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March 15, 2018

Program 1816: Singing the Land (March 15, 2018) Week 11

This week features music from Karine Polwart's theatrical event Wind Resistance,  originally presented in association with the Edinburgh International Festival,  and from fiddler Duncan Chisholm’s Sandwood Bay, named for the finest and least  accessible beach in Scotland.

Ben-Y-Vrackie/The Crieftan/Old Hill (part 2)...by Tunebook from Melody Lab (Sheem)
The Wild Geese...by Liam O'Flynn from Out to An Other Side (Tara)
Uamh An Oir...by Josie Duncan and Pablo Lafuente from The Morning Tempest (Oak Ridge)
All on a Summer's Morning...by Karine Polwart from A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson)
The Moor Speaks...by Karine Polwart from A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson)
Lark in the Clear Air...by Karine Polwart from A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson)
Lullaby for a Lost Mother...by Karine Polwart from A Pocket of Wind Resistance (Hudson)
[ID excerpt] Snow on High Ground...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)
Spaílpin Fánach...by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass)
I Love the Trees...by Nomos from Set You Free (Green Linnet)
Súile Shuibhne...by Nomos from Set You Free (Green Linnet)
The Pilgrimage...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)
A Precious Place...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)
Dizzy Blue...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)
The Burial Clouds...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)
North to Cape Wrath/The Dark Reel...by Duncan Chisholm from Sandwood (Copperfish)

 

 
March 08, 2018

Program 1815: Swannanoa Memories - Part 2 (March 08, 2018) Week 10

Join Fiona at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina mountains, for more  highlights from her many musical encounters at Traditional Song Week, including  Julee Glaub Weems, Claudine Langille, and Jean Ritchie.

Sligo Creek…by Al Petteway from Caledon Wood (Maggie’s Music)
Concertina reel: The Fair at Ballyandreen…by Brian O’Hairt  Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)
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 Brian O’Hairt and audience live at  Swannanoa Gathering  (Recording not available)    
Mandolin polka…by Claudine Langille  Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)   
Farewell to Nova Scotia…by Claudine Langille  Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)  
[ID Excerpt] Red-Haired Boy…by Al Petteway from Acoustic Journey (Maggie’s Music
The Pinery Boy…by Dáithí Sproule    Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available
Black Waters…by Jean Ritchie from None But One (Greenhays)
Old George’s Square….by Jean Ritchie  Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available
Shady Grove…by Jean Ritchie   Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week  (Recording not available)   
Maggie’s Reel…by Al Petteway & Maggie Sansone from Caledon Wood (Maggie’s Music)

 
March 01, 2018

Program 1814: Swannanoa Memories - Part 1 (March 01, 2018) Week 9

Join Fiona at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina mountains, for  highlights from her many musical encounters at Traditional Song Week, including  Brian McNeill, Sheila Kay Adams, and Cathy Ryan.

Craggy Pinnacle…by Al Petteway and Amy White from High in the Blue Ridge (Fairewood Studios)  
Fiddle solo…by Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available.
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")
Pretty Polly…by David Holt from Grandfather’s Greatest Hits (High Windy)
Soldier’s Joy/Mississippi Sawyer/Arkansas Traveler by David Holt from Grandfather’s Greatest Hits (High Windy)  
Shady Grove…by Doc Watson & David Holt from Legacy (High Windy)
[ID Excerpt] Up on Flat Top Mountain…by Al Petteway and Amy White from High in the Blue Ridge (Fairewood Studios)  
8th of January/Cumberland Gap… by Sheila Kay Adams, Bruce Green, Carl Jones from All The Other Fine Things (Granny Dell Records)
Pretty Fair Miss… by Sheila Kay Adams performed live at Traditional Song Week 2009, Swannanoa Gathering, NC recording not available
Mo Níon Ó...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available (Mo Níon Ó can be heard on Cathie Ryan's CD "Through Wind and Rain")
Óró, 'Sheanduine Dóite...by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh
Somewhere Along the Road...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available (Somewhere Along the Road can be heard on Cathie Ryan's CD "Somewhere Along the Road")
Craggy Pinnacle…by Al Petteway and Amy White from High in the Blue Ridge (Fairewood Studios)

 
February 22, 2018

Program 1813: Songs of the Times (February 22, 2018) Week 8

Old ballads offer fascinating glimpses into the past but what do today’s  songwriters say about our contemporary concerns? Find out this week with Karan  Casey, Karine Polwart, Battlefield band and more.

