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2012 Music Awards


Boston, Massachusetts – Celtic Radio is pleased to announce the winners of the 2012 Celtic Radio Music Awards. This Music Awards program was created to promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music. Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of Celtic Radio.

After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs across six categories of music for voting: Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Bagpipes, Roots Traditional and Contemporary music categories. Voting begins on January 1st of each year and ends on Celtic Radio’s popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. 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.

Our awards program was expanded in 2008 to include the Celtic Radio Album of the Year award. This award is given to acknowledge musical creativity, extraordinary work and exceptional talent on an album which provides recognition of outstanding contributions to Celtic Music. Winner of this award category receives permission to use the Radio Music Award banner on their website, receives the esteemed and prestigious framed Celtic Radio Award and a beautiful black and gold embossed award plaque.

Through the Celtic Radio Music award program our goal is to promote and recognize exceptional artists who display high standards of excellence both on the  stage and off the stage and who have made significant contributions to Celtic Music throughout the world.

Pictured is a sample of the official music award package that Andrew McFayden will receive from Celtic Radio. The gold engraved Celtic Radio Music Award (bottom left) is our yearly presentation for the recipient of this prestigious award. Mounted on a black embossed plate and attached to a beautiful oak wooden base, this award is presented in recognition of the Celtic Radio Album of the Year.

Andrew McFayden will also receive a framed award certificate, a personalized letter from Celtic Radio and a Celtic Radio bumper sticker to honor his work on the album - "Turas". All members and listeners of Celtic Radio can take pride in the fact that through our website and music channels, that we are making a difference in helping to promote Celtic Music to both recognized and unrecognized musicians through this award program. By bringing musicians, listeners and members together, we can truly make a difference through our unique social networking site called 'Celtic Radio.'



2012 Celtic Radio Music Award Recipients





Music Category


Irish Pubs Walk on Up

Celtic Rock

Irish Rovers The Titanic Drunken Sailor


Govannen King of the Faeries Celtic Earth

Jigs & Reels

Celtic Ceili The Wind that Shakes Last Night's Fun


Andrew McFayden Bean Phaiden Turas

Roots Traditional

Celtic Thunder

Clancy Brothers Medley Voyage II




Album of the Year - 2012

Andrew McFayden


"If you haven’t given Andrew McFayden’s latest album entitled “Turas” a listen, then break out your headphones and prepare to be transported into a world rich with bold drum beats, trilling tin whistles, and hauntingly beautiful Gaelic melodies.

McFayden, a Canadian born teacher began delving into his Scottish heritage in his early twenties, learning to speak and most importantly sing in the Gaelic language of his ancestors whilst attending Gaelic College in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Andrew has been professionally singing since 2003 and acquired his skills with the piano and recorder from The Royal Conservatory while still a young man. As an adult Andrew who holds a Bachelor of Education, Master of Arts, Graduate Diploma in Education, and a Master International Diploma for Spanish Language Teaching; enriches the minds of his students teaching them Gaelic language and songs. He also serves as the BC Regional Director for the Atlantic Gaelic Academy. In addition to Gaelic, Andrew is also fluent in both French and Spanish.

“Turas” is the fourth album to be released by the multi-talented McFayden. As further testament to the humble, yet lively music of this album, “Turas” has been selected “Album of the Year” right here on Celtic Radio. “Bean Phaidein” the fourth track on the album, was also voted “Roots Traditional” Song of the Year by our listeners. The album was recorded in Albaroom Studio in Prince George, BC, Watercolour Music of Ardgour, Scotland, and Lakewind Sound.

The album title “Turas” can be translated to “trip” in Gaelic, and that is exactly what the tracks within offer. A trip, an escape into the heart of McFayden’s Scottish ancestors, and a window into the passion he has for his heritage. 5 Gaelic Stars from Celtic Radio for a beautiful album of Gaelic Song and Melody!

Congratulations to the 2012 Celtic Radio Album of Year award for Andrew McFayden's "Turas". A Beautiful engraved Celtic Radio award is being created by our local jeweler and will be mailed to Andrew McFayden with compliments from our many Celtic Radio supporters that make this award possible! Slainte! - Celtic Radio Music Awards Committee."

View and Review this CD now! Artist: Andrew McFayden



2012 Individual Award Categories

Celtic Rock

View and Review this CD now! Artist: Callanach
Song: Irish Pubs
Album: Walk on Up

Song information


Artist: Irish Rovers
Song: The Titanic
Album: Drunken Sailor

Song information

Jigs & Reels

View and Review this CD now! Artist: Govannen
Song: King of Faeries
Album: Celtic Earth

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View and Review this CD now! Artist: Celtic Ceili
Song: The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Album: Last Night's Fun

Song information

Roots Traditional

View and Review this CD now! Artist: Andrew McFayden
Song: Bean Phaiden
Album: Turas

Song information


View and Review this CD now!

Artist: Celtic Thunder
Song: Clancy Brothers Medley
Album: Voyage II

Song information



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