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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.

 

July 4
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.
 
July 11
Musical Breizh
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.

July 18
Common Currency
Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.

July 25
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.

August 1
Dear Jean
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.

August 8
Celtic Guitar
Virtuoso players from old world to new are raising the bar for Celtic roots-inspired guitar music.

August 15
ThistleRadio
Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

August 22
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.

August 29
New Again for Summer
Tune into more of the great new sounds from the worlds of Celtic music.

September 5
Harpers
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.

September 12
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.

September 19
The Long View
Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

September 26
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.

 


 


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