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Meet the legendary Scottish troubadour in conversation and song. The Scottish singer, songwriter, song interpreter, guitarist and radio broadcaster joins host Fiona Ritchie to talk about his connection with Americana music and reveals why he rarely records studio albums. Subscribe or download See playlist
Bearer of Gifts
Scottish American Ballad Connection
The internationally known composer, harpist and multi-instrumentalist William Jackson has visited NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock on several occasions, going back to his early career with the influential band Ossian. He has shared each new composition with Fiona Ritchie's listeners and gave his Duan Àlbanach suite its world broadcast premiere on her show. Hear him talk about the music and his influences. Subscribe or download See playlist
Christmas Dreams & Memories
Fiona Ritchie remembers festive encounters in the City of Edinburgh. Children in line at Santa's grotto divulge their hopes for Christmas morning to come, while elderly residents of the port of Leith share their memories of Christmas past. Music from Loreena McKennitt, John Fahy, William Jackson, Alasdair Fraser and The Cast. Subscribe or download See playlist
He has a rhythmic guitar style like no other and, since his days with Solas, his playing has become one of the defining features of today's contemporary Irish sound. Born in Dublin, John now makes his home in Asheville, North Carolina. He often records and tours with fiddler Liz Carroll and talks about their playing partnership here. Subscribe or download See playlist
Reminisce with the mandolin player about the early days of his legendary Celtic band, Boys of the Lough. Dave has toured the world with The Boys since the 1970s and remembers when things took off for the band. Hear a vintage Garrison Keillor introduction of the group at Carnegie Hall. Subscribe or download See playlist
Meet the renowned interpreter and champion of Scots song. Whether solo or featured in bands, trios and duos, harmony is the hallmark of the singing of Christine Kydd. Hear about her life-long love of song and learn how she empowers others to discover their voices in her community choirs. Christine sings here with Janet Russell, Lorraine Jordan and Chantan. Subscribe or download See playlist
Meet one of the "folk voices of the century." Although she's been nominated for a Mercury Prize and works with some of the finest musicians in Britain, the "Barnsley Nightingale" is at her happiest performing honest songs in the natural tones of her native Yorkshire. Share her pride in her roots and gain insights into her intoxicating singing style. Subscribe or download See playlist