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August 8, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1576: Song Beat (August 08, 2013)  Week 32 

Hebridean tweed workers' songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music:  their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms, lightening the work and keeping the singers going.  Get into the rhythm of the song this week, with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore, The Poozies, Alasdair Fraser and more.

Celtic Society’s Quickstep/42nd Highlander's Farewell…by John Cunningham from Fair Warning (Green Linnet)
Sunny…by The Poozies from Changed Days, Same Roots (Compass)
Alasdair Mhic Cholla Ghasda…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk (Green Linnet)
Miss Campbell of Sheeness/Balindore/Irish Jig…by Capercaillie from Sidewaulk  (Green Linnet)
Don't Forget Your Shovel…by Christy Moore from The Time Has Come (Green Linnet)
Tunnel Tigers…by Sean Keane from Turn a Phrase (Kells)
Mouth Music/ Eddie Curran’s Favourite…by Dolores Keane &  John Faulkner from Broken Hearted I’ll Wander  (Mulligan)  
The Lady's Dance…by Daimh from The Pirates of Puirt (Goat Island Music
ID Excerpt: Sitting in the Stern of a Boat…by Alasdair Fraser from Return to Kintail (Culburnie)  
Iomramh Eadar Il‘a‘s Uist/The Source of Spey…by Ossian from St. Kilda Wedding (Iona)
Charlie, Oh, Charlie…by Ossian from Borders (Iona)
Arran Boat Song…by Darol Anger with Alasdair Fraser from Diary of a Fiddler (Compass)
Pull Down Below…by Forebitters from Ships May Come…And Ships May Go (Forebitters)   
The Waulking of the Fauld…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh (Ferintosh.com)
Puirt…by Catherine-Ann MacPhee from Suil Air Ais (Greentrax
Long Distance Runner…by The Easy Club from Chance or Design (R2 Records)

 
August 01, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1575: Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub (August 01, 2013) Week 31 

Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with Brían Ó hAirt and Julee Glaub.  Each followed a separate path to Ireland to discover the roots of their musical passions.  Hear how American and Celtic traditions mingle in their work today with Brían's band Bua and Julee's duo Little Windows.

My Johnny Was a Shoemaker...by Julee Glaub from Fields Faraway (Julee Glaub)
Jig: Greenfields of America...by Brían ÓhAirt and Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
I'll Fly Away/This Little Light of Mine...by Julee Glaub (joined by audience) live at Swannanoa Gathering
Song: Am Buachaillin Muinte...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
Cavan Girl...Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
Song: An Sagairtin...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
[ID Excerpt] Red Rocking Chair...by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)
Dear Irish Boy...by Julee Glaub live at Swannanoa Gathering
Baba 'Con Raoi/Bó na Leath-Adhaírce...by Bua with Brían ÓhAirt from Down the Green Fields (Bua Music)
Reel: Fair of Ballydareen...by Brían ÓhAirt live at Swannanoa Gathering
Home's Across the Blue Ridge Mountains...by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)
How Can I Keep From Singing?...by Julee Glaub (joined by audience) live at Swannanoa Gathering
The Mason's Apron...by Bua from Down the Green Fields (Bua Music)

 
July 25, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1574: Flute and Whistle (July 25, 2013) Week 30 

The flute may be the closest any instrument comes to reproducing the expression of the human voice.  It is the music of breathing.  Chris Norman, Cathal McConnell, Lunasa, Claire Mann and others play Celtic flute and whistle for us this week.

Chloe's Passion…by Claire Mann from Claire Mann (Foot Stompin)
Contentment is Wealth/The Mooncoin Jig…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
Playing of Ball…by Kate Rusby from Little Lights (Pure)
Waterman's…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
Farewell, Lovely Nancy…by Boys of the Lough from Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (Lough Records)
Lads of Leith/Tulloch Gorum/Lord Seaforth Reel/Miss Scott of Usan…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)
ID Excerpt: Cloichini Beaga Na Farraige…by Micho Russell from Ireland's Whistling Ambassador (Pennywhistler's Press)  
A Fig For a Kiss…by Matt Molloy from Shadows on Stone (Virgin)
Belladonna…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Harp and Shamrock…by Lunasa from Redwood (Green Linnet)
The Otter's Nest/Richie Dwyer’s…by Joanie Madden from Song of the Irish Whistle (Hearts o' Space)
The Apprentice Boy…by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
Port Atholl…by Chris Norman Ensemble from The Caledonian Flute (Boxwood Media)

 
July 18, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1573: Listening Westward (July 18, 2013) Week 29 

Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-ravaged coastlines.  It is wild fiddle music and singing in the ancient languages of the Gael.  At its heart is tradition, at its soul innovation.  The Ni Dhomhnaill sisters (pron: Nee Gonnel), Altan, Capercaillie (pron: Kapper-Kaylee), Martin Hayes, and The Peatbog Fairies take us westward.

