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mcnberry Posted on: 21-Dec-2010, 10:03 PM

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Thank you, rhymer. Have a wonderful Christmas!

berry
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #300363

mcnberry Posted on: 19-Dec-2010, 03:41 AM

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This is what inspired me to do a slide show on Youtube to Skully's beautiful version of Silent Night.

Let Skully tell you his story in his own words:

"My Grandmother lived in a big old house in the countryside. As a young boy, I loved to go there and spend my holidays with her. The house was full of things she had collected throughout her lifetime, beautiful things that fascinated me and all her Grandchildren.

On a shelf in the dining room, there stood a tiny little wooden church, with little stain glass windows. If you wound it, it played SILENT NIGHT on its music box.

Every year, rain hail or snow, our whole family would get together and celebrate Christmas there. The old house would echo with the laughter of Children and the chatter of busy adults catching up. Wonderful smells would waft from the kitchen, and the christmas tree.

When it was time for a break from our boisterous games, I would slip into the dining room, wind the little church, and listen to the little mechanism tinkle out SILENT NIGHT.
I remember holding it to one ear, then the other, listening to the clunking of its clockwork mechanism, while I looked through the bay window at the snow falling outside, turning her beautiful garden into a magical place.

My Grandmother is no longer with us, and we do not go to the house any more, but the music box is one of my Sisters most treasured possessions. Sadly, after years of winding, the little music box stopped working.

**********************************************************************

I wrote my version of SILENT NIGHT for my Grandmother. She gave us this wonderful memory, in my version, (if you listen on headphones) you can hear the repetitive arpeggio of the music box as it dances from left to right in the silence of the dining room, Her piano echoes through the corridors of the old house, and I added a little snow, first falling, then it starts to settle."

Here is Skully's beautiful rendition of Silent Night and my interpretation of it:

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Nollaig Shona Duit,

berry


  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #300295

mcnberry Posted on: 19-Nov-2010, 11:37 PM

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Thanks for posting this Darlene!

Not only is Skully a very talented and passionate musician/song writer/producer, but he is also just as passionate when it comes to History!

Skully is hands on. Not one of the musicians that supports a project by only lending music to it and watching from afar. He spent countless hours alongside volunteers restoring two of Fort Camden's rooms. Thousands came to see the finished project.

There is a photo of Skully standing in one of Fort Camden's window frames, painting.

http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/ph...100001078621193

There are many other photos, but this one is one of my favorites. I can only imagine what went through Skully's mind while he was standing up there. I know for sure that he was exited and proud of what the volunteers had accomplished so far. But I also imagine that he soaked in the view, thinking of many others that once looked out the same window. Perhaps he was composing a new song at that very moment. Perhaps he was thinking about Fort Camden's future.

Skully's music comes from his soul. Listen to it and you can feel the passion......


  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #299983

mcnberry Posted on: 07-Sep-2010, 10:45 PM

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Here is a special treat!

CAMDEN Old&Now


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Recognize the music? It's Skully's "My Waltz With Matilda"!
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #299206

mcnberry Posted on: 07-Sep-2010, 09:28 AM

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UP DATE!

Fort Camden has opened it's gates on September 4th! The Rescue Camden Group, with help of dedicated volunteers and donations by local businesses, has renovated the first two rooms of the once abandoned Fort overlooking beautiful Cork Harbor! The rooms have been transformed into a Museum and an Art Gallery.
Hundreds of people attended the opening last weekend.

Here is what Skully and the Rescue Camden Group had to say on Facebook:

"FORT CAMDEN is uniting our community! hundreds of people from all walks of life, from all over the Country came to support us. People wept, people laughed, old friends met again, families came together.

Our small band of volunteers made it look as if we open Forts every week! Everything went off without a hitch...

A huge thank you to everyone who helped make this happen!!"

The Fort will be open to the public on a limited basis every Saturday and Sunday from 12.00pm to 5.00pm for the Month of September.

