Streams

This page of my web site describes all of the radio streams available on the Internet of which I am aware that would be of interest to aficionados of traditional Scottish music as played in Cape Breton. These streams are repeating loops of music, usually several hours in length, that can be listened to on the Internet at any time.

If you know of any Internet radio streams that are not listed in this area of my web site that should be, please let me know using the feedback address in the footer below.

Celtic Journey

URL
http://wumb.org/programs/streams.php
Description
Based on Gail Gilmore’s Celtic Twilight show from WUMB, this stream features Celtic music of all kinds and includes a number of Cape Breton performers in the mix.
Comment
Recommended.

McMusic

URL
http://www.live365.com/stations/patmcdoug
Description
A Live365 “music station” built from the collection of Pat and Stacey McDougall, it offers a wide variety of music from all over the world, with a healthy number of Cape Breton artists included. It features “[d]iverse Celtic and Celtic-insprired music” “[f]rom old school (Tannahill Weavers, Battlefield Band) to standards of the music (Altan, Natalie MacMaster, Celtic Fiddle Festival) to up-and-comers (Danu, Teada, Beolach)”. “Numerous tracks with Jerry Holland playing or dedicated to him have been added to McMusic during this last playlist update” following Jerry’s passing 16 July 2009.
Comment
Except for the very annoying Live365 ads which crop up every fifteen minutes (and which can be avoided by becoming a Live365 V.I.P. (i.e., “paid”) member) or by judicious use of the “mute” button, the mix sounds very good to me. There was some Celtic rock I didn’t care for, but it was rare, and there is more vocal music than I like to listen to when I’m working. But I also heard a number of cuts from Cape Breton artists, including Jerry Holland, Ian MacDougall, Mairi Rankin, Howie MacDonald, Buddy MacMaster, Kinnon Beaton, and Natalie MacMaster. Other than the caveats noted here, this is a fine Celtic music addition to the programmes available on the web.