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Fiona's four hour Irish audio stream on NPR Music

The Irish contribution to our radio shows is remarkable. It spans traditional, contemporary, vocal and instrumental recordings.  For NPR Music we put together four hours of archive programs to give you a sense of where Irish music has come from and where it’s headed. 

Click here to access the "Irish Bonanza" audio stream

Click here for full playlist details of all four hours 


Fiona on NPR's Morning Edition

Recorded in 1991 directly from the radio! Hear Fiona's report from NPR's Morning Edition on Dublin composer Shaun Davey's U.S, debut. Includes interviews with Davey and Irish poet Seamus Heaney, along with music from Liam O'Flynn and Rita Connolly.


BBC tells The Thistle & Shamrock story

Presented by the legendary Scottish folksinger Archie Fisher, hear how BBC Radio Scotland marked 20 years of The Thistle & Shamrock.




The Eileen Ivers & Seamus Egan Band Live

Fiona introduces fiddler Eileen Ivers and Seamus Egan on flute with John Doyle (guitar) and Kimati Dinizulu (percussion) at the 1994 Washington D.C. Irish Folk Festival. This live performance was captured at Wolf Trap, America's National Park for the Performing Arts.


Irish singer songwriter Eleanor McEvoy on Thistle

Eleanor McEvoy played violin for 5 years in the National Symphony of Ireland until she followed her passion for songwriting and penned Only A Woman's Heart, one of the best known Irish songs of recent times.
She joined Fiona in 2002 and talked about her duet with Mary Black for the compilation "A Woman's Heart," which remained the number 1 album on the Irish charts for 20 weeks.

Eleanor McEvoy talked with Fiona about songwriting for her 2002 album "Yola."