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October 06, 2016 Print

Program 1741:  Gaelic Voices (October 06, 2016) Week 40

This week, explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of some very old vocal traditions.

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 (Summer Dawn)  (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 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)

September 29, 2016 Print

Program 1740: More New Sounds (September 29, 2016) Week 39

Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds from the summer crop of new releases by rising and well-established artists.

Here We Go 1, 2, 3 Heidi Talbot from Here We Go 1, 2, 3 (Navigator)
The Hamish Napier from The River (Strathspey)
Usher's Barbara Dymock from Leaf an' Thorn (Liftfire Recordings)
Fate of the Kelts/Out to Hamish Napier from The River (Strathspey)
Lovely Gillian Frame from Pendulum (Cheery)
The Grinder/The Red Crow/The Gillian Frame from Pendulum (Cheery)
Fine Gillian Frame from Pendulum (Cheery)
[ID excerpt] Spey Cast (Part 2) - The Raft Race Hamish Napier from The River (Strathspey)
When First I Came to Socks in the Frying Pan from Without a Paddle (Michelle Roche Media Relations)
No Socks in the Frying Pan from Without a Paddle (Michelle Roche Media Relations) Kathy Stewart from Almost Home (Treehouse)
Looking Toward Vinegar Jon Redmond from Box Sets (Jon Redmond)
Si Hwi 9Bach from Anian (Real World)
Wind Her Doolin' from Doolin' (Compass)

September 22, 2016 Print

Program 1739: New Sounds (September 22, 2016) Week 38

The flow of new music continues through the summer months.  Sample some recent releases from favorite artists and rising names.

Dans The Celtic Fiddle Festival from Storm in a Teapot (Loftus Music)
Moon Siobhan Miller from Greentrax 30th Anniversary ~ The Special Projects (Greentrax)
Mando Coloured The Bills from Trail of Tales (Borealis Records)
When the Last Leaf The Bills from Trail of Tales (Borealis Records)
Hesitation The New Ballard's Branch Bogtrotters from Bogtrotter Blues (newballardsbranchbogtrotters)
Two We Banjo 3 from String Theory (WeBanjo3)
Good Time Old We Banjo 3 from String Theory (WeBanjo3)
[ID excerpt: Fisel on The Celtic Fiddle Festival from Storm in a Teapot (Loftus Music)
Lament for the Death of James Moray of Abercairney/Miss Marianne Oliphant/The Auld Reel/Maj. L. Stewart of the Island of Java Ed and Neil Pearlman from American Scottish (
Y Gaseg Allan Yn Y Fan from NEWiD (Steam Pie)
Dwr Glan/Russian Reel/Pibdddawns Y Allan Yn Y Fan from NEWiD (Steam Pie)
Sally in the Garden...from by Joe Trudeau and Sharon Knowles from Highland Echoes ( Iona Fyfe Band from East (IonaFyfeBand)
Loch Leven Castle/Mary Macdonald's Reel/The Goat Island Ceilidh Band Reel/Mason's The Celtic Fiddle Festival from Storm in a Teapot (Loftus Music)

September 15, 2016 Print

Program 1738: Made in America (September 15, 2016) Week 37

Travel from the 1920s with legendary fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, to the thriving 1970s session scene and hear the evolving sound of Irish traditional music embedded in the United States.

