Happy St. Patrick's Day
Or in Gaelic -
Beannachtaí na Féile Pádraig!
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
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.
Click Banner to Tune-In!
"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!"
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
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
Irish Toasts for St. Patrick's Day
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...
"This is Why we can not have nice
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....
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....
Llewellyn the Last
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
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...
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
"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
Go Wireless - The OontZ
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
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.
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...
Most requested songs for the past 120
Listen to the top ten count down on Highlander Radio. Visit our
for play times.
Tartan Is The Color Of My True - Barleyjuice
2. Wedding Song -
3. Lift The Wings -
4. Go Lassie Go /
Dutchman - The High Kings
5. The Empress Of
Ireland - Kierah
6. I'll Keep Coming Home
7. Past the Point of
Rescue - Celtic Thunder
8. Set of Tunes: Frank's
Reel/Hul - North Sea Gas
9. Family Tree -
10. Bring Him Home -