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Program 1413:  Bridges (June 24, 2010)  Week 25

There are loads of songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.

Crossing the Bridge… by Kim Robertson from Wood, Fire & Gold (Dargason)
Gweebarra Bridge… by Altan from The Blue Idol (Narada)
Bridges… by Katie Doherty from Bridges (Park)
Dunkeld Bridge… by The Whistlebinkies from A Wanton Fling (Greentrax)
The South Bridge of Edinburgh/The Bridge of Perth/The New Bridge of Ballater/The New Bridge of Rutherglen… by The Musicians of Edinburgh (David Johnson, Artistic Director) from The Art of Robert Burns (Scotstown Music)
The Nodding Song (Gude’en Tae Ye Kimmer)/The Skye Bridge Dance… by Ceolbeg from Ceolbeg 5 (Greentrax)
Bellman’s Polska… by Christy O’Leary from The Northern Bridge (Old Bridge)
[ID excerpt] Dunkeld Bridge… by Pete Clark from Even Now (Smiddymade)
Bridge Attack… by Bill Whelan from Some Mother’s Son (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Cure at Troy… by Liam Neeson from Across the Bridge of Hope (White Records)
The Busker on the Bridge… by Nightnoise from A Different Shore (Windham Hill)
Calum Beag O Thìr a’Mhurain/The Twisted Bridge… by Maggie MacInnes from Spiorad Beatha (Marram)
Atlantic Bridge… by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara)
Crossing the Bridge… by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony)
Trip to Skye/Logie Bridge… by Jock Tamson’s Bairns from Rare (Greentrax)

Program 1412:  New Releases and Debuts (part 2) (June 17, 2010)  Week 24

There's more! We continue unwrapping the outstanding new music incoming to the Thistle mailbox.

Abe's Axe…by Gráda from Natural Angle (Compass)
The Butcher Boy…by Gráda from Natural Angle (Compass)
Whelan’s/Princess Nancy…by The Press Gang from The Press Gang (Press Gang Music)
Ryestraw…by Lúnasa from Lá Nua (Lúnasa)
Ship in Order...by Ewan Robertson from Some Kind of Certainty (Greentrax)
Oigfhear a Chuil Duinn…by Lauren MacColl from Strewn With Ribbons (Make Believe)
Excuses…by Danny Ellis from 800 Voices (Commercial Arts)
[ID Excerpt] The Lament for Eoghan Rua O’Neill…by Peter Carberry from Trad. Irish Music from Co. Longford (Peter Carberry)
Soldier's Joy…by Mary Z. Cox and Yazid from Drumming on the Edge of Banjo (Mary Z. Cox)
Ghost of Tom Joad…by Solas from The Turning Tide (Compass)
Pontevedra to Carcarosa…by Lúnasa from Lá Nua (Lúnasa)
Malcolm Jones’s Jigs...by Kevin MacLeod & Luke Plumb from Ali ‘Beag’ MacLeod & Kevin MacLeod: Braes of Badentarbat (Beag CD)
What Are You Waiting For?…by Munnelly from Tight Squeeze (DMB)
Let Me In This Ae Night/Miss Grace Speirs of Elderslie’s Reel…by Chris Norman & David Greenberg Duo from Let Me In This Ae Night (Boxwood)

Program 1411: New Releases and Debuts (part 1) (June 10, 2010) Week 23

Catch up on the latest releases from favorite artists who regularly appear in the Thistle playlist and discover new rising names in roots-based music.

Freefalling…by Michael McGoldrick from Aurora (Compass)
Sweet Torment…by Strung from Band of Gypsies (Slab Town)
Fairytale Lullaby…by Munnelly from Tight Squeeze (DMB)
Poitín March/Devlin’s/Basket of Oysters/Crotty’s Glory…by Téada from Ceol & Cuimhne – Music & Memory (Compass)
He ‘m èille...by Diàmh from Diversions (Greentrax)
Highland Jigs…by Gabe McVarish from Eclection (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] An Dro…by Dan Possumato from Pulling Out the Stops (Old Box)
The Wave-Sweeper…by John McSherry from Soma (Compass)
Ho Re Ho Ro…by The Clancy Legacy from The Clancy Legacy (Aodoro)
Breton Tune/Lillies in the Field/The Limestone Rock…by The Clancy Legacy from The Clancy Legacy (Aodoro)
Clueless Wife...by Skerryvore from Skerryvore (Tyree)
Hills of Donegal…by Mike Vass & Dave Wood from Wait What? (Greentrax)
Seis, Ocho, Nueve…by Salsa Celtica from En Vivo En El Norte (Discos Leòn)
Bear Island Reel…by Jeremy Kittel from Chasing Sparks (Compass)

Program 1410:  All Women (June 3, 2010)  Week 22

We focus this time upon music from some of today’s leading women artists, including Òran na Mnà (a Woman’s song), original Gaelic compositions by Maggie MacInnes "linking the voices and feelings of women from centuries past to the present day."

