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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)

July 14, 2016 Print

Program 1729: Essential Celtic (July 14, 2016) Week 28

Learn how to inject a Celtic core into your music library that reflects past and present, honors tradition, and celebrates the spirit of innovation. Fiona Ritchie has some suggestions to enhance any personal music 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)  (
Blair Atholl/The Cairdin O’t/Lexy McAskill…by Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaitre  from The Celtic Fiddle Festival  (Green Linnet)

July 7, 2016 Print

Program 1728: World Beat (July 7, 2016) Week 27

Circumnavigate the worlds of Celtic music with an hour of Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion.

Whisky & Sangria…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony)
The Road to Corrandulla…by Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Michael Goldrick, Jim Murray from Tunes (Compass)  
Braighe Locheil…by Baka Beyond from East to West (Narada)  
No Place Like Home…by Gerry O’Connor from No Place Like Home (Myriad Media)  
Co Ni Mire Rium…by Capercaillie from Beautiful Wasteland (Survival)
Children of Africa…by Janet Russell & Christine Kydd from Janet Russell  & Christine Kydd (Greentrax)   
Èireann…by Afro Celt Sound System from Afro Celt Sound System Volume 2: Release (Real World)   
ID Excerpt: M'ionam…by Capercaillie from Beautiful Wasteland    (Survival)   
Homage à Gilles Brunet…by La Bottine Souriante from J’ai Jamais Tant Ri (DEP
Fairy’s Lament/Reel a Bouche…by Kim Robertson from The Spiral Gate (Narada)    
Kato Sta Limonadika/The Trip to Amnesia…by  The House Band from Groundwork (Green Linnet)
Zagreb…by Tony McManus, Alain Genty, Soig Siberil from The Clear Stream (Greentrax)  
The Bear’s Rock… Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane from East Wind (Tara Music
Marta’s Dance/The Russian Dervish…by Brendan Power from Brendan Power Plays Music from Riverdance   (Greentrax)

June 30, 2016 Print

Program 1727: More New Summer Sounds (June 30, 2016) Week 26

Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds recently released by rising artists along with the latest from your favorites. Andrew Finn Magill from Branches (
Poor Wayfaring Stranger/Morning Danielle Paus from Siren Song (
Little Bridget Flynn/Sally in the Peadar MacMahon from The Legacy of Percy French (
Niel Gow's Lament for the Death of his Second Alastair Savage from Alone With History (Woodland Records)
Pleasures of Hope/Stananivy Danielle Paus from Siren Song (
Christmas in September... by Heidi Talbot from Christmas in September (
Foo John McCusker from Hello, Goodbye (Under One Sky Records)
[ID excerpt] Gaelic Ghost Bill Leslie from Across the Water (
The Blackthorn Stick/The Green Mountain/The Red-Haired Andy Lamy from The New Blackthorn Stick (
Greylag The Paul McKenna Band from Paths That Wind (
Baby Don't Weep/Dodging Lizards/Change in the The Paul McKenna Band from Paths That Wind ( Bill Leslie from Across the Water ( Andrew Finn Magill from Branches (
The North Sea The Jeremiahs from The Jeremiahs ( Allan MacDonald and Neil Johnstone from The Bruce 700 (Bruce700)

June 23, 2016 Print

Program 1726: New Summer Sounds (June 23, 2016) Week 25

The flow of music is never ending and an early summer crop of new releases always yields some fine music.  Fiona handpicks some new sounds recently released by rising artists along with the latest from your favorites.

O'Neill's Cavalry Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Ensemble featuring Martin Hayes from Sing Me Home (Masterworks)
Step It Out Screaming Orphans from Toy Theatre (
Jackson Scot's Mick McAuley from Highs and Bellows (Mick McAuley)
Paddy's Green Shamrock Mick McAuley from Highs and Bellows (Mick McAuley)
Little Yo-Yo Ma from Sing Me Home (Masterworks)
Roisin Andrew Finn Magill from Roots (
The Green Fileds of Glentown/The Old dudeen/McFadden's Handsome Andrew Finn Magill from Roots (
[ID excerpt] Bonnie Prince Steve Baughman from O'er Quiet lands Suspended (
Love is a Strange New Celeste from A Perfect Sky (Park)
Breton Steve Baughman from O'er Quiet lands Suspended (
Suzhou Steve Baughman from O'er Quiet lands Suspended (
St. James Infirmary  Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Ensemble featuring Rhianna Giddens from Sing Me Home (Masterworks)
The Bull's Cillian Vallely from The Raven's Rock (
Boys of Cillian Vallely from The Raven's Rock (
Jig New Celeste from A Perfect Sky (Park)

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