Be witness of the amazing transformation and make friends with the FORT CAMDEN Page over at Facebook! Check out the beautiful before and after photos of the work done so far. You will also find a little surprise on the Page; a montage of photography by Siobhan Russell, Joleen Cronin and Gary Sullivan. MUSIC BY SKULLY!!

www.facebook.com/people/Fort-Camden/100001078621193

Enjoy!

  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #299201

mcnberry Posted on: 14-Aug-2010, 09:56 PM

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By the way, here is a wonderful video about Fort Camden!


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  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #298954

mcnberry Posted on: 14-Aug-2010, 11:51 AM

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A great example of what can be done (and lots has been done in the short amount of time the project started) once a community pulls together.

Fort Camden is a magnificent fortress that looms over Cork’s beautiful harbor in the South of Ireland. Steeped in history, but badly neglected and randomly vandalized, Fort Camden is in desperate need of some TLC. Sadly it is also a race against time. Just last week ago one of the old buildings collapsed.

Read more: http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseact...0#ixzz0wbH7wZoE

What started out as the dream of four men, determined to once again "breathe" life back into one of Ireland's beautiful abandoned buildings, has quickly turned into a mammoth project supported by many others. Local businesses are not only donating material such as paint and windows, but are also giving advice on how to best proceed with bringing Fort Camden back to its former glory. Historical details have to be taken into consideration as well as replacing items that have been damaged or destroyed by time and careless visitors. Former Military Personnel and Volunteers are working side by side, cleaning, painting and locating items such as missing window shutters and fireplace mantels.

A few nights a generator was used to test the lights in one of the rooms. The light shone warmly through the newly installed windows. For a brief moment Fort Camden was alive again!

For all you history buffs here on Celtic Radio, you have a chance to make friends with the Rescue Camden Team on Facebook! You will find lots of wonderful photos to look at and stories to read.

http://www.facebook.com/#!/profile.php...100001078621193

For some more breathtaking photos of Fort Camden you can also go to Abandoned Ireland, a wonderful Site with tons of information about Ireland's abandoned Castles and buildings!
http://www.abandonedireland.com/cf.html

Slainte,
berry
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #298938

mcnberry Posted on: 14-Aug-2010, 10:10 AM

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Beautiful slide show Darlene! Walking Home is one of my favorites on this album! note.gif thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #298937

mcnberry Posted on: 24-Jun-2010, 01:04 AM

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  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #297555

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mcnberry Posted on: 14-Jun-2010, 02:10 AM

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biggrin.gif cheers.gif clap.gif thumbup.gif thumbs_up.gif toot.gif

I think that about covers it! Welcome back, Camac!
  Forum: Introductions  ·  Post Preview: #297233

mcnberry Posted on: 10-Jun-2010, 11:42 PM

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  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #297156

mcnberry Posted on: 30-May-2010, 04:10 AM

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It's amazing! We are all so happy for Skully and Aida (METISSE)! note.gif thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #296898

mcnberry Posted on: 28-May-2010, 07:06 PM

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Congratulations to "our" very own Skully and METISSE!

For more info and some music samples go to http://www.myspace.com/metisse.
Or better yet, request one of their songs right here on Celtic Radio: http://www.celticradio.net/php/playlist.ph...bum&exact=exact note.gif thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #296890

mcnberry Posted on: 17-May-2010, 08:58 PM

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Just watched Ondine, filmed on the Beara Peninsula, Ireland. Good story, and the little girl in it is awesome! thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: Ye Ole Celtic Pub - Open all day, all night!  ·  Post Preview: #296653

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mcnberry Posted on: 13-Apr-2010, 12:12 AM

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Camac,

You are a well respected and valued member of this Forum. Your wit, sense of humor and sharp mind will be missed by many.

"In religion and politics people's beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second-hand, and without examination, from authorities who have not themselves examined the questions at issue but have taken them at second-hand from other non-examiners, whose opinions about them were not worth a brass farthing."
- Autobiography of Mark Twain

There is so much more to this Community than Politics. Well, the Classical Forum didn't do so well, but we tried.

Camac, you are actually quite the storyteller! A lost art, and something I treasure.

