Jul-Sep 2011

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Program 1479: Wisdom In The Strings (September 29, 2011)   Week 39    

We explore contemporary and traditional music conveying wisdom from ancient times this week.  Featured are Celtic-tinged arrangements of the sacred chants of Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179) and William Jackson’s music developed from a medieval manuscript, created on a tiny Scottish island in the 13th century.

Gardyne Castle…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records)
The Fire of the Spirit…by Richard Souther from Illumination (Sony)
Salve Rex Gloriae…by Anuna from Omnis (Celtic Heartbeat)
Eucharius…by Garmarna from Hildegard von Bingen (Northside)
Ex Te Lux Oritur…by Ann Heymann from Queen of Harps (Temple)
O Columba insignis signifer…by Canty from Wings of Wisdom (Dorian)
Boadicea…by Enya from Enya (Warner)
ID Excerpt: Worship…by Richard Souther from Illumination (Sony
Laoidh Chaluim Chille…by Mae McKenna from Mirage and Reality (Kadence)
Ode to Bridget…by Noirin Ni Riain from Celtic Soul (Earth Music)
Salve Splendor…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records
Kyrie…by Garmarna from Hildegard von Bingen (Northside)
The Sun in the Stream…by Enya from Enya (Warner)
Columcille…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn Records)

Program 1478: New Releases (September 22, 2011)   Week 38

This week we stop to take stock of new traditional and contemporary recordings from rising roots music talent, along with releases from the well- established names most popular with our radio listeners.

Dolan's Beoga from How to Tune a Fish (Compass)   
Highlander's Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas from Highlander's Farewell (Culburnie)   
The Dun Broon Lucy Pringle & Chris Wright from The Speaking Heart (Mondegreen Music
How Can I Keep From Singing? Laurie Lewis from Blossoms (Spruce and Maple Music)   
Islay Ailie Robertson from Traditional Spirits (Lorimer Records
The War Carries On (Turn, Turn, Turn) David Ferrard from Journeyman (Alter Road)  
ID Excerpt: Clan Steve Cooney & Charlie Lennon from Ceol Sidhe (Clo Iar-Chonnacht)   
Woman of Senga Peter Mawanga & Andrew Finn Magill from Mau A Malawi - Stories of Aids  (
Devil's Advocate by Chris Stout from Brazilian Theory Live in Concert (Chris Stout Music)   
When I Go To West Virginia/Sally Atwater.Donnelly from Each Other’s Story  (Rabbit Island Music)  
Alternate Long Time Courting from Alternate Routes (
None But Kate MacLeod and Kat Eggleston from Lost and Found (Waterbug)   
Ascent of Peatbog Faeries from Dust (Peatbog Records)

Program 1477: Irish American Attitude (September 15, 2011)   Week 37

The Irish American community has issued some brilliant recordings through the years.  We’ll listen to a few of these, hear classic artists from Chicago to the East Coast, and Detroit-born singer Cathie Ryan will join us.

The Smell of the Bog/The Wind that Shakes the Barley/Emmet's Double…by Laurence Nugent from Two for Two (Shanachie)
Dignity…by Solas from The Edge of Silence (Shanachie)
Lament of the First Generation…by Liz Carroll from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
Excerpt: Home by Bearna…by Cathie Ryan from The Music of What Happens (Shanachie)
Grace O'Malley…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Mother, Will You Let Me Go to the Fair…by Cathie Ryan from The Music of What Happens (Shanachie)
In My Tribe…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
ID Excerpt: Ta Se na La…by  Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Excerpt: We Dreamed Our Dreams…by Cathie Ryan from The Music of What Happens (Shanachie)
Carrick-a-Rede…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Rathlin Island…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Ta Se na La…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Somewhere Along the Road…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)
Bunch of Keys…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony)

Program 1476: Family Gathering (September 08, 2011)   Week 36   

Some of the finest Celtic music recorded since it was so labeled has sprung from a few influential musical families.  Hear the Brennans, the O'Domhnaills, the Cunninghams, the Fishers, and the Lunnys.  Together and individually, they have helped shape the genre.

