Jan-Mar 2011

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Program 1453: Jim Malcolm (March 31,  2011)  Week 13 

Meet a vocalist, guitarist and songwriter, once a member of Old Blind Dogs, who now plies his musical trade as a solo performer.

Lochs of the James Malcolm from Sconeward (Greentrax)  
J&B Reel/The Bonawe Highlanders…by Old Blind Dogs from New Tricks (Lochshore
Jimmy’s Gone to Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane Records)   
There Grows a Bonny Briar Bush/Duncan Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane)  
ID Excerpt:  Lochanside…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane) Old Blind Dogs from The World’s Room (Green Linnet
Is There For Honest Old Blind Dogs from Fit? (Green Linnet
The Rejected Old Blind Dogs from Fit? (Green Linnet) 
Sparkling Jim Malcolm from Sparkling Flash (Beltane)
Farewell to the Bonny Banks of Jim Malcolm from Sparkling Flash (Beltane)

Program 1452: Canada (March 24, 2011)  Week 12   

Travel to Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and beyond to hear the authentic Celtic traditions of Canada with Leahy, Loreena McKennitt, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster and more.

The Maid Behind (McGlinchey’s) Bar/Frankie Gavin’s…by Tony McManus from Pourquoi Quebec? (Greentrax)
My Ain Kind Dearie/Tommy’s Tarburas/Early Dawn/Stephanie Wills….by Richard Wood from Fire Dance (Iona)
Crodh Air a’Bhruaich…by Mary Jane Lamond from Làn Dùil (Wicklow)
Matapat…by Bourque, Bernard & LePage from Matapat (Borealis)
Superfly…by Beòlach from Beòlach (
The Mystic’s Dream…by Loreena McKennitt from Live in Paris and Toronto (Quinlan Road)
ID Excerpt: La Turlutte a “Pit”…by Bourque, Bernard & Lepage from Matapat (Borealis)
Welcome to the Trossachs…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)
Coyote Way….by Leahy from In All Things (Narada Media)
Bovaglie’s Plaid…by Beòlach from Beòlach (
It Ain’t Funny…by Pamela Morgan from On A Wing and a Prayer (Amber Music)
Reel a Delphine/Par Derriere Chez Mon Pere…by Barachois from Encore (House Party Productions)
Adventure Sings/Louis Riel…by Scruj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)

Program 1451:   Tomorrow, Today (March 17, 2011)  Week 11

There have never been more youngsters playing traditional music than there are today, and this trend stretches from Scotland to Ireland and across North America.  It is finally cool to be learning fiddle, pipes, harp and all the rest, and the performance standards continue to rise.  The future for this music is exciting. And it starts today.

Catharsis…by The Blue Nova Sisters from Here’s a Story I Was Told (City of Edinburgh Music School)
Go To Town…by Emily Smith from Emily Smith (White Fall Records)
Trip To Windsor…by Anna Massie from Glad Company (Foot Stompin’
Gura Mise Tha Fo Mhulad…by Dòchas from Best in Show (Miraculous Productions)
Krapulakatrilli…by Liz Doherty & Fiddlesticks  from Racket in the Rectory (Foot Stompin’
Fear A Bhàta…by Glasgow Islay Junior Gaelic Choir from Cho Prìseil Na H-Òige  (Glasgow Islay Junior Choir)
Drowsy Maggie/Farewell to Ireland…by Na Fidleiri from From the New Country (Hungry Monk Recording
ID Excerpt: The Miller’s Rant…by Anna Massie from Glad Company (Foot Stompin')
Double Helix…by Chris Stout from First o’ the Darkening (Greentrax)
Coffee Coloured Strings…by Kirsty McGee from Coffee Coloured Strings (Park)
Prince Charles/ Last View of Scotland…by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Hass from Fire & Grace (Culburnie)
Devlin’s Favourite/The Musical Priest…by Jesse Smith from Jigs and Reels (Jesse Smith
Rock You…by National Youth Pipe Band of Scotland from In Concert (Monarch
Leis A’ Lurgainn…by Sgoil Chiùil Na Gàidhealtachd from May the 4th Be With You (Sgoil Chiùil)
An Cluinne Mi Mo Nighean Donn…by Anna Massie from Glad Company (Foot Stompin’)
Herring in Salt…by Ally Mackenzie & Colin Melville from Fits O’ Giggles (Spagnum Moss)

Program 1450: Irish Pairs (March 10, 2011)  Week 10

Few musical sounds make a more honest and direct statement than duos in the Irish tradition.  So we feature pairs this week: the fiddle of Martin Hayes in dialog with Dennis Cahill’s guitar, the late Frankie Kennedy whose flute soars in partnership with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh’s fiddle (pron: Nee Weeney), the intertwined voices of sisters Maighread and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill (pron: Nee Gonnel) and Claire Mann on flute, whistle and fiddle, teaming up with bouzouki player and guitarist Aaron Jones.