You are one of the people that made me feel welcome here. For that, and the many moments of reading pleasure, I thank you sincerely.

Take good care of yourself and your loved ones. Keep the stories alive. Come and visit once in a while. Or better yet, continue to represent Canada. What better Spokesman could a Country have......


berry
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #295694

mcnberry Posted on: 16-Mar-2010, 02:34 AM

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First things first. Congratulations to Robert Phoenix!
Guess the grandchild couldn't wait and wanted to be there for the celebrations......

I agree with Leelee and will "whoop it up" once again this year.

As for Patch and Camac; I'll meet you in the "nether region" in 2012, since I told my Catholic great grandmother once that I would meet her there too. Guess that was my ticket to get that hot plate reserved....
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #294509

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mcnberry Posted on: 16-Mar-2010, 02:06 AM

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Gentlemen,

I found this link, which I think is quite interesting.


http://www.deism.com/principlesofnature.htm
  Forum: Philosophy, Science & Religion  ·  Post Preview: #294508

mcnberry Posted on: 12-Mar-2010, 07:44 PM

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Views: 659

Just in time for St. Patrick's Day!

"Molly Malone" from Skully's IRISH MAKEOVER CD.

Hope you enjoy. The landscape photos used in this slide show are Skully's and mine. Skully does not only create wonderful music, but as you can see also takes beautiful pictures of his favorite places in Ireland. His photos are towards the end. Mine were taken 21 years ago during an unforgettable vacation.


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  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #294376

mcnberry Posted on: 09-Mar-2010, 02:54 AM

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jmaguire,

I have to admit that I thought you were pulling our ears, but there is a bit of Celtic sounding music at the very end of the interview. Unfortunately it is only audible for about twenty two seconds, at a very low range.

Sorry that I couldn't be of any further help.

berry
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #294210

mcnberry Posted on: 09-Mar-2010, 02:39 AM

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Views: 387

Camac,

I just saw this thread.

You will make a wonderful grandfather and your daughter will be a great mom.
There is nothing you should feel guilty about. Who wouldn't boast about becoming a grand parent?

I will look forward to you boasting once again. Take good care of your daughter and let her know how much she is loved.

Big hugs from here to your family,

berry
  Forum: General Discussion  ·  Post Preview: #294209

mcnberry Posted on: 07-Mar-2010, 02:35 PM

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What would St. Patrick's Day be without a little bit of an IRISH MAKEOVER?

Follow "Molly Malone" through the streets of Dublin. Picture yourself at the Fair while listening to "She Moves Through The Fair" and "Scarborough Fair". Soar with the "Blackbird" and "The Lark". Have an audience with "The King Of The Fairies". Shake your legs and dance to "All Around My Hat". Visit "Mardyke" and "The Lakes Of Pontchartrain". Say hello to "Shirin" and contemplate about life and love while listening to "Red Is The Rose"!
  Forum: Celtic Music  ·  Post Preview: #294172

mcnberry Posted on: 01-Mar-2010, 12:38 AM

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Views: 3,271

Camac,

you have every right to gloat!
I am sitting here with my son, watching the Closing Ceremonies. It is nice to see a people being proud of their heritage and country! What a warm welcome and good bye to the athletes from all around this world! thumbs_up.gif
  Forum: Canada  ·  Post Preview: #293912

mcnberry Posted on: 28-Feb-2010, 05:19 PM

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Congratulations on Canada's Gold Medal in Men's Ice Hokey!

My son and I were glued to the TV!
  Forum: Canada  ·  Post Preview: #293907

mcnberry Posted on: 23-Feb-2010, 08:14 PM

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Views: 3,271

Is it this one, Camac? It aired on NBC prior to the Opening Ceremony.

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  Forum: Canada  ·  Post Preview: #293709

mcnberry Posted on: 21-Feb-2010, 01:23 PM

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Hallo Marita und Willkommen!

Ich hoffe dass Du die Musik und Leute hier magst; ich habe hier viele nette Freunde gemacht!

berry
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