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March 16, 2017

Program 1764: Live from Ireland (March 16, 2017) Week 11

Re-live some great sets of Irish music, including years of live performances presented by Fiona with The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and more.

Darlin' Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (live recording - not available )
Brian Boru's March/Nine Points of Roguery/The Magpie/Pretty The Chieftains from Live from Dublin (RCA Victor)
Mo Níon Ó Cathie Ryan (recorded live at the Swannanoa Gathering)
The Rambling Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (buamusic)  
The Royal Cathal McConnell & Len Graham from For the Sake of Old Decency (Sage Arts
An Brían ÓhAirt (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)
[ID excerpt] Jig: Greenfields of Brían ÓhAirt and Julee Glaub (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering) 
Crossing the Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (live recording - not available)
Luna/ Cherish the Ladies, featuring Donna Long and Liz Knowles (recorded live, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC)
The Pinery Boy…by Dáithí Sproule (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)
The Crow in the Sun…by Dáithí Sproule (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)
How Can I Keep From Singing? Julee Glaub (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)
Banish Misfortune/Morning Dew/Arkansas Traveller/Wild The Chieftains from Live from Dublin  (RCA Victor)

March 09, 2017

Program 1763: ThistleRadio New (March 09, 2017) Week 10

Hear some of the recently added tracks that have grown our playlist to more than 1,000 tracks on ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

The Lochmaben Emily Smith from A Different Life (White Fall)
Braes of Lochiel/La Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson from Q&A (Wallace/Robertson)
Fainne Gael an Iarla Ó Lionáird from Foxlight (Real World)
Changing Goitse from Tall Tales and Misadventures (goitsemusic)
Ta Se 'na Goitse from Tall Tales and Misadventures (goitsemusic)
All the Gerda Stevenson from Night Touches Day (Gean Records)
[ID excerpt] Wayfaring Al Petteway from It's Only the Blues (Fairewood)
The Banks of Inverness/The Oriental Polka/The Hanz Araki from Foreign Shore (Little Sea)
All the Way Cathy Jordan from All The Way Home (Blix Street Records) Lilt from Little Falls (Lockhouse Records) Chris Stout from Live in Concert (Chris Stout Music)
Lums o' Catriona McKay from Starfish (Glimster Records)

March 02, 1017

Program 1762: Welsh Roots (March 02, 2017) Week 9

Explore some well-loved and emerging roots music from Wales.

Swansea Barracks…by Rag Foundation from Minka (Fflach)
Tros yr Aber – Over the Estuary…by Crasdant from Dwndwr – The Great Noise (Sain)
Elen a’r Eos…by Ffynnon from Adar Gwylltion (Taith
En filant ma Quenouille…by Ffynnon from Adar Gwylltion (Taith)
Malldraeth…by LIio Rhydderch & Elin Wyn Jones from Enlli (Fflach
A Ei Di’r ‘Deryn…by Ember from Open all the Doors (Salt & Slate Records)
Moelyci…by Steve Eaves from Moelyci (Sain)   
ID excerpt: Tra Bo Cerys Matthews (with Gwenan Gibbard) from Hullabaloo (Rainbow)
Bwthyn…by Toreth from Toreth (Fflach)
Can y Fari…by Julie Murphy & Dyland Fowler from Ffawd (Fflach)
Alabaina Wood…by Robin Huw Bowen from Y Fford I Aberystwyth – The Road to Aberystwyth (Sain
Four Loom Weaver…by Rag Foundation from Minka (Fflach
Storm…by Ember from Open All the Doors (Salt & Slate Records
Ty Bach Cerys Matthews (with Gwenan Gibbard) from Hullabaloo (Rainbow)
Dadl Cerys Matthews (with Gwenan Gibbard) from Hullabaloo (Rainbow)

February 23, 2017

Program 1761: Brian McNeill at Swannanoa (February 23, 2017) Week 8

Join Fiona and the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/singer Brian McNeill as they share conversation and music at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina Mountains.

St. Christopher And The Brian McNeill from To Answer the Peacock (Greentrax)
The Steel Grey Skies/The Boy's Lament for his Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available. (The Boy's Lament for His Dragon can be found on Brian MacNeill's cd "The Road Never Questions", and also on "Live & Kicking" by Brian MacNeill & Iain MacKintosh)
The Lads o' the Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering -  (The Lads o' the Fair can be found on Battlefield Band's cd "Live Celtic Folk Music")
The Baltic Tae Brian McNeill from The Baltic Tae Byzantium (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] The Gilded Brian McNeill from The Busker and The Devil's Only Daughter (Temple
When the Laverock Sang in the Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available. (The Laverock Sang can be found on Brian MacNeill's cd "Unstrung Hero")
Bring the Lassie Brian McNeill performed live at the Swannanoa Gathering - recording not available.
(Bring the Lassie Hame can be found on Brian McNeil's cd "The Baltic Tae Byzantium")

