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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)

 
September 19, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1582: Wisdom In The Strings (September 19, 2013) Week 38

We explore contemporary and traditional music conveying wisdom from ancient times this week.  Featured are Celtic-tinged arrangements of the sacred chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) and William Jackson's music developed from a medieval manuscript, created on a tiny Scottish island in the 13th century.

Gardyne Castle…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records)  
The Fire of the Spirit…by Richard Souther from Illumination (Sony
Salve Rex Gloriae…by Anuna from Omnis (Celtic Heartbeat)
Eucharius…by Garmarna from Hildegard von Bingen (Northside)
Ex Te Lux Oritur…by Ann Heymann from Queen of Harps (Temple)
O Columba insignis signifer…by Canty from Wings of Wisdom (Dorian)
Boadicea…by Enya from Enya (Atlantic)  
ID Excerpt: Worship…by Richard Souther from Illumination (Sony)
Laoidh Chaluim Chille…by Mae McKenna from Mirage and Reality (Kadence)
Ode to Bridget…by Noirin Ni Riain from Celtic Soul (Earth Music
Salve Splendor…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records)
Kyrie…by Garmarna from Hildegard von Bingen (Northside
The Sun in the Stream…by Enya from Enya (Atlantic)
Columcille…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records)

 
September 12, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1581: Tucked Away (September 12, 2013) Week 37

Celtic musicians are often interested in forging a global fusion. Here are some that also strive to preserve distinct regional voices.  They include flute player Cathal McConnell’s with a collection of old field recordings and more hidden treasures with singers Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh (pron: Mair-aid Nee Weeney) and Christine Kydd, and fiddlers Pete Clark and Chris Stout.

Brucie and the Troopers/ The Flowers of Red Hill/ Where’s My Mace?....by Slainte Mhath from Imeachd:Odyssey (Hebcelt
Milltown Lasses/Lady Gardener's Troop...by Brenda McCann, Pat McManus from  Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanagh Music)
Kate From Ballinamore… by Annie MacKenzie from Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanagh Music)
Top of the Hill/Katie’s Lilt...by Francis Rasdale, Cathal McConnell & John, Pat & Fintan McManus from Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanach Music)
The Enchanted Lady/The Maids of Castlebar...by John Gordon & Charlie Lennon from  Within a Mile of Kilty (Cló lar- Chonnachta)
Brid Bhán...by Anna & Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh from Trad Tráthnóna (Tionscnamh Lugh)
The Rocks of Bawn...by Ian Smith from Trad Tráthnóna (Tionscnamh Lugh)
Boil the Breakfast Early/New Mown Meadows...by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean    (Cló lar-Chonnachta)
ID Excerpt: The Opera Reel (Lilting)…by John & Valerie McManus, Cathal McConnell from Hidden Fermanagh (Fermanagh Music)
Lord Gregory...by Christine Kydd from Dark Pearls  (Culburnie)
Miss Douglas's Strathspey/Mrs MacLeod of MacLeod’s Strathspey/ Miss Mercer’s Reel/Miss Ann Mackay's Favourite/Miss Barbara Hay's Favourite...by  Pete Clark from MacKintosh at Murthly (Inver)
An Melwez...by Dalla from More Salt! (Dalla Records)
Three Knights/An Vug E'n Loor...by Dalla from More Salt! (Dalla Records)
Phil Alexander's…by Chris Stout from Devil's Advocate (Greentrax)

 
September 05, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1580: Harlaw Scotland 1411 (September 05, 2013) Week 36

Music and song have carried the story of the Battle of Harlaw through the centuries. Fiddler Bonnie Rideout and a gathering of musicians have recorded ancient music commemorating the 600th anniversary 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)

 
August 29, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1579: New Summer Releases – part 2 (August 29, 2013) Week 35

Wee C Whistle Set...by Nuala Kennedy and Mike Bryan from A Wee Selection (Under the Arch)
Clans...by Ross Ainslie from Wide Open (Great White)
May the Road Rise to Meet You....by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh)
Darlin' Corey...by Al Petteway from It's Only the Blues (Fairewood Studios)
Fainne Geal An Lae...by Iarla Ó Lionáird from Foxlight (Realworld)
Sorrowlessfield...by Karine Polwart from The Flooers o' the Forest (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] Wasilla Weed...by Steve Baughman from Farewell to Orkney (www.CelticGuitar.com)
Grey Funnel Line...by Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire from The Emigrant's Song/The Laborer's Lament (www.thecelticconspiracy.com)
Covering Ground...by Hanz Araki & Kathryn Claire from The Emigrant's Song/The Laborer's Lament (www.thecelticconspiracy.com)
Willie's Lady...by Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer from Child Ballads (Wilderland)
Óró, 'Sheanduine Dóite....by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh)
Gavottes "Swing"...by The Celtic Fiddle Festival from 20th Anniversary Concert Live in Brittany (Loftus)
Eightsome Reel...by Hugh MacDiarmid's Haircut from Airs From Your Elbow (Brechin All Records)

