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May 1, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1614: Beltane (May 1, 2014)  Week 18

The ancient year marked seasonal changes with special festivities and rituals.  Marked at the beginning of May, Beltane is one of four quarter-day festivals.  Join in our celebration of the natural elements – Air, Earth, Water, and Fire – in a Beltane-themed hour of music.

Fire Dance...by Richard Wood from Fire Dance (Iona
Roly Gentle/Hot Rivets/Tartar Frigate/Closed Face Reel...by Kathryn Tickell from The Very Best of Kathryn Tickell (Park)
Huron 'Beltane' Fire Dance...by Loreena McKennitt from Parallel Dreams (Quinlan Road
Tine Gheal/Bright Fire...by Anam from Tine Gheal/Bright Fire (Linn)
An Hour in the Gloaming...by Jim Malcolm from The First Cold Day (Beltane)  
Blackberry Festival Footrace/For Reals...by Hanneke Cassel from For Reasons Unseen (Cassel Records
[ID Excerpt] Firedance/Andalucia...by Brendan Power from Plays the Music from Riverdance (Greentrax)  
Beltaine...by Lúnasa from Lúnasa (Compass)    
We Build Fires...by The Poozies from Raise Your Head (A Retrospective) (Compass)    
The Fire of the Spirit...by Richard Souther from Illumination. Hildegard von Bingen: the Fire of the Spirit (Sony
Flowers of Spring/The Wily Old Man...by John Carty from Yeh, That's All It Is (Shanachie )  
Snowdrops/Birth...by Maddy Prior from Year (Park)  
A Rosebud By My Early Walk...by The Birnam Quartet from The Music of Burns (Shoogle)  
Firedance...by Bill Whelan from Riverdance (Celtic Heartbeat)

April 24, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1613: Len Graham (April 24, 2014)  Week 17

Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for a song or three.

Green Grows the Laurel...by Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
One Morning in May...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Braes of Balquidder..by Skylark from All of It (Green Linnet)
Seventeen Come Sunday...by Skylark from Raining Bicycles (Claddagh)
Young Hunting/Elzig's Farewell...by Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
[ID Excerpt] The Frost is All Over...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
Miss Johnston's/Man of Aran...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Rambling Irishman...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)
The Royal Blackbird...by Cathal McConnell & Len Graham from For the Sake of Old Decency (Sage Arts)
Wagoner's Lad...by Sheila Kay Adams from All the Other Fine Things (Granny Dell)
Níl na Lá/The Wind that Shakes the Barley...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (www.buamusic.com)

April 17, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1612: ….and Three (April 17, 2014) Week 16 Check links

This hour features classic combinations of musical threesomes weaving melodies and rhythms together into an intoxicating and perfectly balanced blend.

The Long (Long) Note…by Deiseal from The Long Long Note (Starc)
Boser Girls…by Chantan from Primary Colours (Culburnie)
The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba…by O’Connor, Hayden, O’Dowd from Crossroads (Mairtinoconnorband)
Seán Bán/Lexie McCasgill…by Cran from The Crooked Stair (CBM)
Finnish Schottisches 1 and 2/French Schottische…by Bellevue Rendezvous from Tangents (Bellevuerendezvous)
Drop of Blood…by Maddy Prior & The Girls from Bib & Tuck (Park
Peace & Plenty…by Burning Bridget Cleary from Everything is Alright… (Burningbridgetcleary.com)
[ID excerpt] Speed the Plough…by Molloy, Brady, Peoples from Molloy, Brady, Peoples (Mulligan)
Oganaich Mo Chridhe…by MacGregor, Brechin, Ó hEadhra from Sonas (Brechin All Records)
Bímis ag Ól/The Lark on the Strand…by MacDiarmada, Fitzgerald, Ó Ruanaigh from Traditional Music on Fiddle, Banjo & Harp  (Cló Iar-Chonnachta)
Five O’Clock…by McCalmans from Live – Coming Home (Greentrax)
Ballyvourney/Race Classic…by Áthas from Áthas (Athasmusic.com)
Staimpí…by Cran from Black Black Black (Claddagh)
Ferintosh…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (Ferintosh.com)
Ode to a Vending Machine…by Corbett, Chrisman, Tice from Corbett, Chrisman, Tice (Patuxent)

April 10, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1611: One, Two… (April 10, 2014) Week 15

Enjoy an hour dedicated to some great solo artists and duos that deliver uncluttered pure acoustic arrangements.

