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Jan-Mar 2008

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Program 1296: In Conversation at Perthshire Amber (March 27, 2008) Week 13

Patsy Seddon is one of Scotland's best-known harpers, celebrated for her innovative work with the Poozies and Sileas. Fiona joins Patsy for a chat recorded live at the Perthshire Amber Festival.

Willie's Old Trousers...by the Poozies from Chantoozies (Hypertension)
High Flying Seagull...by Dougie MacLean (with Patsy Seddon) from Craigie Dhu (Dunkeld)
Tweedside/Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow...by Alison Kinnaird from The Silver String (Temple)
The Kid on the Mountain...by Alison Kinnaird (with Patsy Seddon) from The Harp Key (Temple)
The Judges Dilemma/The Inverness Gathering...by Sileas from Delighted With Harps (Green Linnet)
May Colvin...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Tha Mulad...by Sileas from Delighted With Harps (Green Linnet)
[ID excerpt]) Miss Ann Cameron of Balvenie...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Planxty Crockery/Domhnall Dubh...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Hey How My Johnny Lad...by The Poozies from Dansoozies (Hypertension)
Willie's Old Trousers...by the Poozies from Chantoozies (Hypertension)
Another Train...by the Poozies from Chantoozies (Hypertension)
Paddy...by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)

Program 1295: In Full Voice (March 20, 2008) Week 12

Voices of Celtic song are traditional, contemporary, harmonious, a capella, rousing, soothing. From the tradition-bearers to the singer-songwriters, enjoy the range of voices on The Thistle & Shamrock this week, with new releases from Kate Rusby, Michael Black, Sylvia Barnes, Luka Bloom and Karine Polwart. This full hour of strong voices says it all: traditional and contemporary song is thriving.

A Day Like Today…by Emily Smith from A Day Like Today (Footstompin)
Rain and Snow…by Pauline Scanlon from Hush (Compass)
Strathmore…by Dougie MacLean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld)
The End O't…by Sylvia Barnes from The Colour of Amber (Greentrax)
The Dusty Miller/The Silver Slipper/Willie's Fling No.2…by Tony McManus & Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
Firethief/Behind our Eyes…by Karine Polwart from This Earthly Spell (Hegri)
(Excerpt) Earl's Lane…by Michael Black from Michael Black (Compass)
The Willow Tree…by Michael Black from Michael Black (Compass)
Dh'eirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheitein …by Kathleen MacInnes from Og-Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Greentrax)
Land of the Setting Sun…by Talitha Mackenzie from Indian Summer (Sonas)
High on a Hill…by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure)
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi’ the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus & Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
The Calton Weaver…by Eddi Reader from Peacetime (Compass)
I Am A River…by Luka Bloom from Tribe (Big Sky)

Program 1294: Tucked Away in Ireland (March 13, 2008) Week 11

While contemporary Celtic musicians are often interested in forging a global fusion, some traditionalists are striving to preserve distinct regional voices. Hear excerpts from flute player Cathal McConnel’s collection of old County Fermanagh field recordings and more Irish gems from forty years of fiddle recordings captured in County Leitrim. We also find time to unearth hidden treasures from as far afield as Cornwall and Scotland.

Brucie and the Troopers... by Slainte Mhath from Imeachd:Odyssey (Hebcelt)
Milltown Lasses/Lady Gardener’s Troop/Kate From Ballinamore... by Brenda McCann, Pat McManus, & Annie MacKenzie from Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanagh Music)
Top of the Hill/Katie’s Lilt... by Francis Rasdale, Cathal McConnell & John, Pat & Fintan McManus from Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanach Music)
The Enchanted Lady/The Maids of Castlebar... by John Gordon & Charlie Lennon from Within a Mile of Kilty (Cló lar- Chonnachta)
Brid Bhán... by Anna & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh from Trad Tráthnóna (Tionscnamh Lugh)
The Rocks of Bawn... by Ian Smith from Trad Tráthnóna (Tionscnamh Lugh)
Boil the Breakfast Early/New Mown Meadows...by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean (Cló lar-Chonnachta)
Lord Gregory... by Christine Kydd from Dark Pearls (Culburnie)
Miss Douglas’s Strathspey/Mrs MacLeod of MacLeod’s Strathspey/ Miss Mercer’s Reel/Miss Ann Mackay’s Favourite /Miss Barbara Hay’s Favourite... by Pete Clark from MacKintosh at Murthly (Inver)
An Melwez... by Dalla from More Salt! (Dalla Records)
Three Knights/An Vug E’n Loor... by Dalla from More Salt! (Dalla Records)
Hillswick/Party Scene... by Chris Stout from Tracks North (Shetland Arts Trust)

