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Oct-Dec 2010

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Program 1440: American Original: The Wisdom of Pete Seeger (December 30, 2010) Week 52

"There is hope for the world." Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.
Hear the reflections of one of the great figures of American folksong, along with music from a remarkable life, recorded during Fiona's visit with Pete Seeger.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? ...by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane & Vedran Smailovic from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy…by Dick Gaughan from Sail On (Greentrax)
If I Had a Hammer…by Nanci Griffith & Friends from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
The D Minor Flourish…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
Michael Row the Boat Ashore…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Pretty Polly…by Pete Seeger from American Folk Anthology (Not Now Music)
[ID Excerpt] Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Sharon Isbin from Journey to the New World (Sony Classical)
One Percent Phosphorous Banjo Riff…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
This Land is Your Land…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Step By Step…by Sweet Honey in the Rock Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
Turn, Turn, Turn… by Dick Gaughan from Redwood Cathedral (Greentrax)
How Can I Keep From Singing …by Bruce Springsteen from We Shall Overcome- the Seeger Sessions (Columbia)
And Still I am Searching…by Pete Seeger from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)

Program 1439:  Thistle Christmas (December 23, 2010)  Week 1

Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites, dance tunes and verses that have all become a part of the traditional Irish and Scottish Christmastide.

Nowell, Nowell…by Kerfuffle from Lighten the Dark ~ A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)
Christmas Eve/Faral O’Gara/Come West/Along the Road…by John Whelan from Celtic Fire (Narada)
The World Is Old Tonight…by Little Windows from Snowman’s Waltz (Little Windows)
As With Gladness, Men of Old… by Jeff Johnson, Brian Dunning & Wendy Goodwin from Under the Wonder Sky (Ark)
A’ Soulin (Soul Cake)…by Órla Fallon from Celtic Christmas (Elevation)
Bransles…by Kerfuffle from Lighten the Dark ~ A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)
Christ Child Lullaby…by Immigrant’s Daughter (with Rhiannon Giddens) from The Winter Moon (Immigrants Daughter)
[ID Excerpt]:  Winter Wonderland…by Harry Connick, Jr. from Acoustic Christmas (Columbia)
Coventry Carol…by Loreena McKennitt from A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Quinlan Road)
Go to Sleep… ~private recording~ (unavailable)
Christmas Day Ida Mornin’…by John McCutcheon from Winter Solstice (Rounder)
God Be With You Till We Meet Again…by Maddie Prior & The Carnival Band (from Vaughan Williams Carols, Songs & Hymns (Park)
Farewell Song…by The Outside Track from Curious Things Given Wings (Mad River)
On A Christmas Night/New Year’s Day…by Bonnie Rideout from A Scottish Christmas Celebration (Tulloch)

Program 1438: American Original: A Visit with Jean Ritchie (December 16, 2010) Week 50

Travel with us to the North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains and Warren Wilson College, home to the Swannanoa Gathering series of folk arts workshops. A legendary figure in American music joined the Gathering during its "Traditional Song Week" launch: Jean Ritchie, born and raised in Viper, Kentucky in the heart of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. Jean was an important figure on the New York folk scene in the 1950s and is credited with reviving interest in the mountain dulcimer, once a regional folk instrument only. In her long career, she has recorded more than 30 albums, published 10 books and won numerous awards, including the nation’s highest honor in folk and traditional arts: the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship. Join our intimate audience at the Swannanoa Gathering and meet songwriter and collector, dulcimer player and singer, Jean Ritchie.

The L & N Don't Stop Here Anymore…by Jean Ritchie from High Hills and Mountains (Greenhays)
Black Waters…by Jean Ritchie from None But One (Greenhays)
Old George’s Square…by Jean Ritchie – performed live at Swannanoa
Shady Grove…by Jean Ritchie – performed live at Swannanoa
[ID excerpt] Over the River to Feed My Sheep…by Jean Ritchie from The Most Dulcimer (Greenhays)
Amazing Grace…by Jean Ritchie – performed live with audience at Swannanoa
Where Are You Going?…by Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson from At Folk City (Smithsonian Folkways)
Little Bird…by Jean Ritchie – performed live at Swannanoa
None But One…by Jean Ritchie from None But One (Greenhays)

Program 1437: A Gentle Revolution (December 9, 2010)  Week 49

Explore the massive international impact of the small harp, building momentum since the 1970s in music from Celtic roots.

