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Oct-Dec 2009

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Program 1388: Connemara (December 31, 2009) Week 53

Best known for the Grammy winning "Riverdance," Bill Whelan has played with legendary band Planxty and produced records for U2. His 'Connemara Suite' was written for traditional musicians in a chamber orchestra setting. Hear excerpts from Whelan's music along with other sounds from Ireland's wild west.

Johnny’s Reel/Mick O’Connor’s Choice…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Inishlacken (The Currach, The Island Terns, Evening Céili) ….from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Errisbeg (part 1)….. ….from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
ID excerpt: Lucy Campbell…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Errisbeg (part 2)…from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Carna (Dawn, Macdara’s An Chistin) …from The Connemara Suite by Bill Whelan (Tayberry Records)
Amhrán na Trá Báine…by Johnny Connolly from An Mileoidean Scaoilte (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)

Program 1387: Raise a Glass  (December 24, 2009) Week 52

Many a fine song has been sung around the table to celebrate the company, lament the parting, and toast whatever lies ahead.  Hand over your car keys and join in with Tony Cuffe, the Voice Squad and Robin Laing as we raise a glass to the New Year.

Willie Stewart/ Molly Rankin…..by Eddi Reader from Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass
Sae Will We Yet…by Tony Cuffe from Sae Will We Yet (Greentrax)
Tail Toddle…by Tony Cuffe from Sae Will We Yet (Greentrax)
The Keg of Brandy…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie
The Warlock/The Arras Fisherman/The Rights of Man…by Bachue from A Certain Smile (Culburnie)
The Jug of Punch…by Altan from Island Angel (Green Linnet)
ID Excerpt: The Beaten Track…by Bachue from A Certain Smile (Culburnie)  
Green Grows the Laurel…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)  
Tomorrow is a  Long Time…by The Black Family from The Black Family (Dara)
When the Night is Young…by Jim Malcolm from Tam o’Shanter and Other Tales (Beltane
Old Bush/Expect the Unexpected…by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass
Somewhere Along the Road…by Cathie Ryan from Somewhere Along the Road (Shanachie)   
The Last Pint…by Pierre Bensusan from Nice Feeling (Zebra Acoustic)
The Parting Glass…by The Voice Squad from Many’s the Foolish Youth (Tara
Bill Harte’s/Blue Eyes/A Lovely Madness….by Beoga from A Lovely Madness (Beoga Music)

Program 1386: Nollaig (December 17, 2009) Week 51

Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites, dance tunes and verses that have all become a part of the traditional Irish and Scottish Christmastide.

Three Ships…by Kerfuffle from Lighten The Dark – A Midwinter Album (Kerfuffle)
Snowflake…by Little Windows from Snowman’s Waltz – Christmas with Little Windows (Little Windows)
What Child is This (Greensleeves)...by Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway from A Scottish Christmas (Maggie’s Music)
Christmas Carousing/Ale is Dear/New Christmas...by Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway from A Scottish Christmas (Maggie’s Music)
Rorate...by Bonnie Rideout, Maggie Sansone, Al Petteway from A Scottish Christmas (Maggie’s Music)
Wassail! Wassail all over the Town! -or- The Gloucester Wassail/We Wish You a Merry Christmas/The Bottle of Punch…by Bonnie Rideout and friends from A Scottish Christmas –The Celebration (Tulloch Music)
Taladh Chriosta (The Christ Child’s Lullaby)…by Bonnie Rideout and friends from A Scottish Christmas – The Celebration (Tulloch Music)
Auld Lang Syne…by Bonnie Rideout featuring William Jackson from A Scottish Christmas – The Celebration (Tulloch Music)
ID excerpt: Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle…by Loreena McKennitt from A Midwinter Night’s Dream (Quinlan Road)
Sliabh Sneachta…by Altan from A Winter’s Tale (Celtic Heartbeat)
Dance: Quintet for Glass and Strings…by Dennis James from Cristal (Sony)
Let it Snow...by Neil Hogan from A Christmas Collection (Joplin & Sweeney Music)
Emigrant Peak...by William Jackson from Heart Music (Iona)
Tommy's Tarbukas...by Alasdair Fraser from The Road North (Sona Gaia)
Auld Lang Syne...by The Cast from The Winnowing (Culburnie)
The Homecoming…by Cherish the Ladies from A Star in the East (Big Mammy Records)

