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New Promo, Usual Come By The Hills!

This week I finally decided to get to work on a new promo for Come By The Hills, but even though the promo is all new, the show is still the same, or nearly so at any rate. Because next week is going to be the St. Patty's day episode, I decided to keep this week's episode pretty low-key.

We're Going Welsh This Week on Come By The Hills!

St. David's Day is coming up on March 1, so as I've done with other Celtic national cultural days, I'm going to do a mostly Welsh music episode of Come By The Hills this week. St. David was a monastic of the sixth century who founded a community at Glin Rhossyn (the valley of roses) in what is now Pembrokeshire in Wales, and he has been taken as the country's patron saint in a similar manner to how St. Patric (himself probably also a Welshman) was adopted in Ireland.

It's a Very Special Birthday This Week on Come By The Hills!

The Celtic Music show is back for another week, and as well as playing lots of great Celtic artists and groups from around the world, I'll be paying attention to Loreena McKennitt, who celebrated a birthday on Friday. We've got a "Celtic Cover" involving her as well as a set of her "almost-instrumental" tunes in "Fiddlin' Around," and we'll be sprinkling her music liberally throughout the show.

This Week, Come By The Hills Will Leave You Wanting More!

Well, of course it's true that Mushroom FM's best Celtic Music show--wait, I guess it's Mushroom FM's only Celtic Music show, but never mind that now--always leaves its listeners hungering for more folky favourites even though it's three--count 'em!--three hours long, but this week, there's a bonus! Yes, we have a partially unsolved mystery to deal with in our "What's That About?" feature.

It's Long Song Week this Sunday on Come By The Hills!

Celtic music is filled with songs which are as long or perhaps longer than the best Prog Rock anthems. Alright, so we have no equivalent to Jethro Tull's Thick as a Brick, but we do have some pretty lengthy entries. I thought it was high time we showcased some of these amazing songs with an episode dedicated almost entirely to them.

It's Business As Usual This Week on Come By The Hills!

We've had a lot of departures from our normal format lately on Come By The Hills, but never fear. It's business as usual this week. We've got all our usual features, and of course, there's the usual mandate to play the usual three hours of the usual best in usual Celtic music from around the world. (Hmmm... I think I got carried away for a second.)

Be Careful! This week, Come By The Hills Burns! Robby Burns that is!

January 25 is Robby Burns day both in Scotland and among the Scottish diaspora. Indeed, many people have taken this farmer poet to their hearts, and Burns Nights are held all over the world nowadays.

Come By The Hills Comes Your Way Again this Week!

Yes, it's almost that time again already, less than 48 hours until the next installment of Come By The Hills! As usual, we have three hours of the best in Celtic music from around the world. However, this week, I'm pleased to present a listener-suggested Celtic Cover! This was suggested some months back and I think we'll all find it quite fun. Not only is it a parody of a well-known folk song, but it's a parody of a very specific version of said folk song. We'll hear the original along with the parody in the third hour.

We're Recycling This Week on Come By The Hills!

It's back to the usual run of things this week on Come By The Hills, but as ever, there's a twist. I'm actually recycling our very first "What's That About" selection and I'm also recycling a Celtic Cover from an October show that went a little pear-shaped when it originally aired. It's been a busy week around here with lots to do, so if you're interested in seeing what happens on an extremely procrastinatory episode of Come By The Hills, then tune in tonight at 8:00 PM Eastern for three hours of some of the best Celtic music from around the world.

We're Celebrating the "Virtues" of Alcohol this week on Come By The Hills

The new year begins on Sunday, and on Saturday night in many places around the world, people will be dancing, singing, partying, and of course, drinking. So, even though this week's Come by the Hills will be on when most of us are busy recovering from the morning after the night before, I thought it fit to devote an entire episode to Celtic songs about beer, whisky, punch, and any other alcoholic beverage that I can think of.


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