Program 1293: New From Ireland (March 6, 2008) Week 10

"There are as many ways to play Irish music as there are people to play it. It is all about inhabiting the world of musical intangibles - the place that is governed by heart, soul, feeling and instinct." ~ Martin Hayes

If music is seasonal and spring is about renewal, now feels like a good time to check out what's new from Ireland and that includes contemporary and traditional voices and the latest from two fiddling greats. We also hear the full tracks of some Irish releases previewed on Thistlepod, including Eleanor McEvoy, Luka Bloom, and the solo debut from Michael Black. Finally, some of what's on offer this week is so brand new Fiona unwraps it as she goes: Frankie Gavin's Irish-American get together Jiggin' the Blues and the latest from long-time duo Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill, Welcome Here Again.

Star of Doolin…by Luka Bloom from Tribe… (Big Sky)
Tarry Flynn…by Michael Black from Michael Black (Compass)
Codladh Sámh…by Eoin Dillon from The Third Twin (Kila)
The Wounded Hero…by John Spillane & Louis de Paor from The Gaelic Hit Factory (EMI)
Little Look…by Eleanor McEvoy from Out There (Moscodisc)
The Old Bush Set…by Jarlath Henderson and Ross Ainslie from Sound Neighbours (Smithsonian Folkways)
Tribe…by Luka Bloom from Tribe… (Big Sky)
[ID excerpt] Early Morning…by Luka Bloom from Tribe… (Big Sky)
Jenny’s Welcome to Charlie…by Martin Hayes from Welcome Here Again (Green Linnet)
An Rógaire Dubh… by Lorcán MacMathúna from Rógaire Dubh (Foras na Gaeilge)
Frank Quinn’s Reels…by Frankie Gavin, Rick Epping & Tim Edey from Jiggin’ the Blues (G2)
Cry of the Mountain… by Tim Dennehy from Old Boots and Flying Sandals (Seeilig)
My Lagan Love…by Desi Wilkinson from Sound Neighbours (Smithsonian Folkways)
A Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá…by Geraldine Bradley from Sound Neighbours (Smithsonian Folkways)
Young Catherine/The Red Van…by Dáithí Sproule from The Crow in the Sun (New Folk)

Program 1292: The Witness (February 28, 2008) Week 9

Belle of Benbecula…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available) www.annawendy.com
Strip the Willow (excerpt)…by The Benachally Ceilidh Band from Happy Feet (Smiddymade)
Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife…by Pete Clark from The Birnam Oak (Inver)
Gallowglass (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
Grand March (excerpt)…by The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band from Are Ye Askin? (Greentrax)
Reel of the 51 Division (excerpt)… by The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band from Are Ye Askin? (Greentrax)
Which Side Are You On?…by Dick Gaughan from True and Bold (Celtic)
The Tap Session: Jigs (excerpt)… from private recording of J. Jauncey (not available) Visit Dunkeld
ID Excerpt: Candle in the Bushel…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available) www.annawendy.com
The Tap Session: Jigs/Reels… from private recording of J. Jauncey (not available) Visit Dunkeld
Gallowglass (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
Going to Ma Hometown…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness…by Pete Clark (not yet available) Pete Clark
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available) www.annawendy.com
Stardust (excerpt)…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Cairo Waltz…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
[Readings from "The Witness" by James Jauncey (Picador)]

