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October 29, 2015

Program 1692: Tales for All Hallow’s Eve (October 29, 2015)  Week 44

Hear supernatural tales in music from Celtic roots to mark the transition from old year to new in the ancient calendar.

Swelkie/The Teran…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither o’ the Sea (Greentrax)
The Loch Ness Monster…by The Whistlebinkies from Albannach (Greentrax)
King Orfeo…by Malinky from The Unseen Hours (Greentrax)
Les Elfes…by Jean-Michel Veillon from Er Pasker (Coop Breizh)
The House Carpenter…by Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle from  A Stroll Through the Park (Park)
King of the Fairies/The Blackbird…by Sarah McQuaid from When Two Lovers Meet (Sarah McQuaid)
[ID excerpt] A Traveler's Dream...by Maggie Sansone from A Traveler’s Dream (Maggie’s Music)
Brownie of the Black Hags….by Fiona Ritchie- narration, Margaret Kennedy, Janis Nilsen- music (not available)
Tam O’Shanter…by Fiona Ritchie - narration, Rab Handleigh- music (not available)
A Traveler's Dream...by Maggie Sansone from A Traveler’s Dream  (Maggie’s Music)

 
October 22, 2015

Program 1691: New Releases and Debuts (October 22, 2015)  Week 43

Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of this summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose music has helped shape the Celtic sound.

Punter's Graveyard...by Blackbeard's Tea Party from Reprobates (Blackbeard's Tea Party)
Lord of the May...by Archie Fisher from A Slient Song (Greentrax)
Fan mar a bhfuil tu a chladhaire/The House Keeper/Petticoat Loose...by The Casey Sisters from Sibling Revelry (Old Bridge Music)
Lamane for General Monroe...by The Casey Sisters from Sibling Revelry (Old Bridge Music)
All the Pretty LIttle Horses...by Sophia Magallanes from Old Clichés (Brechin All Records)
Leather Britches...by Charlie MacCoy from Celtic Dreams (charliemccoy.com)
V'la l'bon Vent...by Lizzy Hoyt from New Lady on the Prairie (Blue Crown Productions)
[ID Excerpt] Valse du Chef de Gare...by Dan Possumato from Mostly Melodeon (danpossumato.com)
Cannily, Cannily...by The Unthanks from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
The Young Birds...by Jack Steadman & Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
Thirty-Foot Trailer...by Eliza Carthy from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
The Parting Glass...by Archie Fisher from A Slient Song (Greentrax)
Glory Bound...by The Mae Trio from September (www.themaerrio.com)
Step Dance Set...by Wendy MacIsaac from Off the Floor (wendymacisaac.com)
Phillip & Marina Anderson of Springlands/Lime Hill/McKinnon's Brook/Hamish the Carpenter...by Gordon Gunn from Wick to Wickham (Greentrax)

 
October 15, 2015

Program 1690: Len Graham (October 15, 2015)  Week 42

Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for some songs from Len’s long career.

Green Grows the Laurel...by Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
One Morning in May...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)  
The Braes of Balquidder..by Skylark from All of It (Green Linnet)
Seventeen Come Sunday...by Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
Young Hunting/Elzig's Farewell...by Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
[ID Excerpt] The Frost is All Over...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
Miss Johnston's/Man of Aran...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Rambling Irishman...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Royal Blackbird...by Cathal McConnell & Len Graham from For the Sake of Old Decency (Sage Arts)
Wagoner's Lad...by Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
Níl na Lá/The Wind that Shakes the Barley...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)

 
October 08, 2015

Program 1689: Bass Rock (October 08, 2015)  Week 41

Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.

Le Petit Encrier…by Tony McManus & Alain Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)  
Broom of Cowdenknowes…by Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor, Danny Thompson from Singing the Storm (Cooking Vinyl)  
The Ramnee Ceilidh/Release Da Hounds…by Croft No. Five from Attention All Personnel (Foot Stompin’
Worcester City…by Eliza Carthy from Anglicana (Topic)
Trois Messagers…by Alain Genty from Une Petite Lanterne (Keltia Musique)
At Dawn of Day/Grey-haired Woman from Raasay…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)  
ID Excerpt: A Forest Plin…by Alain Genty from La Couleur du Milieu (Coop Breiz)
Dans Tro Lors…by Annie Ebrel & Riccardo Del Fra from Voulez Loar – Velluto di Luna (Gwerz)  
She’s in the Attic…by Shooglenifty from Radical Mestizo (Compass)
May Colvin…by Sìleas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Smile/Mrs Elizabeth Thoumire…by Simon Thoumire Three from Waltzes for Playboys (Acoustic Radio)
That’s the Way It Is…by Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle from Passe Avant (Park Records)
Peter Man...by The Kathryn Tickell Band from Air Dancing (Park)

 
October 01, 2015

Program 1688: Harlaw (October 01, 2015)  Week 40   

Music and song has carried the story of the Battle of Harlaw through six centuries.  Fiddler Bonnie Rideout led a gathering of musicians to record ancient music of the battle. Travel back in time with them and music historian John Purser who tells us of this legendary conflict in the age-old struggle between war and peace.

