like the Clancy Brothers, The Irish Rovers and the Dubliners. Pull up a chair and a glass of Guinness to remember the way Celtic music was meant to be played!"


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.

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. The album of the year recipient will receive a special Celtic Radio Music Award plaque which is being expanded this year in size and design. It will feature our glorious Celtic knot triangle embedded in the award. We will be sure to post pictures soon!


Women and Armor

What kind of arms did Medieval women really wear? is the topic of an io9 article that explores this interesting and often not well known aspect of Medieval Warfare. We know that women did fight in Medieval times and based on the historial records there were many women warriors and leaders that took up arms. Such as Queen Thyra of Denmark leading an army against the Germans in 950, Queen Mercia commanding armies, defeating danes and the Welsh from 912 - 922, Olga of Kiev defending her city during the Siege of Kiev (did anyone tell Putin about this) in 968.

"Now women get the armored shaft in part for aesthetic reasons; artists and filmmakers want to show off the feminine bodies of their fictional female combatants. But there is another reason why medieval women's armor is such a tricky thing to predict: according to the folks behind the Metropolitan Museum of Art's Arms and Armory collection, when it comes to this era there are no known surviving images of a woman in armor made during that woman's lifetime."

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Irish Toasts 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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"This is Why we can not have nice things"

Hailing from the United States, Barleyjuice are among the most eclectic and innovative artists to grace the international Celtic music scene.

Eclectic? Innovative? This music has been going on for years! You might say that, but perhaps you're missing the point of what innovation really means. Being an original artist doesn't necessarily mean to come up with music that nobody has ever heard before. On the contrary, true innovation is about making the best out of your experiences and turn them into something new and fresh.

“The thing that we love about this group is that in spite of the fact that they have "chosen the Celtic path", their music still screams and echoes back at influences as diverse as 70s rock and 60s neo-folk revival..."

Being based in the United States, the musicians in Barleyjuice have arguably been exposed to a wide variety of musical influences throughout their lives. The thing that we love about this group is that in spite of the fact that they have "chosen the Celtic path", their music still screams and echoes back at influences as diverse as 70s rock and 60s neo-folk revival. Their brand new album “this is why we can’t have nice things” it’s a snapshot of their kaleidoscopic creativity....

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Celtic Complexion

Organic skin care company Celtic Complexion will celebrate it's third anniversary on St. Patrick’s Day by donating 10% of the net profits generated during the entire month of March to 3 Irish Jewels Farm, a residential farm living for adults with autism.

“As we grow, we are always looking for ways to give back,” says Jennifer Devlin, CEO and Founder of Celtic Complexion, Inc. “March is a great time to recognize our Irish customers by donating to 3 Irish Jewels Farm.”

Launched three years ago on St. Patrick’s Day, Celtic Complexion products attract a large following of people of Celtic origin, and people with dry, sensitive skin (including those with rosacea), as well as those who live in extreme weather climates. Her products are specifically formulated for cold weather, including the best-selling Winter Skin Balm Bar, which has been extremely helpful during this extremely cold U.S. winter season....

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Llewellyn the Last
Llewellyn ap Gruffydd couldn’t have known it during his tumultuous life, but he would become known to posterity as Llewellyn the Last. He was the last native born Welshman recognised as the sovereign Prince of Wales, before Wales was finally conquered by Edward the 1st in 1282.

Now the title is little more than an honorific bestowed upon the eldest son of the King or Queen of England, a final insult dreamt up by King Edward to make certain that Wales knew its place in the new order. But in Llewellyn’s day, it was not something that came by birth right, but something he took by force of arms, strategic alliances, and breath-taking diplomacy.

Llewellyn came from good stock to claim the title. He was the grandson of Llewellyn ap Lorweth – Llewellyn the Great - who had ruled Wales successfully for nearly 40 years before his death in 1240, and had been one of the many lords responsible for getting King John to sign the Magna Carta. But Llewellyn the Last was no primping heir apparent. While his farther, Gruffydd, was indeed the oldest son of Llewellyn senior, he was an illegitimate child born to the Prince’s mistress...

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The High Kings
"Friends for Life"

The High Kings carry the nuances, feel and inner poetry of their home county of Ireland within their music. Their sound features a very special sense of nostalgia, yet it is vibrant and lively.

Few artists manage to successfully merge such a genuine and personal dimension to a very high technical standard of proficiency and expertise within the traditional folk genre: I often find that a song is a little bit like a scale. With instinct pulling on one side and musicianship on the other. When there's a significant bias on either side, there's something missing.

"Few artists manage to successfully merge such a genuine and personal dimension to a very high technical standard of proficiency and expertise within the traditional folk genre..."

On the other hand, when the weight of instinct perfectly counterpoises the weight of the technical expertise of a skilled musician, something truly magical happens. Music becomes suave and transparent, a vehicle for history, moods and stories to spread out and reach more ears, minds and hearts...

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Go Wireless - The OontZ

Cambridge SoundWorks - is highly regarded for designing some of the best sounding high-end home speakers, home theater systems, WiFi music systems and now the OontZ family of Ultra-Portable Wireless Bluetooth Speakers.

The acoustic engineers of Cambridge SoundWorks designed these proprietary high quality lightweight speakers that deliver excellent sound quality, with distinct mid-range and clear crisp highs. They offer a number of wireless speaker products ranging from the low end OontZ curve, the mid-range OontZ Angle and the premium Oontz XL.

The speakers offer good battery life (10 hours), built-in speaker phone capabilities and an attractive design. A carrying pouch is included with all models. What sets these speakers apart is their bigger than size sound and their competitive price structure if you buy directly from their website...

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 St. Patrick's Day Contest


How to Win?

Sign up for our special St. Patrick's Day raffle and you could win one of these great prizes - all total we have 20 prizes to give away on Paddy's Day! We have two special full color Celtic Thunder Heritage Souvenir program guides, three light up Celtic Thunder Key chains, a Celtic Thunder Heritage Tote Bag, 10 Celtic Premium Radio accounts, a number of 2014 Celtic Mandala Calendars, the High Kings newest CD called "Friends for Life", Marc Gunn's Whiskey in the Jar CD and Classic Celtic Music from Smithsonian Folkways. We will announce the winners on St. Patrick's Day, so join us for a day of music, toasts and Guinness! Happy St. Patrick' Day! Contest ends on March 17, 2014.


Winners will be announced on March 17, 2014.






Streaming Review - The Celts

The Celts is a documentary from 2013 on the first European people north of the Alps to rise from anonymity. This program looks at who the Celts were, where they came from and what made their culture so distinctive. From ancient times to modern day, the history of the Celts is discussed in 6 episodes with each episode about 60 minutes long.

If you subscribe Amazon prime then you are in luck as it is currently being offered free to stream for members of their prime membership. It is also available via DVD.

We found this series to be both informative and entertaining with some interesting new aspects of Celtic culture and history that we were not previously aware about. Such as the fact that the language spoken by more than half the world is from a western tribe of Germany called English...

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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. Tartan Is The Color Of My True - Barleyjuice
2. Wedding Song - The Fenians
3. Lift The Wings - Michael Londra
4. Go Lassie Go / Dutchman - The High Kings
5. The Empress Of Ireland - Kierah
6. I'll Keep Coming Home - Runrig
7. Past the Point of Rescue - Celtic Thunder
8. Set of Tunes: Frank's Reel/Hul - North Sea Gas
9. Family Tree - Talitha MacKenz
10. Bring Him Home - Charlie Zahm



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