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December 12, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1594: Solstice (December 12, 2013) Week 50 

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some 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 Bam...by Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver)
Winter Light...by 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 Withy...by Kerfuffle from Lighten The Dark - A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)

December 05, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1593: Harpers (December 05, 2013) Week 49

Hear some of today's most innovative and inspirational Celtic music in recordings of its most ancient instrument.  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)
ID Excerpt: 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)


November 28, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1592: Wayfaring Strangers (November 28, 2013) Week 48

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)

November 21, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1591: Roots Run Deep (November 21, 2013) Week 47 

Musical communities coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada show their roots with great traditional fiddling, gorgeous sensing, and ear-catching blends of American and Celtic music.

Fremont Center/The Vornado/Minutemen…by Liz Carroll & John Doyle from In Play (Compass Records
Thady Casey’s & The Reel of Rio…by Matt & Shannon Heaton from Blue Skies Above (EatsRecords)   
The Knight and the Shepherd’s Daughter…by Halali from Halali (Footprint Records
Conset Y Peipar Coch…by Steve Baughman & Robin Bullock from Celtic Guitar Summit (Solid Air Records)
Monymusk/Stormont Lads/Sally Garden/Colonel McBain/Culfadda Reel…by Natalie MacMaster from Yours Truly (Rounder Records)
I Will Set My Ship in Order…by Julee Glaub from Blue Waltz (www.juleeglaub.com)  
Hunt the Cat/The Hatter from Nenagh…by Colcannon from Trad. (Oxford RoadRecords)
ID Excerpt: Skidoo...by Cluan from The High Road  (Cluan)
Green Grows the Laurel…by Cluan from The High Road  (Cluan)
Callipygian/Hoban’s On 63rd/O’Keefe’s Mother’s…by Bohola from 4  (Shanachie Records)
Betsy Belle and Mary Gray…by Cherish the Ladies from Woman of the House (Rounder Records)
Little Ditty…by Leahy from In All Things (Narada World)
High Places…by Leahy from In All Things (Narada World
Foxhunter Waltz…by Tom Landa and The Paperboys from Postcards (Red House Records)
Smithereens/The Devil in the Kitchen/King George the IV/The King’s Reel/Gettin’ Reel/The High Road to Linton…by Jeremy Kittel from Roaming   (www.jeremykittel.com )

November 14, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1590: New Fall Sounds (November 14, 2013) Week 46

Get a few ideas for your holiday gift shopping as Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her hear as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.

Lorient Reprise...by Duncan Chisholm from Live At Celtic Connections (Copperfish)
Orangedale Whistle...by Breabach from Urlar (www.breabach.com)
Trees...by Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson from Air-Fix (Great White)
Sailing Off To Yankee Land...by Sean Donnelly from Cut a long story short... (Spring)
One For Us...by Rant from Rant (www.rantfiddles.com)
May Morning Dew...by Eamonn Coyne & Kris Drever from Story Map (Compass)
Ceapaval...by Eamonn Coyne & Kris Drever from Story Map (Compass)
The Valiant Turpin...by Blackbeard's Tea Party from Whip Jamboree (www.blackbeardsteaparty.com)
James Murray's/Porthole of the Kelp/The Watchmaker/The Spining Wheel...by Teada from In Spite of the Storm (Gael Linn)
What a Little Moonlight Can Do...by The Two Sisters from Songs & Chansons (Acoustics)
Abu Chuibhl (Spinning Song)...by Capercaillie from At The Heart of it All (Vertical)
The Jura Wedding Reels...by Capercaillie from At The Heart of it All (Vertical)
Caoineadh Johnny Sheain Jeaic...by Duncan Chisholm from Live At Celtic Connections (Copperfish)

November 7, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1589: Continental Celtic (November 7, 2013) Week 45

Follow hypnotic dance rhythms to Brittany and Galicia, explore a panorama of songs in Breton, French and Spanish, and savor the essence of continental Celtic music.

