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The Thistle & Shamrock

Saturdays, 7pm

Program Website: http://www.npr.org/programs/thistle/

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 highlands.

January 10
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.

January 17
Winter Heat
Hot instrumentals and passionate vocals from Kirsty MacColl, Salsa Celtica and Kila offer the perfect insulation against winter’s chill.

January 24
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.”

January 31
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.

February 7
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.

February 14
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.

February 21
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.

February 28
Welsh Roots
Explore some well-loved and emerging roots music from Wales.

March 7
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.

March 14
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.

March 21
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.

March 28
More New Releases and Debuts
Fiona selects more of the best new sounds from rising artists, along with established artists.


 


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