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March 30, 2017

Program 1766: The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (March 30, 2017) Week13

Hear music from the National Theatre of Scotland show that has won acclaim over the past five years, including during its recent run in the U.S.  A non-traditional production playing in bars, pubs and civic spaces, it celebrates Scottish traditional poetry, storytelling and music woven through a supernatural tale.

Doctor Angus (Chloe's Passion/Co a ni Mire ri Màiri?/Tubular Peat)...by Nuala Kennedy from A Wee Selection (Under the Arch)
Stories From the Debatable Lands...by Kathryn Tickell from Debatable Lands (Park)
Selection from the production...by National Theatre of Scotland from The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (live recording from the show)
The Bonnie Lass of Fyvie/the Silver Spear...by Malinky from Last Leaves (Greentrax)
Killiecrankie...by Jamie McMenemy from Robert Burns The Complete songs, Volume 5 (Linn)
The Twa Corbies...by National Theatre of Scotland from The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (live recording from the show)
[ID excerpt] The Pipers (The Glasgow Police Pipe Band/Lexie MacAskill)...by Sileas from Beating Harps (Greentrax)
Blooming Heather...by Kate Rusby from Awkward Annie (Pure)
Yellow on the Broom...by Jean Redpath from Summer of My Dreams (Greentrax)
Green Grow the Rashes...by Dougie MacLean from Real Estate (Dunkeld)
Blackwater...by Altan from Blackwater (Virgin)
Bedlam Boys...by National Theatre of Scotland from The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart (live recording from the show)
Father John MacMillan of Barra/The Devil in the Kitchen/Miss Drummond of Perth/Mackinnon's Rant/Traditional Reel/Margaree Reel...by Alasdair Fraser and Jody Stecher from The Driven Bow (Culburnie)
Tunes and Puirt-a-Beul Set...by Julie Fowlis from Live at Perthshire Amber (Machair)

March 23, 2017

Program 1765: Dear Jean (March 23, 2017) Week 12

Artists celebrate Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), singing the songs she taught them and passing along their wisdom.  Much of this week’s music comes from the commemorative CD which includes Robin and Linda Williams, Peggy Seeger, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and many friends of Jean Ritchie.

My Dear Companion…. by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt from Trio (Warner Bros)
Blue Diamond Mines… by John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie
Wintergrace…. by Atwater.Donnelly from When Winter Calls (Rabbit Island Music)
Wondrous Love… by Sarah McQuaid from I Won't Go Home 'Til Morning (sarahmcquaid.com)
Black Waters…. by John McCutcheon, Tim O'Brien, Suzy Boguss, Kathy Mattea, Stuart Duncan and Bryn Davies from Dear Jean ~ Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie (Compass
Now is the Cool of the Day… by Molly Andrews from Dear Jean (Compass
The L&N Don't Stop Here Anymore …by Robin and Linda Williams with John Jennings from Dear Jean (Compass)
[ID excerpt] Shady Grove… by Sparky and Rhonda Rucker from Dear Jean (Compass
One I Love… by Karan Casey from Songlines (Shanachie)  
Songwriting Process ~ Jean Ritchie interview excerpt from The Thistle & Shamrock®
I Celebrate Life …by Pete Seeger from Dear Jean (Compass)
Young Man Who Wouldn't Raise Corn ….by Peggy Seeger… from Dear Jean (Compass
Jubilee…. by Kathy Mattea and Friends from Dear Jean (Compass)
Let the Sun Shine Down on Me …by Kim and Reggie Harris from Dear Jean (Compass
Advice to Singers ~ Jean Ritchie interview excerpt from The Thistle & Shamrock®
I've Got a Mother… by The Starry Mountain Singers from Dear Jean (Compass)
The Peace Round… by Jean Ritchie and Friends from Dear Jean (Compass)

