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October 11, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1533: Northsound (October 11, 2012)  Week 41

Travel to northern places in Europe and North America to hear the sound of unspoiled landscapes and rocky shorelines bathed in northern light.

Wackidoo…by String Sisters from Live (Compass)
Lums O’ Lund…by Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster)
Fareweel Tae Tarwathie…by Sinsheen from Lift (Sinsheen)
Riverside Aby…by Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside
Ballinderry…by The Cottars from Made in Cape Breton ( Mira Music)
The Duke of Kent’s Lodge at Glentilt/Malts On The Optics/Farewell to Decorum…by Tracey Dares from The Cape Breton Connection (Lakewind)      
[ID excerpt] Kitchen Racket…by The Cottars from Made in Cape Breton (Mira Music)
The Quarff Lassies/Beth’s Tune/The 2nd of May/Bobby Crowe of Bulmullo/Da Sooth End…by Filska from A Thousand Miles Away (Footstompin)
Gur Tu Mo Chruinneag Bhòidheach…by Anne Martin from Gaelic Song from the Isle of Skye (Whitewave Music)
Blue Hills of Antrim…by Rachel Hair from The Lucky Smile (March Hair Records)
Saviour of the World/Gabhaim Molta Bride…by String Sisters from Live (Compass)
Luseblus…by String Sisters from Live (Compass)
Grännens Favorit…by Väsen from Live at the Nordic Roots Festival (Northside)

October 04, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1532: Words, Verses, Music (October 04, 2012)   Week 40

Poetry tells the story this week, with songs and tunes inspired by poets’ lives and works.

The Loose Noose/Deacon Brodie…by Robin Laing from Walking in Time (Greentrax)
I Will Make You Brooches…by Jean Redpath from A Fine Song For Singing (Philo Rounder)
Shining Clear…by Battlefield Band from There's a Buzz (Temple)
From A Railway Carriage…by Bonnie Rideout from Gi'me Elbow Room (Maggie’s Music)
Shadow Dance…by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula)
The Lotus Eaters…by Robin Laing from Ebb and Flow (Whistleberry Music)
Neverbird…by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula)
Calypso's Island…by Robin Laing from Walking in Time (Greentrax)
ID excerpt: Night Ride Across the Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner
Tam o' Shanter (part 1)…by Jim Malcolm from Rohallion (Greentrax)
The Landing…by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula
Tam o' Shanter (part 2)…by Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane
Skellig…by Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner Bros
Lullaby…by Loreena McKennitt from Elemental (Quinlan Road)
La Serenissima…by Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner Bros)

September 27, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1531: New World Releases (September 27, 2012) Week 39

Hear tracks from the latest albums by North American artists who work to expand the reach of Celtic traditions.

Done Gone/Reel Ian Walsh & Kevin Buckley from Keeping It Reel (
Mo Níon Ó Cathie Ryan from Through wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh Records)
Red Fox/Stony Timothy Cummings from The Piper in the Holler (
A Stór, a Stór, a Ghrá Runa from Somewhere Along the Road (
Fisherman's Stan Rogers from Fogarty's Cove (Borealis)
Keeping Up With Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Trade Root Music)
Hoireann ó Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Trade Root Music)
[ID excerpt]  Amhrán na Blayne Chastain from Fiddle & Flute (
The Drunken Celtic Music Society from Live at 171 Cedar (
Lonely Castle William The Willis Clan from Chapter One - Roots (
Under a Breton Aurora Celtic from Crows in the Kitchen (
Le Coeur de Ma Mère/La Rêve D' Le Vent du Nord from Tromper Le Temps (Borealis)
Parallel Cheyenne Brown from Parallel Latitudes (Bird Creek)
The Bonny Loreena McKennitt from Troubadours on the Rhine (Quinlan Road)

September 20, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1530: More New Releases and Debuts (September 20, 2012)  Week 38

Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from artists whose music has shaped the sound of The Thistle & Shamrock.