Planxty Crockery…by Sìleas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
The Great Debate…by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
Thograinn Thograinn…by Macmaster/Hay from Love and Reason (MacmasterHay)
Sevens… by Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical from Kathryn Tickell & Ensemble Mystical  (Shoeshine)
Marie’s Welcome/The Gate to the Mill…by Dordán from Celtic Aire (Narada)
Cé Leis…by Máire Brennan from Máire (Atlantic)
[ID Excerpt]:  La Celtie & L’Infini…by Alan Stivell from Beyond Words (Disques Dreyfus)
Todlen Hame…by Wendy Stewart and Gary West from Hinterlands (Moulincairn)
Lums O’ Lund…by Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster)
Snow…by Loreena McKennitt from Celtic Voices (Green Linnet)
Landfall…by Billy Jackson & Billy Ross from the Misty Mountain (Iona)
Bleimor, Le Bagad…by Alan Stivell from Beyond Words (Disques Dreyfus)
Mothers of the Desert…by Máire Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)

Program 1436: Fairly Drawing In (December 2, 2010)  Week 48

As the evenings close in around us and winter takes hold, we gather closer to the glowing fireplace, a place for sharing intimate verses of fellowship and songs of the season's worst weather.

Da Day Dawn…by Chris Stout from First o' the Darkening (Greentrax)
Winter Solstice…by Atwater Donnelly from When Winter Calls (Rabbit Island Music)
The Time is Approaching…by Eileen Ivers from An Nollaig ~ An Irish Christmas (Musical Bridge)
Who Knows Where the Time Goes…by Maggie Reilly from Rowan (Red Berry Records)
Through the Bitter Frost and Snow…by Susan McKeown and Lindsey Horner from A Winter's Tale (Celtic Heartbeat)
Variations: Lo, How a Rose E'er Booming…by Turtle Island String Quartet from By the Fireside (Windham Hill)
The Coming of Winter…by Anúna and the Ulster Orchestra from Behind the Closed Eye (Danú)
[ID excerpt] Drive the Cold Winter Away…by Sue Richards from Merrily Greet the Time (Maggie's Music)
Haul Brothers, Haul!…by Coyote Run from Tend the Fire (Run Wild Records)
Garçon Á Marier/Orgies Nocturnes/Dans Fisel…by Touchstone from A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh (Green Linnet)
The Snows…by Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill from Celtic Christmas III (Windham Hill)
The Slippery Slope/Wullie's Wopper/Tam the Bam...by Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver)
Winter Light...by Kenneth Steven from Sanctuary ~ Poems of Celtic Spirituality (Saint Andrew Press)
Return to the Stewartry/Slanttigart/Tame her When da Snaw Comes... by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
The Bitter Withy...by Kerfuffle from Lighten The Dark - A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)

Program 1435: Scotsfest (November 25, 2010) Week 47

Enjoy a St. Andrew's celebration of music from Scotland and the Scottish Diaspora.

Da White Wife…by Fiddlers’ Bid from Naked & Bare (Greentrax
Traiveller’s Joy…by Emily Smith from Traiveller’s Joy (White Fall Records)  
Shiskine Barn Dance…by Gillian Frame and Friends from Eilean mo Ghaoil ~ The Music of Arran (Brechin All Records
Brògan ùr Agam a-Nochd… by Julie Fowlis from Uam (Shoeshine
Auld Man By the Fire…by Brian McNeill from The Baltic Tae Byzantium (Greentrax
The Gothenburg Reel/John’s Awa Tae France/Danzig Willie’s Reel…by Brian McNeill from The Baltic Tae Byzantium (Greentrax)   
ID Excerpt: Corriegills…by Gillian Frame and Friends from Eilean mo Ghaoil ~ The Music of Arran (Brechin All Records)  
Scarborough Settler’s Lament/O a’ the Airts…by Jeana Leslie & Siobhan Miller from Shadows Tall (Greentrax)  
Hello World…by Lorne MacDougall from Hello World (Greentrax
An Cailleach…by Salsa Celtica from En Vivo En El Norte (Discos Leon
Theme for Scotland…by Skyedance from Live in Spain (Culburnie)
Disgraceful…by Dougie MacLean from Resolution (Dunkeld)     
The A Medley…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)

Program 1434: American Originals (November 18, 2010) Week 46

Join our conversations with song collectors, this time David Holt and Sara Grey who each share their knowledge of the song traditions that span the Atlantic, along with mesmeric claw hammer banjo styles and much more.