Program 1385: New Anthems (December 10, 2009) Week 50

The process is mysterious, has nothing to do with critical acclaim, and builds momentum over years. Some songs then eventually capture the hearts of people from all walks of life who claim them as their own. Hear the Celtic anthems that inspire mass choruses in pubs and sporting venues, and the ones that may do so in years to come.

Ireland… by Maura O'Connell from A Real Life Story (Warner)
Scotland the Brave…by Jamie McMenemy from Les Grands Airs Celtiques (Keltia Musique)
Danny Boy… by Davy Spillane featuring Sinead O'Connor from The Sea of Dreams (Covert)
Shifting Sands… by Davy Spillane from Pipedreams (Tara)
Land of Light… by William Jackson featuring Mairi MacInnes from Land of Light (Mill)
Song for Ireland… by Mary Black from The Collection (Telstar)
ID excerpt: Sean O Duibhir An Ghleanna… by Alec Finn from Crossing Borders (Cross Border Media)
Wild Rover… by The Dubliners from Celtic - the essential album (Manteca/Union Square)
Caledonia... by Dougie MacLean from Live from the Ends of the Earth (Dunkeld)
I'm Going To Be (500 Miles)… by The Proclaimers from Celtic - the essential album (Manteca/Union Square)
Follow the Heron… by Malinky featuring Karine Polwart from 3 Ravens (Greentrax)
Lochanside… by Jim Malcolm from Resonance (Beltane)
The Village Green Preservation Society… by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure)
Johnny at the Races/Bracker on the Forty… by Draiocht from Crossing Borders (Cross Border Media)

Program 1384: Muir of Gormack (December 3, 2009) Week 49

The area of wilderness known as the Muir of Gormack was first mentioned in
1776 by scholars who labelled it a "Caledonian Camp" noting its prehistoric
remains of hut circles, cairns and decorated stones. Dougie MacLean
imagines the setting in "Muir of Gormack - A Pictish Story."

Circles of Stone…by Draiocht from The Druid and The Dreamer (Dog Music)
Branohm…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Air bhith dhomhsa…by Martyn Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
Lament for Nechtan…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Psalmsong…by Alison Kinnaird from The Silver String (Temple)
Briochan and Columba…by Shaun Davey from The Pilgrim (Tara)
A’Ghrian…by Shaun Davey from The Pilgrim (Tara)
ID Excerpt: Maarein…by Maire Breatnach from Branohm (Starc)
Muir of Gormach…by Dougie MacLean from Muir of Gormack (Dunkeld)

Program 1383: The Wisdom of Pete Seeger (November 26, 2009) Week 48

"There is hope for the world." Pete Seeger: The Power of Song.
Hear the reflections of one of the great figures of American folksong, along with music from a remarkable life, recorded during Fiona's visit with Pete
Seeger.

Where Have All The Flowers Gone? ...by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Tommy Sands with Dolores Keane & Vedran Smailovic from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
Waist Deep in the Big Muddy…by Dick Gaughan from Sail On (Greentrax)
If I Had a Hammer…by Nanci Griffith & Friends from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
The D Minor Flourish…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
Michael Row the Boat Ashore…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Pretty Polly…by Pete Seeger from American Folk Anthology (Not Now Music)
[ID Excerpt] Where Have All The Flowers Gone…by Sharon Isbin from Journey to the New World (Sony Classical)
One Percent Phosphorous Banjo Riff…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
This Land is Your Land…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger’s Greatest Hits (Columbia)
Step By Step…by Sweet Honey in the Rock Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)
Turn, Turn, Turn… by Dick Gaughan from Redwood Cathedral (Greentrax)
How Can I Keep From Singing …by Bruce Springsteen from We Shall Overcome- the Seeger Sessions (Columbia)
And Still I am Searching…by Pete Seeger from Where Have All The Flowers Gone (Appleseed)

Program 1382: Newly Hatched (November 19, 2009) Week 47

Enjoy some of the latest recordings to arrive at the Thistle offices in the U.S. and Scotland.

