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!

Stephen Rees and Huw Roberts

Stephen Rees and Huw Roberts are fiddlers in the Welsh tradition who have taken the music of Wales to international audiences with the bands Ar Log and 4 Yn Y bar.

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Davy Spillane
One of Ireland's most talented uilleann pipes and low whistle players, Davy Spillane was born in Dublin in 1959. A founding member of the group Moving Hearts, Davy has recorded for Sony Classical, Tara Music, and Cooking Vinyl, among others.
In 2000, Davy launched his own label, Burrenstone Records. He has worked a number of film scores and was a soloist in Riverdance. Davy won a Grammy award in 2000 for his collaboration with Paul Winter on the album Celtic Solstice. He is an accomplished instrument builder, having made all the instruments he plays.
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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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Catriona Macdonald
Fiddler Catriona ("Katrina") Macdonald was tutored on by the late Tom Anderson, who instilled in her a deep love for the music and traditions of her Shetland Island home. An award-winning young folk musician, she also studied opera at the Royal Academy of Music.

Fiona met Catriona in Edinburgh, Scotland to talk about the legacy of Tom "Tammy" Anderson, her operatic training, her leadership of the String Sisters project and to enjoy selections from her passionate solo release, Bold, which harks back to her roots and also displays an innovative musical outlook.
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Mary Jane Lamond
Maritime Canadian Mary Jane Lamond became enthralled with the Scots Gaelic music of her ancestors during childhood visits to her grandparents home on Nova Scotia's Cape Breton Island. She has recorded a number of CDs in the past decade, including the acclaimed Lan Duil (RCA 2000).
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