The Green Mandolin/Nordicana…by David Surette from The Green Mandolin (Madrina)  
A Breath on the Cold Glass…by Wendy Weatherby from A Breath on the Cold Glass (Lochshore)
The Wagoner's Lad…by Sarah McQuaid from I Won’t Go Home 'til Morning (Sarah McQuaid
The Crooked Road to Dublin/The Crib of Perches…by Sarah Blair from Flower of the Red Mill (Newgrange)  
Marie Hamilton…by Wendy Stewart & Gary West from Hinterland (Moulincairn)
The Surround/The Red Stockings…by Kevin Burke & Cal Scott from Across the Black River (Loftus Music)  
Little Margaret…by Laura Boosinger from Down the Road (Laura's Label)
[ID excerpt] Hannah…by Sarah Bauhan from Lathrop's Waltz (Whistler's Music) 
Aoidh, Na Dèan Cadal Idir…by Julie Fowlis from Cuilidh (Shoeshine
Muddy Water…by Heidi Talbot from Wells for Zöe (Compass)
Todlen Hame…by Sylvia Barnes from The Colour of Amber (Greentrax)
Tiree Love Song…by Ross Kennedy from Scottish Voice and Acoustic Guitar (Greentrax)
Doinna…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Compass)
The Blackest Crow…by Atwater Donnelly from The Blackest Crow (Rabbit Island Music)
Cameron's Caper…by Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas from In the Moment (Culburnie)

April 3, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1610: Digital Imperfection (April 3, 2014) Week 14

Stay connected to the authentic roots of today’s music with artists who resist the digital perfection of the studio and mix archive vinyl into their tracks.

Tarbolton…by Jack Evans from Once Upon a Time in the North (Greentrax)
Shetland Reels:Three Drunken Fiddlers/Muckla Sherry a' three/Robbie Tamson's Smiddy…by Catriona Macdonald from  Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
Air fair an ala/Cailleach liath Rathasai (At Dawn of Day)…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical
Ho rinn o...by Martyn Bennett with Margaret Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
Maudabawn Chapel/Frank's Reel...by Natalie MacMaster from In My Hands (Greentrax)
Dh’fhalbh Mo Rùn Bho Chionn Seachdain…by Maggie MacInnes from Peaceful Ground (Marram Music
Peter Stewart, 1910…by Martyn Bennett from Glen Lyon (Foot Stompin)
ID excerpt: Swallowtail Coat…by Martyn Bennett from Martyn Bennett (Eclectic
Crossing the Bridge…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony Classical
La Suite du Casse Reel …by Matapat from Musique Traditional du Quebéc/Matapat 2 ½ (Borealis)
Muiñeiras da Sorte…by Carlos Nuñez from Os Amores Libres (RCA Victor)   
Ag Caint Liom Fhéin/Beidh Aonach Amarách…by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara Music )
An Gaidheal ‘s a Leannan/An Fhleasgaich ur Leannain Thu…by Mairi MacInnes from Orosay  (Greentrax
O Castro da Moura…by Carlos Nuñez from Os Amores Libres (RCA Victor)

March 27, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1609: Archie Fisher (March 27, 2014)  Week 13

Don't miss this opportunity to meet the legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster.  Archie makes connections between Celtic and American song traditions and we hear music from across the decades of his remarkable career in the folk scene.

The Broom of the Cowdenknowes...by The Black Family from The Black Family (Dara)
The Shipyard Apprentice...by Battlefield Band from Battlefield Band (Temple)
King Orfeo...by Barbara Dickson from Words Unspoken (Greentrax)
Will Ye Gang, Love...by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
River And The Road...by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Red House)
[ID excerpt] Lindsay...by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
Bonnie Border Lass (guitar intro)...by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Red House)
Silver Coin...by Archie Fisher from Sunsets I've Galloped Into... (Greentrax)
Adam Cameron...by Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)
Cuillins of Home...by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Red House)
Borderlands...by Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Red House)

March 20, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1608: New Spring Sounds (March 20, 2014)  Week 12

The flow of music is never-ending. A mountain of new recordings doesn't translate into the same volume of great music, though, so rely on Fiona to hand-pick the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from some of your favorite artists.