When Will We All Be Free…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie)
The Jolly Seven/The Rascal on the Haystack/Bonkers in Yonkers…by Cherish the Ladies from Woman of the House (Rounder)
Mary and the Soldier…by Eddi Reader from Peacetime (Compass)
Lord Castle’s Reel/High Up the Glen…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
Reel for a Water Diviner…by Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman from Firewire (Old Bridge)
Boots of Spanish Leather…by Dervish from Spirit (Compass)
Crowley’s/Jackson’s…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony)
Tha Mo Bhreacan-sa Fo’n Dìle…by Mary Jane Lamond from Stòras (Mary Jane Lamond)
ID excerpt: Flora and the Primroses…by by Maggie MacInnes from Oran Na Mna  (Marram Music)
The Woman of the House/Johnny’s Wedding… by Donna Long from Handprints (Donna Long)
Do Mhàiri a Nighean & Mhàiri’s Dance…by Maggie MacInnes from Òran na Mnà (Marram)
A Mother’s Parting Blessing…by Maggie MacInnes from Òran na Mnà (Marram)
Elfin Knight…by Kate Rusby from The Girl Who Couldn’t Fly (Pure Records)
The Raheen…by Aoife Granville from Sráid Eoin Shuffle (Aoife Granville)
Non Smoking Single Female…by Eleanor McEvoy from Non Smoking Single Female (Moscodisc)
Reel de la Sauvagine/Mutt’s Favorite/The Old Time Wedding Reel…by Halali from Halali (Footprint)

Program 1409: Notes in the Wilderness (May 27, 2010)  Week 21

From traditional odes to the wilderness and contemporary songs of concern, our music this week sings of wild and unspoiled landscapes, and challenges us to preserve them.

Highlands and Islands…by Nuala Kennedy from New Shoes (Compass)
Mother Earth’s Revenge…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie)
Forest Baby…by Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster)
Open Fields…by Dougie Maclean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld)
Welcome to the Trossachs…by Natalie MacMaster from In My Hands (Greentrax)
Muir and the Master Builder…by Dick Gaughan from Redwood Cathedral (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] The Laird of Drumblair…by Tony McManus from The Maker’s Mark (Greentrax)
Pride’s Awa’…by Janet Russell & Christine Kydd from Dancin’ Chantin’ (Greentrax)
Coast River…by Tony McManus from The Maker’s Mark (Greentrax)
Solid Ground…by Dolores Keane from Solid Ground (Shanachie)
Bright Star/Change My World…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)
Echo’s Calling…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)

Program 1408: Underneath the Stars (May 20, 2010)  Week 20

Our music looks to the Northern and Western skies for inspiration this week from ancient landscapes that have always drawn meaning, guidance and solace from the sun, moon and stars.

The Moonlight Piper…by Carlos Núñez with The Chieftains from Brotherhood of Stars (RCA Victor)
The Planets....by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure Records)
The Sound of the Sun: The Three Sea Captains / The Sound of the Sun...by Fred Morrison from The Sound of the Sun (Lochshore)
Land of the Setting Sun…by Talitha Mackenzie from Indian Summer (Sonas)
Hunter's Moon/Getting There/The Morris Minor...by Liz Carroll & John Doyle from In Play  (Compass)
Such a Night of Stars… by Eamon Friel from Word of  Spring (Thran)
ID excerpt: The Crow in the Sun …by Dáithí Sproule from The Crow in the Sun (New Folk)
New Moon…by Ceilidh Minogue from Ceilidh Minogue (Greentrax)
Sun, Moon and Stars…by Filska from A Thousand Miles Away (Foot Stompin’)
Laughing With the Moon…by Hilary James & Simon Mayor from Laughing with the Moon (Acoustics Records)
Moondance…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
Lloer Dirion (Tender Moon)...by Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar)
Dark Light…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)

Program 1407: Classically Celtic (May 13, 2010) Week 19

Hear music that draws upon traditional roots whilst oozing classical style, albeit with string sections sounding just a little more racy than usual

Dr. Gilbert’s…by Padraic O’Reilly from Highly Strung! (Rath)
Si Dolce è’l Tormento…by Tony McManus from The Maker’s Mark  (Greentrax)
The Lass o’ Gowrie…by Jean Redpath from Will Ye No Come Back Again (Greentrax)
Baby Broon/Space to Breathe/Slowing down/Vanessa Edward’s Enviable Rhythm…by Patsy Reid from Bridging the Gap (Vertical)
[ID excerpt] With a Love That’s True…by Padraic O’Reilly from Highly Strung! (Rath)
Accokeek…by Al Petteway & Amy White from Acoustic Journey (Maggie’s Music)
Ceann Dubh Díilis…by Anúna and the Ulster Orchestra from Behind the Closed Eye (Greentrax)
Water Music…by Pierre Bensusan from Musiques (Windham Hill)
Not From These Parts/Five is Better/At the Edge/Life is Good…by Patsy Reid from Bridging the Gap (Vertical)
Fill To Me the Parting Glass…by Shaun Davey with the RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra and soloists from May We Never Have to Say Goodbye (Tara)

Program 1406: Solas (May 6, 2010) Week 18

The music of Solas is always exciting because it’s constantly evolving.  Meet Seamus Egan and Win Horan who chat about their roles in shaping Irish-America’s most influential band and lead us into their music.