 
August 22, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1578: New Summer Releases – part 1 (August 22, 2013) Week 34

Tears For Lot's Wife...by Karine Polwart from Traces (Borealis)
Le 25 de Mai...by Genticorum from Enregistré Live (Hearth Music)
Ballyronan Maid...by Mary Dillon from North  (Back Lane)
The Cockerel and the Creel...by Nuala Kennedy and Mike Bryan from A Wee Selection (Under the Arch)
Trip to Ballyshannon...by Steve Baughman from Farewell to Orkney (www.CelticGuitar.com)
Tam Lin...by Anaïs Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer from Child Ballads (Wilderland)
Lanigan's Ball...by Brian Keane from Copper - Original Soundtrack (BBC America)   
[ID Excerpt] Fretless Guitar Piece...by Steve Baughman from Farewell to Orkney (www.CelticGuitar.com)
Blue Yonder...by David Francey from So Say We All (Greentrax)
Long Long Road...by David Francey from So Say We All (Greentrax)
Gnossienne #1...by Tony McManus from Mysterious Boundaries (Compass)
Oh My Little Darling...by Burning Bridget Cleary from Pressed For Time (www.burningbridgetcleary.com)
Sweet Molly/Sparrow on the Barrow/Green Linnet...by Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson from Q&A  (www.kimrobertson.net)
The Games People Play...by Niamh Dunne from Portraits (www.niamhdunne.com )
La Chasse...by Genticorum from Enregistré Live (Hearth Music)

 
August 15, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1577: Family Gathering (August 15, 2013)  Week  33

Some of the finest Celtic music recorded since it was so labeled has sprung from a few influential musical families.  Hear the Brennans, the O'Domhnaills (pron: O'Donnels), the Cunninghams, the Fishers, and the Lunnys.  Together and individually, they have helped shape the genre.

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)
An Drochaid Chliutach…by Eilidh Shaw from Heepirumbo (Greentrax)

 
August 8, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1576: Song Beat (August 08, 2013)  Week 32 

Hebridean tweed workers' songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music:  their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms, lightening the work and keeping the singers going.  Get into the rhythm of the song this week, with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore, The Poozies, Alasdair Fraser and more.

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 (Ferintosh.com)
Puirt…by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Suil Air Ais (Greentrax
Long Distance Runner…by The Easy Club from Chance or Design (R2 Records)

 
August 01, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1575: Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub (August 01, 2013) Week 31 

Join Fiona Ritchie 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.  Hear how American and Celtic traditions mingle in their work today with Brían's band Bua and Julee's duo Little Windows.

My Johnny Was a Shoemaker...by Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub)
Jig: Greenfields of America...by Brían ÓhAirt and Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
I'll Fly Away/This Little Light of Mine...by Julee Glaub (joined by audience) live at Swannanoa Gathering
Song: Am Buachaillin Muinte...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
Cavan Girl...Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
Song: An Sagairtin...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
[ID Excerpt] Red Rocking Chair...by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)
Dear Irish Boy...by Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
Baba 'Con Raoi/Bó na Leath-Adhaírce...by Bua with Brían ÓhAirt from Down the Green Fields (Bua Music)
Reel: Fair of Ballydareen...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains...by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)
How Can I Keep From Singing?...by Julee Glaub (joined by audience) live at Swannanoa Gathering
The Mason's Apron...by Bua from Down the Green Fields (Bua Music)

 
July 25, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1574: Flute and Whistle (July 25, 2013) Week 30 

The flute may be the closest any instrument comes to reproducing the expression of the human voice.  It is the music of breathing.  Chris Norman, Cathal McConnell, Lunasa, Claire Mann and others play Celtic flute and whistle for us this week.

Chloe's Passion…by Claire Mann from Claire Mann (Foot Stompin)
Contentment is Wealth/The Mooncoin Jig…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
Playing of Ball…by Kate Rusby from Little Lights (Pure)
Waterman's…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
Farewell, Lovely Nancy…by Boys of the Lough from Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (Lough Records)
Lads of Leith/Tulloch Gorum/Lord Seaforth Reel/Miss Scott of Usan…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)
ID Excerpt: Cloichini Beaga Na Farraige…by Micho Russell from Ireland's Whistling Ambassador (Pennywhistler's Press)  
A Fig For a Kiss…by Matt Molloy from Shadows on Stone (Virgin)
Belladonna…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Harp and Shamrock…by Lunasa from Redwood (Green Linnet)
The Otter's Nest/Richie Dwyer’s…by Joanie Madden from Song of the Irish Whistle (Hearts o' Space)
The Apprentice Boy…by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
Port Atholl…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)

 
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