Ballarat Jig…by Battlefield Band from Zama Zama (Temple)
P Stands for Paddy (Lament for Johnny)…by Cara Dillon from Hill of Thieves (Compass)
The Yank…by Dublin Gulch from Dirty Old Town (Dublin Gulch)
Molly Bawn…by Michelle Burke from Pulling Threads (Kilcronat Records)
Hó Mhòrag…by The Poozies from Yellow Like Sunshine (Greentrax)
The Mountain Streams Where the Moorcocks Crow…by Steve Johnson from Lowlands (Borough South Music)
[ID Excerpt] Mains Castle…by Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band from Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band (Fellside)
The Devil’s Nine Questions …by Atwater-Donnelly from The Weaver’s Bonny (Rabbit Island Music)
Hangman’s Reel…by Atwater-Donnelly from The Weaver’s Bonny (Rabbit Island Music)
Northern Winds…by Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band from Ken Campbell’s Ideal Band (Fellside)
Devanney’s Goat/O’Dowd’s Favourite/Tom Ward’s Downfall…by Magic Foot from Stomping Ground (Magic Foot)
Escape at Bedtime…by Christine Kydd from From A Garden of Songs –Songs from the Poetry of Robert Louis Stevenson (Whistleberry Music)
Black Dog…by Global Trad Underground from Gypsyland (Global Trad Underground)
Gallant Frigate Amphitrite…by Steeleye Span from Cogs, Wheels and Lovers (Park Records)

Program 1381: Stretching the Boundaries (November 12, 2009) Week 46

If you bend a tradition too far could you break it? Decide for yourself as we listen to some groundbreaking music from Celtic roots that leads us forward in new and unexpected ways.

Mayengo Reel…by John Whelan from Flirting With the Edge (Narada)
O Mhairi’s tu mo Mhairi…by Karen Matheson from Downriver (Compass)
Fred’s…by MacMaster/Hay from Love and Reason (www.myspace.com/macmasterhay)
Illa Dhuinn…by Baka Beyond from Baka Beyond the Forest (White Swan)
Shady Grove/Nonesuch…by Kim Robertson from Shady Grove (Gourd)
Fremont Center/Ahint da Daeks o’ Voe/Come Awa In/Paddy’s Trip to Scotland…by String Sisters from Live (Compass)
[ID Excerpt] Four on the Floor…by Searson from Live (Searson)
Will I See Thee More…by The Poozies from Yellow Like Sunshine (Greentrax)
Rattling Roaring Willie/The High Drive…by Childsplay from Waiting for the Dawn (Childsplay Records)
Liam Childs/Balkin’ Balkan/The E-B-E Reel…by Childsplay from Waiting for the Dawn (Childsplay Records)
Hard on the Heels…by Andy Irvine & Davy Spillane from East Wind (Tara)
Polly on the Shore…by John Jones from Rising Road (Westpark Music)
Full Moon Down Under Set…by Ross Ainslie, Ali Hutton, The Concert Band from A Celebration of the Music of Gordon Duncan – Live Concert 2007 (Greentrax)

Program 1380: The Witness (November 5, 2009) Week 45

Fiona talks with writer Jamie Jauncey about the role of music in his novel "The Witness." Also a professional pianist Jauncey shares the music of his life, as well as introducing compositions inspired by the book.

