Archived Interview Transcripts
We've enjoyed the company of some fascinating and funny guests on our radio programs through the years. Browse this ever-growing collection of interview transcripts and learn about the lives behind the music. Too much information? Never!

Dougie MacLean, Tannahill Weavers and friends reunion
Centered around the Pitlochry Festival Theatre, Perthshire Amber (the Dougie MacLean Festival) takes place in the heart of Scotland each autumn, with concerts in theaters, castles, and even an iron age crannog. It’s also a gathering place for musicians who have worked with singer songwriter MacLean through the years, and shared concert stages with him all across the globe. Fiona Ritchie sat with Dougie and a few of his musician friends to hear their stories and reflections on the music they’ve brought to the world over three decades.

This conversation featured Dougie MacLean, Roy Gullane, John Martin, Patsy Seddon and, later, Andy M. Stewart and Martin (Mame) Hadden. It was recorded exclusively for The Thistle & Shamrock. Excerpts were featured in a two-part special airing on many public radio stations across the U.S.

Eddi Reader
Singer Eddi Reader was born and raised in Glasgow, Scotland, eventually landing in London finding backing vocal work with the Eurythmics and Gang of Four. She joined the British chart-topping group Fairground Attraction before going solo in the early '90s. After many years of living in London, she has now returned to live in Scotland and is in great demand as a performer - live and on tv - and as a recording artist .
Frankie Gavin
He is one of Ireland's best loved musicians, and an electric performer on fiddle and flute. Here Frankie Gavin talks with Fiona about the years with De Dannan and his individual projects with Stephane Grappelli and many others. The warmth of the man will radiate from your computer screen.
John Doyle

He has a rhythmic guitar style like no other and his playing has become one of the defining features of today's contemporary Irish sound. Born in Dublin, John Doyle now makes his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Apart from his own solo work, he has played with Solas for four years, often records and tours with fiddler Liz Carroll and he has produced and appeared on dozens of albums by other artists.

Kate Rusby
Singer Kate Rusby was born in Yorkshire, England, and spent her childhood traveling to folk festivals and listening to traditional music with her family. She became a teen star with Kathryn Roberts in The Equation, then a member of The Poozies, before launching her solo career to great international acclaim.
Liam O'Flynn
From County Kildare, Ireland, master uilleann piper Liam O'Flynn was born into a musical family -- his father was a schoolmaster and fiddle player and his late mother, who played and taught piano, came from a family of famous musicians from Clare.

As a young child, Liam was taught by Kildare piper Tom Armstrong and at the age of eleven, his master-classes began in earnest with Leo Rowsome. In the early 1970s, he formed the "trad" band Planxty with Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Andy Irvine in the early seventies.

The ensuing years have seen Liam perform the world over as a soloist with an orchestra or working with artists as diverse as John Cage, The Everly Brothers, Van Morrison and Kate Bush. He has made over fifty recordings.
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