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Thistle & Shamrock
The Thistle & Shamrock
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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
Travel to northern places in Europe and North America to hear the sound of unspoiled landscapes and rocky shorelines bathed in northern light.
A Case for Guitar
Virtuoso players in Scotland, Ireland, Brittany and beyond are setting a new standard for roots-inspired acoustic guitar music.
Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.
New Winter Sounds
Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her ear as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.
Fiona Ritchie met up with Jean Redpath to reminisce about her five decades of recording and performing, including her role as a great interpreter of the songs of Robert Burns. Enjoy the singing and anecdotes of a music legend.
From festival commissions for traditional instruments to new songs from emerging singer-songwriter talent, we uncover a wealth of recently composed gems this week.
Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.
There are many songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.
New World Releases
Hear tracks from recent albums by North American artists who work to expand the reach of music from Celtic roots.
Notes in the Wilderness
From traditional odes to the wilderness and contemporary songs of concern, our music this week sings of wild and unspoiled landscapes and challenges us to preserve them.
Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Irish American singer and songwriter Cathie Ryan, known for her work with Cherish the Ladies.
New Spring Sounds
The flow of music is never-ending. A mountain of new recordings doesn’t translate into the same volume of great music, though, so rely on Fiona to hand-pick the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from some of your favorite artists.
Don’t miss this opportunity to meet the legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster. Archie makes connections between Celtic and American song traditions and we hear music from across the decades of his remarkable career in the folk scene.