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
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.
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.
Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.
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.
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.
Virtuoso players from old world to new are raising the bar for Celtic roots-inspired guitar music.
Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.
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.
New Again for Summer
Tune into more of the great new sounds from the worlds of Celtic music.
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.
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.
The Long View
Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.
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.