Spike Island Lasses…Dan Ar Braz with Nollaig Casey from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
The Water is Wide…by Niamh Parsons from Blackbirds & Thrushes (Green Linnet)
The Cockerel in the Creel…by Capercaillie from Nadurra (Survival)
Fest Stivell: Gwriziad Difennet/Gouel Hollvedel/Feunteun Zen…by Kornog from Korong (Green Linnet)
Suzy McGuire…by Alan Stivell from Again (Disques Dreyfus
Caracena…by Bill Whelan from The Seville Suite (Tara)
ID excerpt: Scottish Suite…by Dan Ar Braz with Bagad Kemper  from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
Y Gwydd…by Ffynnon from Celtic Music from Wales (Green Linnet)
Little Red Bird…by Emma Christian from Celtic Voices (Narada)
Evit Ar Bras…by Dan Ar Bras from Made in Breizh  (Tinder)
The Raggle Taggle Gypsy…by Carlos Nunez with Mike Scott and Paddy Keenan from Os Amores Libres (RCA
Vals Breton/MuiÒeira Picada…by Susana Seivane from Alma de Buxo (Green Linnet)
Farewell to Ireland/Foxhunter's Reel…by Celtic Fiddle Festival from Encore (Green Linnet)

October 31, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1588: Brian McNeill at Swannanoa (October 31, 2013) Week 44

Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Brian McNeill.  Brian chats about his globetrotting years with Battlefield Band, his song and novel writing, and his projects uncovering Scottish connections in North America and Europe.  His travels always inspire new music and Brian shares songs and tunes with the audience.

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 - recording not available. (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")

October 24, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1587: Heart of the Session (October 24, 2013) Week 43

From Matt Molloy's pub in County Mayo, Ireland to Edinburgh's famous folk bar "Sandy Bell's", we celebrate the sound of communal music making.

James and Lara's Wedding/The Lassies of Stewarton/Sully's No. 6...by Claire McLaughlin, Marianne Campbell, John Morran from The Flowers of Edinburgh (Tartan Tapes)   
Lament -The Parting of Friends… by Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn and friends from Music at Matt Molloy's (RealWorld)  
Jackie Coleman's/Pigtown, Cape Breton Jig's/McGurk's...by Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn and friends from Music at Matt Molloy's (RealWorld)   
After Hours...by Battlefield Band from Home Ground (Temple)  
An Comhra Donn/The Galway/The Strand ...by Bell's Big Ceilidh Band and Chorus from Sandy Bell's Ceilidh  (Greentrax)
Doon in the Wee Room...by Bell's Big Ceilidh Band and Chorus from Sandy Bell's Ceilidh (Greentrax)
ID Excerpt: Rocking the Cradle…by Arty McGlynn from Music at Matt Molloy’s  (Real World)
Miss Thornton's/My Love is in America…. by Patrick Ourceau, Eamon O'Leary,Susan McKeown, Steve Johnson and friends from Live at Mona's  (Live at Mona's)     
Maidin Fhomhair… by Patrick Ourceau, Eamon O'Leary,Susan McKeown, Steve Johnson and friends from Live at Mona's (Live at Mona's)       
I Was a Young Man...by Patrick Ourceau, Eamon O'Leary,Susan McKeown, Steve Johnson and friends from Live at Mona’s  (Live at Mona's)   
Jig Jazz...by Brendan Power, Andy Cutting, Karen Tweed, John Robert Deyell, Alasdair Fraser, Kathryn Tickell from The Gathering (RealWorld)   
Lay Dee at Dee/Spence's Reel/Faery Reel… by Brendan Power, Andy Cutting, Karen Tweed, John Robert Deyell, Alasdair Fraser, Kathryn Tickell from The Gathering (RealWorld)
Green Brechan's of Branton/Peacock's March/I Saw My Love Come Passing By Me...by Brendan Power, Andy Cutting, Karen Tweed, John Robert Deyell, Alasdair Fraser, Kathryn Tickell from The Gathering (RealWorld)  
The Black Haired Lass...by Patrick Ourceau, Eamon O'Leary and friends from Live at Mona’s (Live at Mona's

October 17, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1586: The Road of Tears (October 17, 2013) Week 42

From broadsheet ballads to music hall choruses, songs have documented true-life emigrant experiences through time.  Today, Battlefield Band, Mick Moloney, Mary Black and others continue in that tradition.

