Jul-Sep 2008

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Program 1322: The Silver Collection  (September 25, 2008) Week 39

Oró…by Máire Brennan from Máire (Atlantic)
Sevens/Michael Kennedy’s/The Cup of Tea…by Liz Carroll from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
Stór, A Stór, A Ghrá…by Altan from Blackwater (Virgin)
The Savage Wee Beastie/the Limerick Lasses/The Bird in the Bush…by Robin Bullock with John Doyle from Rosewood Castle (Dancing Wolf)
Firethief…by Karine Polwart from This Earthly Spell (Hegri Music)
Steel and Stone (Black Water)…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Planets…by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure Records)
[ID excerpt] Between Earth and Sky…by Robin Bullock from Between Earth and Sky (Maggie’s Music)
Jig Gwengamp…by Alan Stivell from Live in Dublin (Dreyfus)
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face…by Christy Moore from Voyage (Platinum)
Crossing the Bridge…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony Classical)
This Love Will Carry…by Dougie MacLean and friends ~ MP3 recorded exclusively for The Thistle & Shamrock  (not available)
Black River…by Lúnasa from Sé (Compass)
Dance Pourlet…by Gordon Duncan from Thunderstruck (Greentrax) 

Program 1321: Thistleradio Poll 3rd Place: Fiddle Styles  (September 18, 2008) Week 38

Shetland Reels: Three Drunken Fiddlers/Muckla Skerry a’ Three/Robbie Tamson’s Smiddy…by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel)
The Strayaway Child/The Sailor Boy…by Bothy Band from Out of the Wind Into the Sun (Mulligan)
The Battering Ram/The Kilfenora Jig…by Celtic Fiddle Festival from Rendezvouz (Green Linnet)
Jean Mauchline/Tune for Nuala…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson with Malcolm Stitt from Heat the Hoose 2 (Foot Stompin)
Bonnie Border Lass…by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Greentrax)
My Love is in America…by Assembled Fiddlers from My Love is in America (Green Linnet)
[ID excerpt] Sillocks and Tatties…by William Hunter from Shetland Fiddle Music (Greentrax)
Lament for Andrew & Danny…by Pete Clark from Now & Then (Inver)
Fly We to Some Desert Isle…by Emily Smith from The Complete Songs of Robert Tannahill (Brechin All Records)
Suite D’Airs de Loudeac…by Christian LeMaître from Ballade à l’hôtesse (Escalibur)
Stony Point…by Fiddlin’ Johnny from Aural History (Meyer)
I Must Away Love…by Halali from Halali (Footprint)
Arthur Muise/Little Judique/Mary Cotter/Father Hanley’s Jig…by Jerry Holland with Hilda Chiasson from Scottish Fiddle Rally Concert Highlights 1985-1995 (Greentrax)
The Quarff Lassies/Beth’s Tune/The 2nd of May/Bobby Crowe of Balmullo/Da Sooth End…by Filska from Tracks North (Shetland Arts Trust)

Program 1320:  Thistleradio Poll Runner-up: New Gaelic Voices  (September 11, 2008) Week 37

Hòrò hu-ò mo Nigh'n Donn…by Bodega from Bodega (Greentrax)
Bha Mise Raoir air an Àirigh…by Kathleen MacInnes from Òg - Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Greentrax)
Dhachaigh/Home…by Paul Mounsey (narrative from Mairead MacLennan) from Dhachaigh Home the Murdo Macfarlane Songbook (An Lanntair)
Leag Iad Am Bom An Raoir…by Alyth McCormack with Lau from Dhachaigh Home the Murdo Macfarlane Songbook? (An Lanntair)
An Dún Aengus…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara)
Bata is Bóthar…by John Spillane & Louis de Paor from The Gaelic Hit Factory (EMI)
[ID Excerpt] Dolphin Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)
A Bhean Úd Thíos …by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)
The New Shoes…by Nuala Kennedy from The New Shoes (Compass)
Ged is Grianacha Latha…by Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd from Enjoy the Ride  (Sgoil Chiùil na Gàidhealtachd)
Tha Na H-uaìn aìr an Tulaich…by Bodega from Under the Counter (Greentrax)
Hùg air a' Bhonaid Mhòir…by Julie Fowlis from Cuilidh (Shoeshine) 
Elav  the Terrible…by The Finlay MacDonald Band from ReEcho(Greentrax)