Blink/The Central Line/Lexy Macaskill's…by Flook from Flatfish (Flatfish Records)   
Chi mi’n Gheamhraidh…by Gary West from The Islay Ball (Greentrax)
Coisich, a Ruin…by Capercaillie from Delirium (Survival Records)
The Stone in the Field/Famous Ballymore/The Traveller…by Joe McKenna from The Irish Low Whistle (Shanachie)
West Coast of Clare…by Niamh Parsons from Heart's Desire (Green Linnet)
Dheannain sugradh…by Alyth McCormack from An Iomal (The Edge) (Vertical Records)
The Dispute at the Crossroads/Columba Ward's/Siuns Reel…by Altan from Another Sky (Virgin Narada)
ID Excerpt: Paddy Fahy's Reel…by Sean Tyrrell from Belladonna (Long Walk Music)
The Old Bush/The Reel with the Burl…by Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill from The Lonesome Touch (Green Linnet)
Llostail me le Sairsint…by Maighread & Triona Ni Dhomhnaill from Idir an Da Shoals (Green Linnet
Calum Sgaire…by Alasdair Fraser & Tony McManus from Return to Kintail (Culburnie)
The Dark Island…by Ross Kennedy & Archie McAllister from The White Swan (Lochshore
The Song of the Seal…by Karan Casey from Seal Maiden (Music for Little People)
Lucy Campell's…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Vertical Records
Lexy Macaskill…by Peatbog Fairies from Mellowosity (Greentrax)

 
July 11, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1572: At the Edge (July 11, 2013) Week 28

Hear the evolving sound of a new Celtic music inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.   Solas, Kila and Shooglenifty are all in the mix.

The Ploughman…by Solas from Waiting for An Echo (Shanachie)
The Reel…by Secret Garden from Earthsongs (Decca)  
Maire Mhilis Bhrea…by Solas from Another Day (Shanachie
Miss You…by Winifred Horan from Just One Wish (Shanachie
Craigie Hills…by Scrûj MacDuhk from the Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
A Thousand Roads/The Road to Canso/Hare o' the Dug…by Scrûj MacDuhk from The Road to Canso (Scruj Tunes)
ID Excerpt: The Napier Stride…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)
Westlin Winds…by Robin Bullock from The Enchanted Woods (Dancing Wolf)  
The Grand Hotel/Mary Kelly's Hatchet…by Kila from Luna Park (Kila)  
Atlantic/ Kresal Eta Laino (Celtic Progression)…by Antoni O'Breskey from Mezulari (O'Music)
Who Will Raise Their Voice?...by Capercaillie from Choice Language (Vertical)
Scraping the Barrel…by Shooglenifty from Live Radical Mestizo (Compass)
MacAlgo…by John Rae from Celtic Feet (Caber)

 
July 4, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1571: Claudine Langille (July 4, 2013) Week 27 

Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with vocalist and leading banjo and mandolin player Claudine Langille, known for her work in the 1980s with Touchstone and her current band Gypsy Reel.  Hear why songs and tunes from the Canadian Maritimes, Ireland and Appalachia flow through Claudine’s music.

The Kilmoulis Jig...by Touchstone from The New Land (Green Linnet)
Polka, Farewell to Nova Scotia, Cliffs of Moher/Cook in the Kitchen, Charlie Piggot's Reel... by Claudine Langille. Recorded live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week, July 2011 (Recording not available)
ID Excerpt: Between Friends...by Claudine Langille from The Fin and The Feather (Claudine Langille)
Do You Love an Apple?...by The Bothy Band from Live in Concert (Green Linnet)
Jack Haggerty … by Touchstone from The New Land (Green Linnet)
Jealousy...by Claudine Langille. Recorded  live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week, July 2011(Recording not available)
Red, Red Rose...by Gypsy Reel from Red, Red Rose (Mount Hollywood Records)
Livin' in the Snow...by Claudine Langille. Recorded  live at The Swannanoa Gathering's Traditional Song Week, July 2011 (Recording not available)
Pernod Waltz...by Claudine Langille from Red, Red Rose (Mount Hollywood Records)

 
June 27, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1570: Summer Sounds (June 27, 2013)  Week 26

You'll breeze towards the heart of summer with this week's music from Eddi Reader, William Jackson, Nightnoise and more.

