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Hail Glorious St. Patrick

With over 35 years in the music industry, Irish singer-songwriter Pierce Turner certainly has the talent and intellect to spin a tale through song. The accomplished artist’s latest single, “Hail Glorious St. Patrick,” is a delightful twist on a classic ballad and a must-have track for fans of Celtic rock who seek out authenticity and originality that defies mainstream music norms.

At times bleak while all the while effortlessly entertaining, this witty ballad draws the listener in with an upbeat melody of guitar and percussion and lyrical content that pokes fun at history and tradition. Turner’s trademark vocals and harmonies showcase his attitude towards the patron Saint of Ireland, erupting into a dynamic and catchy chorus as an homage to the original patriotic anthem. Perfect for St. Patrick’s Day cheers, this full-length single captivates the listener with substance and style one can only find from an established artist.

“Hail Glorious St. Patrick” is a true example of Turner’s ingenuity, transforming a traditional track to reflect his unique personality. Listeners who favor rebellious songs will find their own voice in this clever single and feel the need to sing along with Pierce Turner’s melodies. “Hail Glorious St. Patrick” is sure to inspire individuality and freedom in a world of conformity.

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The Boys of Doorin

Family has always been a key element in the Celtic music genre, and The Byrne Brothers from Donegal, Ireland definitely bring new life to a timeless theme! While many youths their age concentrate on the latest technology, brothers Luca, 19; Finn, 18; and Dempsey; 14, are focused on their individual style of music and traditional Irish dancing. The accomplished Byrne Brothers have entertained crowds at Walt Disney World, toured across the United States, and amassed a huge following on social media to draw in new listeners to the historic genre.

Joined by their father Tommy on fiddle, bagpipe, and guitar, the brothers’ latest album, The Boys of Doorin, is a true delight for fans searching for the next generation in Celtic classics. 18-year-old banjo and mandolin player Finn wrote, recorded, and produced multiple tracks on this enthusiastic record with all family members excelling in their variety of instruments. Eldest brother Luca on accordion leads the animated melodies while youngest brother Dempsey drives the rhythm with his traditional Irish bodhran drum and whistle.

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From the harmonious intro “Dawn Patrol,” The Boys of Doorin showcases The Byrne Brothers’ connection as a family and loyalty to their Irish heritage. One of the many standout songs is “Raggle Taggle Gypsy,” a new twist on a traditional folk song with zest and humor in both vocals and melodies. Midway through the record, “Wendy’s Waltz” is sure to charm fans of classic Irish instrumentals on the more mellow side. Finally, the title track “Boys of Doorin” is a high-energy ballad that especially shines with a moody string melody: perfect for a live performance of The Byrne Brothers’ renowned Irish step dancing.

Overall, The Boys of Doorin proves that talent isn’t limited to age, and even a traditional genre like Celtic folk can be appreciated by anyone! The Byrne Brothers’ enthusiasm, personality, and natural gift for music are prominent throughout this record and are sure to shine further as their career naturally flourishes. The Boys of Doorin is an album that will have listeners dancing along with The Byrne Brothers and experiencing the magic of Irish melodies as a family through song. 5 stars from Celtic Radio!

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Celtic Woman 20

It’s time to celebrate! Critically acclaimed act Celtic Woman has just released their 20th anniversary compilation album to the delight of longtime listeners and new fans alike. This universally talented band has evolved in their sound over the years but remains popular and respected to this day. Celtic Woman 20 is a milestone album for the Irish quartet with brand new recordings and their first studio record since Postcards From Ireland, released in 2021. Bold and memorable, this special edition album encompasses Celtic Woman’s true ethereal essence.

The 18-track album features a diverse array of songs and most notably a new single! “You Raise Me Up” is an optimistic anthem and includes harmonies from a few original members of the group: Chloë Agnew, Lisa Kelly, Máiréad Nesbitt, and Méav Ní Mhaolchatha. Standout covers of “Danny Boy” and “Amazing Grace” showcase the singers’ passion and inspiring talents. This album even features a song that Disney lovers are sure to enjoy singing along to. Celtic Woman’s rendition of “When You Believe” from 1998’s animated hit, The Prince of Egypt, takes a classic ballad to the next level to tug at heartstrings everywhere.