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 (Kathleen Macinnes)
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 (Etnisk Musikklubb)
The Olive Maeve MacInnon from Once Upon An Olive Branch (Maeve Mackinnon)
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 (Grace Kelly)
The Kathryn Tickell from Northumbrian Voices (Park)
Will Kathryn Tickell from Northumbrian Voices (Park) MacMaster/Hay from Hook (Macmaster/Hay)

September 13, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1529: Celtic Show Bands (September 13, 2012) Week 37 

Hear big-band style brass sections and other instrumental combinations as they create cutting edge grooves and a big bold acoustic sound.

Flora…by Blazin Fiddles from The Old Style (Blazin Fiddles)
The Sands O'The Shore…by Heather Heywood, Corrina Hewat, Chris Miles - Scots Women from Celtic Connections 2001 (Greentrax)
The Big Set…by The Unusual Suspects from Live in Scotland (Foot Stompin)
Ceann Subh Dílis…by Anúna from Behind the Closed Eye (Anuna)
Glentown…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Never-Ending Road (Amhrán Duit) …by Loreena McKennitt from An Ancient Muse (Quinlan Road)
ID Excerpt: Waiting on the Federals…by Aly Bain from Transatlantic Sessions 2 Volume One (Iona)
Ar c'hwezh Nevez…by Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)
Theme for The Green Dan Ar Braz from Theme for The Green Lands (Keltia Musique) 
O Castro da Moura…by Carlos Nuñez from Os Amores Libres (RCA)
Bah Hamburg…by Junction Pool from Junction Pool (Junction Music
Salve…by Micheál Ó Súilleabháin from Becoming (Venture)

September 6, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1528: On the Road (September 6, 2012)  Week 36

Today's working musicians offer us contemporary verses of the travelling artists' lifestyles, continuing a long-established tradition of celebrating itinerant work ways in song.

Ride On…by Christy Moore from Ride On (Green Linnet)  
Never Tire of the Road…by Andy Irvine from Rude Awakening (Green Linnet)  
The Rain Journey North…by The Easy Club from The Easy Club (Greentrax)
Ramblin' Irishman…by Andy M. Stewart from Donegal Rain (Green Linnet)    
To Pad the Road wi' Me…by Ossian from Seal Song (Iona)  
The Beggar Man…by Malinky from Last Leaves (Greentrax)    
Bonny Glenshee… by Jim Malcolm from Home (Beltane)  
ID Excerpt: Waltzes: The Innocent Railway/Daphne's Trousers/A Bruxa…by The Easy  Club from The Easy Club (Greentrax)    
Seven Yellow Gypsies…by Dolores Keane from There Was a Maid (Claddagh
The Shaskenn Reel…by Dolores Keane from There Was a Maid (Claddagh)
The Rovin Ploughboy…by Malinky from 3 Ravens (Greentrax)
Light on a Distant Shore: Arrival/New York Harbour/Art Work on the Land/In the New  World…by Ossian from Light on a Distant Shore (Iona)
Home…by Dougie MacLean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld)  
Rest and Be Thankful…by Battlefield Band from Out for the Night (Temple)
Ryan's Rambles…by Al Petteway from Land of the Sky (Maggie's Music)

August 30, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1527: Jean Redpath (August 30, 2012) Week 35

Singer Jean Redpath first travelled from Scotland to the U.S. in 1961 and was soon immersed in the American folk scene.  Since then, she has performed throughout the world, released over forty recordings, and won the hearts of public radio listeners through her many appearances on A Prairie Home Companion. Host Fiona Ritchie met up with Jean to reminisce about five decades of sharing song.
“Redpath is something very close to Scotland's folksinger laureate and certainly the world's preeminent interpreter of Burns' songs. Her deep, sandy voice is a marvelous ballad instrument, its naturalness concealing awesome control."
— The Boston Globe"

South Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)
The Lass o' Jean Redpath from Will Ye No Come Back Again? (Greentrax)
The Kirk Jean Redpath from Now & Then (Jean Redpath)
Mill o' Tifty's Jean Redpath from Song of the Seals (New Rounder)
With God On Our Bob Dylan from The Times they Are A-Changin' (Columbia)
[ID excerpt] Miss Admiral Gordon's Alasdair Fraser, Jay Unger, Abby Newton from Jean Redpath's album Leaving the Land (Rounder)
My Love, She's But a Lassie Jean Redpath from The Songs of Robert Burns, Vol 7 (Greentrax)
O, Merry Hae I Jean Redpath from The Songs of Robert Burns, Vol 7 (Greentrax)
Tuna the Food of My Jean Redpath, Garrison Keillor, Prudence Johnston, Philip Brunelle from Prairie Home Comedy, Vol 2 (High Bridge) Jean Redpath from Now & Then (Jean Redpath)
The Minstrel Garrison Keillor, Jean Redpath, Kate MacKenzie and the cast from A Prairie Home Companion Final Performance, Vol 2 (High Bridge)

August 23, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1526: A Broader Canvas (August 23, 2012)  Week 34  

Follow the Celtic music trail to Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.

Evit Ar Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder Records)  
Maneo de Milladoiro from Auga de Maio (Green Linnet
Danza de Leilia from Hent Sant Jakez (Shamrock Records) Tony MacManus, Alain Genty, Soig SIberil from The Clear Stream  (Greentrax) Llan de Cubel from Llan de Cubel IV (Fono Astur
ID Excerpt: Begone…by Dalla from More Salt (Dalla Records)
Lloer Dirion (Tender Moon) Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar) Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar)
Three Knights/An Vug e'n Dalla from More Salt (Dalla Records Jean-Charles Gulchen from Kerden (Coop Breizh)
Birth in Emma Christian from Celtic Voices (Narada)
Suite de Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax
Le Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)

August 16, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1525: …and Three (August 16, 2012)  Week 33    

This hour features classic and more recently formed musical threesomes weaving melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.

The Long (Long) Note…by Deiseal from The Long Long Note (Starc)
Boser Girls…by Chantan from Primary Colours (Culburnie
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba…by O'Connor, Hayden, O'Dowd from Crossroads (Mairtin O'Connor Band)
Seán Bán/Lexie McCasgill…by Cran from The Crooked Stair (CBM)
Finnish Schottisches 1 and 2/French Schottische…by Bellevue Rendezvous from Tangents (Bellevue Rendezvous)   
Drop of Blood…by Maddy Prior & The Girls from Bib & Tuck (Park) 
Peace & Plenty…by Burning Bridget Cleary from Everything is Alright… (Burning Bridget Cleary)
[ID excerpt] Speed the Plough…by Molloy, Brady, Peoples from Molloy, Brady, Peoples (Mulligan)
Oganaich Mo Chridhe…by MacGregor, Brechin, Ó hEadhra from Sonas (Brechin All Records)
Bímis ag Ól/The Lark on the Strand…by MacDiarmada, Fitzgerald, Ó Ruanaigh from Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo & Harp  (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Five O'Clock…by McCalmans from Live – Coming Home (Greentrax)
Ballyvourney/Race Classic…by Áthas from Áthas (Athas Music)
Staimpí…by Cran from Black Black Black (Claddagh)
Ferintosh…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (Ferintosh)
Ode to a Vending Machine…by Corbett, Chrisman, Tice from Corbett, Chrisman, Tice (Patuxent)

August 09, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1524: One, Two… (August 09, 2012) Week 32      

Enjoy an hour dedicated to some great solo artists and duos that deliver uncluttered, pure acoustic arrangements.