Program 1291: Easy Does It (February 21, 2008) Week 8

Ca Dé Sin Do’n Té Sin…by Clannad from Banba (RCA)
Bonnie Jean…by Karen Matheson from Time to Fall (Vertical)
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi’ the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus/Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
‘S fhada leam an Oidche Ghemhradih…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)
Teehan’s…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
The Lowlands of Holland…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Little Sadie …by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
An Honourable Peace/The Drip…by William Jackson from Duan Albanach (Mill)
Bí Liom…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)
What Makes You Dream…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Swedish…by Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside)
Ubi Caritas…by Connie Dover from The Wishing Well (Taylor Park)
Darklight…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)

Program 1290: Song Beat (February 14, 2008) Week 7

Celtic Society’s Quickstep/42nd Highlander’s Farewell…by John Cunningham from Fair Warning (Green Linnet)
Sunny…by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk (Green Linnet)
Balindore…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk (Green Linnet)
Don’t Forget Your Shovel…by Christy Moore from The Time Has Come (Green Linnet)
Tunnel Tigers…by Sean Keane from Turn a Phrase (Kells)
Mouth Music/ Eddie Curran’s Favourite…by Dolores Keane & John Faulkner from Broken Hearted I’ll Wander (Mulligan)
The Lady’s Dance…by Daimh from The Pirates of Puirt (Goat Island Music)
Iomramh Eadar Il‘a‘s Uist…by Ossian from St. Kilda Wedding (Iona)
Charlie, Oh, Charlie…by Ossian from Borders (Iona)
Arran Boat Song…by Darol Anger with Alasdair Fraser from Diary of a Fiddler (Compass)
Pull Down Below…by Forebitters from Ships May Come…And Ships May Go (Forebitters)
The Waulking of the Fauld…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (Ferintosh)
Puirt…by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Suil Air Ais (Greentrax)
Long Distance Runner…by The Easy Club from Chance or Design (R2 Records)

Program 1289: On the Road (February 7, 2008) Week 6

Ride On…by Christy Moore from Ride On (Green Linnet)
Never Tire of the Road…by Andy Irvine from Rude Awakening (Green Linnet)
The Rain Journey North…by The Easy Club from The Easy Club (Greentrax)
Ramblin’ Irishman…by Andy M. Stewart from Donegal Rain (Green Linnet)
To Pad the Road wi’ Me…by Ossian from Seal Song (Iona)
The Beggar Man…by Malinky from Last Leaves (Greentrax)
Bonny Glenshee… by Jim Malcolm from Home (Beltane)
ID Excerpt: Waltzes: The Innocent Railway/Daphne’s Trousers/A Bruxa…by The Easy Club from The Easy Club (Greentrax)
Seven Yellow Gypsies…by Dolores Keane from There Was a Maid (Claddagh)
The Shaskenn Reel…by Dolores Keane from There Was a Maid (Claddagh)
The Rovin Ploughboy…by Malinky from 3 Ravens (Greentrax)
Light on a Distant Shore: Arrival/New York Harbour/Art Work on the Land/In the New World…by Ossian from Light on a Distant Shore (Iona)
Home…by Dougie MacLean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld)
Rest and Be Thankful…by Battlefield Band from Out for the Night (Temple)
Ryan’s Rambles…by Al Petteway from Land of the Sky (Maggie’s Music)

Program 1288: Muir of Gormack (January 31, 2008) Week 5

Circles of Stone…by Draiocht from The Druid and The Dreamer (Dog Music)
Branohm…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Air bhith dhomhsa…by Martyn Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
Lament for Nechtan…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Psalmsong…by Alison Kinnaird from The Silver String (Temple)
Briochan and Columba…by Shaun Davey from The Pilgrim (Tara)
A’Ghrian…by Shaun Davey from The Pilgrim (Tara)
ID Excerpt: Maarein…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Muir of Gormach…by Dougie MacLean from Muir of Gormack (Dunkeld)
Johnny at the Races/Bracker on the Forty…by Draiocht from The Druid and the Dreamer (Dog Music)