Belle of Benbecula…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available)
Strip the Willow (excerpt)…by The Benachally Ceilidh Band from Happy Feet (Smiddymade)
Niel Gow’s Lament for the Death of his Second Wife…by Pete Clark from The Birnam Oak (Inver)
Gallowglass (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
Grand March (excerpt)…by The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band from Are Ye Askin? (Greentrax)
Reel of the 51st Division (excerpt)… by The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band from Are Ye Askin? (Greentrax)
Which Side Are You On?…by Dick Gaughan from True and Bold (Celtic)
The Tap Session: Jigs (excerpt)… from private recording of J. Jauncey (not available)
ID Excerpt: Candle in the Bushel…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available)
The Tap Session: Jigs/Reels… from private recording of J. Jauncey (not available)
Gallowglass (excerpt)…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson from Anna-Wendy Stevenson (Eclectic)
Going to Ma Hometown…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Music for The Witness…by Pete Clark (not yet available)
Music for The Witness: Lament for Hector…by Anna-Wendy Stevenson (not yet available)
Stardust (excerpt)…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)
Cairo Waltz…by Funky String Band from And You May Find Yourself… (Shoogle)

Jamie Jauncey’s website: http://www.jamesjauncey.com/

Program 1379: Local Heroes (October 29, 2009) Week 44

Meet some musicians who are best known on their home turf as we relish taking their music to wider audiences.

Spike Island Lasses…by Dan Ar Braz from Made in Breizh (Tinder)
The Banks of Claudy…by Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill with Dónal Lunny from Idir an Dá Sholas (Green Linnet)
Harvest Gypsies…by Kris Drever from Black Water (Compass)
Bleacher Lassie o’ Kelvinhaugh…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky for Some (Greentrax)
Different Drum…by Dick Gaughan from Lucky for Some (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] Jack Broke the Prison Door…by Dick Gaughan from Coppers & Brass (Green Linnet)
Simple Soul…by Eddi Reader from Simple Soul (Rough Trade)
Mary and the Soldier…by Eddi Reader from Peacetime (Compass)
Shake a Leg…by John McCusker from Goodnight Ginger (Pure)
Beith Aonach Amárach…by MacDara from The Love Token (macdaramusic)
Ride On…by Christy Moore from Ride On (Green Linnet)
On My Enchanted Sight…by Jimmy MacCarthy from The Song of the Singing Horseman (Mulligan)
Salsa’s…by The Finley MacDonald Band from ReEcho (Greentrax)

Program 1378: In Full Voice (October 22, 2009) Week 43

Traditional and contemporary song is thriving, with quality new releases coming out all the time. Enjoy a full hour of strong voices.

A Day Like Today…by Emily Smith from A Day Like Today (Footstompin)
Rain and Snow…by Pauline Scanlon from Hush (Compass)
Strathmore…by Dougie MacLean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld)
The End O't…by Sylvia Barnes from The Colour of Amber (Greentrax)
The Dusty Miller/The Silver Slipper/Willie's Fling No.2…by Tony McManus & Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
Firethief/Behind our Eyes…by Karine Polwart from This Earthly Spell (Hegri)
ID Excerpt: Earl's Lane…by Michael Black from Michael Black (Compass)
The Willow Tree…by Michael Black from Michael Black (Compass)
Dh'eirich Mi Moch Madainn Cheitein …by Kathleen MacInnes from Og-Mhadainn Shamhraidh (Greentrax)
Land of the Setting Sun…by Talitha Mackenzie from Indian Summer (Sonas)
High on a Hill…by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure)
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi’ the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus & Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)
The Calton Weaver…by Eddi Reader from Peacetime (Compass)
I Am A River…by Luka Bloom from Tribe (Big Sky)

Program 1377: Essential Celtic (October 15, 2009) Week 42

How do you inject a Celtic core into your music collection that will reflect the past and present, honouring the purity of tradition and the spirit of innovation? It's a tall order but we have some suggestions this week to enhance any collection.

