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Lest We Forget, this Week on Come by the Hills

It's time once again to mark Remembrance Day on Mushroom Fm's premier Celtic Music show. We have several folk songs in honour of both World Wars as well as some very special poetry from a poet called Jack White, who once held the position of Regimental Bard with the Regimental Pipes and Drums of the Calgary Highlanders. I hope you'll join me as we join with millions of people around the world to commemorate the hundredth anniversary of the end of the First World War and pay tribute to those who have fought in other wars over the years.

More Great Celtic Music, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Please to remember the fourth of November... No, wait! That's not right, but what is right is that on Guy Fawkes Eve, there'll be Celtic music for the asking on Mushroom Fm's Premier Celtic Music Show! All our usual features are back, and we'll have three hours of folkish fun. Best of all, if you're in a part of North America which is switching to standard time this weekend, it'll feel like the show is on an hour earlier than usual. So, take advantage of the time change and hang out with us for a while.

It's a Spooktacular Halloween Special, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Yes, once again it's time for Mushroom Fm's premier Celtic music show to celebrate Halloween, that most Celtic of nights, with three hours of songs and stories from myth and legend about witches and fairies, shades and shadows. Join me round the virtual camp fire as we drive away the dark and sit a while between autumn and winter, between life and death. It'll be a scarily fun show, I can assure you!

Another Celtic Cornucopia, this Week on Come by the Hills!

I'm pleased once again to bring you an episode of what has mysteriously come to be known as Mushroom Fm's premier Celtic music show, called in more common parliance Come by the Hills. All our features are in their proper places, including a nice "Celtic Cover" of a Bob Dylan tune, and lots more fun and fascinating music. As for the banter, you'll have to judge that for yourself.

Foolish Folkish Fun, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Yes, Mushroom Fm's premier Celtic music show, known as Come by the Hills in order to distinguish it from all the other Celtic music shows on the Home of the Fun Guys, is back for another week of great music and banter from yours truly, Sara Hillis. We've got all our usual features including a very special by-request installment of "Me Music" and an October-related "Celtic Cover." We'll even have a bit of folkish comedy for you to sample.

Happy Canadian Thanksgiving, Eh? This Week on Come by the Hills!

Yes, it is a long weekend here in Canada, a weekend on which we give thanks for the harvest and celebrate by eating a lot of food and having a lovely time with family and/or friends. I think that having an attitude of gratitude, as some self-help books put it, is very important all year round, but I'm reminded this weekend of how thankful I am for the ability to do this show. Mushroom Fm has allowed me to live a small dream that I've had, that of doing a show about the music I love most in the world, and for that I'm very grateful indeed.

Stretching the Boundaries, this Week on Come by the Hills!

come by the Hills is back for another week, and we've got some new music that will stretch the boundaries of the show's primary focus. It is described as a Celtic Music Show, but the Celts lived in so many places and traded and fought and dealt with so many different cultures during their rovings across Europe that there is likely no such thing as a purely Celtic kind of music.

Folkish Fun is Back Again, this Week on Come by the Hills!

Sunday is a great day on Mushroom FM! That's because there are three fabulous hours of folkish fun on Come by the Hills, Mushroom FM's Premier Celtic Music Show! We'll have a great set of bands and artists and all our usual features this week, and I guarantee that you'll have a wonderful time.

Sara smiles Gets Positively Piratical on Wednesday!

Ahoy ye land-lubbers! As September 19 has been designated as Talk like a Pirate Day for some years now, I've decided to cast off my inhibitions, throw caution overboard, and sail into the next episode of Sara Smiles in my piratical persona as Captain Sara of the dreaded ship Castigator, terror of the Mushroom Main! I'm going to attempt to do all my voice-breaks using pirate lingo! Trust me, this is an event you won't want to miss! We've even got a special Talk Like a Pirate Day song courtesy of a loyal listener!

To Absent Friends, this Week on Come by the Hills!

on September 16, 2017, my best and longest-lived friendship changed dramatically when Shannon Marie Smith (1977-2017) died suddenly in her home, no definitive cause known, having recently reached her forty-first year. I remember recording a couple of episodes of Come by the Hills in the days and weeks following her death, including one which I recorded mere hours after hearing the news for the first time.


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