Program 1287: Raise a Glass (January 24, 2008) Week 4

Willie Stewart/ Molly Rankin…..by Eddi Reader from Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
Sae Will We Yet…by Tony Cuffe from Sae Will We Yet (Greentrax)
Tail Toddle…by Tony Cuffe from Sae Will We Yet (Greentrax)
The Keg of Brandy…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie)
The Warlock/The Arras Fisherman/The Rights of Man…by Bachue from A Certain Smile (Culburnie)
The Jug of Punch…by Altan from Island Angel (Green Linnet)
ID Excerpt: The Beaten Track…by Bachue from A Certain Smile (Culburnie)
Green Grows the Laurel…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Tomorrow is a Long Time…by The Black Family from The Black Family (Dara)
When the Night is Young…by Jim Malcolm from Tam o’Shanter and Other Tales (Beltane)
Old Bush/Expect the Unexpected…by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
Somewhere Along the Road…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
The Last Pint…by Pierre Bensusan from Nice Feeling (Zebra Acoustic)
The Parting Glass…by The Voice Squad from Many’s the Foolish Youth (Tara)
Bill Harte’s/Blue Eyes/A Lovely Madness….by Beoga from A Lovely Madness (Beoga Music)

Program 1286: At the Edge (January 17, 2008) Week 3

The Ploughman…by Solas from Waiting for An Echo (Shanachie)
The Reel…by Secret Garden from Earthsongs (Decca)
Maire Mhilis Bhrea…by Solas from Another Day (Shanachie)
Miss You…by Winifred Horan from Just One Wish (Shanachie)
Craigie Hills…by Scrûj MacDuhk from the Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
A Thousand Roads/The Road to Canso/Hare o’ the Dug…by Scrûj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
ID Excerpt: The Napler Stride… by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)
Westlin Winds…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf)
The Grand Hotel/Mary Kelly’s Hatchet…by Kila from Luna Park (Kila)
Atlantic/ Kresal Eta Laino (Celtic Progression)…by Antoni O’Breskey from Mezulari (O’Music)
Who Will Raise Their Voice?...by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Scraping the Barrel…by Shooglenifty from Live Radical Mestizo (Compass)
MacAlgo…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)

Program 1285: William Jackson (January 10, 2008) Week 2

An Honorable Peace/The Drip….by William Jackson from Duan Àlbanach (Mill Records)
Threefold Flame…by William Jackson from Heart Music (Iona)
Dunnichen (excerpt)…by William Jackson from Duan Àlbanach (Mill Records)
Lia Fail: The Stone of Destiny (excerpt)…by William Jackson from Duan Àlbanach (Mill Records)
Iona Theme…by Ossian from Dove Across the Water (Iona)
ID Excerpt: The Tree...by William Jackson from Land of Light (Mill Records)
Port Lennox…by Ossian from The Carrying Stream (Greentrax)
Abbey Craig…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn)
Eily Ghael Chiun…by Gráinne Hambley & William Jackson from Masters of the Celtic Harp (Mill Records)
Molendinar…by William Jackson from Land of Light (Mill Records)
Lady Margaret…by William Jackson from Duan Albanach (Mill Records)

Program 1284: Family Gathering (January 3, 2008) Week 1

The Swelkie/The Teran…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither O’ The Sea (Greentrax)
The Busker on the Bridge…by Nightnoise from A Different Shore (Windham Hill)
Spanish Lady…by Maighread & Triona Ní Dhomhnaill from Between The Two Lights (Idir an Dá Sholas) (Green Linnet)
The Butterfly…by The Bothy Band from After Hours (Green Linnet)
False Fly on the Road…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Polkas…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Coinnleach Glas an Fhómhair…by Manus Lunny from Tráthnóna Eile (Tuilleadh Eolais)
Far Over the Forth…by Cilla Fisher from A Celebration of Scottish Music (Temple)
Mrs. Martha Knowles/The Pitnacree Ferryman…by Silly Wizard from Live Wizardry (Green Linnet)
Lindsay…by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
Will Ye Gang, Love…by The Black Family from The Black Family (Dara)
In A Lifetime…by Clannad with Bono from Themes (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Sound of Sleat…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
An Drochaid Chliutach…by Eilidh Shaw from Heepirumbo (Greentrax)