Program 1319:  Thistleradio Poll Winner: Appalachian Connection   (September 4, 2008) Week 36

Benton’s Jig/Benton’s Patrick Street from No. 2 (Green Linnet)
Pretty David Holt from Grandfather’s Greatest Hits (High Windy Audio)
One, I Karan Casey from Songlines (Shanachie)
A Tribute to Peador O’ Jerry Douglas from Restless on the Farm (Sugar Hill)
Chinquapin Open House from Second Story (Green Linnet)
Snow Duck Baker & Molly Andrews from American Traditional (Day Job)
Drowned Kate Rusby from Hourglass (Pure)
ID excerpt: Speed the Plow Medley …by Yo Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, and Mark O’Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)
Gypsy Jack Beck (live recording - not available)
Black Jack Sara Grey (live recording - not available)
Cumberland Peggy Seeger (private collection - unavailable)
Hey Ho, Nobody Home/Ah Poor Bird/Rose Atwater & Donnelly from Where the Wild Birds Do Whistle (Atwater/Donnelly)
The Dawn, McGovern’s Piper on Horseback, Bay of Fundy, Stoney Helicon from Horizons (Dorian)

Program 1318: Heart and Soul (Part 2)  (August 28, 2008)  Week 35

Join Fiona Ritchie as she seeks to uncover the appeal of so-called “Celtic” music, and to discover its essential spirit across varied landscapes and languages.

Jackie Coleman’s / Pigtown…by Matt Molloy, Arty McGlynn and Friends from Music at Matt Molloy’s  (Real World)
Three Scones of Boxty/Master Crowley’s/Freeze Breeches…by Simon Thoumire and Ian Carr from The Shetland Sessions (Vol 1)  (Lismor)
The Newry Highwayman…by Craobh Rua…from The Shetland Sessions (Vol 2) (Lismor)
Sandyburn Reel…by Rock, Salt, & Nails from The Shetland Sessions (Vol 2) (Lismor)
Broken Hearted, I Wander…by Edinburgh Children from Singing in the Streets (Rounder)
The Rainy Day/First You Must Learn the Grip…by Seamus Ennis from Green Linnet Records 20th Anniversary Collection (Green Linnet)
Charlie/The Cotton Spinners/The 42nd…by Hamish Henderson from Singing in the Streets (Rounder)
Kaleb Watt of the Broch/Irish Reel/Greek Street…by Session A9 from What Road? (Raj Records)
ID excerpt: Rocking the Cradle…by Arty McGlynn from Music at Matt Molloy’s (Real World)
The Princess’ Polka/Unknown/Sean McGuire’s…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Heat The Hoose 2 (Foot Stompin)
I Courted a Wee Girl…by Mick Hanly from Best of the Irish Folk Festival: The Seventies (Wundertüte)
San Roque…by Llan de Cubel from Festival Interceltique de Lorient  ~ 25 Ans (Virgin)
Broken Prayer…by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder Records)
Evit Ar Braz… by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder Records)
Caraçena…by RTE Concert Orchestra with Davy Spillane, Mairtin O’Comnor & Miiladoiro from The Seville Suite (Tara Music)

Program 1317: Heart and Soul (Part 1) (August 21, 2008) Week 34

Across the Celtic traditions, contemporary innovations, New World variations and cross-cultural collaborations, the international appeal of Celtic music far exceeds its core audiences.  Follow the music from pub to performing arts center as we distil the essence of what we have come to call “Celtic,” and get to the heart and soul of its universal appeal.

