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June 18, 2015

Program 1673: Scent of Summer (June 18, 2015) Week 25 

Ease into the sound of summer with a warm Celtic infused blend.

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)

June 11, 2015

Program 1672: Brian and Julee (June 11, 2015) Week 24

Join Fiona at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub.  Each followed a separate path to Ireland to discover the roots of their musical passions.

My Johnny Was a Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (
Jig: Greenfields of Brían ÓhAirt and Julee Glaub - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
I'll Fly Away/This Little Light of Julee Glaub - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
Song: Am Buachaillin Brían ÓhAirt - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
Cavan Girl...Julee Glaub  - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
Song: An Brían ÓhAirt  - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
[ID Excerpt] Red Rocking Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (
Dear Irish  Julee Glaub  - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
Baba 'Con Raoi/Bó na Leath-Adhaí Bua with Brían ÓhAirt from Down the Green Fields  (
Reel: Fair of Brían ÓhAirt - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
Home's Across the Blue Ridge Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (
How Can I Keep From Singing? Julee Glaub (joined by audience) - Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
The Mason's Bua from Down the Green Fields (

June 4, 2015

Program 1671: Song Beat (June 4, 2015) Week 23 

Hebridean tweed-workers’ songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music: their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms of the song. Hear how the music lightens the work and keeps the singers going.

Celtic Society’s Quickstep/42nd Highlander’s Farewell…by John Cunningham from Fair Warning (Green Linnet)
Sunny…by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk (Green Linnet)
Miss Campbell of Sheeness/Balindore/Irish Jig…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk  (Green Linnet)
Don’t Forget Your Shovel…by Christy Moore from The Time Has Come (Green Linnet)
Tunnel Tigers…by Sean Keane from Turn a Phrase (Kells)
Mouth Music/ Eddie Curran’s Favourite…by Dolores Keane &  John Faulkner from Broken Hearted I’ll Wander  (Mulligan
The Lady’s Dance…by Daimh from The Pirates of Puirt (Goat Island Music)
ID Excerpt: Sitting in the Stern of a Boat…by Alasdair Fraser from Return to Kintail (Culburnie)   
Iomramh Eadar Il‘a‘s Uist/The Source of Spey…by Ossian from St. Kilda Wedding (Iona)
Charlie, Oh, Charlie…by Ossian from Borders (Iona)
Arran Boat Song…by Darol Anger with Alasdair Fraser from Diary of a Fiddler (Compass)
Pull Down Below…by Forebitters from Ships May Come…And Ships May Go (Forebitters)   
The Waulking of the Fauld…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (  
Puirt…by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Suil Air Ais (Greentrax
Long Distance Runner…by The Easy Club from Chance or Design (R2 Records)

May 28, 2015

Program 1670: More New Releases & Debuts (May 28, 2015 ) Week 22

Description:  Join Fiona as she opens some of the recent musical deliveries to the Thistle mailboxes in the U.S. and Scotland.

Big Duncan Chisholm from Affric (Copperfish)
Air We Banjo 3 from Roots of the Banjo Tree (Music Network)     
Lord Nuala Kennedy from Noble Stranger (Compass) Session A9 from Session A9 (RAJ Records)     
Temptation Aoife MacLeod from Fonn Ratharsair (Brechin All Records)  
Alasdair Oig 'ic 'ic Kathleeen MacInnes from Cille Bhrìde (
Tommy Darkie's Welcome to MacKenzie, McVarish, Martin, O'Rua, Bremner from Fonn Ratharsair (Brechin All Records)      
[ID Excerpt] Nuala Kennedy from Noble Stranger (Compass)    
Un-named Shetland The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc from The Nordic Fiddlers Bloc (Etnisk Musikklubb)   
The Olive Maeve MacInnon from Once Upon An Olive Branch (
Jig C/Aaron's Quay/Colonel Fraser' The Duplets from Leverage (Pond Chicken Music)  
Down at the Willie Clancy Grace Kelly from Down at the Willie Clancy Week - CD single ( )
The Kathryn Tickell from Northumbrian Voices (Park)    
Will Kathryn Tickell from Northumbrian Voices (Park) MacMaster/Hay from Hook (Macmaster/Hay)

May 21, 2015

Program 1669: Debuts (May 21, 2015 ) Week 21

Look to the next era for this music with the sounds of first time artists on Thistle with recordings from both sides of the Atlantic.