A United Earth I…by Alan Stivell with Youssou N'Dour from Dublin to Dakar (Putumayo)
The Shores of Loch Ghamhna/Aolbhneas Ellis Ui Cheallaigh…by Deiseal from The Long Long Note (Starc)
Swimming Song…by Maddy Prior from Year (Park Records)
Water Music…by Pierre Bensusan from Musiques (Windham Hill)
Daire's Dream…by Davy Spillane from Atlantic Bridge (Tara)
California….by Eddi Reader from Angels & Electricity (Warner Music)
At The Races…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
ID Excerpt: Baka…by Outback from Baka (Hannibal Records)
The Pearl Wedding Reel/Country Girl & the Hungarian Fiddler…by Old Blind Dogs from Fit? (Green Linnet)
Land of Light…by William Jackson from Land of Light (Mill Records)
Moondance…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
A Costa de Galicia…by Sharon Shannon & Friends from The Diamond Mountain Sessions (Grapevine)
Marabilla…by Skyedance from Live in Spain (Culburnie)
Two Fifty to Vigo…by Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweed (Greentrax)

 
June 20, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1569: Debuts (June 20, 2013)  Week 25  

We look to the next era for this music by featuring brand new artists performing for the first time on Thistle.

Ceol Rince na hEireann: Gan Ainm/The Grand Gates of Annesbrook/ O'Shaughnessy's…by Pat Broaders, Liz Knowles, Kieran O'Hare from Open the Door for Three (Openthedoorforthree.com)
Miles Weatherhill…by Pat Broaders, Liz Knowles, Kieran O’Hare from Open the Door for Three (Openthedoorforthree.com)
Voice from the Sea…by Oirialla from Oiriallan (Oiriallamusic.com)
Cavers of Kirkcudbright/ The Kitten Slip Jig/ The Ladies’ Pantaloons/ Miss Butler's Reel/ Tamarack’er Down…by Oirialla from Oiriallan (Oiriallamusic.com)
Sound of Taransay… by Phil MacLennan Smillie from Sound of Taransay (Hedera Records)
Down by the Sea…by Ashley Davis from Down by the Sea  (Daisy Rings)
ID Excerpt: Reel de Beatrice…by Cannongate Cadjers Ceilidh Band from Open with Care  (Brechin All Records)
Bad Soup/ Riff Raff and Widget…by Katie McNally from Flourish (Katiemcnally.com)
Si Do Mhaimeo I…by Caroline Fraher from Fragments (carolinefraher.com)
West Coast Airs…by Phil MacLennan Smillie from Sound of Taransay  (Hedera Records)
The Skatehorn Ceilidh Band/ Knees of Fire/ The Tailor's Twist…by The Chair from The Road to Hammer Junkie   (lovethechair.com)
Sporting Paddy/ The Clydeside Lasses/ French Canadian Reel/ The Morning Dew/ Roddy McDonald's Fancy …by The Chair from The Road to Hammer Junkie (lovethechair.com)
The Hamars O'Syradale…by The Chair from The Road to Hammer Junkie   (lovethechair.com)
Salty River Reel/ The Three Forks of Cumberland/ Redbird…by Fullsceilidh Spele-mannslag from 500 Sessions (Spreefix)

 

 
June 13, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1568: Heading South (June 13, 2013) Week 24  

Fiona celebrates the musical connections that captured her attention when she first traveled in the U.S. in the early 1980s by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains. 

Wheel Hoss/ Redbird/ Tripping up to Larne…by Cúig from Prospect (Green Linnet)
Ireland's Green Shore…by Tim O’Brien from The Crossing (Alula)
The Devil and the Farmer's Wife…by Afterhours from Hung Up and Dry (Celtic Music 1992)
The Farmer's Cursed Wife…by Tim O’Brien and The Boys from Oh boy! O'Boy! (Sugar Hill)
Brickyard Joe…by Norman & Nancy Blake from Just Gimme Somethin' I'm Used To (Shanachie)  
A Pretty Fair Miss…by Duck Baker & Molly Andrews from American Traditional (Day Job
There Was a Lady…by Relativity from Relativity (Green Linnet)   
ID Excerpt: Speed the Plow Medley…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)
Indian Whoop…by James Bryan & Carl Jones from Two Pictures (Martin Records)
Barbara Allen… by Emmy Rossum from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Barbara Allen… by Emmylou Harris from Songcatcher (Vanguard)
Shady Grove…by Ian Carmichael from Ceilidh House Sessions (Greentrax)
High on a Mountain…by Four Men & a Dog from Barking Mad (Cross Border Media)
A Mountaineer is Always Free…by Pierce Pettis from State of Grace (Compass)
Star of the County Down…by Yo-Yo Ma, Edgar Meyer, Mark O'Connor from Appalachia Waltz (Sony)

 
June 06, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1567: Alan Reid (June 06, 2013)  Week 23

Three decades after her journey into national radio started, Fiona meets up with the man who was her very first interview: Alan Reid, known for his long career with the legendary Battlefield Band.