February 16, 2017

Program 1760: ThistleRadio Classic (February 16, 2017) Week 7

Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel. Donal Lunny from Donal Lunny Cooflin (Blue Note)
The Hungry Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass)
Máire Mhó Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass)
The Green Groves of Glentown/The Flowers of The Bothy Band from The Best of The Bothy Band (Green Linnet)
Are Ye Sleepin' Dougie MacLean from Tribute (Dunkeld)
The Dougie MacLean from The Essential Dougie MacLean (Dunkeld)
Theme from Harry's Clannad from Past Present (RCS)
[ID excerpt] Cockle Battlefield Band from Home is Where the Van Is (Temple)
The Shetland Fiddle Diva/ Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
Another Karan Casey from Distant Shore (Shanachie)
Fisher Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
Buachaillin Deas Óg Mé MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara)
Dove Across the Water: Iona Theme/March - The Cunning Ossian from Dove Across the Water (Iona) Loreena McKennitt from An Ancient Muse (Quinlan Road)

February 09, 2017

Program 1759: Love Songs (February 09, 2017) Week 6

Move beyond the traditional notion of romantic love this week to hear of a bond with landscape, language, and the natural world – all in the finest music from Celtic roots.

Venus in Shooglenifty from Venus in Tweeds (Greentrax)
The Gowden Locks of Anna…by MacAlias from Highwired (Greentrax)
Jim Batty’s/The Bloom of Youth…by Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry from At First Light (Vertical Records
To The Homeland…by Maura O’Connell from Walls & Windows (Sugar Hill
I Love the Trees…by Nomos from Set You Free (Green Linnet)
Suite de Ridees…by Tony McManus from Ceol More (Greentrax)
Voices of the Land…by Maire Brennan from Maire (Atlantic)
Gi’e Me Lass Wi’ a Lump o’ Land…by Ian F. Benzie from I’se The B’y (Lochshore)
ID Excerpt: Dans Tony McManus from Tony McManus (Greentrax
A’ The Airts…by Ceolbeg from Seeds to the Wind (Greentrax
Wild West Waltz…by Wendy Stewart from About Time (Greentrax)
The Beauty Spot/The Maid Behind the Barrel…by Danu from All Things Considered (Shanachie)
More Than Just a Dram…by Robin Laing from The Angel’s Share (Greentrax
Aibreann - The Last Pint…by Lunasa from Lunasa (Compass)  
Tail Toddle Finale…by Skyedance from Skyedance - Live in Spain (Culburnie)

February 02, 2017

Program 1758: Debuts (February 02, 2017) Week 5

Look to the next era for this music with the sounds of first time artists on Thistle with recordings from both sides of the Atlantic.

The Connla from River Waiting (
Colin Macintosh/Black Katie McNally Trio from The Boston States (Heath Music)
The Burning of Sophie Ramsay from The Seas Between Us (
The Martlet/Father John Angus Katie McNally Trio from from The Boston States (Heath Music)
On the Liza Mulholland from Fine 'n' Rosy (Metagama Productions)
White Room/The Congress Wake the Dead from Deal (Celtoid)
[ID excerpt] Potting Shed Liza Mulholland from Fine 'n' Rosy (Metagama Productions)
On a Eddie and Luc from Tirade (Brig Records)
Here's the Tender Eddie and Luc from Tirade (Brig Records)
Daily Connla from River Waiting ( Connla from River Waiting (
Saints and Connla from River Waiting (
The Connla from River Waiting (

January 26, 2017

Program 1757: Songs of the Bard (January 26, 2017) Week 4

Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the timeless songs of Robert Burns ~ Scotland’s National Bard.

The Lea Rig…by The Paul McKenna Band from Between Two Worlds (Greentrax)
Now Westlin Winds…by Dick Gaughan from Gaughan Live! At the Trades Club (Greentrax)
Ae Fond Kiss…by Corrina Hewat from My Favourite Place (Foot Stompin’)
Braw Lads o’ Gala Water…by Ed Miller from Lyrics of Gold (Wellfield
Highland Mary…by Jim Malcolm from Acquaintance (Beltane)
Rigs o’ Barley…by Emily Smith from A Day Like Today (Foot Stompin’)
[ID excerpt] Brose and Butter…by Corrina Hewat from My Favourite Place (Foot Stompin’)
The Slave’s Lament…by Feisty Besoms from Auld Flames (Feisty Besoms)
Parcel of Rogues in a Nation…by Rod Paterson from Songs from the Bottom Drawer (Greentrax)
Ye Jacobites…by Eddi Reader from Eddi Reader Sings the Songs of Robert Burns (Compass)
Aye Walkin’ O…by Jock Tamson’s Bairns from Rare (Greentrax)
O My Luve’s Like a Red, Red Rose…by June Tabor from Rosa Mundi (Green Linnet)
Auld Lang Syne…by Jim Malcolm from Acquaintance (Beltane
Ye Banks and Braes o’ Bonie Doon…by Ferintosh from Ferintosh  (

January 19, 2017

Program 1756: New Year Sounds (January 19, 2017) Week 3

Prepare your way for the year ahead with a fresh musical start and a chance to discover artists whose careers are destined to gather momentum in the coming months.

