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December 30, 2015

Program 1701: New Year New Music (December 30, 2015) Week 53

Look forward to the New Year with a batch of the latest releases tracking the evolving traditions of music from Celtic roots.

Scarce o' Tatties/ Silly Wizard from 'Live' Again (Birnam CD)
The Broom o' the Silly Wizard from 'Live' Again (Birnam CD)
The Valley of Jim Malcolm from Live in Perth (Beltane) Jenna Moynihan from Woven (Jenna Moynihan)
House Low Lily from Low Lily (
Fair Margaret & Sweet Colleen Raney from Linnet (Little Sea Records)
Lord of the Archie Fisher from A Silent Song (Red House Records)
[ID Excerpt] Northern Low Lily from Low Lily (
Rock Salt and Hilary James from You Don't Know (Acoustics)
Run to Alba's Edge from Run Fly (
The Silence Eamon Friel from In My Time (Thran Records)
Doherty' Beppe Gambetta & Tony McManus from Round Trip (Borealis Records)
Box of Krista Detor from Barely (Tightrope Records)
Bright May Morning/ Oisín MacDiarmada with Samantha Harvey from The Green Branch (Claddagh Records)

December 24, 2015

Program 1700: A Festive Celtic Celebration (December 24, 2015) Week 52

Join Fiona Ritchie to celebrate the season by exploring festive songs, carols and dances from traditions old and new.

Winter Emily Smith from Songs for Christmas (White Fall Records)
The Frost is All The Chieftains with Punch Brothers from Voice of Ages (Hear Music)
Christmas Day is Caitríona O'Leary and Rhiannon Giddens from The Wexford Carols (Heresy Records)
Noel Nouvelet/ Maggie Sansone from Cold Frosty Morn at West River (Maggie's Music)
O Come O Come Ashley Davis with John Doyle from The Christmas Sessions (Daisy Rings Music)
Day Dréos from The Clearing (
[ID excerpt] Voici La Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra from Song of Solstice (Sun Sign Records)
I Am Grateful For What I Sarah McQuaid from Walking Into White (Waterbug Records)
Time to Remember the Jennifer Cutting's Ocean Orchestra from Song of Solstice (Sun Sign Records)
Wintergrace by Debra Cowan and John Roberts from Dear Jean (Compass Records)
The Blessings of Emily Smith from Songs for Christmas (White Fall Records)
Merry Christmas to All and Ashley Davis with John Doyle from The Christmas Sessions (Daisy Rings Music)
Mummer's March/Masters in the Maggie Sansone from Cold Frosty Morn at West River (Maggie's Music)

Excerpts and verses read by Fiona during a FESTIVE CELTIC CELEBRATION :

--from The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame
Source: A Literary Christmas ~ An Anthology, The British Library, 2013

--from Celebration of Life
by Jean Ritchie
Geordie Music Publishing, 1971

--from Singing Family of the Cumberlands
by Jean Ritchie
University Press of Kentucky, 1955

--Amazing Peace ~ A Christmas Poem
by Maya Angelou
Random House, 2005

December 17, 2015

Program 1699: A Child’s Christmas (December 17, 2015) Week 51

Welsh singer-songwriter and broadcaster Cerys Matthews recorded “A Child’s Christmas” by Dylan Thomas to mark the poet’s centenary year in 2014.  Cerys tells host Fiona Ritchie all about the project, set to original music she created with Mason Neely, and transports us to Christmastime in Wales by narrating excerpts from this timeless holiday classic.

Deck the Cerys Matthews from Baby It's Cold Outside (Rainbow City
Dust of Matt and Shannon Heaton from Fine Winter's Night (
Patapan/O Come, O Come Mindy Gledhill from Winter Moon (Mindy Gledhill
Star in the East/Born in Al Petteway and Amy White from Winter Tidings (Maggie's Music)  
Children Go Where I Send Joel Mabus from How Like The Holly (Fossil
Reels: Christmas Eve/Oiche Nollag/High Road to Eileen Ivers from An Nollaig (Musical Bridge Anuna from Omnis (Celtic Heartbeat)  
[ID Break] Past Three O' Chris Newman and Maire Ni Chathasaigh from Christmas Lights (Old Bridge)
Narration and music excerpts from:
Dylan Thomas ~ A Child's Cerys Matthews and Mason Neely (CerysMatthews)

December 10, 2015

Program 1698: Midwinter Meditation (December 10, 2015) Week 50

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through the spellbinding music of the season.

