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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 26
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June 25: Claudine Langille

Join Fiona at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with vocalist and leading banjo and mandolin player Claudine Langille.  Hear why songs and tunes from the Canadian Maritimes, Ireland and Appalachia flow through Claudine’s music.

Week 27
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July 2: Underneath the Stars

Drawing meaning, guidance and solace from the sun moon and stars, our music looks to the Northern and Western skies this week.

Week 28
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July 9:  Musical Breizh

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the airwaves this week, with the bands Kornog and Skolvan, traditional vocalist and specialist in Breton “gwerz” songs Annie Ebrel, and the father of pan-Celtic music, harper Alan Stivell.

Week 29
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July 16: Common Currency

Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.

Week 30
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July 23: Remembering Jean Ritchie

Travel with host Fiona Ritchie to the mountains of North Carolina and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Traditional Song Week, where the late Jean Ritchie shared songs, memories and wisdom, with an Appalachian dulcimer across her lap.

Week 31
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July 30: Dear Jean

Artists celebrate Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), singing the songs she taught them and passing along their wisdom.  Much of this week’s music comes from the commemorative CD which includes Robin and Linda Williams, Peggy Seeger, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and many friends of Jean Ritchie.

Week 32
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August 6: Celtic Guitar

Virtuoso players from old world to new are raising the bar for Celtic roots-inspired guitar music.

Week 33
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August 13: ThistleRadio

Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

Week 34
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August 20: New for Summer

Tune into the great new sounds, from both sides of the Atlantic, that artists and their record labels are launching during the music festival season.

Week 35
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August 27: New Again for Summer

Tune into more of the great new sounds from the worlds of Celtic music.

Week 36
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September 3: Harpers

Hear innovation on an ancient instrument with harpers William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Maire Brennan, Grainne Hambly, Savourna Stevenson, and Alan Stivell all feature in an hour dedicated to small harps.

Week 37
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September 10: The Great Tapestry

Follow the great musical migration from Scotland, through Ulster to Appalachia.  Maggie MacInnes, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams and others share songs that tell the story of a remarkable musical diaspora.

Week 38
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September 17: The Long View

Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

Week 39
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September 24: Brian McNeill at Swannanoa

Join Fiona and the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/singer Brian McNeill as they share conversation and music at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina Mountains.