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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.

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October 08: Bass Rock

Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground.

Week 42
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October 15:   Len Graham

Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for some songs from Len’s long career.

Week 43
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October 22: New Releases and Debuts

Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of this summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose music has helped shape the Celtic sound.

Week 44
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October 29: Tales for All Hallow’s Eve

Hear supernatural tales in music from Celtic roots to mark the transition from old year to new in the ancient calendar.

Week 45
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November 05:  Canada

Travel through the Canadian Maritimes and out to the west to hear the vibrant traditions of authentic Celtic music from Canada.

Week 46
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November 12:  The Carrying Stream

It took centuries for a ballad like “Barbara Allen” to work its way through the British Isles and across the Atlantic. Now the music flows freely back and forth as musicians from both sides of the ocean explore and fuse flavors from Celtic, Appalachian and Old Time music. This week they include Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Jean Ritchie and Anaïs Mitchell.

Week 47
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November 19:  Hometown Song

From Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” to “Festival Lights” by the McCalmans, hear how artists from both sides of the Atlantic are inspired to commemorate their homes.

Week 48
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November 26:  The Gathering

From cottage hearthsides in the pre-broadcasting age to the pubs and back porches of today’s session scene, enjoy music that celebrates the gathering of families and friends.

Week 49
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December 03: 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 50
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December 10:  Midwinter Meditation

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

Week 51
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December 17:  A Child’s Christmas

Welsh singer-songwriter and broadcaster Cerys Matthews recorded “A Child’s Christmas” by Dylan Thomas to mark the poet’s centenary year in 2014.  Cerys tells host Fiona Ritchie all about the project, set to original music she created with Mason Neely, and transports us to Christmastime in Wales by narrating excerpts from this timeless holiday classic.

Week 52
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December 24:  A Festive Celtic Celebration

Join Fiona Ritchie to celebrate the season by exploring festive songs, carols and dances from traditions old and new.

Week 53
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December 31:   New Year New Music

Look forward to the New Year with a batch of the latest releases tracking the evolving traditions of music from Celtic roots.