The Flowing Bowl/Maire Breathnach’s/The Doon Reel/Mason’s Men…by Solas from Reunion (Compass)
Aililiú Na Gamhna…by Solas from Sunny Spells and Scattered Showers (Shanachie)
The Stride/Tom Doherty’s/The Contradiction/Viva Glicia…by Solas from The Words That Remain (Shanachie)
Pastures of Plenty…by Solas from Reunion (Compass)
Black Annis…by Solas from Reunion (Compass)
ID excerpt: Who’s in the What Now…by Solas from The Edge of Silence (Shanachie)
The Hanover Reel/John James’ Reel/The Copperplate…by Solas from Waiting For An Echo (Shanachie)
Darkness, Darkness…by Solas from The Edge of Silence (Shanachie)
Seven Curses…by Solas from For Love And Laughter (Compass)
Timmy Clifford’s/The Return Home/O’ot Be Est Da Vong/John Joe Casey’s….by Solas from Reunion (Compass)

Program 1405: Beltane Fires (April 29, 2010)  Week 17

Celebrated since ancient times in fire festivals throughout the Britain, Ireland and other parts of Europe, Beltane marks the return of summer and the greening of the earth. We hear music that captures the passion of the party.

Fire Dance...by Richard Wood from Fire Dance (Iona)
Roly Gentle/Hot Rivets/Tartar Frigate/Closed Face Reel...by Kathryn Tickell from The Very Best of Kathryn Tickell  (Park)
Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance...by Loreena McKennitt from Parallel Dreams (Quinlan Road)
Tine Gheal/Bright Fire...by Anam from Tine Gheal/Bright Fire (Linn)
An Hour in the Gloaming...by Jim Malcolm from The First Cold Day (Beltane)
Blackberry Festival Footrace/For Reals...by Hanneke Cassel from For Reasons Unseen (Cassel Records)
[ID Excerpt] Firedance/Andalucia...by Brendan Power from Plays the Music from Riverdance (Greentrax)
Beltaine...by Lúnasa from Lúnasa (Compass)
We Build Fires...by The Poozies from Raise Your Head (A Retrospective) (Compass)
The Fire of the Spirit...by Richard Souther from Illumination. Hildegard von Bingen: the Fire of the Spirit (Sony)
Flowers of Spring/The Wily Old Man...by John Carty from Yeh, That's All It Is (Shanachie)
Snowdrops/Birth...by Maddy Prior from Year (Park)
A Rosebud By My Early Walk...by The Birnam Quartet from The Music of Burns (Shoogle)
Firedance...by Bill Whelan from Riverdance (Celtic Heartbeat)

Program 1404: Irish Classics (April 22, 2010)  Week 16

Early Bothy Band, Kevin Burke, Paul Brady: it's all here in our nostalgic browse through Irish classics of the '70s and '80s.

Jimmy Lyon’s/The Teelin/The Red Crow/The Broken Bridge…by Altan from The Red Crow (Green Linnet)
City of Chicago…by Christy Moore from Ride On (Green Linnet)
The Parting of Friends…by Matt Molloy from Stony Steps (Green Linnet)
Maudabawn Chapel/The Wild Irishman/The Moher Reel…by Kevin Burke and Mícheál Ó Domhnaill from Green Linnet 20th Anniversary Collection (Green Linnet)
Amhrán Pheadar Breathnach …by  Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill from No Dowry (Gan Dha Phingin Spre) (Shanachie)
The Lakes of Pontchartrain…by Paul Brady from The Missing Liberty Tapes (Compass)
ID Excerpt: Sligo Reel…by Flook from Flatfish (Flatfish Records)
The Kesh Jig/Give Us a Drink of Water/The Flower of the Flock/Famous Ballymote…by The Bothy Band from Live in Concert (Green Linnet)
Song for Ireland…by Mary Black from The Collection (Telstar)
The Storm…by Moving Hearts from The Storm (Son)
On Horseback…by Eileen Ivers from Wild Blue (Green Linnet)
Blackwater…by Altan from Blackwater (Virgin)
Lois Na Banríona by Nollaig Casey and Arty McGlynn from Causeway (Tara)
Timedance ’92: The Ballymun Regatta…by Bill Whelan, Liam O’Flynn, Donal Lunny, Andy Irvine from The Seville Suite (Tara)

Program 1403:  Bonnie and John (April 15, 2010)  Week 15

Meet fiddler Bonnie Rideout and her mentor and friend, musicologist Dr. John Purser as they lead us on a journey into the remarkable world of fiddle piobaireachd (pron: pee-burock). This music, usually played on bagpipes, is deeply evocative of Scottish landscape and heritage.