Rothiemurchus Rant...by Bonnie Rideout and Grant Herreid from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch
Battel Harloe...by Al Petteway from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
Black Donald's March to Harlaw...by Paula Glendinning and Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
Harlaw Brosnachadh...by Allan MacDonald and Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch
Cogadh no Sith - War or Peace...by Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch
Battel Garlan...by Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
Battel Harloe...by Ronn MacFarlane from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
ID excerpt: Battel Harloe …by William Jackson from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
The Battle of Harlaw, Ballad...by Andrew Hunter, William Taylor,  and Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
Battel Garlan...by Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch
Battel Harloe...by Chris Norman from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
The Battle of Harlaw, Ballad...by Elizabeth Stewart from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
The Battle of Harlaw Piobaireachd...by Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)
Cath nan Eun - Battle of the Birds...by Barnaby Brown and Bonnie Rideout from Harlaw Scotland 1411 (Tulloch)

 
September 24, 2015

Program 1687: Brian McNeill at Swannanoa (September 24, 2015)  Week 39 

Join Fiona and the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/singer Brian McNeill as they share conversation and music at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina Mountains.

St. Christopher And The Magpie...by Brian McNeill from To Answer the Peacock (Greentrax)   
The Steel Grey Skies/The Boy's Lament for his Dragon...by Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available. (The Boy's Lament for His Dragon can be found on Brian MacNeill's cd "The Road Never Questions", and also on "Live & Kicking" by Brian MacNeill & Iain MacKintosh)
The Lads o' the Fair...by Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering -  (The Lads o' the Fair can be found on Battlefield Band's cd "Live Celtic Folk Music")
The Baltic Tae Byzantium...by Brian McNeill from The Baltic Tae Byzantium (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] The Gilded Shadows...by Brian McNeill from The Busker and The Devil's Only Daughter (Temple)  
When the Laverock Sang in the Morning...by Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available. (The Laverock Sang can be found on Brian MacNeill's cd "Unstrung Hero")
Bring the Lassie Hame...by Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available.
(Bring the Lassie Hame can be found on Brian McNeil's cd "The Baltic Tae Byzantium")

 
September 17, 2015

Program 1686: The Long View (September 17, 2015)  Week 38

Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

Gavotte...by 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 Feathers...by Kevin Burke from If The Cap Fits (Mulligan)
The Fabled Hare...by Maddy Prior from Year (Park)
[ID Excerpt] Merrily Kissed the Quaker...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)
Gaeltacht...by Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)
Magheracloone/Norland Wind...by Battlefield Band from Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple)
Welsh Arrow Suite...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)

 
September 10, 2015

Program 1685: The Great Tapestry (September 10, 2015) Week 37

Follow the great musical migration from Scotland, through Ulster to Appalachia.  Maggie MacInnes, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams and others share songs that tell the story of a remarkable musical diaspora.

Benton’s Jig/Benton’s Dream… by Patrick Street from No. 2 Patrick Street (Green Linnet Records
It Was a’ For Our Rightfu’ King…by Dougie MacLean from Craigie Dhu (Dunkeld Records
The Crossing…by Tim O’Brien from The Crossing (Alula Records)  
The Rambling Irishman…by  Len Graham & Brian O’hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Winding River Roe …by  Cara Dillon from Sweet Liberty (Rough Trade Records
The Earl o’ Cassillis Lady (The Gypsie Laddies)….by Norman Kennedy from Live in Scotland (Living Tradition)
Gypsy Davy…by Julie Glaub from Blue Waltz (Troubadour-ess Music)
Wayfaring Stranger/British Field March…by Timothy Cummings from The Piper in the Holler (Birchen Music
Young Hunting/Elzig’s Farewell….by Sheila Kay Adams from The Other Fine Things (Granny Dell Records)
Old George’s Square….by Jean Ritchie from None But One / High Hills and Mountains (Greenhays)
Shady Grove…by Doc Watson & David Holt from Legacy (High Windy Audio)
Rain and Snow…by Pauline Scanlon from Hush (Compass Records)
A Mountaineer is Always Free…by Pierce Pettis from State of Grace (Compass Records)
The Parting Glass…by Al Petteway & Amy White from High in the Blue Ridge (Fairewood Studios)

 
September 3, 2015

Program 1684: Harpers (September 3, 2015)  Week 36    

Hear innovation on an ancient instrument with harpers William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Maire Brennan, Grainne Hambly, Savourna Stevenson, and Alan Stivell all feature in an hour dedicated to small harps.