Joseph McDonald's Jig/The Snuff Wife/The Thief of Lochaber...by Battlefield Band from Home Is Where The Van Is (Temple)
Cockle Geordie...by Battlefield Band from Home Is Where The Van Is (Temple)
The Presbyterian Hornpipe/The Watchmaker's Daughter/The Hurricane...by Battlefield Band from There's a Buzz (Temple)
The Dear Green Place...by Alan Reid from Collection (Temple
The Devil's Courtship...by Alan Reid from Collection (Temple
[ID Excerpt] The Wilton Street Dawdle...by Alan Reid from The Sunlit Eye (Temple)
The Last Lighthouse Keeper...by Alan Reid and Rob van Sante from Under the Blue (Red Sands Records)
The Gairdner's Son...by Alan Reid and Rob van Sante from The Adventures of John Paul Jones (Red Sands Records)  
The Road of Tears...by Alan Reid from Collection (Temple)
Stovies/Trip to Raasay/The Cailleach With The Crash Helmet...by Alan Reid and Rob van Sante from Under the Blue (Red Sands Records)

 
May 23, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1565: Time To Dance (May 23, 2013) Week 21

The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet and before you know it, you're dancing.  Limber up before you tune into this hour of music featuring Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

Wooden Whale/Leaps & Bounds/Skye Barbeque…by Alasdair Fraser from Dawn Dance (Culburnie)   
The Easy Club Reel/Janine's Reel…by The Easy Club from Essential (Eclectic Records)
The Rovin' Ploughboy…by Malinky from Ravens (Greentrax) 
The Price of a Pig/Crabbit Shona/Bancroft's Descent…by Shooglenifty from A Whisky Kiss (Greentrax)
Swing Round to the Jigs…by The Kilfenora Ceili Band from Set on Stone (Torc Music)
Molly and Johnny…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records
The Green Mountain…by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass Records)
ID Excerpt: The Point Road…by Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax)
Hanter Dro…by Tud from Deus Kerne (Escaliburt)
The Braes of Killiecrankie…by Kornog from Korong (Green Linnet)
Bal Plinn du Vertige…by Skolvan from Swing & Tears (Keltia Musique)
The Poor Man's Fortune/The Fiddler’s Key/The Blessings of Silver…by Trian from Trian II (Green Linnet)
Willie Taylor…by Cran from Black, Black, Black (Claddagh Records)
Farquhar and Hettie’s Waltz/My Cape Breton Home…by Blazin’ Fiddles from Fire On! (Blazin' Fiddles)
Opinions…by Rory Campbell & Malcolm Stitt from Field of Bells (Lochshore)

 
May 30, 2013 Print E-mail

Program 1566: Easy Does It (May 30, 2013) Week 22

There's more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes.  Kick back with some soothing voices (Maire Brennan, Dougie MacLean, Karen Matheson) and some free-spirited instrumentals (Davy Spillane, William Jackson, Michael McGoldrick).

Ca Dé Sin Do’n Té Sin…by Clannad from Banba (RCA
Bonnie Jean…by Karen Matheson from Time to Fall (Vertical)
Pamela Rose Grant/The Ewie Wi' the Crooked Horn/The Scolding Wives of Abertarff…by Tony McManus/Alan Genty from Singing Sands (Greentrax
'S fhada leam an Oidche Ghemhradih…by Dougie MacLean from Riof (Dunkeld)  
Teehan's…by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
The Lowlands of Holland…by Donal Lunny from Coolfin (Blue Note)
ID Excerpt: Midnight Walker…by Davy Spillane from Pipedreams (Tara Music
Little Sadie …by John Doyle from Wayward Son (Compass)
An Honourable Peace/The Drip…by William Jackson from Duan Albanach (Mill
Bí Liom…by Moya Brennan from Two Horizons (Decca)
What Makes You Dream…by Bohinta from Belladonna (Celtic Collections)
Swedish…by Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside)
Ubi Caritas…by Connie Dover from The Wishing Well (Taylor Park)
Darklight…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)

 
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