Celtic Spotlight

Three Projects from IONA Members

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> Though there is currently not a new Iona album in the pipeline, several solo/collaborative albums have been released recently featuring band members which will undoubtedly be of interest to fans of Celtic Christian music. More on these very soon, but for now the Kingsway label have released 3 albums of particular interest to IONA fans. Not one, but TWO brand new solo projects from Iona’s singer-songwriter Joanne Hogg, and a collaborative album from Nick Fletcher and Iona’s…

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2009 Wild Goose Awards Accepting Nominations

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> For the third year in a row, Christian Activities Magazine will partner with the Celtic Christian Music Group at Yahoo Groups to award the 2009 Wild Goose Awards to the best Celtic Christian artist, group and project. Although the award is more of a title than an actual trophy and is given in fun, not in a ceremony, the Wild Goose Awards seek to bring more attention and recognition to Celtic Christian music. The nominations for the…

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Riverdance at Tennessee Performing Arts Center for Last Tour

The farewell tour of Riverdance is stopping at Nashville’s Tennessee Performing Arts Center (TPAC) February 24 through March 1. TPAC claims Riverdance is one of the most popular shows ever in the history of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, and I believe it! In 2005, I attended my first performance of Riverdance at TPAC, and I was exhilarated by the stunning blend of Irish dancing mixed with other dance styles, the haunting Celtic music combined with other musical forms, the…

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2009 Last Chance to See Riverdance!

The farewell tour of RIVERDANCE, one of the all-time most popular shows in the history of the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, is stopping in Nashville, February 24-March 1. This is the last chance for area residents to see the show as the tour is coming to an end within the year. The show’s final dates are booked on the west coast and in Europe. RIVERDANCE, the thunderous celebration of Irish music, song and dance that has tapped its way onto…

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Iona Live in London Now on CD!

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> The main set from Iona’s amazing December 2004 concert Live in London, originally released on DVD only, is now available as a 2 CD album from the Iona secure store (at www.iona.uk.com). Iona – Live in London (cd version) includes some great photos and artwork from Tim Martindale and, for those of you who didn’t get the DVD version, a set list that includes great versions of many Iona favourites. Track Listing: CD1: 1. Woven Cord 2….

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Gettys Tour Ireland and UK

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> Irish modern hymn writers and recording artists Keith & Kristyn Getty will return to the United Kingdom and Ireland this fall to headline the “In Christ Alone Tour,” with guests Alistair Begg and Stuart Townend. Kicking-off in Dublin on October 19, the “In Christ Alone Tour” is also slated to hit London, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Cardiff. Additionally, the Tour will stop in Liverpool on October 21 for a special concert as part of the city’s designation as…

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Dublin Irish Fest Provides Fun-Filled Day

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> I spent a fun-filled day at the Dublin Irish Fest this past Saturday. The festival itself is three days in length (Friday, 4-midnight, Saturday, 11 a.m. – midnight, Sunday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.), but so far I’ve not managed to be in attendance for more than one day. Even at that, there are so many venues, so many exhibits, so much going on that it is impossible to get even a glimpse of everything. One has…

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Kathryn Scott Coming to US Summer 2008

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> Find the Lord of the Rings soundtracks and everything Tolkien at Tolkien Town Northern Ireland’s Kathryn Scott will be in the United States in late July and early August. Kathryn is known for her stellar writing (including collaborations with Paul Baloche and Brian Doerksen) and passionate vocals including her work on the album Hungry and for her critically-acclaimed Integrity CDs Satisfy and I Belong. Robbie Frawley, the radio stations manager at United Christian Broadcasters in the U.K….

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2008 Wild Goose Award Winners Announced

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> Find the Lord of the Rings soundtracks and everything Tolkien at Tolkien Town The second annual Wild Goose Awards were announced in March when the nominating process began. Two new categories were added this year and twice as many people voted during April as last year, so we are pleased to announced the results: Celtic Christian Group of the Year • Ceili Rain Celtic Christian Artist of the Year • Moya Brennan Celtic Christian Project of the…

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Vote for the 2nd Annual Wild Goose Awards

Web www.christianactivities.com //–> Find the Lord of the Rings soundtracks and everything Tolkien at Tolkien Town During March we accepted your nominations for the 2nd Annual Wild Goose Awards for Celtic Christian Music. The nominations for the 2008 Awards have been expanded into three categories: Celtic Christian Group of the Year, Celtic Christian Artist of the Year and Celtic Christian Project of the Year. The requirements for Group and Artist are that the artist and group needs to have recorded,…

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