Celtic Woman 20 is charismatic and catchy for listeners of all ages and demographics. International fans will feel like they’re transported to the Irish shores and feel the energy of the group as they journey through two decades of their famous songs. While it’s true that the singers’ harmonies spotlight their timeless sound, the spirited strings and heartfelt percussion make this a classic record for one’s collection from start to finish. In addition to the studio album, fans can also check out the group’s live performances on their anniversary DVD to learn the thrilling history of Celtic Woman and witness the band’s iconic shows. Celtic Woman 20 is proof that a band can persevere throughout their career while still staying true to the heart of their music. 

Want to see Celtic Woman live? There certainly is no better show that combines all of the magic of Celtic music with these beautiful lassies, their gorgeous dresses and their talented voices. Be sure to check out the tour schedule for a show near you – but order your tickets soon they go fast!

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The Gothard Sisters

Whether you’re new to Celtic music or an avid fan of the eclectic genre, it’s necessary to add the fabulous The Gothard Sisters to your regular playlist. The talented trio of sisters Greta, Solana, and Willow have over 15 years of creating music together and have performed in many popular venues, including the Kennedy Center and on the Disney Cruise in Europe.

In addition to their tremendous performing schedule, The Gothard Sisters have an impressive 10 albums and over 2,000 shows to their name. There’s no wonder this trio is respected, admired, and continues to thrive as a musical act to this day – especially for Celtic Radio listeners!

As a holiday surprise, The Gothard Sisters have recently released their new album, A Celtic Christmas, right in time for the festive season. Beginning the record is many’s favorite carol, “Angels We Have Heard On High,” which demonstrates the sisters’ ethereal harmonies that come together as one lovely sound. Midway through the record, the Gothard Sisters deliver a jaunty rendition of “I Saw Three Ships” to evoke Christmas joy as we near the holidays. Other standout tracks include an instrumental version of “Deck The Halls” with energetic bliss that all will be delighted to sing and dance along to while opening gifts.

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No matter if your Christmas traditions are a dinner with close friends or a morning celebration with your family, A Celtic Christmas includes both classic songs and lively renditions of traditional tunes for all audiences. The Gothard Sisters’ intricate and melodic style is prevalent throughout the album, with celebratory and joyful tracks such as “Here We Come A Caroling” to share a toast with your loved ones on this special day.

Each sister has their own moment to shine within the record, and A Celtic Christmas is guaranteed to be a Christmas staple, whenever the holidays beckon. The Gothard Sisters bring true merriness and brightness to Christmas, and the trio cheerfully invites you to celebrate along with them through song. Five Stars from Celtic Radio!

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Celtic Rockers SYR

Sentinel by Celtic rockers SYR is an explosive album full of emotion and energy that is destined to draw in curious new listeners as well as fans of the genre looking for fresh voices. Siblings Kyle and Lauren MacCallum are absolutely outstanding with their individual vocals and respective talents on guitar and percussion. Kyle’s definitive cadences are a breath of fresh air for the community, suggesting a sound beyond his years and even can be compared to modern rockstars such as Brandon Boyd from Incubus. Laurel’s dreamy melodies transport the listener to historical Celtic nations and folklore tales that stay alive within.

Rounding up the band is Kelly Vance on bass, Greg Vance with drums, Ben Campbell on guitar and Worth Lewallen on the fiddle. This six piece from Columbia, SC, presents a tremendous single with “Tir n’Aill,” a perfect pub anthem for St. Patricks Day. Other tracks including the deeply personal and poetic “Lay Of The Ashes” demonstrates strong songwriting skills and an emotional story for the band members and listeners alike. The rhythmic closer “To Avalon” feels like a battle cry with hypnotic rhythm and a signature groove that is certain to get anyone restarting Sentinel from start to finish.

The beauty of this record is in its charismatic focus that can be enjoyed by fans who aren’t all too familiar with Celtic folk. Each song, even those with historical influences, provide a genius melody and subject matter that feels like a soundtrack to a movie or action/adventure video game. Sentinel by SYR can be compared to a concert in the comfort of your own home, as well as warm up music to get ready to see the lively group on stage. There’s no wonder why this band has found success in Europe, as well as worldwide. 5 Stars from Celtic Radio!

Want to hear more, then pick up a copy directly from SYR and help support the band. If you would like a chance to win a brand new copy of SYR’s Sentinel CD, then visit our contest page below for details on how to win.

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