Paddy Fay’s / Tatter Jack Walsh/Hole In the Boat…by Laurence Nugent from The Windy Gap  (Shanachie)
Lord MacDonald/Ballinasloe Fair…by Michael Coleman from The Wheels of the World, Vol. 1 (Shanachie
The Night Pat Murphy Died…by The Flanagan Brothers from The Wheels of the World, Vol. 2 (Shanachie
The Tractor Driver/ A Tune For the Girls…by Liz Carroll from Lake Effect (Green Linnet) 
Barrel Rafferty’s Reel…by Mike Raggerty & Mick Moloney from Traditional Irish Music in America- The East Coast  (Rounder)
I’m Leaving Tipperary…by Pate White from The Wheels of the World, Vol. 1 (Shanachie)
Sailing Home…by Frank Quinn & Joe Maguire from The Wheels of the World, Vol.1 (Shanachie
My Irish Molly-o…by DeDanann from The Star Spangled Molly (Shanachie)
ID Excerpt: The Piper’s Despair/Julia Delaney’s…by Eileen Ivers from Dear Old Erin’s Isle (Nimbus)
Rakish Paddy/The Wheels of the Worlds…by James Morrison from The Wheels of the World, Vol.1 (Shanachie
Killarney…by Deirdre Connolly from A Song in Turn (Glentrague Records
Drowsy Maggie/Scotch Mary/Flogging Reel…by Patrick J. Touhey from The Wheels of the World, Vol. 2 (Shanachie
A Tribute to Ed Reavy…by The Green Fields of America from  Live in Concert (Green Linnet)
The Conspiracy/Nuala’s Bonnet/The Croton Dam/The Invasion…by Jerry O’Sullivan from The Invasion (Green Linnet)

September 08, 2016 Print

Program 1737: The Long View (September 08, 2016) Week 36

Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of tunes including vintage recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell. Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)  
Toss the Feathers/College Groves/Pinch of Snuff/The Earl'sChair/The Woman of the House/The Girl That Broke My Heart/The Drunken Tinker/Paddy Cronin's/McFadden's Handsome Daughter/The Hunter's Purse/Toss the Kevin Burke from If The Cap Fits (Mulligan
The Fabled Maddy Prior from Year (Park)   
[ID Excerpt] Merrily Kissed the Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)
Magheracloone/Norland Battlefield Band from Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple
Welsh Arrow Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio


September 01, 2016 Print

Program 1736: Kickstarters (September 01, 2016) Week 35

In the 1970s a handful of globetrotting bands kicked off the international following for music from Celtic roots. Hear vintage sounds from some of the trailblazers including The Chieftains, Battlefield Band, Clannad, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, Silly Wizard, De Dannan, Ossian, Tannahill Weavers and hear how they all combined to feed a growing worldwide interest.

The Sunny Banks/The Rising De Danann from The Best of the Irish Folk Festival ~ The Seventies (WunderTüte)
Mhaire Clannad from Clannad in Concert (Shanachie)
Planxty Clannad from Clannad in Concert (Shanachie)
The Flower of Boys of the Lough (featuring Cathal McConnell) from Live at Carnegie Hall (Sage Arts)
The Geese in the Bog/The Jig of the The Tannahill Weavers from Live & In Session (Compass)
Ready for the Dougie MacLean from Live From the Ends of the Earth (Dunkeld)
Logan Water/Pennan Ossian from The Carrying Stream (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] Edmonton Dougie MacLean from Craigie Dhu (Dunkeld)
The Longford Andy Irvine & Mick Hanly from The Best of the Irish Folk Festival ~ The Seventies (WunderTüte)
Master's Return/Kitty's Liam O'Flynn, Mick Hanly and Andy Irvine from The Best of the Irish Folk Festival ~ The Seventies (WunderTüte) The Bothy Band from Live in Concert (Green Linnet)
The Silly Wizard from LIve Wizardry (Green Linnet)
Miss Shepherd/Sweeney's Silly Wizard from LIve Wizardry (Green Linnet)
Rantin' Rovin' Battlefield Band from The Best of Battlefield Band (Temple)
March of the King of The Chieftains from The Wide World Over ~ A 40 Year Celebration (RCA Victor)


August 25, 2016 Print

Program 1735: Music Migration (August 25, 2016) Week 34

Fiona Ritchie recalls the connections that captured her attention when she first traveled in the U.S. by exploring what ties her native landscape to the music of the Southern Appalachians.

