Chicago, IL (ACCURADIO) - Just in time for St. Patrick's Day (3/17), AccuRadio.com, one of the world's leading multi-channel Internet
radio stations, has launched 'RadioCelt' (pronounced 'kelt') (www.accuradio.com/celtic) a free service featuring an entire set of radio channels specifically devoted to various forms of Celtic music.
The stations are hosted and programmed by Michael Londra, one of the world's top Irish tenors, having starred in 'Riverdance on Broadway' and currently the featured vocalist in the national tour of 'The Passion of the Christ Symphony.' Londra has also just released a new CD, 'Celt,' on the LML Music label.
Because RadioCelt is streamed via the Internet to each individual listener's PC separately, it can offer features that broadcast radio is incapable of offering. Those features include the ability to pause songs, to skip songs, and even, within certain limits, to customize the artists that play on each channel based on the listener's own personal tastes!
The six channels of RadioCelt include…
Celtic: The finest Irish-based music from around the world
Celtic Rock: Celtic music with an edge – Irish rock acts like Black 47 and Seven Nations.
Female Vocalists: The gorgeous sounds of ladies like Karan Casey and Mary Black
Male Vocalists: The best male Celtic artists – from Brian Kennedy to Paul Brady
Progressive: New Celtic music from diverse artists like Afrocelts and Michael Londra
Traditional: For 'trad' lovers, everyone from Altan to Tommy Peoples
Like all other Internet radio stations, RadioCelt is streamed to listeners' computers, as opposed to being downloaded, and like virtually all other Internet radio stations, it is 100% legal and licensed by the music industry.
RadioCelt can be listened to on any Internet-enabled PC with a web browser (either Internet Explorer, Netscape, or Firefox) and Windows Media Player installed (which comprises almost 100% of all modern PCs).
RadioCelt is also 100% free; listeners hear approximately two radio spots per hour (which is a tiny fraction of the commercial load on broadcast radio stations).
'RadioCelt fills the musical void for true fans of Celtic music. I am proud to lend my talents to a project so near to my heart this St. Patrick's holiday,' said Michael Londra.
'Accuradio is thrilled to expand our vast musical collection to cover this important musical genre. Michael Londra's expertise adds credence to the efforts we are making to reach Celtic music's many fans,' said Kurt Hanson.
More on Internet Radio: Internet radio is the fastest growing audio medium serving over 20 million listeners weekly… more than satellite radio and podcasting's audiences combined.
More on Accuradio: Accuradio is the most listened to independent multichannel internet radio stations reaching over a million unique listeners a month. It provides the richest, deepest, most interactive musical experience for adults on the web.
More on Michael Londra: With a voice "as pure as a crystalline stream" (Houston Chronicle), the contemporary Irish tenor redefines what one thinks of as Irish music, with gorgeous sounds influenced by artists like Sarah McLachlan and Loreena McKennit. Bill Whelan, the composer of 'Riverdance,' said of Londra, 'A voice that floats and transcends.'
More on Kurt Hanson: Kurt Hanson, Founder and CEO of Accuradio and 'RAIN: Radio and Internet Newsletter', is a well-known research expert, leading radio industry analyst and consultant. Kurt holds a B.A. and M.B.A. from the University of Chicago.