The Jug of Punch/John Tommy Peoples from Fiddle Sticks (Nimbus Records)
Simply A/Gan Ainm…by Tommy Hayes from A Room in the North (Claddagh)
Errigal…by Davy Spillane & Donal Lunny from Common Ground (EMI)
The Innocent Railway/Daphne’s Trousers/A Bruxa…by The Easy Club from Esssential (Eclectic)
Tibbie Fowler…by Jock Tamson’s Bairns from The Lasses Fashion (Greentrax)
Heuliadenn Gouel Ha Daeroù …by Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)
ID Excerpt: Campbell’s Reel…by The Russell Family from The Russell Family of Doolin, County Clare (Green Linnet)
Sliabh Gallion Braes…by Dolores Keane & John Faulkner from Farewell to Eirinn (Wundertüte)
Mo Mhadadh Beag…by Manus Lunny from Trad Tráthnóna (Tionscnamh Lugh)
Come Gie’s a Sang…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky For Some (Greentrax)
Advice to Young Singers…by Joe Heaney from The Road from Connemara (Musical Traditions)
Whiskey O Roudeldum -Row…by Joe Heaney from The Road From Connemara (Musical Traditions)
Boil the Breakfast Early…by Micho Russell from Ireland’s Whistling Ambassador (Pennywhistler’s Press)
Paddy’s Lamentation/Ships Are Sailing…by Mary Black from Long Journey Home (Unisphere)
The Hunter’s House…by The Greenfields of America from Live in Concert (Green Linnet)

Program 1316: The Strathspey King (August 14, 2008) Week 33

Fiddler and composer James Scott Skinner (1843-1927) wrote a huge number of tunes and many of these are now classics for today’s players.  Learn more about this larger than life Victorian character – the self-styled “Strathspey King” – and hear his music played by Battlefield Band, Natalie MacMaster and by Skinner himself, recorded on cylinder in the early 20th century.

The Presbyterian Hornpipe/The Watchmaker’s Daughter/The Hurricane…by Battlefield Band from There’s a Buzz (Temple)
The Mathematician/Sleepy J.P. Cormier from Another Morning (Iona)
Edward of Morton…by Emily Smith from A Different Life (Footstompin‘)
The Spey in Spate/The Dick Gaughan from Coppers & Brass (Green Linnet)
The Laird of Drumblair/The Baker Reel/Will Ye No ComeBack Again?…by J.S. Skinner from The Strathspey King (Temple)
Bovaglie’s Plaid/The Cradle Song….by Chris Norman from Man With the Wooden Flute (Dorian)
The Iron Man/The Smith’s a Gallant Fireman/The Forth Bridge Reel/Gillian’s Reel/The Auld Wheel…by Alasdair Fraser from Legacy of the Scottish Fiddle, Vol1 (Culburnie)
Miss Shepherd/Sweeney‘s Buttermilk…by Silly Wizard from Silly Wizard (Green Linnet)
Monymusik Old Blind Dogs from The Gab o’ Mey (Green Linnet)
John McMillan of Barra/McKenzie Hay/Donald Stewart the Piper…by The Banchory Strathspey & Reel Society from Ceol Na Fidhle, A Collection of Award Winning Fiddle Music (Scot Disc)
Hector the Hero/The Girls of Tony McManus from Tony McManus (Green Linnet)
Wild Geese…by Jean Redpath from A Fine Song for Singing (Philo/Rounder)
Hector the Hero…by Jenna Reid from With Silver & All (Foot Stompin)
Welcome to the Trossachs/Memories of Winston/Highlander’s Farewell/The Gravel Walk/Colonel Thorton/The Hurricane…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)

Program 1315: Celtic Spirit (August 7, 2008) Week 32

Hear songs of praise from the traditions of Celtic psalm singing and American gospel united and recorded live in Scotland’s biggest Cathedral, along with other Celtic music that moves the soul with William Jackson, Eileen Ivers and Maire Brennan.

Between Earth & Sky…by Robin Bullock from Between Earth & Sky (Maggie’s Music)
Laoidh Chaluim Chille…by Mae McKenna from Mirage and Reality (Kadence)
Columcille…by William Jackson from Inchcolm (Linn)
Bethesda, Salm Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis from Salm & Soul (Ridge Records)
Trust in the Lord…by Mt. Zion Church, Killin, Alabama from Salm & Soul (Ridge Records)
Dear Irish Boy…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony Classical)
ID excerpt: Bethesda/Bangor …by Fraser Fifield and Malcolm Jones from Salm & Soul (Ridge Records)
Ode to Bridgett…by Nóirín Ní Riaín from Celtic Soul (Living Music)
The Sleeping Lovers …by Pádraigín Ní Uallacháin from An Irish Lullaby – Suantrai
I Láthair Dé…by Máire Brennan from Whisper to the Wild Water (Word)
Stornoway, Salm Back Free Church, Isle of Lewis from Salm & Soul (Ridge Records)
Satisfied With Jesus…by Mt. Zion Church, Killin, Alabama from Salm & Soul (Ridge Records)
Echo’s Calling…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)

Program 1314: Scandanavian Journey (July 31, 2008) Week 31

Nordic musical traditions are stretching and evolving in parallel to those from Celtic roots.  Explore music from the far north and hear how it overlaps and complements music from Celtic roots with Blazin’ Fiddles, Swap, Vasen and Jennifer and Hazel Wrigley.