When Will We All Be Free?…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie)
Ballad of Accounting…by The Paul McKenna Band from Between Two Worlds (Greentrax)
Wild Goose Chase… by McGlynn, Newman, Casey, Ní Chathasaigh from Heartstring Sessions (Old Bridge)
Rivers Run… by Karine Polwart  from This Earthly Spell (Hegri Music
A Happier Time... by Ember from Full Circle (Salt & Slate)
Bata is Bóthar…by John Spillane & Louis de Paor from The Gaelic Hit Factory (EMI)
[ID Excerpt]: Tripswitch…by John McSherry & Donal O'Connor from Tripswitch (Compass)
I Cried/Take Me to the Sea…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple)
Thousand Mile Blues… by Atwater.Donnelly from The Weaver’s Bonny (Rabbit Island Music)
Homeless…by Solas from The Hour Before Dawn (Shanachie)
Firethief/Behind Our Eyes… by Karine Polwart from This Earthly Spell (Hegri Music)
Different Drum…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky For Some (Greentrax)

 
February 15, 2018

Program 1812: Clear Sounds (February 15, 2018) Week 7

Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice - solo and layered – along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists, featuring Jean Redpath, Little Windows, and  Maura O’Connell.

The Yellow Tinker/The Yellow Pantsuit...by Liz Carroll from On The Off Beat  (Liz Carroll)
John o' Dreams...by Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)   
Wedding Waltzes...by Ross Ainslie from Wide Open (Great White)
How Can I Keep From Singing?...by Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub
Nice Feeling...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD audio)
Fill, Fill the Merry Bowl... by Rod Paterson from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill, Volume III (Brechin All Records)
Dog Bites...by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)  
[ID excerpt] Red Rocking Chair...by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)
Inis Sui...by Maire Breatnach from The Celtic Heartbeat Collection (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Water is Wide...by Maura O'Connell from The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Vol 1 (Valley Entertainment)
The Winter's End...by Liam O'Flynn from The Celtic Heartbeat Collection (Celtic Heartbeat)
Captive Song of Mary Stuart...by Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)
Alas! Poor Queen...by Jean Redpath from Summer of My Dreams (Philo/Rounder)   
Sandhunter...by Maeve Gilchrist from 20 Chandler Street (Adventure Music)
A Group...by Tracey Dares from Crooked Lake (CBC Maritimes)

 
February 8, 2018

Program 1811: ThistleRadio Classics (February 8, 2018) Week 6

An hour of some well-loved classic tracks from our ThistleRadio music channel,  winner of ‘Best Music Show: Country/Folk/Blues’ in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.

Steel and Stone (Black Water)...by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass
Reel de Chicoutimi/Reel St. Jean/Reel Eboulement...by Chris Norman from The Beauty of the North (Dorian
Shanagolden...by Dervish from The Thrush in the Storm (Whirling Discs
Keeping up with Calum...by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Factor)
Hoireann ó Rathill iù ó...by Mary Jane Lamond & Wendy MacIsaac from Seinn (Factor
The Devil's Courtship...by Battlefield Band from Happy Daze (Temple
Ridee...by Session A9 from Session A9 (RAJ)
ID EXCERPT Bard Dance...by Enya from Enya (Atlantic)   
The Sailor Boy...by The Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Green Linnet)  
Spike Island Lasses...by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
May Colven...by Emily Smith from Ten Years (White Fall)
Parting Friends...by Stuart Mason from Tradition (Native Home Music
Jig-Só...by Calan from Dinas (Sain)
Cutting the Chord...by Savourna Stevenson from Cutting the Chord (Eclectic)

 
February 01, 2018

Program 1810: The Long View (February 01, 2018) Week 5

Fiona selects a few extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including  groundbreaking recordings by Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

Gavotte...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)  
Toss the Feathers/College Groves/Pinch of Snuff/The Earl'sChair/The Woman of the House/The Girl That Broke My Heart/The Drunken Tinker/Paddy Cronin's/McFadden's Handsome Daughter/The Hunter's Purse/Toss the Feathers...by Kevin Burke from If The Cap Fits (Mulligan) 
The Fabled Hare...by Maddy Prior from Year (Park)  
[ID Excerpt] Merrily Kissed the Quaker...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)  
Gaeltacht...by Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder
Magheracloone/Norland Wind...by Battlefield Band from Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple)
Welsh Arrow Suite...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)

 
January 25, 2018

Program 1809: Songs of the Bard (January 25, 2018) Week 4

Join us in marking the annual celebrations of the birth of Robert Burns with an hour of musical innovation and tradition inspired by his legacy.

The Lea Rig…by The Paul McKenna Band from Between Two Worlds (Greentrax)
Now Westlin Winds…by Dick Gaughan from Gaughan Live! At the Trades Club (Greentrax)
Ae Fond Kiss…by Corrina Hewat from My Favourite Place (Foot Stompin’)
Braw Lads o’ Gala Water…by Ed Miller from Lyrics of Gold (Wellfield)
Highland Mary…by Jim Malcolm from Acquaintance (Beltane)
Rigs o’ Barley…by Emily Smith from A Day Like Today (Foot Stompin’)
[ID excerpt] Brose and Butter…by Corrina Hewat from My Favourite Place (Foot Stompin’)
The Slave’s Lament…by Feisty Besoms from Auld Flames (Feisty Besoms) 
Parcel of Rogues in a Nation…by Rod Paterson from Songs from the Bottom Drawer (Greentrax)
Ye Jacobites…by Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass
Aye Walkin’ O…by Jock Tamson’s Bairns from Rare (Greentrax)
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose…by June Tabor from Rosa Mundi (Green Linnet)  
Auld Lang Syne…by Jim Malcolm from Acquaintance (Beltane)
Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonie Doon…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh  (ferintosh.com)

 
January 18, 2018

Program 1808: New Year, New Music 2 (January 18, 2018) Week 3

Tune in to 2018 with more new music from recent deliveries to the Thistle  mailboxes in Scotland and the U.S.