The Swelkie/The Teran…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Mither O' The Sea  (Greentrax)
The Busker on the Bridge…by Nightnoise from A Different Shore (Windham Hill)
Spanish Lady…by Maighread & Triona Ní Dhomhnaill from Between The Two Lights  (Idir an Dá Sholas) (Green Linnet)
The Butterfly…by The Bothy Band from After Hours (Green Linnet)
False Fly on the Road…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Polkas…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
Coinnleach Glas an Fhómhair…by Manus Lunny from Tráthnóna Eile (Tuilleadh Eolais)
ID Excerpt: Lucky in Love…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
Far Over the Forth…by Cilla Fisher from A Celebration of Scottish Music (Temple)
Mrs. Martha Knowles/The Pitnacree Ferryman…by Silly Wizard from Live Wizardry (Green Linnet)
Lindsay…by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
Will Ye Gang, Love…by The Black Family from The Black Family  (Dara)
In A Lifetime…by Clannad with Bono from Themes (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Sound of Sleat…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
An Drochaid Chliutach…by Eilidh Shaw from Heepirumbo (Greentrax)

Program  1475: Heading South (September  01, 2011)  Week 35 

Join us to explore the Celtic roots of music from the Southern Mountains of the U.S., with songs and tunes from flat pick guitarist Norman Blake, fiddler James Bryan, multi-instrumentalist Mark O'Connor and others.

Wheel Hoss/ Redbird/ Tripping up to Larne…by Cúig from Prospect (Green Linnet)
Ireland’s Green Shore…by Tim O'Brien from The Crossing (Alula)
The Devil and the Farmer’s Wife…by Afterhours from Hung Up and Dry (Celtic Music 1992)
The Farmer's Cursed Wife…by Tim O'Brien and The Boys from Oh boy! O'Boy! (Sugar Hill
Brickyard Joe…by Norman & Nancy Blake from Just Gimme Somethin' I'm Used To (Shanachie)   
A Pretty Fair Miss…by Duck Baker & Molly Andrews from American Traditional (Day Job)   
There Was a Lady…by Relativity from Relativity (Green Linnet)
ID Excerpt: Speed the Plow Medley…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony
Indian Whoop…by James Bryan & Carl Jones from Two Pictures (Martin Records)
Barbara Allen…. by Emmy Rossum from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Barbara Allen… by Emmylou Harris from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Shady Grove…by Ian Carmichael from Ceilidh House Sessions (Greentrax
High on a Mountain…by Four Men & a Dog from Barking Mad (Cross Border Media)
A Mountaineer is Always Free…by Pierce Pettis from State of Grace (Compass
Star of the County Down…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)

Program 1474: Easy Does It (August  25, 2011)    Week  34  

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes.  Kick back with some soothing voices (Maire Brennan, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson) and some free-spirited instrumentals (Davy Spillane, William Jackson, Michael McGoldrick).

Ca Dé Sin Do’n Té Sin…by Clannad from Banba (RCA)
Bonnie Jean…by Karen Matheson from Time to Fall (Vertical)
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi' the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus/Alan Genty  from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
'S fhada leam an Oidche Ghemhradih…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)
Teehan's…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
The Lowlands of Holland…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
ID Excerpt: Midnight Walker…by Davy Spillane from Pipedreams (Tara Music)
Little Sadie …by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
An Honourable Peace/The Drip…by William Jackson from Duan Albanach (Mill)
Bí Liom…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)
What Makes You Dream…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Swedish…by Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside)
Ubi Caritas…by Connie Dover from The Wishing Well (Taylor Park)
Darklight…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)

Program 1473: Time To Dance (August 18, 2011)   Week 33 

The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet and before you know it, you're dancing.  Limber up before you tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

Wooden Whale/Leaps & Bounds/Skye Barbeque…by Alasdair Fraser from Dawn Dance (Culburnie)
The Easy Club Reel/Janine’s Reel…by The Easy Club from Essential (Eclectic Records)
The Rovin' Ploughboy…by Malinky from Ravens (Greentrax)
The Price of a Pig/Crabbit Shona/Bancroft’s Descent…by Shooglenifty from A Whisky Kiss (Greentrax)
Swing Round to the Jigs…by The Kilfenora Ceili Band from Set on Stone (Torc Music)
Molly and Johnny…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records)
The Green Mountain…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records)
ID Excerpt: The Point Road…by Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax)
Hanter Dro…by Tud from Deus Kerne (Escaliburt)
The Braes of Killiecrankie…by Kornog from Korong (Green Linnet)
Bal Plinn du Vertige…by Skolvan from Swing & Tears (Keltia Musique)
The Poor Man’s Fortune/The Fiddler’s Key/The Blessings of Silver…by Trian from Trian II (Green Linnet)
Willie Taylor…by Cran from Black, Black, Black (Claddagh Records)
Farquhar and Hettie’s Waltz/My Cape Breton Home…by Blazin' Fiddles from Fire On! (Blazin' Fiddles)
Opinions…by Rory Campbell & Malcolm Stitt from Field of Bells (Lochshore)

Program 1472: Song Beat (August 11, 2011)  Week 32 

Hebridean tweed workers' songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music – their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms, lightening the work and keeping the singer going.  Get into the rhythm of the song this week, with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore and many more.

