A new month, and thus time for a new Monthly Marker. And since this is “the festive month”, we thought it would be time for a festive song! Obviously we couldn’t go with just any old Christmas song, so we have something very special for you!!
Our dear friends of
have been working on a seasonal song, soon to be THE new seasonal hit of course, and we at CeltCast have the honour of being the very first to bring this song to light! (No, but really. It wasn’t even supposed to be released just yet. Talk about a scoop! 🙂 )
And so we are proud to present: ‘Christmas Is Here’! A folky and festive ode to the perils of the holiday, which we will be playing five to six times a day throughout all of December. So jingle your bells and come sleigh away with us, as we dance our way towards the new year!
We know this song is about Christmas but there are of course many celebrations around this time of year. So, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone an amazing time, whether it be a Happy Hanukkah, a Merry Christmas, a Blessed Yule, an Awesome Kwanzaa… in short: Happy Holidays to all!
‘s “Mirie It Is When Sumer Ilast” we took a moment to reflect on the harshness of winter, but with the weather now actually turning colder and the darkest days of the year rapidly approaching we would rather focus on the warmth of the coming winter festivals!
For November we chose
‘s “Heroes” as our Monthly Marker. We first saw Cara live only two months ago at Festival Mediaval and they immediately took up residence in our hearts! This band, that formed way back in 2003, plays pure Celtic Folk, and does so with a passion! They have won several Irish Music Awards and the experience of this German/Scottish group is clear in everything they do, both live and on their albums.
“Heroes”, from their 15-year anniversary album “Live”, is an instrumental tracks that just makes you want to get up and dance. So come on everyone, put aside your Guinness, your mulled mead or your hot chocolate, and join us on the dance-floor and let’s ignore the cold together!
MONTHLY MARKER: Imbue – Mirie it is when sumer ilast
As we say goodbye and a heartfelt thank you to
for brightening up September with her beautiful song Memento we move into October, which is definately the beginning of the darker days of the year. So what could be more fitting than a song about the harshness of winter?
Mirie it is when sumer ilast is (one of) the oldest secular song(s) ever written in English (though we may have some difficulty reading it, used to a more modern version of the language as we are) and it is about the harshness of the darker part of the year as compared to summer.
This version was recorded as a single by our friends of
and released only last week (though also performed during their Live in the Livingroom event with CeltCast), so we are very proud and happy to be able to feature it five to six times a day throughout the month, especially since the Monthly Marker of course already has quite a connection with Imbue. Ever since the first Monthly Marker, in January of 2015 (tempus fugit, anyone?) the song has been preceded by a very special jingle, written and recorded by none other than…Imbue! So in a way we have come full circle now.
MONTHLY MARKER TIME!
“Pure Paganfolk, tribal, enchanting, with a moorish feel”. Just some of the words used by our own reviewer
‘s solo album Oppidamus, and to be more exact, he used these words to describe one specific song: Memento. Now, there was obviously no way that we would not use one of the songs from this amazing album as a Monthly Marker, and this description was so interesting that it immediately caught our eye. The song takes the listener on a folk journey through time and geography, and therefor is very much what we at CeltCast aspire to represent!
So all through September enjoy this track five to six times a day, and if you want something to read while listening, may we suggest Cliff’s review of Oppidamus, to be found at
MONTHLY MARKER TIME!
Tomorrow is the first of the month again, so it’s time to switch the Monthly Marker! And well, “switch it up” we did! 😀
Though maybe not completely fitting within the CeltCast formula you have come to know over the past years,
created such a party atmosphere at
, and we are very, very certain they will do the same at
Castlefest 2018 – Official
, that we really wanted to use their music as our
The song we chose to play throughout August is Khan, taken from their latest album ‘Another Way to Fly’, a high-energy, high-folk content dance-floor pounder which will most definitely get everyone’s blood pumping, whether that be while listening to it on CeltCast or experiencing the whole show at the Village Stage on Friday, the Meadow Stage on Saturday or the Forrest Stage on Sunday! Come join us and let’s dance and lose our minds together to the sounds of this hypnotising track!