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Jan-Mar 2010

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Program  1400: The Silver Collection (March 25, 2010)  Week 12

From timeless vinyl to pioneering mp3s, enjoy an hour of musical masterpieces from over 25 years of Thistle with Liz Carroll, Alan Stivell, Christy Moore and Lúnasa.

Oró…by Máire Brennan from Máire (Atlantic)
Sevens/Michael Kennedy’s/The Cup of Tea…by Liz Carroll from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá…by Altan from Blackwater (Virgin)
The Savage Wee Beastie/the Limerick Lasses/The Bird in the Bush…by Robin Bullock with John Doyle from Rosewood Castle (Dancing Wolf)
Firethief…by Karine Polwart from This Earthly Spell (Hegri Music)
Steel and Stone (Black Water)…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Planets…by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure Records)
ID excerpt: Between Earth and Sky…by Robin Bullock from Between Earth and Sky (Maggie’s Music)
Jig Gwengamp…by Alan Stivell from Live in Dublin (Dreyfus)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…by Christy Moore from Voyage (Platinum)
Crossing the Bridge…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony Classical)
This Love Will Carry…by Dougie MacLean and friends ~ MP3 recorded exclusively for The Thistle & Shamrock (not available) {Other versions at dougiemaclean.com}
Black River…by Lúnasa from Sé (Compass)
Dance Pourlet…by Gordon Duncan from Thunderstruck (Greentrax)

Program  1399: Mando Banjo Magic (March 18, 2010) Week 11

Stringed instruments of all sorts help forge this music's identity.  This week we feature two that have become central to its sound with Seamus Egan, Jane Rothfield, and Gerry O’Connor.

Bag of Spuds/Copperplate Reel…by Gerry O’Connor from No Place Like Home (Myriad Media)
It’s Still Raining/Carlisle Street Reels…by Solas from Another Day (Shanachie)
Merry Go Round…by Solas from For Love And Laughter (Compass)
Frosty Morning/Santa Anna’s Retreat/Santa Anna’s March…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods(Dancing Wolf Records)
He’s Gone Away…by Simon Mayor Quintet from Mondolinquents (Acoustics)
Loudeac Round Dances…by Jamie Laval & Ashley Broder from Zephyr in the Confetti Factory (Jamie Laval)
ID Excerpt: Brendan O’Regan’s Reels…by Gerry O’Connor from No Place Like Home (Myriad Media)
Fade Away…by Harem Scarem from Storm in a Teacup (Vertical)
Carry Me Back…by Jane Rothfield from iFiddle theyBanjo (Jane Rothfield)
The Bonny Irish Boy… by The Green Fields of America from The Green Fields of America (Compass)
Fahey’s #25/Molly on the Shore/Bonnie Anne…by The Green Fields of America from The Green Fields of America (Compass)
Bound…by Eliza Lynn from The Weary Wake Up (Eliza Lynn)
Early Mornin’ Train…by Jack Evans from Once Upon a Time in the North (Greentrax)
McConnell’s Rant…by Shooglenifty from Troots (Shoogle)

Program  1398: Essential Celtic (March 11, 2010) Week 10

How do you inject a Celtic core into your music collection that will reflect the past and present, honouring the purity of tradition and the spirit of innovation? It’s a tall order but we have some suggestions this week to enhance any collection.

Maudabawn Chapel/The Wild Irishman/The Moher Reel…by Kevin Burke & Micheál O Domhnaill from 20th Anniversary Collection Green Linnet Records (originally on Portland) (Green Linnet)
Níl sé ina Lá…by Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Dónal Lunny from Idir an Dá Sholas (Between Two Lights) (Green Linnet)
Gaeltacht…by Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)
Sliabh Gallion Braes…by Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Eamonn Curran from Farewell to Eirinn (Wundertüte)
The Atlantic Reels…by Brian McNeill from 20 Year Profile of Greentrax (Greentrax)
Puirt a beul…by Karen Matheson from Downriver (Compass)
Mary Kelly’s/ Glasca Tabla/Belle’s Fancy…by Martyn Bennett from The Piper & the Maker (Greentrax)
ID Excerpt: Suite des Montagnes…by Alan Stivell from Zoom (Keltia/Disques Dreyfus)
She is Like the Swallow…by Karan Casey from Songlines (Shanachie)
The Winding Hills…by Seamus Egan from When Juniper Sleeps (Shanachie)
Lassie Lie Near Me…by Dick Gaughan from Prentice Piece (Greentrax)
John Brennans (Silver Spire)/Drag Her Round the Road…by Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples from Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples (Mulligan)
The Sands O’ the Shore…by Heather Heywood, Corrina Hewat, Chris Miles from Scots Women: Live From Celtic Connections 2001 (Greentrax)
Molindinar…by William Jackson from The Wellpark Suite  (Also on The Celtic Suites)(Iona)
Blair Atholl/The Cairdin O’t/Lexy McAskill…by Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaitre  from The Celtic Fiddle Festival  (Green Linnet)

Program  1397: Fiddle Styles (March 4, 2010) Week 9

Sample the tasty fiddle flavors of music from Celtic roots with Catriona Macdonald, Pete Clark and Celtic Fiddle Festival.