Celtic Society's Quickstep/42nd Highlander's Farewell…by John Cunningham from Fair Warning (Green Linnet)
Sunny…by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk (Green Linnet)
Miss Cambpbell of Sheeness/Balindore/Irish Jig…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk  (Green Linnet)
Don't Forget Your Shovel…by Christy Moore from The Time Has Come (Green Linnet)
Tunnel Tigers…by Sean Keane from Turn a Phrase (Kells)
Mouth Music/ Eddie Curran’s Favourite…by Dolores Keane & John Faulkner from Broken Hearted I'll Wander  (Mulligan)
The Lady's Dance…by Daimh from The Pirates of Puirt (Goat Island Music)
ID Excerpt: Sitting in the Stern of a Boat…by Alasdair Fraser from Return to Kintail (Culburnie)
Iomramh Eadar Il'a's Uist/The Source of Spey…by Ossian from St. Kilda Wedding (Iona)
Charlie, Oh, Charlie…by Ossian from Borders (Iona)
Arran Boat Song…by Darol Anger with Alasdair Fraser from Diary of a Fiddler (Compass)
Pull Down Below…by Forebitters from Ships May Come…And Ships May Go (Forebitters)   
The Waulking of the Fauld…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (
Puirt…by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Suil Air Ais (Greentrax)
Long Distance Runner…by The Easy Club from Chance or Design (R2 Records)

Program 1471: Words and Music (August 4, 2011)  Week 31

Uncover musical connections with Stevenson, Yeats, Scott and other literary figures in the company of Bonnie Rideout, Loreena McKennitt, Battlefield Band and Jean Redpath.

The Loose Noose/Deacon Brodie…by Robin Laing from Walking in Time (Greentrax)
I Will Make You Brooches…by Jean Redpath from A Fine Song For Singing (Philo Rounder)
Shining Clear…by Battlefield Band from There’s a Buzz (Temple)
From A Railway Carriage…by Bonnie Rideout from Gi’me Elbow Room (Maggie's Music)
Shadow Dance…by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula)
The Lotus Eaters…by Robin Laing from Ebb and Flow (Whistleberry Music)
Neverbird…by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula)
Calypso's Island…by Robin Laing from Walking in Time (Greentrax)
ID Excerpt: Night Ride Across the Caucasus…by Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner Brothers)
Tam o' Shanter (part 1)…by Jim Malcolm from Rohallion (Beltane)
The Landing… by Johnny Cunningham from Peter & Wendy (Alula)
Tam o' Shanter (part 2)…by Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane)
Skellig…by Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner Brothers)
Lullaby…by Loreena McKennitt from Elemental (Quinlan Road)
La Serenissima…by Loreena McKennitt from Book of Secrets (Warner Brothers)

Program 1470: Flute and Whistle (July 28, 2011)  Week 30 

The flute may be the closest any instrument comes to reproducing the expression of the human voice.  It is the music of breathing.  Chris Norman, Cathal McConnell, Lunasa, Claire Mann and more play Celtic flute and whistle for us this week.

Chloe's Passion…by Claire Mann from Claire Mann (Foot Stompin)
Contentment is Wealth/The Mooncoin Jig…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
Playing of Ball…by Kate Rusby from Little Lights (Pure)
Waterman’s…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
Farewell, Lovely Nancy…by Boys of the Lough from Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (Lough Records)
Lads of Leith/Tulloch Gorum/Lord Seaforth Reel/Miss Scott of Usan…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)
ID Excerpt: Cloichini Beaga Na Farraige…by Micho Russell from Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador (Pennywhistler's Press)
A Fig For a Kiss…by Matt Molloy from Shadows on Stone (Virgin)
Belladonna…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Harp and Shamrock…by Lunasa from Redwood (Green Linnet)
The Otter’s Nest/Richie Dwyer's…by Joanie Madden from Song of the Irish Whistle (Hearts o' Space)
The Apprentice Boy…by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
Port Atholl…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)

Program 1469:  Listening Westward (July 21, 2011) Week 29  

Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-ravaged coastlines.  It is wild fiddle music and singing in the ancient languages of the Gael.  At its heart is tradition; at its soul innovation.  The Ni Dhomhnaill sisters (pron: Nee Gonnel), Altan, Capercaillie, Martin Hayes, and The Peatbog Fairies take us westward.

