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Here’s what’s just ahead on Thistle. Remember that broadcast dates vary depending on where you’re listening, so just check our broadcast schedule and list of streaming stations for dates, times and frequencies.

Week 51
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December 18:  Nollaig

Enter the spirit of a traditional Scottish, Irish and Welsh Yuletide this week with Fiona Ritchie and special guest Cerys Matthews (pron: Keris).  The Welsh singer-songwriter and broadcaster has recorded “A Child’s Christmas in Wales” by Dylan Thomas to mark the poet's centenary year. Cerys tells Fiona about the project, set to original music by Mason Neely, and narrates excerpts from this timeless holiday classic.

Week 52
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December 25:  Midwinter Musing

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season.

Week 1
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January 01, 2015: Jean Redpath ~ Remembering Scotland’s International Voice of Song

Singer Jean Redpath first traveled from Scotland to the U.S. in 1961 and was soon immersed in the American folk scene.  She went on to perform 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 with Jean to reminisce about five decades of sharing songs.

Week 2
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January 08: New Year Sounds

Prepare your way for the year ahead with a fresh musical start and a chance to discover artists whose careers are destined to gather momentum in the coming months.

Week 3
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January 15: Winter Heat

Hot instrumentals and passionate vocals from Kirsty MacColl, Salsa Celtica and Kila offer the perfect insulation against winter’s chill.

Week 4
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January 22: Muir of Gormack

The area of wilderness known as the Muir of Gormack was first mentioned in 1776 by scholars who labeled it a “Caledonian Camp” for its prehistoric remains of hut-circles, cairns and decorated stones.  Dougie MacLean evokes the setting and imagines the ancient culture in “Muir of Gormack – a Pictish story.”

Week 5
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January 29: Songs of the Bard

Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the songs, timeless and thriving, of Robert Burns ~ Scotland’s National Bard.

Week 6
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February 5: Nuala Kennedy and A.J. Roach

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.  Her husband, 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.  The pair chat with Fiona and share some music.

Week 7
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February 12: Love Songs

Move beyond the traditional notion of romantic love this week to hear of a bond with landscape, language, and the natural world – all in the finest music from Celtic roots.

Week 8
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February 19: New Releases and Debuts

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 through the decades.

Week 9
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February 26: Welsh Roots

Explore some well-loved and emerging roots music from Wales.

Week 10
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March 5: Scent of Spring

Spring is in the airs… and the jigs, reels and songs as we put out a musical welcome mat for the first signs of the season.

Week 11
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March 12: Live from Ireland

Re-live some great sets of Irish music, including years of live performances presented by Fiona with The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and more.

Week 12
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March 19: Made in America

Travel from the 1920s with legendary fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, to the thriving 1970s session scene and hear the evolving sound of Irish traditional music in the United States.

Week 13
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March 26: More New Releases and Debuts

Fiona selects more of the best new sounds from rising artists, along with established artists.