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Thistlepod presents: remembing Pete Seeger

Fiona Ritchie remembers a visit with the late Pete Seeger

Travel with Fiona Ritchie to the home of Pete Seeger for a conversation with the legendary folk singer and activist, a man whose music and message became universal.

The D Minor Flourish…by Pete Seeger from At 89 (Appleseed)
Michael Row the Boat Ashore…by Pete Seeger from Pete Seeger's Greatest Hits (Columbia)  
Pretty Polly…by Pete Seeger from American Folk Anthology (Not Now Music)

Thistlepod presents: Solas

Thistlepod presents: Solas

Seamus Egan and Winifred Horan, founding members of Solas, talk about the roots of this quintessential Irish-American band.

The Stride/Tom Doherty's/The Contradiction/Viva Glicia…by Solas from The Words That Remain (Shanachie)   
Pastures of Plenty…by Solas from Reunion (Compass)   
Black Annis…by Solas from Reunion (Compass)

Thistlepod presents: Archie Fisher

Thistlepod presents: Archie Fisher

Meet the legendary Scottish troubadour in conversation and song.  The Scottish singer, songwriter, song interpreter, guitarist and radio broadcaster joins host Fiona Ritchie to talk about his connection with Americana music and reveals why he rarely records studio albums.

Bonnie Border Lass (guitar intro) Archie Fisher from Windward Away (Red House)
Silver Archie Fisher from Sunsets I've Galloped Into...(Greentrax)
Adam Archie Fisher from Will Ye Gang, Love (Green Linnet)


Thistlepod presents: The Bearer of Gifts

Bearer of Gifts


Fiona Ritchie narrates a folk legend from Lapland that retells the traditional nativity tale: Scottish writer Kenneth Steven's 'The Bearer of Gifts'. Music from Nordic traditions accompanies the reading.

[Excerpt] An Irish Carol…by Nightnoise from The Parting Tide (Windham Hill)


Reading: The Bearer of Gifts by Kenneth Steven ( 1998 Magi Publications, London, narrated by Fiona Ritchie

Background music for The Bearer of Gifts reading:

Excerpts from On the Shoulders of the Great Andrew Cronshaw from On the Shoulders of the Great Bear (Cloud Valley)

Silent Mari Kaasinen from Can We Have Christmas Now? (Northside)

Riverside Karen Tweed & Timo Alakotila from May Monday (Northside)

Thistlepod presents: Little Windows - Harmony singing with traditional Celtic and Appalachian melodies.

Julee Glaub and Mark Weems share their blend of Irish and Appalachian music, performing live in the studio with host Fiona Ritchie.

Gypsy Davy…by Julee Glaub from Blue Waltz (Julee Glaub)
Dear Irish Boy…by Julee Glaub *Live Studio Performance*
Foggy Dew…by Mark Weems from Short Time Here, Long Time Gone (Little Windows)
A Sailor Being Tired…by Mark Weems *Live Studio Performance*
Home’s Across the Blue Ridge Mountains…by Little Windows from Just Beyond Me (Little Windows)

Thistlepod presents: Jack Beck's Scottish American Ballad Connection

Jack Beck's Scottish American Ballad Connection

Gypsy Jack Beck (live recording - not available)
Black Jack Sara Grey (live recording - not available)
Cumberland Peggy Seeger (private collection - unavailable)

Find recordings by these artists on their websites:

Jack Beck
Sara Grey
Peggy Seeger

Thistlepod presents: Christmas Dreams & Memories

Christmas Greetings

Un Flambeau, Jeannette, Isabelle... by Loreena McKennitt from The Midwinter Night's Dream (Quinlan Road) - excerpt
Let it Neil Hogan from A Christmas Collection (Joplin & Sweeney Music)  
Emigrant William Jackson from Heart Music (Iona
Tommy's Alasdair Fraser from The Road North (Sona Gaia)  
Auld Lang The Cast from The Winnowing (Culburnie)

Thistlepod presents: John Doyle

John Doyle John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie)
Hunter's Moon/Getting There/The Morris Liz Carroll & John Doyle from In Play (Compass)
Lost in the Liz Carroll with John Doyle from Lost in the Loop (Green Linnet)
Pretty John Doyle from Evening Comes Early (Shanachie)

Thistlepod presents: Dave Richardson

Dave Richardson

Caliope Boys of the Lough from Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (Lough)

Garrison Keillor Introduction...from Boys of the Lough Live at Carnegie Hall (Sage Arts)

Cape Breton Wedding Reels No. 1, 2 & Boys of the Lough from Welcoming Paddy Home (Lough)

The Curragh of Boys of the Lough from Lonesome Blues and Dancing Shoes (Lough)

Thistlepod Presents: Christine Kydd

Christine Kydd

Old & Strong/This Mountain Song…by Janet Russell & Christine Kydd from Russell & Kydd (Greentrax)
King's Shillin…by Christine Kydd from Dark Pearls (Culburnie
Slave's Lament…by Chantan from Primary Colours (Culburnie)