Dowd’s No. 9/Come West Along the Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill from Live in Seattle (Green Linnet
Through the Fields/The Man of the House/The Shores of Lough Cormac Breatnach & Martin Dunlea from Music for Whistle & Guitar (Dioscai Mandala)
Donal Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill with Donal Lunny from Idir an Da Sholas - Between the Two Lights  (Green Linnet
Breton Kevin Burke & Micheal O Domhnaill from Flight of the Green Linnet (Green Linnet)
The Plains of Andy Irvine & Paul Brady from Legends of Ireland (Rhino Entertainment) 
Master Crowley’s/The Jug of Joe Burke with Charlie Lennon from The Twentieth Anniversary Collection   (Green Linnet)
The Two Conneeleys’ Christy Moore & Micheal O’Suilleabhain from A River of Sound (Virgin)
ID Excerpt: The Real Blues Reel…by Brendan Power and Mick Kinsella from A River of Sound (Virgin)
Amhran: Inion a Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh & Frankie Kennedy from Ceol Aduaidh (Green Linnet)
Meilti Cheann Dubhrann/Cloch na Ceithre Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh & Frankie Kennedy from Ceol Aduaidh (Green Linnet)
Beir mo Seamus Begley & Stephen Cooney from Celtic Voices (Green Linnet)
Niamh’s Capers/The Flogging/The Gerry O’Connor, Daithi Sproule from Gaelic Roots (Kells Music)
The Green Claire Mann from Claire Mann (Foot Stompin’ Records)
Ta mo Seamus Begley & Stephen Cooney from Meiteal (Kells Music) 
John Henry’s/The Commodore/Galway High Claire Mann from Claire Mann (Foot Stompin’ Records)

Program 1449:  Live and Kicking (March 3, 2011) Week 9

Live performances electrify this hour of music with Donal Lunny, Jim Malcolm, Skolvan, and Capercaillie.

Glenlogie…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane)
Katie Campbell’s Rambles/Streets of Forbes…by Niamh Parsons from Loosely Connected (Greentrax)
Man of Arran…by Niamh Parsons featuring the Loose Connections from Loosely Connected (Greentrax)
Canan Nan Gaidheal…by Scottish Women & Band from Scottish Women (Greentrax
Trip to Skye…by Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)
Sir Patrick Spens…by Jim Malcolm from Lie in Glenfarg (Beltane)
ID Excerpt: Flowers of Edinburgh…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane)
Bogey’s Bonnie Belle…by Christy Moore, Donal Lunny & Jimmy Faulkner from Live in Dublin (Tara Music)
The Rocky Road to Dublin/Indian Ate the Woodchuck…by Mozaik from Live From the Powerhouse (Compass)
Breileach…by Capercaillie from Dusk Till Dawn (Survival)
The Big Set…by The Unusual Suspects from Live in Scotland (Foot Stompin)
The Kerry Dances…by Frankie Gavin and Stephane Grappelli from Frankie Gavin 2003-2004 Collection (Frankie Gavin)

Program 1448: Wales (February 24, 2011)  Week 8

Explore the diverse indigenous musical traditions of Wales with 4 Yn Y Bar, Sian James, Carreg Lafar, Gwerinos, and the roving ambassador of Welsh music, harper Robin Huw Bowen.

Coleg y Brifysgol Abertawe/Y gwningen O Gam I Gam from Ogam (Sain)
Migldi Magldi/Can Crwtyn Y Gwartheg/Calan 4 Yn Y Bar from Stryd America  (Fflach)
Ei Di’r Deryn Du? Sian James from Pur (Sain)
Pwy fedar Bob Delyn a’r Ebillion from Traditional Music from Wales (Fflach)
Llef Harlech/ Carreg Lafar from Hyn (Sain)
Ffarwelfo I Langyfelach Julie Murphy & Annie Ebrel from Traditional Music from Wales (Fflach)
Hen Aelwyd Llif Robin Huw Bowen from Hen Aelwyd (Old Hearth) (Sain)
ID Excerpt: Calan from Bling (Sain)
Gower Reel/Wednesday Night/ Huw Roberts & Stephen Rees from Ffidil (Fflach
Kalngk Dafydd Robert Evans from Ffidil (Fflach
Ffidil Ffadl/Mogi Huw Roberts & Stephen Rees from Ffidil (Fflach
Erdiggan Y Pibydd Cogh/Tri a Chwech/Marwnad Yr Robert Evans & Gareth Wheelan from Ffidil (Fflach
Number Calan from Bling (Sain)

Program 1447: A Different Kind of Love Song (February 17, 2011) Week 7

We move beyond the traditional notion of romantic love this week to hear of a love of landscape, of whisky, of the natural world.  Listen for contributions from Shooglenifty, Maura O’Connell, Tony McManus, Danu, Lunasa, Ceolbeg (pron: Kull-beg) and many more.