Crow Road Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl from Wooden Flute & Fiddle (Make Believe)
Consett Y Peipar Coch/Erddigan Y Pibydd Anton Emery from Noone Lasses (
Earl Alistair Ogilvy from Leaves Sae Green (Greentrax)
The Green Cottage/The Glin Cottage/Julia's Norwegian Brendan Begley & Caomhin Ó Raghallaigh from A Moment of Madness (Brendan Begley & Caomhin Ó Raghallaigh)
Chi Mi Na Hilary Field and Patrice O'Neill from Cantilena (Yellow Tail Records)
Táilliúir an Celia Ní Fhátharta from Irish Traditional Sean Nos Songs (Clo lar-Chonnacht)
J'ai Planté un Chê Mélisande (Electrotrad) from Les Metamorphoses (La Pruche Libre)
[ID excerpt] The Duchess Laura Simpson from Aberdeen Branch Session Fowk (TMSA)
A Highland Calum Stewart & Lauren MacColl from Wooden Flute & Fiddle (Make Believe)
Down By the Salley Carolyn Holyoke from Collage (
Cape Breton Carolyn Holyoke from Collage (
Mouth of the Nine-8ths Irish from Out on the Ocean (FGM Records)
Pretty Green Pat Egan and Alex Caton from Fiddle Tunes and Ballads (
Nancy Rowland' Pat Egan and Alex Caton from Fiddle Tunes and Ballads (
Calliope House/Grant's Reel/Trip to Antigonish/Hey Kierah from A Fiddle Affair (

May 14, 2015

Program 1668: At the Edge (May 14, 2015) Week 20 

Hear an evolving Celtic roots sound, inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.

The Ploughman…by Solas from Waiting for An Echo (Shanachie)
The Reel…by Secret Garden from Earthsongs (Decca)  
Maire Mhilis Bhrea…by Solas from Another Day (Shanachie
Miss You…by Winifred Horan from Just One Wish (Shanachie
Craigie Hills…by Scrûj MacDuhk from the Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
A Thousand Roads/The Road to Canso/Hare o’ the Dug…by Scrûj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso  (Scruj Tunes)
ID Excerpt: The Napier Stride…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)
Westlin Winds…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf
The Grand Hotel/Mary Kelly’s Hatchet…by Kila from Luna Park (Kila)  
Atlantic/ Kresal Eta Laino (Celtic Progression)…by Antoni O’Breskey from Mezulari (O’Music)
Who Will Raise Their Voice? Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Scraping the Barrel…by Shooglenifty from Live Radical Mestizo (Compass)
MacAlgo…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)

May 07, 2015

Program 1667: Fresh Takes (May 7, 2015 ) Week 19

Established artists and old friends bring new music to the show with their latest releases and innovations.

The Damien Connolly from Inspired  (Damien Connolly)
Thig am Ályth McCormack from Homelands (ANE Records)
My Lagan Love/The Maids of Patsy O'Brien from Irish Guitar (
My Jim Malcolm from The Corncrake (Beltane)
Le Le Vent du Nord from Têtu (Borealis)
Alasdair' Steph Geremia from The Open Road (Blackbox Music)
[ID Excerpt] Tell Me Damien Connolly from Inspired (Damien Connolly)
1952 Vincent Black RSAMD 2010 from The Future of Our Past (Greentrax)
The Almost Reel RSAMD 2010 from The Future of Our Past (Greentrax)
Arrow and Eamon Friel from Brave New World (Thran Records)
Same Old Scythian from Old Tin Can (Scythian)
Cúirt Robin Altan from The Widening Gyre (Compass)
The Triple by Altan from The Widening Gyre (Compass)

April 30, 2015

Program 1666: Westward (April 30, 2015) Week 18 

Hear wild fiddle music and singing in the language of the Gael.  Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-swept coastlines.

Blink/The Central Line/Lexy Macaskill's…by Flook from Flatfish (Flatfish Records
Chi mi’n Gheamhraidh…by Gary West from The Islay Ball (Greentrax
Coisich, a Ruin…by Capercaillie from Delirium (Survival Records)
The Stone in the Field/Famous Ballymore/The Traveller…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle  (Shanachie)
West Coast of Clare…by Niamh Parsons from Heart’s Desire (Green Linnet)
Dheannain sugradh…by Alyth McCormack from An Iomal (The Edge) (Vertical Records)
The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/Siuns Reel…by Altan from Another Sky (Virgin Narada)
ID Excerpt: Paddy Fahy's Reel…by Sean Tyrrell from Belladonna (Long Walk Music)
The Old Bush/The Reel with the Burl…by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill from The Lonesome Touch  (Green Linnet)
Llostail me le Sairsint…by Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill from Idir an Da Shoals (Green Linnet
Calum Sgaire…by Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus from Return to Kintail (Culburnie
The Dark Island…by Ross Kennedy & Archie McAllister from The White Swan (Lochshore)
The Song of the Seal…by Karan Casey from Seal Maiden (Music for Little People)
Lucy Campell's…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Vertical Records)
Lexy Macaskill…by Peatbog Fairies from Mellowosity (Greentrax)

April 23, 2015

Program 1665: Kick Back (April 23, 2015) Week 17

There’s more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes.  Ease through hand-picked soothing voices and free-spirited instrumentals.