Ouagadougou Boogie...by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas from Abundance (Culburnie)
Golden Pipe...by The Alan Kelly Gang from Small Town and Famous Nights (Blackbox Music)
Connemara...by The Alan Kelly Gang from Small Town and Famous Nights (Blackbox Music)
S'och a' Dhomhnaill Óig Ghaolaich (Waulking Song)...by Capercaillie from At The Heart Of It All (Vertical)
Hiya...by Ross Ainslie and Jarlath Henderson from Air-Fix (Great White)
[ID Excerpt] Thundersnow...by Coracree from Dancing in the Sky (Coracree.com)
Natasha Mccoy's Reel/Lianne MacLean's Revenge by Hanneke Cassel from Dot the Dragon's Eyes (hannekecassel.com)
The Candlelight...by Coracree from Dancing in the Sky (Coracree.com)
The Templehouse/The Gravel Walks...by Brian Miller & Randy Gosa from The Falling of the Pine (Two Tap Music)
Opening Set...by The Gloaming from The Gloaming (Brassland)
Keys to the Cellar...by Alasdair Fraser and Natalie Haas from Abundance (Culburnie)


March 13, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1607: Cathie Ryan (March 13, 2014) Week 11

Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Irish American singer and songwriter Cathie Ryan, known for her work with Cherish the Ladies.

Go From My Window...by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh)
The Old Bog Road...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available
My Own Native Land...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available
The Back Door...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available (The Back   Door can be heard on the Cherish the Ladies CD "The Back Door".)
[ID Excerpt] What's Closest to the Heart...by Cathie Ryan with John Doyle from The Farthest Wave (Shanachie)
Mo Níon Ó...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available (Mo Níon Ó can be heard on Cathie Ryan's CD "Through Wind and Rain")
Óró, 'Sheanduine Dóite...by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh)
Somewhere Along the Road...by Cathie Ryan performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available (Somewhere Along the Road can be heard on Cathie Ryan's CD "Somewhere Along the Road")
May the Road rise to Meet You...by Cathie Ryan from Through Wind and Rain (Mo Leanbh)

March 06, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1606: Notes in the Wilderness (March 06, 2014)  Week 10 

From traditional odes to the wilderness and contemporary songs of concern, our music this week sings of wild and unspoiled landscapes and challenges us to preserve them. 

Highlands and Islands…by Nuala Kennedy from New Shoes (Compass)
Mother Earth's Revenge…by Karan Casey from Chasing the Sun (Shanachie)  
Forest Baby…by Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster)
Open Fields…by Dougie Maclean from Inside the Thunder (Dunkeld
Welcome to the Trossachs…by Natalie MacMaster from In My Hands (Greentrax)
Muir and the Master Builder…by Dick Gaughan from Redwood Cathedral (Greentrax
[ID excerpt] The Laird of Drumblair…by Tony McManus from The Maker’s Mark (Greentrax)
Pride's Awa'…by Janet Russell & Christine Kydd from Dancin' Chantin' (Greentrax)
Coast River…by Tony McManus from The Maker's Mark (Greentrax)
Solid Ground…by Dolores Keane from Solid Ground (Shanachie)
Bright Star/Change My World…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca
Echo's Calling…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)

February 27, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1605: New World Releases (February 27, 2014)  Week 9

Hear tracks from recent albums by North American artists who work to expand the reach of music from Celtic roots.

