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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)

 
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)

 
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