Shady Al Petteway & Amy White from Land of the Sky (Maggie's Music
The Jean Ritchie from Song Links (Fellside)
The Al Petteway & Amy White from Land of the Sky (Maggie's Music
The The Devil's Interval from Song Links (Fellside)
The Devil's Nine Bruce Molsky from Song Links (Fellside)
Cape Ian Hardie from Westringing (Ian Hardie)  
Wedding T with the Maggies from T With the Maggies (Compass
[ID excerpt] Craggy Pinnacle...Al Petteway from Mountain Guitar (Fairewood
Barbrie Mary Humphries & Anahata from Song Links (Fellside)
Sligo Kim Robertson from Shady Grove (Gourd)  
Barbara Cassie Franklin with Southern Brew from Song Links (Fellside)
Draggle-tail Benji Kirkpatrick from Song Links (Fellside)
Seven Yellow Dolores Keane from There Was a Maid (Claddagh
Clayton Skip Gorman from Song Links (Fellside)
Red Haired Boy/Cold, Frosty Morn …by Al Petteway from Mountain Guitar (Fairewood)

August 18, 2016 Print

Program 1734: Islanders (August 18, 2016) Week 33

It may have originated in sea swept island communities to the North, West and South of the Atlantic archipelago, but this week’s choice of music is far from insular.

Da White Wife…by Fiddler’s Bid from Naked & Bare (Greentrax
Ho Ro’s Toigh Leam Fhin Thu…by MacKenzie from The Hear and Now (MacMeanmna)
Hillswick/Party Scene…by Chris Stout from Tracks North (Shetland Arts Trust )
Haidh O…by Maggie MacInnes from Peaceful Ground (Marram)
Calum Beag O Thir a Mhurain/The Twisted Bridge…by Maggie MacInnes from Spoirad Beatha (Marram)
Cailleach An Airgid/Rachainn AShuiridh’Air Oighrig…by Cliar from The Rough Guide to Scottish Music   (MacMeanmna)
Donal Agus Morag…by Altan from Harvest Storm (Green Linnet)
ID Excerpt: The Corn Holm…by Don Wessells from On Orkney (Harmonichro Records) 
The Hut on Staffin Island/Sandy MacLeod of Garafad/The Soft Horse Reel…by Relativity from Relativity (Green Linnet) 
Fiolialgean …by Billy Ross from Shore Street  (Greentrax)
Shapinsay Polka/Jimmy o’ the Bu’s Polka/Scapa Flow…by Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley from Mither o’ the Sea  (Greentrax
Tha Mulaidh…by Alyth McCormack from An Iomall -The Edge (Vertical
Martyrdom…by Salm from Salm Vol.1 (Ridge Records)
Iona…by William Jackson from A Scottish Island (Mill Records)
The Goodnight Song…by Emma Christian from Celtic Voices-Women of Song (Narada Media)
The Patterned Carpet Set: Alisdair Fraser’s Compliments to Lorna Mitchell/Reel for Eilidh Shaw/Da Eye Wife…by Rock, Salt & Nails from Midnight Rain (Park Records)

August 11, 2016 Print

Program 1733: Brittany (August 11, 2016) Week 32

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the airwaves, with classic Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel, and the father of pan-Celtic music, Alan Stivell.

Suite de Ridees…by Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax
Boules et Guirlandes…by Skolvan from Swing & Tears (Keltia Musique)  
Ar Galon Digorr…by Annie Ebrel, Gilles le Bigot, Davy Spillane from Voix Celtiques -Celtic Voices (Keltia Musiques)
Gavotten…by Celtic Fiddle Festival (featuring Christian LeMaitre) from Rendezvous (Green Linnet)
Er Pasker/Stella Splendens…by Jean-Michel Veillon from Er Pasker (Coop Breizh)
Scotland the Brave…by Jamie McMenemy from Les Grands Airs Celtiques (Keltia Musique) 
Dans Plinn…by Kornog from Korong (Green Linnet
ID Excerpt: An Derez….by Jacques Pellen & Riccardo del Fra from Sorseez  (Gwerz)
Toutouig…by Morgan from Born of The Sea   (Telen)
Ne Bado Ket Atao…by Alan Stivell from International Tour (Dreyfus Records)
Toniou Bale Deus Kreiz Breizh…by Pennou Skoulm from Breton Ballroom (Diffusion Breizh)
Le Reve de Sam…by Bagad Bro Kemperle from Ar Gouriz Ruz (Coop Breizh)
Hanter-Dro…by Alain Pennec from Alcoves (Keltia Musique
La Langue de Chez Moi…by Sonerien Du from Au Coeur de la Musique Bretonne (Coop Breizh)
Breton Set…by Maggie Sansone from Dance Upon the Shore (Maggie’s Music)