Harp de Vies…by Alan Stivell from Back to Breizh (Disques Dreyfus
Calman the Wolf...by Savourna Stevenson from Celtic Harp (Cooking Vinyl)
The Pure Land...by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn
The Crib of Perches/Garrett Barry’s...by Gráinne Hambly from Between the Showers  (Shamrock
Mo Robairneach Gaolach...by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Sùil Air Ais: Looking Back (Greentrax)
6/8 and Jigs...by Wendy Stewart from Standing Wave (Greentrax)
Johnnie Cope...by Ceolbeg from Seeds to the Wind (Greentrax)
Flying to the Fleadh…by Grainne Hambly from Between the Showers (Shamrock)
Harpsong...by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca
Full Fathom Five...by Méav from Silver Sea (Celtic Collections
Comb Your Hair and Curl It...by Kim Robertson from The Spiral Gate (Narada
Sunny...by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass
The Great Debate...by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
E Kreiz Breizh...by Alan Stivell from Beyond Words (Disques Dreyfus)

 
August 27, 2015

Program 1683: New Again for Summer (August 27, 2015)  Week 35

Tune into more of the great new sounds from the worlds of Celtic music.

Tea Towel Polkas...by Rachel Hair Trio from Trì (March Hair Records)
Lads o' the Fair...by Brian McNeill from The Falkirk Music Pot (Greentrax)
Miss Patterson's Slippers/Berehaven...by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen from Life is All Checkered  (www.nathanandlauramusic.com)
Brighter Than The Blues...by Joan Shelley from Over and Even (No Quarter)
My Darling Fair One...by Rachel Hair Trio from Trì (March Hair Records)
The Misses MacMillan...by Ross Munro from Twisted Tradition (Greentrax)
Welcome Paddy Home...by The Tin Sandwich Band from By Hook or By Crook (Claddagh)
[ID excerpt] The Gander and the Drake...by John Kerr and Friends from Two Old Black Sticks (CD Baby)
Gwdih? Shoes...by Calan from Dinas (Sain)
Y Fwyalchen...by Calan from Dinas (Sain)
Y Clychau...by Calan from Dinas (Sain)
Hawthorn Tree...by Sea Star from North Winds (www.weareseastar.com)
The Butterfly...by The New England Irish Harp Ensemble from Another Country Heard From (www.neiho.org)
The Lighthouse...by Rebecca Lomnicky & David Brewer from The Fire (firescottishband.com)

 
August 20, 2015

Program 1682: New for Summer (August 20, 2015)  Week 34

Tune into the great new sounds, from both sides of the Atlantic, that artists and their record labels are launching during the music festival season.

The Willow Tree by Danu from Buan (Danu)
Kerry to Donegal Set by Danu from Buan (Danu)
The Blue Hills of Antrim by The Belfast Boys from Songs for Crying Out Loud (The Belfast Boys)
Mayo Jigs by Paul Murphy from Celtic Project (Paul Murphy)
Dheighinn dha 'n a' ghealaich leat by Laura MacKenzie from From Uig to Duluth (lauramackenzie.com)
Bheir mi o/Fear a' bhata by Laura MacKenzie from From Uig to Duluth (lauramackenzie.com)  
Pastures of Plenty by Hungrytown from Further West (Listen Here! Records)
[ID excerpt] Bruthaichean Ghlinn'-Braon by Laura Mackenzie from From Uig to Duluth (lauramackenzie.com)
Eliza by Ian Carmichael from Five String Banjo (SplitRock)
The Old Crossroads by Stuart Mason from Tradition (Native Home Music)
The Flowers of Edinburgh/Staten Island Hornpipe by Stuart Mason from Tradition (Native Home Music)
St. Anne's Reel by The Gothard Sisters from Mountain Rose (www.gothardsisters.com)
White Birds by Altan from The Widening Gyre (Compass)
The Balmoral/O'Dowd's Favourite by Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, Daithi Sproule from Bright and Early (New Folk Records)
Berwick and Keelman's by Piper Jones from The Wandering Stars (piperjones.com)

 
August 13, 2015

Program 1681: ThistleRadio (August 13, 2015) Week 33

Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

Steel and Stone (Black Water)...by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Reel de Chicoutimi/Reel St. Jean/Reel Eboulement...by Chris Norman from The Beauty of the North (Dorian)
Shanagolden...by Dervish from The Thrush in the Storm (Whirling Discs)
Keeping up with Calum...by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Factor)
Hoireann ó Rathill iù ó...by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Factor)
The Devil's Courtship...by Battlefield Band from Happy Daze (Temple)
Ridee...by Session A9 from Session A9 (RAJ)
Bard Dance...by Enya from Enya (Atlantic)
The Sailor Boy...by The Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Green Linnet)
Spike Island Lasses...by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
May Colven...by Emily Smith from Ten Years (White Fall)
Parting Friends...by Stuart Mason from Tradition (Native Home Music)
Jig-Só...by Calan from Dinas (Sain)
Cutting the Chord...by Savourna Stevenson from Cutting the Chord (Eclectic)


 
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