THE THISTLE & SHAMROCK®
with Fiona Ritchie
Singing the Land
This week features music from Karine Polwart's theatrical event Wind Resistance and from fiddler Duncan Chisholm’s Sandwood Bay, named for the finest and least accessible beach in Scotland.
Alan Reid at Swannanoa
Scottish singer, songwriter and former Battlefield Band member Alan Reid visits Traditional Song Week at the Swannanoa Gathering. We hear highlights from his remarkable musical encounters with Cathy Jordan, Len Graham, Sheila Kay Adams, Tony Ellis, Matt Watroba and Dr. Kathy Bullock.
Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans. This week's episode features music by Joe Craven, Pauline Scanlon, Tim O'Brien, Colcannon and more.
Songs of Tannahill
Explore the songs of 17th-century "weaver poet" Robert Tannahill, who wrote verses in the style of Robert Burns. Tannahill's work is still widely sung and has been immortalized internationally in folk songs he influenced, including "Wild Mountain Thyme" and "Waltzing Matilda."
From the "chant de marin," or sea shanties, of Brittany to the songs of the voyageurs of the Canadian fur trade, enjoy the French songs that extend branches of the Celtic music tree from the old world to the new, with artists Le Vent du Nord, Hilary James, and Chris Norman.
More New Summer Sounds
Hear new sounds from artists on both sides of the Atlantic.
From the Archives - 1
Fiona Ritchie explores some highlights from the past decade of radio shows.
Great songs and tunes are always available to stream on our 24-hour music channel. Span the decades with classic tracks on ThistleRadio.
Mícheál Ó Domhnaill
We remember one of Ireland’s most influential artists with the music her recorded and produced over three decades.
These musicians from both sides of the Atlantic make their first appearances on Thistle this week.
From the Archives - 2
Fiona Ritchie explores more highlights from the past decade of radio shows.
The Lost Songs of St. Kilda
Hear the haunting melodies that offer a last link to the ‘island on the edge of the world’.
Meet Len Graham, the legendary singer and songwriter from Northern Ireland who carries an equal number of songs and stories in his heart.
When the Celtic rhythms go quiet on your radio, you can always stream great songs and tunes through the night and day on ThistleRadio. Enjoy some of the latest additions to the 1,000+ tracks.
Song Journeys with Peggy Seeger and Alan Reid
Recorded live at the Birnam Book Festival, American folksinger, songwriter and activist Peggy Seeger is joined by Scots singer and songwriter Alan Reid, with host Fiona Ritchie, to explore the transatlantic travels of songs.