Mellville Castle/Mally Lee...by Jim & Susie Malcolm from Spring Will Follow On (Beltane)
Shetland Pony Shuffle...by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Northern Lights (Birnam CD)
Nancy From London…by Matthew Byrne from Horizontal Lines (matthewbyrne.net)
The Boy in the Tree...by Open the Door for Three from The Joyful Hour (openthedoorforthree.com)
Paddy's Canny Toast/The Tempest…by Marla Fisbish & Bruce Victor from Noctambule (noctambulemusic.com)
The Open Door…by Aurora Celtic from In Full Flight (auroracelticmusic.com)
[ID Excerpt] Mix it Up…by by Aurora Celtic from In Full Flight (auroracelticmusic.com)
No LIght...by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Brick by Brick (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)
My Mighty Beezer...by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Brick by Brick (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)
Bideag Dhomhnaill 'Ic Alasdair...by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Brick by Brick (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)
Corporal Hare of the Royal Marines...Paul Anderson from The High Summit (Fingal)
Fiddle and Bow...by Jim & Susie Malcolm from Spring Will Follow On (Beltane)
The False Love Won Back...by Jim & Susie Malcolm from Spring Will Follow On (Beltane)
Barney's...by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Brick by Brick (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)

 
January 11, 2018

Program 1807: New Year, New Music 1 (January 11, 2018) Week 2

Tune in to 2018 with some great music from recent deliveries to the Thistle  mailboxes in Scotland and the U.S. 

Gepetto/Pinokkio…by Trio Dhoor from Momentum (triodhoor.com)
Long Time Travelin'…by Anna & Elizabeth from Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt Records)
Boyne Water…by Open the Door for Three from The Joyful Hour (openthedoorforthree.com)
Long Years Ago…by Matthew Byrne from Horizontal Lines (matthewbyrne.net)
Mrs. MacKenzie's…by Graham Mackenzie from Northern Lights (birnamcd)
Rider Coming…by Aurora Celtic from In Full flight (auroracelticmusic.com)
Tehan's/DunmoreLasses…by Aurora Celtic from In Full flight (auroracelticmusic.com)
[ID Excerpt] Huiswaarts…by Trio Dhoor from Momentum (triodhoor.com)
Comin Abergwesyn…by Bob Delyn a'r Ebillion from Dal I 'Redig Dipyn Bach (Sain)
Trip to Skye/The Good Doctor…by Marla Fisbish & Bruce Victor from Noctambule (noctambulemusic.com)
Serán do Seixedos…by A Buxaina from A Way to the Atlantic (compilation distributed exclusively with Songlines Magazine)
The Sandy Shoe…by Chris Gray from Fust! (mdipiper.com)
Greenwood Sidey…by Anna & Elizabeth from Anna & Elizabeth (Free Dirt Records)
The Roscommon/Galway Rambler/Donegal Traveler…by Séagda Coyle from Rip the Bellows ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it )

 
January 04, 2018

Program 1806: At the Edge (January 04, 2018) Week 1

Explore 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?...by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Scraping the Barrel…by Shooglenifty from Live Radical Mestizo (Compass
MacAlgo…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)

 
December 28, 2017

Program 1805:  American Original: The Wisdom of Pete Seeger (December 28, 2017) Week 52

"There is hope for the world." Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.

At the turn of the New Year, another chance to be inspired by the reflections of one of the great figures of American folksong, along with music from a remarkable life, recorded during Fiona’s visit with Pete Seeger.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? ...by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits  (Columbia)   
Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane & Vedran Smailovic from Where Have All The  Flowers Gone (Appleseed
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy…by Dick Gaughan from Sail On (Greentrax)
If I Had a Hammer…by Nanci Griffith & Friends from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)   
The D Minor Flourish…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed
Michael Row the Boat Ashore…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia
Pretty Polly…by Pete Seeger from American Folk Anthology (Not Now Music)
[ID Excerpt] Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Sharon Isbin from Journey to the New World (Sony Classical
One Percent Phosphorous Banjo Riff…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
This Land is Your Land…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia
Step By Step…by Sweet Honey in the Rock Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
Turn, Turn, Turn… by Dick Gaughan from Redwood Cathedral (Greentrax)
How Can I Keep From Singing …by Bruce Springsteen from We Shall Overcome- the Seeger Sessions (Columbia)
And Still I am Searching…by Pete Seeger from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)

 
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