by James A. McQuiston, FSAScot
Editor/Publisher, Celtic Guide
I have just recently posted a new article by James Slaven on his favorite subject BEER!, or in this case Mead. Also, Craig Waltman has some more for us, including a poem on Robert the Bruce, and Alison MacRae has provided a couple of new recipes straight from the "old country."
And here's a link to an article I wrote on the first Freemasons!
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But first, I want to give a shout out to Alasdair Fraser and his musical partner, Natalie Hass. For the last several years these two very talented musicians have been giving performances and teaching their craft throughout the world.
I was also lucky enough to have Celtic Guide cover stories with two of the other great fiddle masters, both Natalie MacMaster and Bonnie Rideout, over the last few years.
I have also attended concerts by fiddle champs Jeremy Kittel and Melinda Crawford, and have had a host of fiddlers in my own family stretching back at least seven generations that we know of, and on both sides of my dad's family.
I have seen MacMaster in concert twice, and spent an hour on the phone interviewing her for the September 2013 issue of Celtic Guide.
In the fall of 2015 I actually shared a dinner table with Bonnie Rideout and then listened to her perform some heart-wrenching dirges on the fiddle, standing just a few feet away.
How could I be any prouder than to have photos and stories to tell of these three most famous Celtic fiddlers?
The photo of Alasdair and I appeared in the very first issue of Celtic Guide magazine, back in 2012. I had spent parts of three days with him, or at least watching him in concert or while working with student fiddlers.
Every year, Alasdair sends me his schedule and here is a link for you to take a look at, if you wish.
You may already have noticed that we are converting our pages to a new type font, which is easier to read on a mobile phone. Some have been done, some need work yet.
Secondly, we are getting rid of our Google ads. Our hope was that they would help pay for some of our expenses, but they do not really help.
Eventually, I want to have each of our authors presented on their own link with stories past and present. All of this will take time of course. But getting started is half the battle, as they say.
You may have noticed that we've been busy adjusting our website to create a searchable library of Celtic related information. By posting new articles and reposting older articles directly to this site, versus our former pdf format, we are creating a massive searchable library of Celtic culture.
Plus we've added a recipe section led off by Alison MacRae.
Meanwhile, our Facebook page is growing again, after our wee disaster of a year ago. Thank you to all who participate there, especially Alison.
The process has been a little slow since I was busy writing two books on the Oak Island mystery all through 2017, along with publishing another shorter work early in the year.
For those interested, these book titles are – "Oak Island 1632" (my first recommendation), and "Oak Island Missing Links" (also packed full of good info).
I have even created a new website just about Oak Island. For fans of that mystery, you can visited www.oakislandgold.com to catch up on my latest research.
Here's a shout out too, to weebly.com whose software I use to create my sites. It is very powerful software and they are always ready with technical answers whenever I call.
My other, smaller book from 2017 is called "Patrick's Run," my first historical fiction about a real life Irish hero of the War of 1812, and ultimately of the anti-death penalty community, being executed for a crime he didn't commit, while deaf, aging, and living a subsistence-level existence.
I also have the books, "Captain Jack: Father of the Yukon," and "Ebenezer Denny: First Mayor of Pittsburgh," both packed full of interesting history, including Scottish and Irish links. All are available on Amazon and elsewhere.
I have also posted a new link under the New Stuff! tab, which will become a series on Celtic music, and which I have called "Roots and Rhythms."
Also, you may have notice that I've added the typical Social Media icons for emailing us and for getting to our Facebook page. They are at the right next to the search window. Replacing the Facebook tab across the top of the page will be an entirely new category helping the reader access what the experts have to say. In a few cases, we've had what might be considered the world's expert on subjects. In others, we've had substantial scientific professionals providing some amazing information. I've decided they need their own tab. Watch for additions here, as time allows.
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