Shetland Reels: Three Drunken Fiddlers/Muckla Skerry a’ Three/Robbie Tamson’s Smiddy…by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel)
The Strayaway Child …by Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Mulligan)
The Sailor Boy…by Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Mulligan)
The Battering Ram/The Kilfenora Jig…by Celtic Fiddle Festival from Rendezvouz (Green Linnet)
Jean Mauchline/Tune for Nuala…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson with Malcolm Stitt from Heat the Hoose 2 (Foot Stompin)
Bonnie Border Lass…by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Greentrax
My Love is in America…by Assembled Fiddlers from My Love is in America (Green Linnet)
[ID excerpt] Sillocks and Tatties…by William Hunter from Shetland Fiddle Music (Greentrax
Lament for Andrew & Danny…by Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver
Fly We to Some Desert Isle…by Emily Smith from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill (Brechin All Records)  
Suite D’Airs de Loudeac…by Christian LeMaître from Ballade à l’hôtesse (Escalibur)
Stony Point…by Fiddlin’ Johnny from Aural History (Meyer) 
I Must Away Love…by Halali from Halali (Footprint
Arthur Muise/Little Judique/Mary Cotter/Father Hanley’s Jig…by Jerry Holland with Hilda Chiasson from Scottish Fiddle Rally Concert Highlights 1985-1995 (Greentrax)
The Quarff Lassies/Beth’s Tune/The 2nd of May/Bobby Crowe of Balmullo/Da Sooth End…by Filska from Tracks North (Shetland Arts Trust)

Program  1396: Welsh Roots (February  25, 2010) Week 8

Check out some of the emerging roots music from Wales with established and emerging artists, including master of the Welsh triple harp Robin Huw Bowen and singer songwriter Meic Stevens.

Swansea Barracks…by Rag Foundation from Minka (Fflach)
Tros yr Aber – Over the Estuary…by Crasdant from Dwndwr – The Great Noise (Sain)
Elen a’r Eos…by Ffynnon from Adar Gwylltion (Taith)
En filant ma Quenouille…by Ffynnon from Adar Gwylltion (Sain)
Malldraeth…by LIio Rhydderch & Elin Wyn Jones from Enlli (Fflach)
A Ei Di’r ‘Deryn…by Ember from Open all the Doors (Salt & Slate Records)
Moelyci…by Steve Eaves from Moelyci (Sain)
ID excerpt: Bryn…by Toreth from Toreth (Fflach)
Bwthyn…by Toreth from Toreth (Fflach)
Can y Fari…by Julie Murphy & Dyland Fowler from Ffawd (Fflach)
Alabaina Wood…by Robin Huw Bowen from Y Fford I Aberystwyth – The Road to Aberystwyth (Sain)
Four Loom Weaver…by Rag Foundation from Minka (Fflach)
Storm…by Ember from Open All the Doors (Salt & Slate Records
Magi Tudur…by Tudur Huws Jones from Dalidrio (Sain)
Llwybr y Pererinion…by Llio Rhydderch from Enlli (Fflach)

Program  1395: New Gaelic Voices (February 18, 2010) Week 7

Explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of ancient vocal traditions with Bodega, Nuala Kennedy and Julie Fowlis.

Hòrò hu-ò mo Nigh'n Donn…by Bodega from Bodega (Greentrax)
Bha Mise Raoir air an Àirigh…by Kathleen MacInnes from Òg - Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Greentrax)
Dhachaigh/Home…by Paul Mounsey (narrative from Mairead MacLennan) from Dhachaigh Home the Murdo Macfarlane Songbook (An Lanntair)
Leag Iad Am Bom An Raoir…by Alyth McCormack with Lau from Dhachaigh Home the Murdo Macfarlane Songbook (An Lanntair
An Dún Aengus…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara
Bata is Bóthar…by John Spillane & Louis de Paor from The Gaelic Hit Factory (EMI)
[ID Excerpt] Dolphin School...by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass
A Bhean Úd Thíos …by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)
The New Shoes…by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass
Ged is Grianacha Latha…by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Enjoy the Ride (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)
Tha Na H-uaìn aìr an Tulaich…by Bodega from Under the Counter (Greentrax
Hùg air a' Bhonaid Mhòir…by Julie Fowlis from Cuilidh (Shoeshine)  
Elav the Terrible…by The Finlay MacDonald Band from ReEcho (Greentrax)

Program  1394: Alison Brown and Garry West (February 11, 2010) Week 6

Get the insider's perspective on the music business from the co-founders of an independent record label and hear how banjo player Alison Brown has pushed her instrument into new musical territory to secure an international following from fans of jazz, bluegrass, and new acoustic music.