Maudabawn Chapel/The Wild Irishman/The Moher Reel…by Kevin Burke & Micheál O Domhnaill from 20th Anniversary Collection Green Linnet Records (Green Linnet)
Níl sé ina Lá…by Maighread & Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill, Dónal Lunny from Idir an Dá Sholas (Between Two Lights) (Green Linnet)
Gaeltacht…by Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)
Sliabh Gallion Braes…by Dolores Keane, John Faulkner, Eamonn Curran from Farewell to Eirinn (Wundertüte)
The Atlantic Reels…by Brian McNeill from 20 Year Profile of Greentrax (Greentrax)
Puirt a beul…by Karen Matheson from Downriver (Compass)
Mary Kelly’s/ Glasca Tabla/Belle’s Fancy…by Martyn Bennett from The Piper & the Maker (Greentrax)
ID Excerpt: Suite des Montagnes…by Alan Stivell from Zoom (Keltia/Disques Dreyfus)
She is Like the Swallow…by Karan Casey from Songlines (Shanachie)
The Winding Hills…by Seamus Egan from When Juniper Sleeps (Shanachie)
Lassie Lie Near Me…by Dick Gaughan from Prentice Piece (Greentrax)
John Brennans (Silver Spire)/Drag Her Round the Road…by Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples from Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples (Mulligan)
The Sands O’ the Shore…by Heather Heywood, Corrina Hewat, Chris Miles from Scots Women, Live From Celtic Connections 2001 (Greentrax)
Molindinar…by William Jackson from The Wellpark Suite (also on The Celtic Suites) (Iona)
Blair Atholl/The Cairdin O’t/Lexy McAskill…by Kevin Burke, Johnny Cunningham, Christian Lemaitre from The Celtic Fiddle Festival (Green Linnet)

Program 1376: Patsy Seddon in Conversation (October 8, 2009) Week 41

Celebrated for her innovative contributions to The Poozies and Sileas, harper and singer Patsy Seddon joins Fiona for a musical chat recorded at the Perthshire Amber Festival.

Willie's Old Trousers...by the Poozies from Chantoozies (Hypertension)
High Flying Seagull...by Dougie MacLean (with Patsy Seddon) from Craigie Dhu (Dunkeld)
Tweedside/Mary Scott, the Flower of Yarrow...by Alison Kinnaird from The Silver String (Temple)
The Kid on the Mountain...by Alison Kinnaird (with Patsy Seddon) from The Harp Key (Temple)
The Judges Dilemma/The Inverness Gathering...by Sileas from Delighted With Harps (Green Linnet)
May Colvin...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Tha Mulad...by Sileas from Delighted With Harps (Green Linnet)
[ID excerpt]) Miss Ann Cameron of Balvenie...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Planxty Crockery/Domhnall Dubh...by Sileas from Play on Light (Greentrax)
Hey How My Johnny Lad...by The Poozies from Dansoozies (Hypertension)
Another Train...by the Poozies from Chantoozies (Hypertension)
Paddy...by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)

Program 1375: Highland Homecoming (October 1, 2009) Week 40

In the year of Scottish homecoming, we tell the story of emigration from the Highlands through song.

To America We Go…by Ashley MacIsaac from Ashley MacIsaac (Decca)
The Road of Tears…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple)
Miughalaigh…by Maggie MacInnes from Leaving Mingulay (Marram)
Johnny, Lovely Johnny…by Cara Dillon from Hill of Thieves (Charcoal)
Dùthaich MhicAoidh…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax)
Take Me to the Sea…by Battlefield Band from The Road of Tears (Temple)
Canada/Oh Mo Dùthaich…by The Poozies from Yellow Like Sunshine (Greentrax)
[ID Excerpt] A Fàgain Mhiughalaigh…by Maggie MacInnes from Leaving Mingulay (Marram)
Emigrant Peak/A St. Kilda Dance/The Fairy Shoemaker/The Rose Without Rue…by William Jackson from Heart Music (Iona)
Dèan Cadalan Sàmhach…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax)
Two Shoes in Shady Grove…by Zan McLeod from Highland Soul (Joy of Music Productions)
Garden Valley…by Cara Dillon from After the Morning (Rough Trade)
Tilleadh an Eilthirich…by Fiona J. Mackenzie from A Good Suit of Clothes (Greentrax)
Lively Steps…by Natalie MacMaster from Live (Greentrax)