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
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.
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.
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.
More New Releases and Debuts
Fiona selects more of the best new sounds from rising artists, along with established artists.
Raised in the Outer Hebrides, Julie Fowlis is reaching international audiences with Gaelic song, and is one of a small group of singers bringing it into the cultural mainstream. Meet her to explore her music and learn about her role in the soundtrack of an Oscar-winning animation.
Time to Dance
The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet, and then you’re dancing! Limber up and tune into music including Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.
Fiona celebrates the musical connections her captured her attention when she first traveled through the U.S. in the early 1980s, by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains.
There’s more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes. Ease through hand-picked soothing voices and free-spirited instrumentals.
Hear wild fiddle music and singing in the language of the Gael. Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-swept coastlines.
Established artists and old friends bring new music to the show with their latest releases and innovations.
At The Edge
Hear an evolving Celtic roots sound, inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.
Look to the next era for this music with the sounds of first time artists on Thistle with recordings from both sides of the Atlantic.
The Long View
Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.
Hebridean tweed-workers’ songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music: their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms of the song. Hear how the music lightens the work and keeps the singers going.
Brian and Julee
Join Fiona at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub. Each followed a separate path to Ireland to discover the roots of their musical passions.
Scent of Summer
Ease into the sound of summer with a warm Celtic infused blend.
Join Fiona at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with vocalist and leading banjo and mandolin player Claudine Langille. Hear why songs and tunes from the Canadian Maritimes, Ireland and Appalachia flow through Claudine’s music.