August 04, 2016 Print

Program 1732: Combos (August 04, 2016) Week 31

We revel in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups and embrace the unconventional when considering “what-goes-with-what”.

The Bunch of Green Rushes/Salt We Banjo 3 from Gather the Good (
Maria's Song/East Matheu Watson from Dunrobin Place (Matheu Watson)
Take Your The Paul McKenna Band from Elements (Greentrax
Circles of Draiocht from Celtic Woman (Celtic Woman Records)
New Year's Skyhook from At the Stringsmith's Forge (Skyhook Music
Rithill Aill (A WeddingSong) Capercaillie from Heart of the Gaels (Narada)
[ID excerpt] Taylor Skyhook from At the Stringsmith's Forge (Skyhook Music)
Annam Cara/Ships in the Michael McGoldrick from Aurora (Vertical)
Mickey's Michael McGoldrick from Aurora (Vertical)
Angels Without Heidi Talbot from Angels Without Wings (Navigator)
Head and Luka Bloom from Head and Heart (Big Sky)
Banks of the Lee... by Luka Bloom from Head and Heart (Big Sky)
Yo Mi Salsa Celtica from The Future Sound of Gaeldom (Survival) Bill Leslie from Scotland - Grace of the Wild (

July 28, 2016 Print

Program 1731: Hot Picks (July 28, 2016) Week 30

Some music is a perfect match for the hot days, warm evenings and cool sea breezes of summertime. Enjoy an eclectic hour of summer sounds.

A United Earth I…by Alan Stivell with Youssou N’Dour from Dublin to Dakar (Putumayo)
The Shores of Loch Ghamhna/Aolbhneas Ellis Ui Cheallaigh…by Deiseal from The Long Long Note (Starc)
Swimming Song…by Maddy Prior from Year (Park Records
Water Music…by Pierre Bensusan from Musiques (Windham Hill
Daire’s Dream…by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara Music
California….by Eddi Reader from Angels & Electricity (Warner Music
At The Races…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
ID Excerpt: Baka…by Outback from Baka (Hannibal Records)
The Pearl Wedding Reel/Country Girl & the Hungarian Fiddler…by Old Blind Dogs from Fit? (Green Linnet)
Land of Light…by William Jackson from Land of Light (Mill Records)
Moondance…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
A Costa de Galicia…by Sharon Shannon & Friends from The Diamond Mountain Sessions (Grapevine
Marabilla…by Skyedance from Live in Spain (Culburnie
Two Fifty to Vigo…by Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweed (Greentrax)

July 21, 2016 Print

Program 1730: Clear Sounds (July 21, 2016) Week 29

Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice - solo and layered – along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists.

The Yellow Tinker/The Yellow Liz Carroll from On The Off Beat  (
John o' Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)   
Wedding Ross Ainslie from Wide Open (Great White
How Can I Keep From Singing? Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub
Nice Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD audio)   
Fill, Fill the Merry Bowl... by Rod Paterson from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Volume III (Brechin All Records)
Dog Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
[ID excerpt] Red Rocking Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows
Inis Maire Breatnach from The Celtic Heartbeat Collection (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Water is Maura O'Connell from The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Vol 1 (Valley Entertainment)
The Winter's Liam O'Flynn from The Celtic Heartbeat Collection (Celtic Heartbeat
Captive Song of Mary Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)  
Alas! Poor Jean Redpath from Summer of My Dreams (Philo/Rounder) Maeve Gilchrist from 20 Chandler Street (Adventure Music
A Tracey Dares from Crooked Lake (CBC Maritimes)

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