The Green Mandolin/Nordicana…by David Surette from The Green Mandolin (Madrina)  
A Breath on the Cold Glass…by Wendy Weatherby from A Breath on the Cold Glass (Lochshore
The Wagoner's Lad…by Sarah McQuaid from I Won’t Go Home 'til Morning (Sarah McQuaid
The Crooked Road to Dublin/The Crib of Perches…by Sarah Blair from Flower of the Red Mill (Newgrange)   
Marie Hamilton…by Wendy Stewart & Gary West from Hinterland (Moulincairn)  
The Surround/The Red Stockings…by Kevin Burke & Cal Scott from Across the Black River (Loftus Music
Little Margaret…by Laura Boosinger from Down the Road (Laura's Label)  
[ID excerpt] Hannah…by Sarah Bauhan from Lathrop’s Waltz (Whistler's Music)  
Aoidh, Na Dèan Cadal Idir…by Julie Fowlis from Cuilidh (Shoeshine)
Muddy Water…by Heidi Talbot from Wells for Zöe (Compass)
Todlen Hame…by Sylvia Barnes from The Colour of Amber (Greentrax)
Tiree Love Song…by Ross Kennedy from Scottish Voice and Acoustic Guitar (Greentrax
Doinna…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Compass
The Blackest Crow…by Atwater Donnelly from The Blackest Crow (Rabbit Island Music)  
Cameron's Caper…by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas from In the Moment (Culburnie)

August 02, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1523: Digital Imperfection (August 02, 2012)  Week 31 

Stay connected to the authentic roots of today’s music with artists who resist the digital perfection of the studio and mix archive vinyl into their tracks.

Tarbolton…by Jack Evans from Once Upon a Time in the North (Greentrax)
Shetland Reels:Three Drunken Fiddlers/Muckla Sherry a' three/Robbie Tamson's Smiddy…by Catriona Macdonald from  Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
Air fair an ala/Cailleach liath Rathasai (At Dawn of Day)…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Ho rinn Martyn Bennett with Margaret Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
Maudabawn Chapel/Frank's Natalie MacMaster from In My Hands (Greentrax)
Dh’fhalbh Mo Rùn Bho Chionn Seachdain…by Maggie MacInnes from Peaceful Ground (Marram Music
Peter Stewart, 1910…by Martyn Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
ID excerpt: Swallowtail Coat…by Martyn Bennett from Martyn Bennett (Eclectic)
Crossing the Bridge…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony Classical)
La Suite du Casse Reel …by Matapat from Musique Traditional du Quebéc/Matapat 2 ½ (Borealis)
Muiñeiras da Sorte…by Carlos Nuñez from Os Amores Libres (RCA Victor)  
Ag Caint Liom Fhéin/Beidh Aonach Amarách…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara Music)
An Gaidheal ‘s a Leannan/An Fhleasgaich ur Leannain Thu…by Mairi MacInnes from Orosay  (Greentrax)
O Castro da Moura…by Carlos Nuñez from Os Amores Libres (RCA Victor)

July 26, 2012 Print E-mail

Program 1522:  New Releases and Debuts (July 26, 2012)  Week 30

The flow of music is never-ending. A mountain of new recordings doesn't translate into the same volume of great music, though, so rely on Fiona to hand-pick the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from some of your favorite artists.

Winter Alastair Savage from Secrets from the Kitty (Alastair Savage)
Banks of the Séamus Begley and Oisín MacDiarmada from Together (Musical Ireland)
Pay As You Go/Porst an Triptych from Triptych (Triptychtrad)
Moving On Triptych from Triptych (Triptychtrad)
Trefforest Delyth Jenkins from Llais (Steam Pie Records)
La Clairiè Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke from Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke (Dermot Byrne)
Kishor's Tune… by Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke from Dermot Byrne & Floriane Blancke (Dermot Byrne)
ID Excerpt  The The Albanach Guitar Duo from Weave (Albanach Guitar Duo)
Níl na Lá/The Wind that Shakes the Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (Bua Music)
The Ladies Pantalettes/The Shepherd's Daughter/Kilty James Keane from Heir of the Dog (New Folk Records)
Jamie Ewan McLennan from The Last Bird to Sing (Fellside Recordings)
The Lady of Loreena McKennitt from Troubadours on the Rhine (Verve)
The King's Skirdechal! from Folk on the Water (Angus Council)

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