Ely Parker/Miss Martin's Wedding/The Primrose Lassies/Mr Galloway Goes to Washington…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple
Pastures of Plenty…by Solas from Reunion - A Decade of Solas (Compass
Paddy's Lamentation/Ships are Sailing…by Mary Black from Long Journey Home  (BMG)
Farewell and Remember Me…by Boys of the Lough from Farewell and Remember Me  (Shanachie Entertainment)  
Farewell to St. Kilda…by The Whistlebinkies from Albannach  (Greentrax)
McKay Country (Sutherland)…by Kathleen MacInnes from Summer Dawn (Greentrax)
Farewell to Ireland/Paddy's Green Shamrock Shore…by Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Eamonn Curran from Farewell to Eirinn (Wundertute)
ID excerpt: Ms Dynamite of Benbecula…by Battlefield Band from Out For the Night (Temple)
The Road of Tears…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple
Paddy Works on the Railway…by Mick Moloney from Far From the Shamrock Shore (Shanachie Entertainment)
The Maids of Galway/The Reel of Rio/Coyne's Return/Return to Miltown/Hunting the Boyne/Return of the Maids…by Mick Moloney, Jimmy Keane, Seamus Eagan, Eileen Ivers, Robbie O’Connell from The Green Fields of America  (Green Linnet
Stor Mo Chroi…by Sean Keane from Turn a Phrase (Kells Music) 
The May Morning Dew…by Davy Spillane from The Sea of Dreams (Covert Records)
The Maid of Mount Cisco/Farewell to Connaught/Farewell to Ireland…by Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Eamonn Curran from Farewell to Eirinn (Wundertute)

October 10, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1585: Fiddle Styles (October 10, 2013) Week 41

Sample a variety of fiddle flavors from the wide world of Celtic music.

Shetland Reels: Three Drunken Fiddlers/Muckla Skerry a' Three/Robbie Tamson's Smiddy…by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel)
The Strayaway Child …by Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Mulligan)
The Sailor Boy…by Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Mulligan)
The Battering Ram/The Kilfenora Jig…by Celtic Fiddle Festival from Rendezvouz (Green Linnet
Jean Mauchline/Tune for Nuala…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson with Malcolm Stitt from Heat the Hoose 2 (Foot Stompin)
Bonnie Border Lass…by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Greentrax)
My Love is in America…by Assembled Fiddlers from My Love is in America (Green Linnet)
[ID excerpt] Sillocks and Tatties…by Willie Hunter from Shetland Fiddle Music (Greentrax)
Lament for Andrew & Danny…by Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver)  
Fly We to Some Desert Isle…by Emily Smith from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill (Brechin All Records
Suite D'Airs de Loudeac…by Christian LeMaître from Ballade à l’hôtesse (Escalibur)
Stony Point…by Fiddlin' Johnny from Aural History (Meyer)
I Must Away Love…by Halali from Halali (Footprint
Arthur Muise/Little Judique/Mary Cotter/Father Hanley's Jig…by Jerry Holland with Hilda Chiasson from Scottish Fiddle Rally Concert Highlights 1985-1995 (Greentrax)
The Quarff Lassies/Beth's Tune/The 2nd of May/Bobby Crowe of Balmullo/Da Sooth End…by Filska from Tracks North  (Shetland Arts Trust)

October 03, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1584: Gaelic Voices (October 03, 2013) Week 40 

Explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of ancient 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 School...by 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 26, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1583: Nuala Kennedy and J. Roach (September 26, 2013) Week 39

Hear how two musicians, raised over 4,000 miles apart, share a deep musical connection.  Flute player and singer Nuala (pron: Noo-la) Kennedy is from the east coast of Ireland; singer and songwriter A.J. Roach was raised in southwestern Virginia.  Nuala grew up with many Ulster ballads and tunes that were carried across the ocean to take root in the mountains and hollows of A.J.'s homeland.  Fiona chats with the pair and delves into their individual recordings.

Gabriel Sings..by Nuala Kennedy from Noble Stranger (Compass)    
Hop Jigs...by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)    
Wee C Whistle Set...by Nuala Kennedy & Mike Bryan from A Wee Selection of Some Scottish Tunes (Under the Arch)     
Highlands and Islands...by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)    
The Boys of Mullaghbawn...by Oirialla from Oirialla (Lughnasa Music)    
Through the Heather...by Oirialla from Oirialla (Lughnasa Music)     
Paddy's Lamentation...by Nuala Kennedy from Noble Stranger (Compass)  
[ID Break] Dolphin School...by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)   
Bidh Clann Ulaidh...by Oirialla from Oirialla (Lughnasa Music)    
Cold Blow...by Fine Friday from Gone Dancing (Foot Stompin)    
Dimes...by A.J. Roach from Dogwood Winter (Route 23 Music)   
The Spider and the Fly...by Nuala Kennedy from Tune In (Compass)

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