Venus in Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax)
The Gowden Locks of Anna…by MacAlias from Highwired (Greentrax)
Jim Batty's/The Bloom of Youth…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Vertical Records)
To The Homeland…by Maura O'Connell from Walls & Windows (Sugar Hill)
I Love the Trees…by Nomos from Set You Free (Green Linnet)
Suite de Ridees…by Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax)
Voices of the Land…by Maire Brennan from Maire (Atlantic)
Gi'e Me Lass Wi' a Lump o' Land…by Ian F. Benzie from I'se The B'y (Lochshore)
ID Excerpt: Dans Tony McManus from Tony McManus (Greentrax)
A' The Airts…by Ceolbeg from Seeds to the Wind (Greentrax)
Wild West Waltz…by Wendy Stewart from About Time (Greentrax)
The Beauty Spot/The Maid Behind the Barrel…by Danu from All Things Considered  (Shanachie)
More Than Just a Dram…by Robin Laing from The Angel's Share (Greentrax)
Aibreann - The Last Pint…by Lunasa from Lunasa (Compass)
Tail Toddle Finale…by Skyedance from Skyedance - Live in Spain (Culburnie)

Program 1446: Dougie MacLean (February 10, 2011) Week 6

Hear of the life and times of Scottish singer-songwriter Dougie MacLean who joins us to chat and share some of his back catalog.

Who Am I…by Dougie MacLean from Who Am I (Dunkeld)
Fragments from "A Mugs Game"…by Dunkeld from Riof  (Dunkeld)
This Love Will Carry…by Dougie MacLean and friends ..recorded exclusively for The Thistle & Shamrock 20th Anniversary via MP3 download : This recording is not available for sale.
Pabay Mor…by Dougie MacLean from Who Am I (Dunkeld)
All Together…by Dougie MacLean from Live from the Ends of the Earth (Dunkeld)
ID Excerpt: Buckney Burn….by Dougie MacLean from Fiddle (Dunkeld)   
Feel So Near…by Dougie MacLean from Live from the Ends of the Earth (Dunkeld)
It Belongs to Us…by Dougie MacLean from Marching Mystery (Dunkeld)
Nothing To Do With It…by Dougie MacLean, Jamie MacLean, Jamie Dargie from Who Am I (Dunkeld)
Farewell to Whisky…by Dougie MacLean from Tribute (Dunkeld)

Program 1445: A Broader Canvass (February 3, 2011) Week 5

We shift the spotlight away from Irish and Scottish music this week to illuminate traditions from Celtic roots in Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.

Evit Ar Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder Records)
Maneo de Milladoiro from Auga de Maio (Green Linnet)
Danza de Leilia from Hent Sant Jakez (Shamrock Records) Tony MacManus, Alain Genty, Soig SIberil from The Clear Stream (Greentrax) Llan de Cubel from Llan de Cubel IV (Fono Astur)
ID Excerpt: Begone…by Dalla from More Salt (Dalla Records)
Lloer Dirion (Tender Moon) Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar) Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar)
Three Knights/An Vug e'n Dalla from More Salt (Dalla Records) Jean-Charles Gulchen from Kerden (Coop Breizh)
Birth in Emma Christian from Celtic Voices (Narada)
Suite de Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax)
Le Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)

Program 1444: Songs of Robert Burns (January 27, 2011)  Week 4

Hear various artists in the intoxicating embrace of the Scottish bard’s songs, including Rod Paterson and Eddi Reader.