Crazy Ivan…by Alison Brown from The Company You Keep (Compass
excerpt: The Wonderful Sea Voyage (of Holy St. Brendan)…by Alison Brown Quartet from Replay (Compass)
(I'm Naked and I'm) Going to Glasgow…by Alison Brown from Stolen Moments (Compass)
One Morning in May…by Alison Brown from Stolen Moments (Compass
Over Nine Waves…by Alison Brown from The Company You Keep (Compass)
ID excerpt: Sweet Thing…from Fair Weather by Alison Brown from Fair Weather (Compass)
Excerpt: Hummingbird…by Alison Brown from Fair Weather (Compass) 
The Magnificent Seven…by Alison Brown from Stolen Moments (Compass
Carrowkeel…by Alison Brown from Stolen Moments (Compass
Musette for a Palindrome…by Alison Brown from Stolen Moments (Compass
Trip to Ireland/Jutland…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Compass)
Deep North…by Alison Brown from Look Left (Vanguard)

Program  1393: What’s New? (February 4, 2010) Week 5

The new releases come thick and fast to our radio show mailboxes in the U.S. and Scotland.  This week we catch up on the latest music from your favorites and discover the new artists to win deserved airtime with their debut releases.

The Source…by Mhairi Hall Trio from Cairngorm (Strath Records)
John Riley…by Gráda from Natural Angle (Compass Records)
Dusky Meadow/Sandy Cameron/Stress Bay/Miss Charlotte Alston Stewart’s…by Hanneke Cassel from For Reasons Unseen (Cassel Records)
Madam I’m a Darlin’…by Karan Casey and John Doyle from Exiles Return (Compass Records)
The Nightingale …by Karan Casey and John Doyle from Exiles Return (Compass Records)
Tam’s Swagger/Time Or Tide/Witches’ Dance…by Wendy Weatherby from A Shirt of Silk or Snow (Fellside Records)
[ID Excerpt] Sheep Stealers…by Chris Sherburn & Denny Bartley from Lucy Wan (chrisanddenny)
Roly Gentle/Hot Rivets/Tartar Frigate/Closed Face Reel…by Kathryn Tickell from The Best of Kathryn Tickell (Park Records
The Plooman…by Emily Smith and Jamie McClennan from Adoon Winding Nith  (White Fall Records)
The Sun Trap/Fun with Colin/Tune for Eilidh…by Jamie McClennan from In Transit (White Fall Records
Mo Cheist Am Fear Ban…by Christine Primrose from Mo Cheist Am Fear Ban (Temple Records download only)
Green Loch/Rizla/Laura and Athena…by Cheyenne Brown and Seylan Baxter from 2 Forty (Celloharp Records
Cairngorm Dance…by Mhairi Hall Trio from Cairngorm (Strath Records)

Program  1392: Eternal Burns (January 28, 2010) Week 4

Join us in marking the annual celebration of the birth of the Scotland’s National Bard with an hour of musical innovation and tradition inspired by Robert Burns’ legacy.

Willie Stewart/Molly Rankin...by Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
My Nannie O...by Rod Paterson from Up-To-Date (Greentrax)
Gudeen to You Kimmer...by Rod Paterson & Christine Kidd from Robert Burns: The Complete Songs Volume 1 (Linn)
Logan Water...by Janet Russell & Christine Kidd from Dancin’ Chantin’ (Greentrax)
Gin I Were a Barron’s Heir...by Fine Friday from Mowing the Machair (Foot Stompin’)
Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonnie Doon...by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (Ferintosh.com)
Ye Jacobites...by 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 Fair...by Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane)
Hey How My Johnny Lad...by The Poozies from Dansoozies (Hypertension Music)
Green Grow the Rashes...by 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 Rutherglen...by The Musicians of Edinburgh from The Art of Robert Burns (Scotstown Music)
Ae Fond Kiss...by Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
Tarbolton...by Jack Evans from Once Upon a Time in the North (Greentrax)

Program 1391: Berry Pickers, Song Makers (January 21, 2010) Week 3

They camped across the land performing seasonal farm labor and repair work for the settled community. Along the way they picked up songs and stories and became a great source of traditional balladry and storytelling. We hear the music of the travelling folk of Scotland and Ireland this week.