Blink/The Central Line/Lexy Macaskill's…by Flook from Flatfish (Flatfish Records)
Chi mi’n Gheamhraidh…by Gary West from The Islay Ball (Greentrax)
Coisich, a Ruin…by Capercaillie from Delirium (Survival Records)
The Stone in the Field/Famous Ballymore/The Traveller…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
West Coast of Clare…by Niamh Parsons from Heart’s Desire (Green Linnet)
Dheannain sugradh…by Alyth McCormack from An Iomal (The Edge) (Vertical Records)
The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/Siuns Reel…by Altan from Another Sky (Virgin Narada)
ID Excerpt: Paddy Fahy's Reel…by Sean Tyrrell from Belladonna (Long Walk Music)
The Old Bush/The Reel with the Burl…by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill from The Lonesome Touch (Green Linnet)
Llostail me le Sairsint…by Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill from Idir an Da Shoals (Green Linnet)
Calum Sgaire…by Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus from Return to Kintail (Culburnie)
The Dark Island…by Ross Kennedy & Archie McAllister from The White Swan (Lochshore)
The Song of the Seal…by Karan Casey from Seal Maiden (Music for Little People)
Lucy Campell's…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Vertical Records)
Lexy Macaskill…by Peatbog Fairies from Mellowosity (Greentrax)

Program 1468: At the Edge (July 14, 2011) Week 28

Hear the evolving sound of a new Celtic music inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.

The Ploughman…by Solas from Waiting for An Echo (Shanachie)
The Reel…by Secret Garden from Earthsongs (Decca)
Maire Mhilis Bhrea…by Solas from Another Day (Shanachie)
Miss You…by Winifred Horan from Just One Wish (Shanachie)
Craigie Hills…by Scrûj MacDuhk from the Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
A Thousand Roads/The Road to Canso/Hare o’ the Dug…by Scrûj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
ID Excerpt: The Napier Stride…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)
Westlin Winds…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf)
The Grand Hotel/Mary Kelly's Hatchet…by Kila from Luna Park (Kila)
Atlantic/ Kresal Eta Laino (Celtic Progression)…by Antoni O'Breskey from Mezulari (O’Music)
Who Will Raise Their Voice? Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Scraping the Barrel…by Shooglenifty from Live Radical Mestizo (Compass)
MacAlgo…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)

Program 1467:   Last of the Irish Bards (July 7, 2011) Week 27 

Turlough O Carolan was born in 1670.  He lived through a time when the old structures in Irish society were dying and a new order was being imposed. Carolan adapted his traditional harp music to the baroque style popular in the Europe of his era, which gave him a unique voice as a composer at a pivotal time in Irish history.  Today Carolan's music is as popular as ever.  Hear The Chieftains, Robin Bullock, Planxty, and Abby Newton with the legacy of Ireland's last true bard.

Si Bheag, Si Pierre Bensusan from Musiques (Windham Hill)
Seorse Brabston (George Brabazon) The Chieftains from The Chieftains 2 (Claddagh
Planxty Planxty from Planxty (Shanachie)
The Lamentation of Owen Roe O’Neill/Lord Inchiquin/Mrs. John Renbourn from The Hermit (Shanachie)
Brigid Derek Bell from A Celtic Evening with Derek Bell (Clarity Sound & Light)
Charles O'Conor/Father Maire Ni Chathasaigh from The New Strung Harp (Temple)
Michael O'Conor 2nd Air/Mr. O'Conner…by Sue Richards from Grey Eyed Morn (Maggie's Music)
ID Excerpt: Planxty Browne…by Maggie Sansone from Traditions (Maggie's Music)
Lady Liam O'Flynn from Out to An Other Side (Tara)
Carolan’s Quarrel with the Robin Bullock from Carolan's Gift (Maggie's Music)
Mrs. Clannad from The Best of the Irish Folk Festival: The Seventies (Wundertute)
Sir Arthur Grainne Yeats from The Belfast Harp Festival (Gael Linn)
Carolan's Farewell to Music…by Micheal O’Suilleabhain from Island (Virgin)
Separation of Body and Art Edelstein & Tim Newcomb from Melodies (Noblestone Press)
Lord Deiseal from The Long Long Note (Starc)