Willie Stewart/Molly Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
My Nannie Rod Paterson from Up-To-Date (Greentrax)
Gudeen to You Rod Paterson & Christine Kidd from Robert Burns: The Complete Songs Volume 1 (Linn)
Logan Janet Russell & Christine Kidd from Dancin' Chantin' (Greentrax)
Gin I Were a Barron’s Fine Friday from Mowing the Machair (Foot Stompin’)
Ye Banks and Braes o' Bonnie Ferintosh from Ferintosh (
Ye Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
ID Excerpt: The Highland Hills…by The Musicians of Edinburgh from The Art of Robert Burns (Scotstown Music)
Nae Gentle Dames Tho Ne'er Sae Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane)
Hey How My Johnny The Poozies from Dansoozies (Hypertension Music)
Green Grow the Dougie MacLean from Dougie MacLean Live From the Ends of the Earth (Dunkeld)
The South Bridge of Edinburgh/The Bridge of Perth/The New Bridge of Ballater/The New Bridge of The Musicians of Edinburgh from The Art of Robert Burns (Scotstown Music)
Ae Fond Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass) Jack Evans from Once Upon a Time in the North (Greentrax)

Program 1443: Celtic Piano (January 20, 2011)  Week 3

Antoni O’Breskey, Mícháel Ó’Súilleabháin (pron: O'Sullivan), and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill (pron: Nee Gonnel) headline an hour of Celtic piano music.

Jig in the Antoni O’Breskey from The Colours of Music (O'Music)
Crest of the Wave: Barr nan Tonn/ The Little Tracey Dares and Paul MacNeill from (castle
The Holland Bill Jones from Two Year Winter (Compass)
The Lowlands of Antoni O'Breskey from Irish Airs (Forest Hill Records)
Liza’s Dream/The Westside Cherish the Ladies from Threads of Time (RCA)
Brian Micheal O'Suilleabhain from Between Worlds (Virgin)
A Day Without Enya from A Day Without Rain (Warner)
ID Excerpt: Masons Apron/My Love is In America…by Seamus Eagan from When Juniper Sleeps (Shanachie)
At the Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
The Banks of Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill from Idir an Da Sholas: Between the Two Lights (Green Linnet)
The Cuillin Nightnoise from At the End of the Evening (Windham Hill)
Reel: Graf Dennis Botzer from The House (Sodaspeak)
The Birken Tree Bachue from A Certain Smile (Culburnie)
Turas Go Tir Na nOg: Journey to the Land of Micheal O'Suilleahain from Templum (Virgin)
The Tipsy Sailor/The Future is Simon Thoumire & David Milligan from The Big Day In (Foot Stompin)

Program 1442: Northern Highlights (January 13, 2011)  Week 2

This week we hear music from Scandinavian artists and their soul mates in the most northerly reaches of the Celtic world.  Listen for the Orkney duo Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley, Aly Bain and Ale Moller, Vartina, Vasen, and the inspired pairing of English accordion player Karen Tweed with Finnish pianist Timo Alakotila.

Brae o' Scorne/J F Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither o' the Sea (Greentrax)
Randas - Maria Kalaniemi & Sven Ahlback from Airbow (Northside)
Suvetar, Goddess of Gjallarhorn from Nordic Roots 3 (Northside) Maria Kalaniemi & Aldargaz from Nordic Roots 3 (Northside)
The Full Rigged Ship/The New Rigged Aly Bain & Ale Moller from Nordic Roots 3 (Northside)
Many are the Cries and Shrieks of Jenny Wilhems from On the Shoulders of the Great Bear (Cloud Valley Music) Uhrbrand/Lydom/Cahill & Vinding/Rosendal from Music From Denmark 2001 (MXP)

ID excerpt: Kom til meg om kvallen…by Lirum Larum from Music From Denmark 2001 (MXP)
Linnunmieli... by Varttina from Ilmatar
Seeming Garmarna from Garmarna (Northside)
High Mountains and Low Ranarim from Nordic Roots 3 (Northside)
Helen's Helen Davies from Music From Denmark 2001 (MXP)
Grannens Favorit - The Neighbor's Väsen from Live at the Nordic Roots Festival (Northside)
Riverside Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside) Hoven Droven from Nordic Roots 3 (Northside)

Program 1441: Cherish the Ladies (January 6, 2011)  Week 1

Celebrate the New Year in the company of this immensely popular band, a collection of globetrotting instrumentalists and singers who perform close to 200 gigs each year.  (Features vintage concert highlights.)

Last Night’s Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
Limerick Lassies Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
Rambling Irishman…by Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
Luna/ Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
ID excerpt: Step Dance (jig) with Megan Cherish the Ladies (recording not available) Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
The Girl with the Brown Hair/Whistle Reels/Frank’s Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
To Welcome Paddy Cherish the Ladies (recording not available)
Women of the House…by Cherish the Ladies from Women of the House (Rounder Records
Recent releases from Cherish the Ladies featuring some of the same music heard in the concert:
2001  The Girls Won’t Leave the Boys Alone (Windham Hill Records)
1999  At Home (BMG Classics)
1998  Threads of Time (BMG Classics)
For more information on Cherish the Ladies, visit their website