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Here’s what’s just ahead on Thistle. Remember that broadcast dates vary depending on where you’re listening, so just check our broadcast schedule and list of streaming stations for dates, times and frequencies.

Week 21
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May 26:  Song Beat

Hebridean tweed workers’ songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music – their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms that lighten the work. Get into the rhythm of the song this week with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore and many more.

Week 22
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June 02: Songs of the Times

Old ballads offer fascinating glimpses into the past but what do today’s songwriters say about our contemporary concerns?  Find out this week.

Week 23
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June 09:  Raise Your Voice

While solo singing is revered in traditional singing circles, layers of harmony and massed voices create stunning arrangements of traditional folk song.

Week 24
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June 16: The Longest Day

Ancient holidays, festivals and fertility rituals marked the time when the sun reaches its greatest height in the northern hemisphere.  Fiona joins in with music and song handpicked to celebrate the longest period of daylight.

Week 25
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June 23:  New Summer Sounds

The flow of music is never ending and an early summer crop of new releases always yields some fine music.  Fiona handpicks some new sounds recently released by rising artists along with the latest from your favorites.

Week 26
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June 30:  More New Summer Sounds

Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds recently released by rising artists along with the latest from your favorites.

Week 27
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July 7: World Beat

Circumnavigate the worlds of Celtic music with an hour of Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion.

Week 28
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July 14:  Essential Celtic

Learn how to inject a Celtic core into your music library that reflects past and present, honors tradition, and celebrates the spirit of innovation. Fiona Ritchie has some suggestions to enhance any personal music collection.

Week 29
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July 21: Clear Sounds

Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice - solo and layered – along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists.

Week 30
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July 28: Hot Picks

Some music is a perfect match for the hot days, warm evenings and cool sea breezes of summertime. Enjoy an eclectic hour of summer sounds.

Week 31
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August 04: Combos

We revel in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups and embrace the unconventional when considering “what-goes-with-what”.

Week 32
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August 11:  Brittany

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the airwaves, with classic Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel, and the father of pan-Celtic music, Alan Stivell.

Week 33
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August 18:  Islanders

It may have originated in sea swept island communities to the North, West and South of the Atlantic archipelago, but this week’s choice of music is far from insular.

Week 34
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August 25:  Music Migration

Fiona Ritchie recalls the connections that captured her attention when she first travelled in the U.S. by exploring what ties her native landscape to the music of the Southern Appalachians.

Week 35
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September 01:   Kickstarters

In the 1970s a handful of globetrotting bands kicked off the international following for music from Celtic roots. Hear vintage sounds from some of the trailblazers including The Chieftains, Battlefield Band, Clannad, Boys of the Lough, Planxty, Silly Wizard, De Dannan, Ossian, Tannahill Weavers and hear how they all combined to feed a growing worldwide interest.