Swedish…by Blazin’ Fiddles from The Old Style (Blazin’ Fiddles)
Midsommarvisa/(Jag Vill Ha) Olas Nya Hus…by Swåp from Du Da (Northside)
Shetland Reels…by Catriona MacDonald from Bold (Compass)
Dún Do Shúil ….by Sussie Nielsen from Folks & Roots 2006 Denmark (Folk Roots)
Masterplan…by Afenginn from Folk Roots 2004 Denmark (Folk Roots)
Hopeat…by Värttinä from Iki (Northside)
ID excerpt: Orkney Isles Hornpipe…by Jennifer & Hazel Wriggley from Huldreland (Greentrax)
Spelmansfällan…by Väsen from Trio (Northside)
Mitä Minä (What Do I Sing)…by Hedningarna from Karelia (Northside)
Huldreland…by Jennifer & Hazel Wrigley from Huldreland (Greentrax)
Et Strejf Af Syden…by Finn Olafsson from Folk 2005 Music From Denmark (MXP)
Reagákeahtes (Song for the Unborn)…by Mari Boine from Gavcci Jahkejudgu (Eight Seasons) (Northside) Annbjorg Lien from Aliens Alive (Northside)

Program 1313: Mackintosh at Murthly (July 24, 2008) Week 30

Hear fiddle and cello recorded in the music room of ancient Murthly Castle as Pete Clark introduces us to work of 18th century Scottish fiddler and composer Red Rob Mackintosh (1745-1807), with colorful stories and history of the time.

Maura Leahy’s Waltz…by Pete Clark from Fiddle Case (Smiddymade)
Lord Balgownie’s Minuet…by Pete Clark from Mackintosh at Murthly (Inver)
Miss Annie Robertson/Miss Campbell of Saddell’s Strathspey/Miss Field’s Strathspey…by Pete Clark from Mackintosh at Murthly (Inver)
Mr. Oswald of Auchincruive’s Strathspey/Mrs. Oswald of Auchincruive’s New Strathspey/Miss Esther Oswald of Auchincruive’s Strathspey/Mrs. Oswald of Auchincruive’s Favourite Reel…by Pete Clark from Mackintosh at Murthly (Inver)
Miss Farquarson of Invercauld’s Reel/Miss Mary MacDonald of Clanronald’s Reel/Lady Charlotte Gould’s Reel…by Pete Clark from Mackintosh at Murthly (Inver)
ID Excerpt: Miss J. Wedderburn’s Reel…by Pete Clark from MacKintosh at Murthly (Inver)
The Last Pint of Ale…by Pete Clark from Mackintosh at Murthly (Inver)
Miss Sally Hunter of Thurston/Lady Charlotte Murray’s Favourite/Hoddom Castle/The Haddington Assembly…by Pete Clark & The Niel Gow Ensemble from The Birnam Oak (Inver)
The Birnam Oak…by Pete Clark & The Niel Gow Ensemble from The Birnam Oak (Inver)

Program 1312: Musical Meltdown (July 17, 2008) Week 29

What happens when you combine Irish and Jewish music?  Ceilizemer!  This is the name of a fusion outfit from Northern California and it could also describe the 1980s groundbreaking collaboration between De Dannan and NY klezmer artist Andy Statzman.  Hear these and other crossovers between Celtic and Latin, African, Balkan and Nordic music.