Go Move Shift…by Christy Moore from The Time Has Come (Green Linnet)
Strathmartine Mains (Love and Freedom)…by Malinky from Last Leaves (Greentrax)
The Tinkler's Weddin…by Jim Reid from Yont the Tay (Greentrax)
Tribute to Johnny Doran…by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara)
All Our Trades Are Gone…by June Tabor from Angel Tiger (Green Linnet)
The Blackbird…by Syke Ward from Irish Travellers
The Beggarman…by Lizzie Higgins from The Blair Tapes (Ericht)
Sliabh Na mBan…by Mick Moriarty from Irish Travellers
The Berryfields of Blair…by Belle Stewart from Queen Among the Heather (Greentrax)
Sligo Maid/Down the Broom…by The Furey Family from Irish Travellers
ID break excerpt: Eimhin's…by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan from The Long Grazing Acre (Compass)
Brother John/The Pavee Jig… by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan from The Long Grazing Acre (Compass)
Stranger to Himself … by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan from The Long Grazing Acre (Compass)
Antara/The Twirly Haired Girl/The Mountain Road…by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan from The Long Grazing Acre (Compass)
To Pad the Road wi' Me…by Ossian from Seal Song (Iona)
The Traveller's Trade/The Music of Spey…by Pete Clark featuring Ian MacGregor from The Birnam Oak (Inver)
Spirit of the Land…by Songhunter featuring Heather MacLeod from Spirit of the Land (Greentrax)
Eimhin's/Cahir's Kitchen…by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O'Sullivan from The Long Grazing Acre (Compass)

Program 1390: John Doyle (January 14, 2010) Week 2

Guitar master, singer, producer John Doyle is one of the most versatile artists in Irish music. Find out about his signature rhythmic guitar style, how he develops his irresistible arrangements and his life as a transplanted Dubliner in the mountains of North Carolina.  (Click here for a transcript of Fiona's John Doyle interview>)

The Gallant Poacher...by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
The Hungry Rock...by John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie)
Little Sadie...by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
Pretty Saro...by John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie)
Jack Dolan...by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
The Flower of the County Down/ He Thinks of His Past Greatness When Part of the Constellations of Heaven...by Sean Doyle from The Light and the Half-Light (Compass)
The Glad Eye/The Journeyman/The Wayward Son...by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
ID excerpt: Les Poules Houpees...by Solas from Reunion (Compass)
Tie the Bonnet...by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
First of the Snow...by Tim O'Brien and John Doyle with Dirk Powell and Casey Driessen ~ MP3 download (Tim O'Brien)
Newry Highwayman...by Solas from Reunion (Compass)
Hunter's Moon/Getting There/The Morris Minor...by Liz Carroll & John Doyle from In Play (Compass)
Lost in the Loop...by Liz Carroll with John Doyle from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
Nil Na La/ The Flowing Bowl...by Solas from Reunion (Compass)

Program  1389: New Year, New Voices (January 7, 2010) Week 1

Open your heart to fresh sounds from some unforgettable voices and discover why Celtic singers and songs have such international appeal. Listen for Pauline Scanlon, Bodega, Cara Dillon, Loreena McKennitt.

Starry-eyed Lads/ The Alamo/The Rolling Waves... by Rachel Hair from Hubcaps & Potholes (March Hair Records)
Molly Ban... by Pauline Scanlon from Red Colour Sun (Compass Records
Albyn's Journey/London Winter/ The Snowy Reel...by Edel Sullivan from In the Time Of (Edel Sullivan)
Horo hu-o mo High'n Donn... by Bodega from Bodega (Greentrax)
The Gem of the Roe...by Cara Dillon from Sweet Liberty (Rough Trade Records)
Gondola Wedding Day/Snug in the Blanket/Trip to Kilkenny... by Ally MacKenzie and Colin Melville from Fits O' Giggles (Spagnum Moss)
Serendipity...by Shoormal from Turning Tide (Greentrax)
ID excerpt: Charmed…by Rachel Hair from Hubcaps & Potholes (March Hair Records)
Suantrai na Maighdine...by Finola O'Siochru from Light of Lights  (O'Siochru)
The Cat the Kittled in Jamie's Wig/ Kilkarney Wonder...by Grainne Hambly from The Thorn Tree (Grainne Hambly)
Och Hey! Johnnie Lad...by Emily Smith from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill (Brechineal Records
Hi-rim-bo…by Teine from Ian Tiche Chaioeagan (A House Full of Lasses) (Footstompin)
Caravanserai…by Loreen McKennitt from An Ancient Muse (Quinlan Road)
Cluck  Old Hen..by Nate Leath from I’ve Always Been a Rambler (Patuxent Music)