Barbara Streisand's Trip to Saginaw/Michael Connell's...by Liz Carroll from On the Off Beat (lizcarroll.com)
Last Night's Joy/Moving Cloud...by Sharlene Wallace & Kim Robertson from Q&A (sharlenewallace.com / kimrobertson.net)
The Ballad of Tim Evans...by Burning Bridget Cleary from Pressed for Time (burningbridgetcleary.com)
Clay Slaps Reel/The Appropriate Dipstick/Trip to Miriam's...by Burning Bridget Cleary from Pressed for Time (burningbridgetcleary.com)
Trip to Ballyshannon...by Steve Baughman from Farewell to Orkney (celticguitar.com)
Rocky Island...by Sara Grey with Kieron Means from Down in Old Dolores (Fellside)
Farewell to Orkney/La Grand Chaine...by Steve Baughman from Farewell to Orkney (celticguitar.com)
[ID Excerpt] Shores of Caledonia...by Fellswater from Thursday Night (fellswater.com)
Jesaig/Famous Bridge/Dans Fisel...by Fellswater from Thursday Night (fellswater.com)
Waterbound...by Lilt from Little Falls (Lockhouse Records)
Dear Irish Boy...by Joey Abarta from Swimming Against the Falls (joeyabarta.com)
Salt of the Earth...by Amy White from Home Sweet Home (Fairewood Studios)
Martin Wynne's Nos. 1, 2, 3, and 4...by Brian Conway, Pat Mangan, Felix Dolan from Classic Celtic Music (Smithsonian Folkways)
All Quiet Along the Potomac Tonight...by Hesperus from A Civil War Scrapbook (Maggie's Music)

February 20, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1604: Bridges (February 20, 2014)  Week 8         

There are many songs and tunes commemorating the landmarks that span our rivers and railways. Every bit as powerful as these physical structures, music is our bridge across time and place and our way to connect with one another. Cross all forms of bridges with us this week.

Crossing the Bridge…by Kim Robertson from Wood, Fire & Gold (Dargason)
Gweebarra Bridge…by Altan from The Blue Idol (Narada
Bridges…by Katie Doherty from Bridges (Park)  
Dunkeld Bridge…by The Whistlebinkies from A Wanton Fling (Greentrax)
The South Bridge of Edinburgh/The Bridge of Perth/The New Bridge of Ballater/The New Bridge of Rutherglen…by  The Musicians of Edinburgh (David Johnson, Artistic Director) from The Art of Robert Burns (Scotstown Music)
The Nodding Song (Gude'en Tae Ye Kimmer)/The Skye Bridge Dance…by Ceolbeg from 5 (Greentrax)
Bellman's Polska…by Christy O'Leary from The Northern Bridge (Old Bridge)
[ID excerpt] Dunkeld Bridge…by Pete Clark from Even Now (Smiddymade)
Bridge Attack…by Bill Whelan from Some Mother's Son (Celtic Heartbeat)
The Cure at Troy…by Liam Neeson from Across the Bridge of Hope (White Records)
The Busker on the Bridge…Nightnoise from A Different Shore (Windham Hill)
Calum Beag O Thìr a’Mhurain/The Twisted Bridge…by Maggie MacInnes from Spiorad Beatha (Marram
Atlantic Bridge…by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara)
Crossing the Bridge…by Eileen Ivers from Crossing the Bridge (Sony
Trip to Skye/Logie Bridge…by Jock Tamson's Bairns from Rare (Greentrax)

February 13, 2014 Print E-mail

Program 1603: Bass Rock (February 13, 2014)  Week 7

Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.

Le Petit Encrier…by Tony McManus & Alain Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax)  
Broom of Cowdenknowes…by Savourna Stevenson, June Tabor, Danny Thompson from Singing the Storm (Cooking Vinyl)  
The Ramnee Ceilidh/Release Da Hounds…by Croft No. Five from Attention All Personnel (Foot Stompin’
Worcester City…by Eliza Carthy from Anglicana (Topic)
Trois Messagers…by Alain Genty from Une Petite Lanterne (Keltia Musique)
At Dawn of Day/Grey-haired Woman from Raasay…by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)   
ID Excerpt: A Forest Plin…by Alain Genty from La Couleur du Milieu (Coop Breiz)
Dans Tro Lors…by Annie Ebrel & Riccardo Del Fra from Voulez Loar – Velluto di Luna (Gwerz)   
She’s in the Attic…by Shooglenifty from Radical Mestizo (Compass)
May Colvin…by Sìleas from Play on Light (Greentrax
Smile/Mrs Elizabeth Thoumire…by Simon Thoumire Three from Waltzes for Playboys (Acoustic Radio)
That’s the Way It Is…by Jacqui McShee’s Pentangle from Passe Avant (Park Records)
Peter Man...by The Kathryn Tickell Band from Air Dancing (Park)

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