Afro-Jig…by Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul from Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul (Koch)
El Mercado Testaccio…by Sharon Shannon from The Sharon Shannon Collection 1990 -2005 (Compass)
A Ha Me A Riddle I Day…by Laura Love from Helvetica Bold (Octoroon Biography)
Work Song…by Paul Mounsey from City of Walls (Iona)
Planxty Ginsberg…by Ceilizemer from Shalom Ireland (
A Blacksmith Courted Me/ Blacksmithereens…by Mozaik from Live From the Powerhouse (Compass)
Patsh Tants (Clapping Dance)…by The Flying Bulgar Klezmer Band from Klezmer Music (Elipses Arts)
ID Excerpt: The Paul Mounsey from City of Walls (Iona)
Whirl-y-Reel Afro Celt Sound System from Sound Magic (Real World)
Tropical Trad…by Declan Masterson from Tropical Trad (Starc)
Ajde Jano…by Talitha MacKenzie from Spiorad (Shanachie)
On a Beautiful Day…by Flook from Haven (World Haven)
Mid Summar Visa/(Jag Vill Ha) Ola’s Nya Hus…by Swap from Du Da (Northside)
The Klezmer Hornpipes…by De Dannan from ½ Set in Harlem (Green Linnet)
Muno Pequeño/Small World…by Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul from Eileen Ivers & Immigrant Soul (Koch)

Program 1311: Atlantic Bridge (July 10, 2008) Week 28

From dance tunes to Gaelic airs, the musical links between Scotland, Ireland and Cape Breton come alive with Scotland’s Alasdair Fraser, Cape Breton’s Dougie MacDonald, Ireland’s Maeve Donnolly and more.

Atlantic Bridge….by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara Music)
The Brown One: Strathlorne/Ciaran Kelly’s/The Golden Brown Chevette…by Dàimh from Moidart to Mabou (Goat Island Music)
Cape Breton Song…by Capercaillie from Delirium (Survival)
St. Joseph’s Hornpipe/Crossing the Minch…by Hamish Moore from Stepping on the Bridge (Greentrax)
Captain John’s/The Queen of May…by Geraldine Cotter fromThe Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Hè Mo Navan from The Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Lime Hill/Trip to Miriam’s/The Jinkin’ Mermaid/Mutt’s Favourite…by Liz Doherty from Last Orders (Foot Stompin’)
ID Excerpt: Traditional Cape Breton Jig…by Dougie MacDonald from The Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Prince Albert’s Reel/Drowsy Maggie/Jenny Dang the Weaver/Lord Kinnaird…by Kilt from Four in the Crib (Kilt Music Group)
Distant Son…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)
Nova Scotia January/Waltz from Cape Breton…by Chris Norman from Portraits (Dorian)
Shrip’s Clog/Virtuoso Maeve Donnolly from The Independence Suite (Celtic Crossings)
Haidh O…by Maggie MacInnes from Peaceful Ground (Marram)
The Duke of Kent’s Lodge at Glentilt/Malts on the Optics/Farewell to Decorum…by Tracey Dares from Crooked Lake (Ground Swell Recordings)
The King’s Reel/Old Time Wedding Reels/The Cape Breton Symphony’s Welcome to the Shetland Isles/Father Francis Cameron/Sandy McIntyre’s Trip to
Boston…by Alasdair Fraser and Jody Stecher from The Driven Bow (Culburnie)

Program 1310: Americana Celtic (July 3, 2008) Week 27

Hear artists including Tim O’Brien, Jane Rothfield and Mark O’Connor, who drift easily between American roots music and Celtic styles and collaborations.

Funk the Cajun Gerry O'Connor from Time to Time (Mulligan Music)
The Rambling Scruj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
Nonsuch/Dinky's Reel/The Meech Lake/ Scruj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
Demon Tim O'Brien from Two Journeys (Howdy Skies) Jane Rothfield from In the Moment (5-String Productions)
The Factory Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub)
Evidence of Piper's Crow from Piper's Crow (Piper's Crow)
ID Excerpt: Red Rocking Chair…by Julee Glaub and Mark Weems from Little Windows (Little Windows)
Amazing Mark O'Connor from Midnight on the Water (Sony Classical)
Little John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
The Kid on the Tim O'Brien from The Crossing (Alula)
The Flower of Magherally Pauline Scanlon from Hush (Compass)
Melt the Darol Anger from Diary of a Fiddler (Compass)
Mountain Air/Washington's March/Bonaparte's Tim O'Brien from Songs from the Mountain (Howdie Skies)