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One of NPR's most popular music programs is created in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands. When you turn your radio on, you're there too.

On The Thistle & Shamrock®, award-winning radio host Fiona Ritchie explores evolving music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America. You'll hear well-established and newly emerging recording artists along with in-studio guests, all surveying familiar territory and leading you to more distant landscapes and genres.

Musicians have always delivered exclusive content to Fiona's radio programs, including NPR’s first mp3 music download, live festival recordings, and world premiere performances. Join us to find out what will be next.

Thistle is your weekly bridge between the established architects of Celtic roots music and the rising generation of musicians. Fiona is fascinated by the place where this music meets the world, so you can expect to hear her investigate its influences in World and contemporary music too. Beyond that, have no expectations in particular. Just wait and see where the music takes you.

So are you ready to step into the heart of ancient tradition, and then follow the pulse towards new global music: irresistible, passionate, fascinating, fun? Then check our broadcast schedule and make a date with your public radio station. We're expecting you!