Your Letters

Over the years we have learned that listeners to NPR's The Thistle & Shamrock are neither shy nor retiring, if the sheer volume of mail is anything to go by. Sharing a little about themselves and giving us insight into the role music plays in their lives, they have created a real listening community. The importance of radio to individuals everywhere resonates through these selected excerpts, and this obviously endures even in our downloadable, podcastable, multi-channel age. Thanks to everyone who has ever taken the time to write to us.

We'll excerpt one special e-mail or letter each month and send a CD of an artist heard on our radio program to say thanks for every one we feature. We're always pleased to hear from you at: The Thistle & Shamrock, PO Box 518, Matthews, NC 28106 USA or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

A. Egger, Switzerland
“Since I have noticed your program, I’m an enthusiastic and true listener. Thank you for so many interesting hours, with real great music.”
“Thank you for creating something that fills the day with such wonderful listening enjoyment, and fills the week with pleasure and anticipation.”
“I’d just like to tender a quick comment: fabulous. That’s what this program is. I’m an Irishman raised by Basques. Suffice it ot say that the T&S music goes right to my soul.”

“This is just to tell you how much I enjoy T&S. The melodies and rhythms you play make my Saturday evenings all the more special for me. I’ve never been able to explain the affinity I feel for Celtic music -- I am Filipino! But I’m sure I’m not the only one who feels that Celtic music is so good for the spirit and for the soul!”
“The program is a welcome accompaniement to my drive to work as an ER doctor every Sunday evening. It gets me centered and in a nice, calm frame of mind to do my job! It’s one of the best programs on NPR.”
“I’ve listened to this show for years. It’s probably the warmest, most comforting place on the radio and the highlight of my week!”
C. Burnson, Chicago, IL
“I wish I had time to write volumes about how much I’ve enjoyed your program through the years, and also the comfort it and your pleasant voice and personality give to me. Thank you again for the happiness you give to others with your knowledge and appreciaiton of the music of the Isles!!”
K. Becker, Fort Defiance, VA
“Thistle & Shamrock is one of the little gems of our time - and a credit to radio in general and NPR in specific. Thanks so much!”
J. Marlow, Southport, NC
“I enjoy your program very are rendering a great service in promoting knowledge and understanding of Celtic music in this country. Please keep up the excellent work.”
H. Murray, Atascadero, CA
“NPR is such a pleasure for all of us (in my opinion). Today’s world seems so tightly focused on the daily developments in the various arenas...economic, political, our jobs. We are constantly at risk of losing sight of what our efforts are all about. While there is merit in making the effort, the purpose for the effort must not be lost. So, in the category of “Stop to smell the roses along the way” I find things such as The Thistle and Shamrock. Thanks for providing your program and I am glad that there are enough of us to help keep you on-the-air. In this case, the effort is certainly worth the result.”
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