Sporan Dhomhnaill/Mist on the Glen/Miss Battlefield Band from Beg & Borrow (Temple)
The Kevin Burke and John Brennan from The Pound Ridge Sessions (Loftus Music)
Children Go...By Eileen Ivers and the Band - iTunes download  
Sunset John McSherry from...The Seven Suns (Compass Records)
Let No Man Steal Your Cassie & Maggie from The Willow Collection (
Strip the Willow Cassie & Maggie from The Willow Collection (
[ID excerpt] The Glasgow Battlefield Band from from Beg & Borrow (Temple)
Óró 'Sé do Bheatha 'Baile Gailfean from Won't You Come Out Tonight (
Spike Shaped Glasses/Tom Moylan's/Donegal Gailfean from Won't You Come Out Tonight (
Black Is the Colour of my True Love's Invisible Stars - Choral Works From Ireland & Scotland (Signum)
The Pippa Reid-Foster from Driftwood Harp (
Clean Pease Sgoil Chiùil na Gaidhealtachd from The Right Path (Sgoil Chiùil na Gaidhealtachd)
The John McSherry from The Seven Suns (Compass Records)
The Drunken Battlefield Band from from Beg & Borrow (Temple)

January 12, 2017

Program 1755:  The Long View (January 12, 2017) Week 2

Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell. Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)  
Toss the Feathers/College Groves/Pinch of Snuff/The Earl'sChair/The Woman of the House/The Girl That Broke My Heart/The Drunken Tinker/Paddy Cronin's/McFadden's Handsome Daughter/The Hunter's Purse/Toss the Kevin Burke from If The Cap Fits (Mulligan
The Fabled Maddy Prior from Year (Park)  
[ID Excerpt] Merrily Kissed the Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio) Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)  
Magheracloone/Norland Battlefield Band from Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple)  
Welsh Arrow Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)

January 5, 2017

Program 1754: Underneath the Stars (January 05, 2017) Week 1

Drawing meaning, guidance and solace from the sun moon and stars, our music looks to the Northern and Western skies this week.

The Moonlight Piper…by Carlos Núñez with The Chieftains from Brotherhood of Stars (RCA Victor)
The Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure Records
The Sound of the Sun: The Three Sea Captains / The Sound of the Fred Morrison from The Sound of the Sun (Lochshore
Land of the Setting Sun…by Talitha Mackenzie from Indian Summer (Sonas)
Hunter's Moon/Getting There/The Morris Liz Carroll & John Doyle from In Play (Compass)
Such a Night of Stars… by Eamon Friel from Word of Spring (Thran)   
ID excerpt: The Crow in the Sun …by Dáithí Sproule from The Crow in the Sun (New Folk) 
New Moon…by Ceilidh Minogue from Ceilidh Minogue (Greentrax)
Sun, Moon and Stars…by Filska from A Thousand Miles Away (Foot Stompin’)
Laughing With the Moon…by Hilary James & Simon Mayor from Laughing with the Moon (Acoustics Records)
Moondance…by Nightnoise from The White Horse Sessions (Windham Hill)
Lloer Dirion (Tender Moon) Carreg Lafar from Profiad (Carreg Lafar
Dark Light…by Davy Spillane from A Place Among the Stones (Columbia)

December 29, 2016 Print

Program 1753:  New Year’s Resolution: Keep Music Live! (December 29, 2016)  Week 52

From the pubs and clubs of home to international festival stages, some great live performances electrify this hour of music as we turn the page on yet another music-filled year.

Glenlogie…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane
Katie Campbell’s Rambles/Streets of Forbes…by Niamh Parsons from Loosely Connected (Greentrax)
Man of Arran…by Niamh Parsons featuring the Loose Connections from Loosely Connected (Greentrax)
Canan Nan Gaidheal…by Scottish Women & Band from Scottish Women (Greentrax
Trip to Skye…by Skolvan from Live in Italia (Keltia Musique)  
Sir Patrick Spens…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane
ID Excerpt: Flowers of Edinburgh…by Jim Malcolm from Live in Glenfarg (Beltane
Bogey’s Bonnie Belle…by Christy Moore, Donal Lunny & Jimmy Faulkner from Live in Dublin (Tara Music
The Rocky Road to Dublin/Indian Ate the Woodchuck…by Mozaik from Live From the Powerhouse (Compass)
Breileach…by Capercaillie from Dusk Till Dawn (Survival)  
The Big Set…by The Unusual Suspects from Live in Scotland (Foot Stompin’)
The Kerry Dances…by Frankie Gavin and Stephane Grappelli from Frankie Gavin 2003-2004 Collection (Frankie Gavin)  

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