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' Corey...by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (live recording - not available ) eileenivers.com
Brian Boru's March/Nine Points of Roguery/The Magpie/Pretty Girls...by The Chieftains from Live from Dublin (RCA Victor)
Mo Níon Ó...by Cathie Ryan (recorded live at the Swannanoa Gathering)  cathieryan.com
The Rambling Irishman...by Len Graham & Brían Ó hAirt from In Two Minds (buamusic)  
The Royal Blackbird...by Cathal McConnell & Len Graham from For the Sake of Old Decency (Sage Arts
An Sagairtin...by Brían ÓhAirt (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)   buamusic.com
[ID excerpt] Jig: Greenfields of America...by Brían ÓhAirt and Julee Glaub (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering) 
Crossing the Bridge...by Eileen Ivers and Immigrant Soul (live recording - not available)  eileenivers.com
Luna/Reels...by Cherish the Ladies, featuring Donna Long and Liz Knowles (recorded live, NC Museum of Art, Raleigh, NC)  cherishtheladies.com
The Pinery Boy…by Dáithí Sproule (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)  daithisproule.com
The Crow in the Sun…by Dáithí Sproule (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)  daithisproule.com
How Can I Keep From Singing?...by Julee Glaub (recorded live at Swannanoa Gathering)  juleeglaub.com
Banish Misfortune/Morning Dew/Arkansas Traveller/Wild Irishman...by 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 Harper...by Emily Smith from A Different Life (White Fall)
Braes of Lochiel/La Guabina...by Sharlene Wallace and Kim Robertson from Q&A (Wallace/Robertson)
Fainne Gael an Lae...by Iarla Ó Lionáird from Foxlight (Real World)
Changing Lanes...by Goitse from Tall Tales and Misadventures (goitsemusic)
Ta Se 'na La...by Goitse from Tall Tales and Misadventures (goitsemusic)
All the Prayer...by Gerda Stevenson from Night Touches Day (Gean Records)
[ID excerpt] Wayfaring Stranger...by Al Petteway from It's Only the Blues (Fairewood)
The Banks of Inverness/The Oriental Polka/The Tolka...by Hanz Araki from Foreign Shore (Little Sea)
All the Way Home...by Cathy Jordan from All The Way Home (Blix Street Records)
Waterbound...by Lilt from Little Falls (Lockhouse Records)
Latina...by Chris Stout from Live in Concert (Chris Stout Music)
Lums o' Lund...by 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 Dau...by 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 Twt...by Cerys Matthews (with Gwenan Gibbard) from Hullabaloo (Rainbow)
Dadl Dau...by 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 Magpie...by Brian McNeill from To Answer the Peacock (Greentrax)
The Steel Grey Skies/The Boy's Lament for his Dragon...by 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 Fair...by 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 Byzantium...by Brian McNeill from The Baltic Tae Byzantium (Greentrax)
[ID excerpt] The Gilded Shadows...by Brian McNeill from The Busker and The Devil's Only Daughter (Temple
When the Laverock Sang in the Morning...by 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 Hame...by 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.

Glentown...by Donal Lunny from Donal Lunny Cooflin (Blue Note)
The Hungry Rock...by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass)
Máire Mhór...by Dervish from Live in Palma (Compass)
The Green Groves of Glentown/The Flowers of Redhill...by The Bothy Band from The Best of The Bothy Band (Green Linnet)
Are Ye Sleepin' Maggie...by Dougie MacLean from Tribute (Dunkeld)
The Gael...by Dougie MacLean from The Essential Dougie MacLean (Dunkeld)
Theme from Harry's Game...by Clannad from Past Present (RCS)
[ID excerpt] Cockle Geordie...by Battlefield Band from Home is Where the Van Is (Temple)
The Shetland Fiddle Diva/Purfy...by Catriona Macdonald from Bold (Peerie Angel Productions)
Another Day...by Karan Casey from Distant Shore (Shanachie)
Fisher Street...by Michael McGoldrick from Fused (Compass)
Buachaillin Deas Óg Mé...by MacDara from The Love Token (MacDara)
Dove Across the Water: Iona Theme/March - The Cunning Workmen...by Ossian from Dove Across the Water (Iona)
Caravanserai...by 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 Tweeds...by 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 Fisel...by 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 Boatman...by Connla from River Waiting (connlamusic.com)
Colin Macintosh/Black Horse...by Katie McNally Trio from The Boston States (Heath Music)
The Burning of Auchindoun...by Sophie Ramsay from The Seas Between Us (sophieramsay.com)
The Martlet/Father John Angus Rankin...by Katie McNally Trio from from The Boston States (Heath Music)
On the Road...by Liza Mulholland from Fine 'n' Rosy (Metagama Productions)
White Room/The Congress Reel...by Wake the Dead from Deal (Celtoid)
[ID excerpt] Potting Shed Stomp...by Liza Mulholland from Fine 'n' Rosy (Metagama Productions)
On a Boat...by Eddie and Luc from Tirade (Brig Records)
Here's the Tender Coming...by Eddie and Luc from Tirade (Brig Records)
Daily Growing...by Connla from River Waiting (connlamusic.com)
Escaldarium...by Connla from River Waiting (connlamusic.com)
Saints and Sinners...by Connla from River Waiting (connlamusic.com)
The Enchanted...by Connla from River Waiting (connlamusic.com)

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  (Ferintosh.com)

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

Gavotte...by 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 Feathers...by Kevin Burke from If The Cap Fits (Mulligan
The Fabled Hare...by Maddy Prior from Year (Park)  
[ID Excerpt] Merrily Kissed the Quaker...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)  
Gaeltacht...by Alan Stivell from Renaissance of the Celtic Harp (Rounder)  
Magheracloone/Norland Wind...by Battlefield Band from Rain, Hail or Shine (Temple)  
Welsh Arrow Suite...by Pierre Bensusan from Encore (MVD Audio)

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