Ca Dé Sin Do’n Té Sin…by Clannad from Banba (RCA
Bonnie Jean…by Karen Matheson from Time to Fall (Vertical)  
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi’ the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus/Alan Genty  from Singing Sands (Greentrax)  
‘S fhada leam an Oidche Ghemhradih…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)   
Teehan’s…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass
The Lowlands of Holland…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
ID Excerpt: Midnight Walker…by Davy Spillane from Pipedreams (Tara Music)
Little Sadie …by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)  
An Honourable Peace/The Drip…by William Jackson from Duan Albanach (Mill)  
Bí Liom…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)  
What Makes You Dream…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Swedish…by Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside)
Ubi Caritas…by Connie Dover from The Wishing Well (Taylor Park
Darklight…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)


April 16, 2015

Program 1664: Heading South (April 16, 2015) Week 16 

Fiona celebrates the musical connections her captured her attention when she first traveled through the U.S. in the early 1980s, by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains.

Wheel Hoss/ Redbird/ Tripping up to Larne…by Cúig from Prospect (Green Linnet)
Ireland’s Green Shore…by Tim O’Brien from The Crossing (Alula)
The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife…by Afterhours from Hung Up and Dry (Celtic Music 1992)
The Farmer’s Cursed Wife…by Tim O’Brien and The Boys from Oh boy! O’Boy! (Sugar Hill
Brickyard Joe…by Norman & Nancy Blake from Just Gimme Somethin’ I’m Used To (Shanachie)   
A Pretty Fair Miss…by Duck Baker & Molly Andrews from American Traditional (Day Job)  
There Was a Lady…by Relativity from Relativity (Green Linnet)  
ID Excerpt: Speed the Plow Medley…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)
Indian Whoop…by James Bryan & Carl Jones from Two Pictures (Martin Records)
Barbara Allen…. by Emmy Rossum from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Barbara Allen… by Emmylou Harris from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Shady Grove…by Ian Carmichael from Ceilidh House Sessions (Greentrax)
High on a Mountain…by Four Men & a Dog from Barking Mad (Cross Border Media)
A Mountaineer is Always Free…by Pierce Pettis from State of Grace (Compass)   
Star of the County Down…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O’Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)

April 09, 2015

Program 1663: Time to Dance (April 09, 2015) Week 15 

The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet, and then you’re dancing!  Limber up and tune into music including Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional  dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

Wooden Whale/Leaps & Bounds/Skye Barbeque…by Alasdair Fraser from Dawn Dance (Culburnie)
The Easy Club Reel/Janine’s Reel…by The Easy Club from Essential (Eclectic Records)
The Rovin’ Ploughboy…by Malinky from Ravens (Greentrax)  
The Price of a Pig/Crabbit Shona/Bancroft’s Descent…by Shooglenifty from A Whisky Kiss (Greentrax)
Swing Round to the Jigs…by The Kilfenora Ceili Band from Set on Stone (Torc Music)  
Molly and Johnny…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records
The Green Mountain…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records)
ID Excerpt: The Point Road…by Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax)
Hanter Dro…by Tud from Deus Kerne (Escaliburt)
The Braes of Killiecrankie…by Kornog from Korong (Green Linnet)
Bal Plinn du Vertige…by Skolvan from Swing & Tears (Keltia Musique)
The Poor Man’s Fortune/The Fiddler’s Key/The Blessings of Silver…by Trian from Trian II (Green Linnet)
Willie Taylor…by Cran from Black, Black, Black (Claddagh Records)
Farquhar and Hettie’s Waltz/My Cape Breton Home…by Blazin’ Fiddles from Fire On! (Blazin’ Fiddles)
Opinions…by Rory Campbell & Malcolm Stitt from Field of Bells (Lochshore)

April 02, 2015

Program 1662: Julie Fowlis (April 2, 2015) Week 14

Raised in the Outer Hebrides, Julie Fowlis is reaching international audiences with Gaelic song, and is one of a small group of singers bringing it into the cultural mainstream.  Meet her to explore her music and learn about her role in the soundtrack of an Oscar-winning animation.

M' Fhearann Saidhbhir/Nellie Garvey's/'G Ioman Nan Gamhan 'S Mi Muladach/Jerry's Pipe Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair
Donella Beaton/Nelson Mandela's Welcome to the City of Dòchas from An Darna Umhail (MacMeanmna)
A Mhaighdeannan 's a Mhnathan Ò Julie Fowlis from Mar A Tha Mo Chridhe (Machair)
Biodh An Deoch Seo 'N Làimh Mo Rù Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair)
Hò Bha Mi, Hé Bha Julie Fowlis from Uam (Machair) Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair
[ID Excerpt} Hùg Air A' Bhonaid Mhò Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair
A' Chiad Julie Fowlis from Uam (Machair) ~ excerpt
Turas San Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair
'Ille Dhuinne, 'S Toigh Leam Julie Fowlis from Cuilidh (Machair)
Touch the Julie Fowlis from 'Brave' Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records) 
Thornton JIg/Chloe's Passion/Are You Ready Yet?/'S Toigh Leam Fhìn Buntàta 'S Ìm/Tha Fionnlagh Ag Innearadh/Thug Oiridh Thiridh Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair)


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