Da Day Dawn…by Chris Stout from First o’ the Darkenin’ (Greentrax
Winter Solstice…by Atwater-Donnelly from When Winter Calls (Rabbit Island Music
The Time is Approaching…by Eileen Ivers from An Nollaig ~ An Irish Christmas (Musical Bridge
Who Knows Where the Time Goes…by Maggie Reilly from Rowan (Red Berry Records
Through the Bitter Frost and Snow…by Susan McKeown and Lindsey Horner from A Winter’s Tale (Celtic Heartbeat)
Variations: Lo, How a Rose E’er Booming…by Turtle Island String Quartet from By the Fireside (Windham Hill)
The Coming of Winter…by Anúna and the Ulster Orchestra from Behind the Closed Eye (Danú)
[ID excerpt] Drive the Cold Winter Away…by Sue Richards from Merrily Greet the Time (Maggie’s Music
Haul Brothers, Haul!…by Coyote Run from Tend the Fire (Run Wild Records)
Garçon Á Marier/Orgies Nocturnes/Dans Fisel…by Touchstone from A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh   (Green Linnet
The Snows…by Maighread Ní Dhomhnaill and Triona Ní Dhomhnaill from Celtic Christmas III (Windham Hill)
The Slippery Slope/Wullie’s Wopper/Tam the Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver)
Winter Kenneth Steven from Sanctuary ~ Poems of Celtic Spirituality (Saint Andrew Press)
Return to the Stewartry/Slanttigart/Tame her When da Snaw Comes... by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
The Bitter Kerfuffle from Lighten The Dark - A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)

December 03, 2015

Program 1697: Jazz (December 03, 2015) Week 49

Luka Bloom and Karan Casey are best known for traditional and contemporary folk song.  Hear them and others working with jazz artists to craft a different style of music. Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
Goodbye Pork Pie Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax
Fishes Will Karan Casey from Two More Hours (Crow Valley
Little Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Luka Bloom from Head & Heart (Compass
Devil's Chris Stout from Chris Stout's Brazilian Theory - Live in Concert (Creative Scotland)
ID Excerpt: Lord Simon Mayor from The Art of Mandolin (Acoustics)  
Hot Time in the Old Town The Two Sisters: Hilary James and Janet Giraudo from Songs & Chansons (Acoustics) Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)
10,000 June Tabor from Angel Tiger (Green Linnet
Cutting the Savourna Stevenson from Cutting the Chord (Eclectic)  
All the Gerda Stevenson from Night Touches Day (Gean Records
Eilidh Shaw's Trip in Germany/The Balnain Bachué from The Butterfly (Big Bash Records)

November 26, 2015

Program 1696: The Gathering (November 26, 2015) Week 48

From cottage hearthsides in the pre-broadcasting age to the pubs and back porches of today’s session scene, enjoy music that celebrates the gathering of families and friends.

The Swelkie/The Teran…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither O’ The Sea  (Greentrax
The Busker on the Bridge…by Nightnoise from A Different Shore (Windham Hill)
Spanish Lady…by Maighread & Triona Ní Dhomhnaill from Between The Two Lights (Idir an Dá Sholas)  (Green Linnet)
The Butterfly…by The Bothy Band from After Hours (Green Linnet)
False Fly on the Road…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Polkas…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Coinnleach Glas an Fhómhair…by Manus Lunny from Tráthnóna Eile (Tuilleadh Eolais)
ID Excerpt: Lucky in Love…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
Far Over the Forth…by Cilla Fisher from A Celebration of Scottish Music (Temple)
Mrs. Martha Knowles/The Pitnacree Ferryman…by Silly Wizard from Live Wizardry (Green Linnet)
Lindsay…by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
Will Ye Gang, Love…by The Black Family from The Black Family  (Dara)
In A Lifetime…by Clannad with Bono from Themes (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Sound of Sleat…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical
Dr. MacPhail's Capercaillie from Dusk Till Dawn (Survival)

November 19, 2015

Program 1695: Hometown Song (November 19, 2015) Week 47

From Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” to “Festival Lights” by the McCalmans, hear how artists from both sides of the Atlantic are inspired to commemorate their homes.

Dirty Old The Easy Club from Scottish, Rhythm & Swing (Green Linnet)
March Up Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony)
Sweet Thames Flow Planxty from Planxty (Shanachie)
Lost in the Liz Carroll from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
John Cunningham's Return to Edinburgh/Heather Bells/The Bell Reel/The Limerick Relativity from Relativity (Green Linnet)
Festival Nick Keir from Fishing Up the Moon (Nick Keir)
[ID excerpt] The Smoky Eoghan O'Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, Paul De Grae from The Smoky Chimney (Kells)
Dublin Michelle Burke from Step Into My Parlour (Kilcronat)
The Glasgow Lasses/The Scottish Lovers...from Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow (Temple) Rita Connolly from Valparaiso (Tara)
Farewell to Liam O'Flynn from The Given Note (Tara)
To the Maura O'Connell from Walls & Windows (Sugar Hill)
A Glasgow Billy Jackson from The Wellpark Suite (Iona)

November 12, 2015

Program 1694: The Carrying Stream (November 12, 2015) Week 46  

It took centuries for a ballad like “Barbara Allen” to work its way through the British Isles and across the Atlantic. Now the music flows freely back and forth as musicians from both sides of the ocean explore and fuse flavors from Celtic, Appalachian and Old Time music. This week they include Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Jean Ritchie and Anaïs Mitchell.

