April 5, 2010: Celtic Radio Press Release

Album of the Year

 Boston, Massachusetts – Highlander Radio is pleased to announce the winners of the 2009 Celtic Radio Music Awards. This Music Awards program was created to promote exceptional Celtic music across 6 categories of music plus the prestigious “Album of the Year”.  Nominations for this award are made throughout the year by listeners and members of CelticRadio.net



 Album of the Year - 2009

Burning Bridget Cleary

  Everything is Alright 

 The award program was expanded in 2008 to include the Celtic Radio Album of the Year. This award is given to acknowledge musical creativity and extraordinary work on an album which provides recognition of exceptional contributions to Celtic Music. Winner of this award category receives permission to use the Radio Music Award banner on their website, receives the esteemed and prestigious framed Celtic Radio Award and a beautiful black and gold embossed award plaque. Through the Celtic Radio Music award program our goal is to promote and recognize exceptional artists who display high standards of excellence and who have made significant contributions to Celtic Music throughout the world. 

 The Artists:

 "Rose Baldino and Genevieve Gillespie met eight years ago as pre-teens at a traditional Irish music session in Bethlehem, PA. Both come from musical families (Genna’s parents are founding members of the Celtic band, Blackwater) and both have been first place trophy winners at the Celtic Classic fiddle competitions. (In September 2009, they graduated to the role of judges for this competition). The natural pairing of these talented young women, backed on guitar by veteran musician, Lou Baldino, and joined by Peter Trezzi on djembe, has created a polished musical team with a fun, engaging stage presence and a captivating sound. A surefire crowd-pleaser!

 Burning Bridget Cleary is an energetic Celtic group featuring traditional music and song. Both Rose Baldino and Genna Gillespie have been playing since they were 10. Lou Baldino, a veteran in the music business, had a guitar in his hands at age 5. Their "Everything is Alright..." album is top notch and shows the talent and pure fun this group had in making such a wonderful album. We absolutely love Burning Bridget Cleary's "Everything is Alright" album and would highly recommend this CD to add to your Celtic Music collection. This CD has the depth and character of musicians many years advanced to their young ages and we will be very much anticipating their future recordings. 5 Golden Celtic Radio stars for "Everything is Alright" along with the honor to be designated as our Celtic Radio Album of the Year for 2009!

 All members and listeners of Celtic Radio can take pride in the fact that through our website and music channels, that we are making a difference in helping to promote Celtic Music through this award program. By bringing musicians, listeners and members together, we can truly make a difference through our unique social networking site called 'Celtic Radio.

 2009 Individual Award Categories

Jigs and Reels Award 

contemporary award

After a careful screening process, which is based upon listener nominations, ratings, requests, and other radio statistics; we select 3 songs across six categories of music for voting: Celtic Rock, Traditional, Jigs & Reels, Bagpipes, Roots Traditional and Contemporary. Voting begins on January 1st and ends on Celtic Radio’s popular St. Patrick’s Day celebration. For 2009 Celtic Radio received a record number of nominations. Winners receive recognition of this prestigious award through the induction into the Celtic Radio Hall of Fame and permission to use the Celtic Radio Music Award banner on their website.

   2009 Celtic Radio Music Award Recipients









Music Category


Enter the Haggis


Murphy's Ashes


Gutter Anthems


Celtic Rock


Celtic Thunder




Act Two




Burning Bridget Cleary


Three Set


Everything is Alright


Jigs & Reels


Jim McRae


The Queen's Piper Medley


Global Gathering




Celtic Thunder


Raggle Taggle Gypsy


Act Two


Roots Traditional


Burning Bridget Cleary


Soldier, Soldier


Everything is Alright






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