Celtic musical traditions continue to evolve in Ireland, Scotland, Brittany,
England, Wales and in North America. This evolution is the raw material
from which Fiona Ritchie produced her weekly program
of music and cultural heritage from studios at the foothills of the Scottish
Stay connected to the authentic roots of today’s music with artists who resist the digital perfection of the studio and mix archive vinyl into their tracks.
Enjoy an hour dedicated to some great solo artists and duos that deliver uncluttered pure acoustic arrangements.
This hour features classic combinations of musical threesomes weaving melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.
Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for a song or three.
The ancient year marked seasonal changes with special festivities and rituals. Marked at the beginning of May, Beltane is one of four quarter-day festivals. Join in our celebration of the natural elements – Air, Earth, Water, and Fire – in a Beltane-themed hour of music.
Newly Hatched for Spring
Hear new tracks from recent albums by artists who work to expand the reach of music from Celtic roots on both sides of the Atlantic.
Tales of the Riverbank
Rivers run through many of our well-loved and best-known landscapes. Their quiet banks and neglected docksides are now often the focus of rural
rediscovery and urban regeneration. Music, old and new, celebrates our rivers as sources of life and of timeless inspirations to song-makers.
From time to time, where Vikings once held sway, a piece of jewelry, a coin or a tool is unearthed somewhere in northern Scotland or eastern England. What would the Norsemen raiders who left these artifacts in their wake have made of our haul of Nordic music?
The Carrying Stream
It took centuries for a ballad like “Barbara Allen” to work its way through the British Isles and across the Atlantic. Now the music flows freely back and forth as musicians from both sides of the ocean explore and fuse flavors from Celtic, Appalachian and Old Time music. This week they include Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Jean Ritchie and Anaïs Mitchell.
Words, Verses, Music
Poetry tells the story this week, with songs and tunes inspired by poets’ lives and works.
On the Road
Today’s working musicians offer us contemporary verses of the traveling artists’ lifestyles, continuing a long-established tradition of celebrating itinerant work ways in song.
Early Summer Sounds
Fiona hand-picks the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from some of your favorite artists.
Celtic Show Bands
Hear big-band style brass sections and other instrumental combinations as they create cutting edge grooves and a big bold acoustic sound.