Barbara Allen…  by Dolly Parton with Mairéad Ní Mhaonaigh and Altan from Heartsongs (Sony Entertainment) Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer from Child Ballads (Wilderland Records)
Pretty Saro….by John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie Entertainment)
The Farmer’s Cursed Wife…by Pete Seeger from American Favorite Ballads, Vol 2 (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Sixteen Come Next Sunday…by Bothy Band from Old Hag You Have Killed Me (Green Linnet)
Where are You Going My Pretty Little Miss? Doc Watson & Jean Ritchie from Jean Ritchie and Doc Watson at Folk City (Smithsonian Folkways Recordings)
Wayfaring Stranger/British Field March…by Timothy Cummings from The Piper in the Holler (Birchen Music)  
ID Excerpt Craggy Al Petteway from High on the Blue Ridge (Fairewood Studios
The Gypsy Laddie…. by Jack Beck from ~ private recording, courtesy of artist
Gypsy Davie…by Julee Glaub from Blue Waltz (Troubadouress Music)
Indian Whoop…by Jame Bryan and Carl Jones from Two Pictures  (Martin Records)
Single Girl, Married Girl  …by Atwater Donnelly from The Blackest Crow (Rabbit Island Music
Young Hunting/Elzig’s Farewell….by Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell Records)
Black is the Color…by  Sara Grey with Kieran Means from Sandy Boys (Fellside Recordings)
Morrison’s Jig…by Al Petteway and Amy White from Racing Hearts (Fairewood Studios)

November 05, 2015

Program 1693: Canada (November 05, 2015) Week 45

Travel through the Canadian Maritimes and out to the west to hear the vibrant traditions of authentic Celtic music from Canada.

The Maid Behind (McGlinchey’s) Bar/Frankie Gavin’s…by Tony McManus from Pourquoi Quebec? (Greentrax
My Ain Kind Dearie/Tommy’s Tarburas/Early Dawn/Stephanie Wills….by Richard Wood from Fire Dance (Iona
Crodh Air a’Bhruaich…by Mary Jane Lamond from Làn Dùil (Wicklow)
Matapat…by Bourque, Bernard & LePage from Matapat (Borealis)    
Superfly…by Beòlach from Beòlach (Beolach)  
The Mystic’s Dream…by Loreena McKennitt from Live in Paris and Toronto (Quinlan Road
ID Excerpt: La Turlutte a “Pit”…by Bourque, Bernard & Lepage from Matapat (Borealis)  
Welcome to the Trossachs…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)
Coyote Way….by Leahy from In All Things (Narada Media)
Bovaglie’s Plaid…by Beòlach from Beòlach (Beolach) 
It Ain’t Funny…by Pamela Morgan from On A Wing and a Prayer (Amber Music
Reel a Delphine/Par Derriere Chez Mon Pere…by Barachois from Encore (House Party Productions)   
If You Were Mine…by Mary Jane Lamond and Wendy MacIssac from Seinn (Turtle Musik)

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 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 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 Blackbeard's Tea Party from Reprobates (Blackbeard's Tea Party)
Lord of the Archie Fisher from A Slient Song (Greentrax)
Fan mar a bhfuil tu a chladhaire/The House Keeper/Petticoat The Casey Sisters from Sibling Revelry (Old Bridge Music)
Lamane for General The Casey Sisters from Sibling Revelry (Old Bridge Music)
All the Pretty LIttle Sophia Magallanes from Old Clichés (Brechin All Records)
Leather Charlie MacCoy from Celtic Dreams (
V'la l'bon Lizzy Hoyt from New Lady on the Prairie (Blue Crown Productions)
[ID Excerpt] Valse du Chef de Dan Possumato from Mostly Melodeon (
Cannily, The Unthanks from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
The Young Jack Steadman & Jamie MacColl (Bombay Bicycle Club) from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
Thirty-Foot Eliza Carthy from The Joy of Living: A Tribute to Ewan MacColl (Compass)
The Parting Archie Fisher from A Slient Song (Greentrax)
Glory The Mae Trio from September (
Step Dance Wendy MacIsaac from Off the Floor (
Phillip & Marina Anderson of Springlands/Lime Hill/McKinnon's Brook/Hamish the 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 Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
One Morning in Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)  
The Braes of Skylark from All of It (Green Linnet)
Seventeen Come Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
Young Hunting/Elzig's Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
[ID Excerpt] The Frost is All Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (
Miss Johnston's/Man of Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (
The Rambling Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (
The Royal Cathal McConnell & Len Graham from For the Sake of Old Decency (Sage Arts)
Wagoner's Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
Níl na Lá/The Wind that Shakes the Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (

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