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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 38
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September 18: Irish Pairs

Few musical sounds make a more honest and direct statement than duos in the Irish tradition.  Enjoy them combining their voices, guitars, fiddles, flutes and more acoustic instruments.

 
Week 39
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September 25: Canada

Travel to Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and on into the west to hear the authentic Celtic rooted music of Canada.

 
Week 40
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October 02: Lowlands

From shipyards and farmlands to mills and mining villages, the Scottish Lowlands have been a hive of activity for centuries.  Tour the musical landscape with Archie Fisher, Deaf Shepherd, and Alison Kinnaird.

 
Week 41
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October 09: New Fall Sounds 1

Join Fiona as she explores the latest batch of releases, hearing what's new from established artists and uncovering the emerging talent.

 
Week 42
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October 16: New Fall Sounds 2

More new recordings reveal the latest from established artists and emerging talent.

 
Week 43
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October 23: Tales for All Hallow’s Eve

Hear music for the season and spine-chilling Scottish tales narrated by host Fiona Ritchie.

 
Week 44
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October 30:  Brittany

Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the air this week, with Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel, and the father of contemporary Celtic music in Brittany, Alan Stivell.

 
Week 45
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November 06: Jazz

Luka Bloom and Karan Casey are best known for traditional and contemporary folk song.  Hear them and others working with jazz artists to craft a different style of music.

 
Week 46
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November 13: Islanders

From Shetland and Orkney, to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island, this week's diverse choice of music is far from insular.

 
Week 47
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November 20:  Dance Time

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

 
Week 48
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Week 48
November 27: Dream Time

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).

 
Week 49
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December 04:  Music Migration

Fiona recalls the connections that captured her attention when she first travelled in the U.S. in the early 1980s by exploring what ties her world to the music of the Southern Mountains.

 
Week 50
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December 11: Alan Reid

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.

 
Week 51
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December 18:  Nollaig

Hear traditional carols, along with seasonal favorites, dance tunes and verses as Fiona celebrates the traditional Celtic Christmastide.

 
Week 52
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December 25:  Midwinter Musing

Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season.