NPR distributes The Thistle & Shamrock®, a weekly radio program of music from Celtic roots in Europe and North America, to member stations throughout the U.S. Produced and hosted by Fiona Ritchie, the radio show has attracted many exclusive contributions though the years, including NPR’s first mp3 music download, live festival recordings, and world premiere performances.
"essential... a gorgeous book, including a CD of various artists’ renditions of the songs whose origins the authors so beautifully recount” ~ New York Times
In Wayfaring Strangers, Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr guide readers on a musical voyage across oceans, linking people and songs through centuries of adaptation and change. From ancient ballads at the heart of the tradition to instruments that express this dynamic music, Ritchie and Orr chronicle the details of an epic journey. Enriched by the insights of key contributors to the living tradition on both sides of the Atlantic, this abundantly illustrated volume includes a CD featuring 20 songs by musicians profiled in the book, including Dolly Parton who contributed the Foreword.
Links to book and CD outlets
Book: Wayfaring Strangers ~ The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia
Book: NPR Curious Listeners’ Guide to Celtic Music
CD - various artists: Scotland the Real ~ Music from Contemporary Caledonia
CD - various artists: The Best of The Thistle & Shamrock, Volume 1
CD - various artists: A Thistle & Shamrock Christmas Ceilidh
Soundtrack ~ A Celtic Tale: The Legend of Deirdre (Narrated Version (collaboration with the multi award winning composers Mychael and Jeff Danna)