Got No Use for Lonely…by David Holt from Let It Slide (High Windy)
Old Paint…by Sara Grey from Sandy Boys (Fellside)
A Tale of the Airly Days…by Sara Grey from Back in the Airly Days (Waterbug)
The Jealous Brothers… by Sara Grey from Sandy Boys (Fellside)
Young Hunting…by Sara Grey from Sandy Boys (Fellside)
Black is the Color…by Sara Grey from Sandy Boys (Fellside)
ID Excerpt: Sara Jane’s Tune…by David Holt from Let It Slide (High Windy)
The Coo-Coo…by David Holt from Reel & Rock (High Windy)
Bones, Spoons & Fiddle Tunes…by David Holt & Josh Goforth from Cutting Loose (High Windy)
Pretty Polly…by David Holt from Grandfather’s Greatest Hits (High Windy)
Soldier’s Joy/Mississippi Sawyer/Arkansas Travelerby David Holt from Grandfather’s Greatest Hits (High Windy)
Shady Grove…by Doc Watson & David Holt from Legacy (High Windy)
Whiskey Before Breakfast/Ragtime Annie…by Doc Watson & David Holt from Legacy (High Windy)

Program 1433: Connemara (November 11, 2010) Week 45

Best known for the Grammy winning "Riverdance," Bill Whelan has played with legendary band Planxty and produced records for U2.  His 'Connemara Suite' was written for traditional musicians in a chamber orchestra setting. Hear excerpts from Whelan's music along with other sounds from Ireland's wild west.

Johnny’s Reel/Mick O’Connor’s Choice…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Inishlacken (The Currach, The Island Terns, Evening Céili) ….from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Errisbeg (part 1)…..from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
ID excerpt Lucy Campbell…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Errisbeg (part 2)…from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Carna (Dawn, Macdara’s An Chistin) …from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Amhrán na Trá Báine…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)

Program 1432: Seasons of Mist (November 4, 2010) Week 44

An ode to autumn in traditional and contemporary music from Celtic roots.

Frosty Morning/Santa Anna’s Retreat/Santa Anna’s March…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf)
Marigold/Harvest Home…by Maddie Prior from Year (Park)
The Rainy Day/The Man of the House…by Billy McComiskey from Outside the Box (Compass)
Cold, Haily, Rainy Night…by Eliza Carthy, Martin Carthy, Chris Wood and The Young Coppers with Trans-Global Underground from The Imagined Village (Real World)
The Castle of Dromore…by Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub)
The Broomfield Hill…by Malinky from Flower & Iron (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] Grainne’s Grace…by Billy McComiskey from Outside the Box (Compass)
Among the Heather…by McGlynn, Newman, Casey, Ni Chathasaigh from Heartstring Sessions (Old Bridge)
Northern Lights…by Frigg from Economy Class (Northside)
Lull IV: Can’t Stop It Raining…by Rachel Unthank & The Winterset from The Bairns (Real World)
Fourth Movement: Rannoch, Butterstone Puddock, Castle Menzies, The Things We Love, Perthshire Amber…by Dougie MacLean from Perthshire Amber (Dunkeld)
Crow Creek…by The Critton Hollow String Band from Celtic Colours International Festival: The Road Home (SMP)
Lament for Limerick/Thomond Bridge…by McGlynn, Newman, Casey, Ni Chathasaigh from Heartstring Sessions (Old Bridge)

Program 1431: Better Believe It (October 28, 2010) Week 43

Let your imagination run wild in a romp through some ballads that uncover myths, legends and tales that are more than a little creepy.