Ghillie Callum/Highland Rant/Ryan’s Rant…by Bonnie Rideout from a Scottish Fiddle Collection (Maggie’s Music)
Seal Songs…by Bonnie Rideout from Scottish Reflections (Maggie’s Music)
MacDougall’s Gathering…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
ID excerpt: McGrigor’s Search…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
Marsail Lochinalie…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
Dargai…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
Lament for the Earl of Wigton…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
Ion-do, ion-da…by Bonnie Rideout from Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1 (Bonnie Rideout)
The US  release date for Bonnie Rideout’s new cd "Scotland’s Fiddle Piobaireachd, Volume 1"  is April 30th.

Program 1402: Springsong (April 8, 2010) Week 14

Here are the full flavors of the season in life affirming acoustic sounds from the coastal communities of the Atlantic archipelago.

Jim Guingamp/The Braes of Mayen/Macleod’s Rafferty…by The Iron Horse from The Wind Shall Blow For Evermore (KRL)
The Dublin Reel/Shetland Reel/The Easyclub Reel…by Different Drums of Ireland from Drums n’Drumlins  (Drumlins)
All the Ways You Wander…by Sharon Shannon & Friends with Pauline Scanlon from Libertango (Daisy Music)
Amy’s Waltz/ An Tunnag /A Sore Point…by Sharon Shannon & Friends from Libertango  (Daisy Music)
Sailor Laddie...by Christine Kydd from Dark Pearls (Culburnie Records)
Dr. Iain MacAonghais/ The King of the Pipers…by Daimh from Moidart to Mabou (Goat Island Music)
ID excerpt:  Port Gordon…by Alison Kinnaird from The Silver String (Temple Records)
Stoirin Geal Mo Chroi…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara)
Mullingar League/Ryan’s Rant/ Lavern’s Favourite…by Maeve Donnelly from Maeve Donnelly (Maeve Donnelly)
Do In Du…by Susan McKeown from Blackthorn: Irish Love Songs (Hibernian Music)
The Duke of Athole’s Nurse…by June Tabor from An Echo of Hooves (Topic Records)
Annaghmakerrig House/ The Morning Room/ The Black Cat…by Darren Maloney from Who? (Claddagh)
It’s So Easy…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara)

Program 1401: Atlantic Bridge (April 1, 2010) Week 13

From dance tunes to Gaelic airs, the musical links between old world and new come alive with Scotland's Alasdair Fraser, Cape Breton’s Dougie MacDonald, Ireland's Maeve Donnolly and more.

Atlantic Bridge….by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge  (Tara Music)
The Brown One: Strathlorne/Ciaran Kelly’s/The Golden Brown Chevette…by Dàimh from Moidart to Mabou (Goat Island Music)
Cape Breton Song…by Capercaillie from Delirium (Survival)
St. Joseph’s Hornpipe/Crossing the Minch…by Hamish Moore from Stepping on the Bridge (Greentrax)
Captain John’s/The Queen of May…by Geraldine Cotter from The Independence Suite  (Celtic Crossings)
Hè Mo Leannan...by Navan from The Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Lime Hill/Trip to Miriam’s/The Jinkin’ Mermaid/Mutt’s Favourite…by Liz Doherty from Last Orders (Foot Stompin’)
ID Excerpt: A Miner….by Dougie MacDonald from A Miner (Dougie MacDonald)
Prince Albert’s Reel/Drowsy Maggie/Jenny Dang the Weaver/Lord Kinnaird…by Kilt from Four in the Crib (Kilt Music Group)
Distant Son…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)
Nova Scotia January/Waltz from Cape Breton…by Chris Norman from Portraits (Dorian)
Shrip’s Clog/Virtuoso Hornpipe...by Maeve Donnolly from  The Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Haidh O…by Maggie MacInnes from Peaceful Ground (Marram)
The Duke of Kent’s Lodge at Glentilt/Malts on the Optics/Farewell to Decorum…by Tracey Dares from  Crooked Lake (Ground Swell Recordings)
The King’s Reel/Old Time Wedding Reels/The Cape Breton Symphony’s Welcome to the Shetland Isles/Father Francis Cameron/Sandy McIntyre’s Trip to Boston…by Alasdair Fraser and Jody Stecher from The Driven Bow (Culburnie)