Corrievreckan …by Michael McGoldrick from Aurora (Vertical)
Henry Martin…by John Jones from Rising Road (Westpark)
Freaky Hollow…by Annalivia from Barrier Falls (5-String Productions)
The Journey… by Ember from Full Circle  (Embersong)
Iridescent Blue…by Teresa Doyle from Forerunner (Bedlam)
King of the Fairies Set…by Lucia Comnes from Across the Wide Ocean (Lucia Comnes)
[ID Excerpt]:  Cello Drop… by Oysterband from Here I Stand (Omnium)
Vladi on the Trans-Siberian…by Ed Howe and John Coté from Perpetual e-Motion (Perpetual e-motion)
The Butcher Boy…by Gráda from Natural Angle (Compass)
Five Jumps…by Gráda from Natural Angle (Compass)
The Maid on the Shore… by Mairéad Ní Fhlatharta from Ó Chaon Taobh (Cló Iar-Chonnacht)
Lost Souls…by John Whelan from Flirting With the Edge (Narada)
Bright Morning Star…by Oysterband from Rise Above (Omnium)
Samhain Set…by Maggie Sansone from A Traveler's Dream (Maggie’s Music)

Program 1430: New Sounds (October 21, 2010) Week 42

Join Fiona as she opens some of the recent deliveries to the Thistle mailboxes in the U.S. and Scotland.

Wee Billy’s…by Mike Vazz & Dave Wood from Wait What? (Greentrax)
Sally Brown…by Heidi Talbot from The Last Star (Compass
Big Dave…by Michael Waters from Famous in Mongolia (Ladybird Music)
Maggie… by Matheu Watson from Matheu Watson  (Matheu Watson)   
Rest on the Rock…by Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble from Before the Ruin (Navigator)
The Poorest Company…by Kris Drever, John McCusker, Roddy Woomble from Before the Ruin (Navigator)
ID Excerpt: Drying Out… by Matheu Watson from Matheu Watson  (Matheu Watson)       
Gloomy Winter’s Noo Awa…by Emily Smith from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Vol 2 (Brechin All Records)
Bonnie Hielan Laddie…by Jim Malcolm from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Vol 2 (Brechin All Records)  
‘S Tusa Thilleas… by John McCusker with Julie Fowlis from Under One Sky (Navigator)
Tam’s Old Love Song/Tam the Gun…by Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham from Portrait (Whirlie)

Program 1429: Local Heroes (October 14, 2010) Week 41

Meet some musicians who are best known on their home turf as we relish taking their music to wider audiences.

Spike Island Lasses…by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
The Banks of Claudy…by Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill with Dónal Lunny from Idir an Dá Sholas (Green Linnet)
Harvest Gypsies…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Bleacher Lassie o’ Kelvinhaugh…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky for Some (Greentrax)
Different Drum…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky for Some (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] Jack Broke the Prison Door…by Dick Gaughan from Coppers & Brass (Green Linnet)
Simple Soul…by Eddi Reader from Simple Soul (Rough Trade)
Mary and the Soldier…by Eddi Reader from Peacetime (Compass)
Shake a Leg…by John McCusker from Goodnight Ginger (Pure)
Beith Aonach Amárach…by MacDara from The Love Token (macdaramusic)
Ride On…by Christy Moore from Ride On (Green Linnet)
On My Enchanted Sight…by Jimmy MacCarthy from The Song of the Singing Horseman (Mulligan)
Salsa’s…by The Finley MacDonald Band from ReEcho (Greentrax)

Program 1428: The Leaving (October 7, 2010) Week 40

Follow the story of emigration from the Highlands of Scotland through the medium that conveys its impact most accurately: song.

To America We Go…by Ashley MacIsaac from Ashley MacIsaac (Decca)
The Road of Tears…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple)
Miughalaigh…by Maggie MacInnes from Leaving Mingulay (Marram)
Johnny, Lovely Johnny…by Cara Dillon from Hill of Thieves (Charcoal)
Dùthaich MhicAoidh (Mackay Country)…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax)
Take Me to the Sea…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple)
Canada/Oh Mo Dùthaich…by The Poozies from Yellow Like Sunshine (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] A Fàgain Mhiughalaigh…by Maggie MacInnes from Leaving Mingulay (Marram)
Emigrant Peak/A St. Kilda Dance/The Fairy Shoemaker/The Rose Without Rue…by William Jackson from Heart Music (Iona)
Dèan Cadalan Sàmhach (Sleep Quietly)…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax
Two Shoes in Shady Grove…by Zan McLeod from Highland Soul (Joy of Music Productions
Garden Valley…by Cara Dillon from After the Morning (Rough Trade)
Tilleadh an Eilthirich (Return of the Wanderer)…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax)
Lively Steps…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)