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

B. LaFleche, Ansonia, CT
“I would like to thank you sincerely for this WONDERFUL radio show. Through your radio show, I think my taste in music became more eclectic (open minded) and Celtic remained one of my favorites. This music is so ALIVE! I wish I could meet the people who compose such beautiful music. This fire of life they create through their ‘sincere’ tunes...I’ve been caught dancing happily on them quite a few times!”
G. Gale, Palm Springs, CA
“We had the most pleasurable experience listening to your broadcast. The music, of course, is magnificent, and the interview was so packed full of information that was not only new to us, but extremely interesting. You are an excellent interviewer...truly an enjoyable show.”
T. Butler, Chicago Ridge, IL
“I just wanted to send a quick note on how I love your radio show Thistle & Shamrock. When I hear you on the radio it brings me back to my own culture; it is really where my heart is. It’s who I am and where I came from. Other cultures have been a hobby of mine for years and when I listen to T&S it reminds me of where I belong. Please keep up the good work. I would be lost without you.”
G. Davenport, Los Angeles, CA
“I discovered your radio program in recent weeks. I am really enjoying the music. It reminds me of reels I heard growing up in Kentucky in the 1930’s and 1940’s. We were in a remote rural area and adults danced by lantern light in the dust. They were very poor, but I can still remember the joy on their faces as they danced. A lantern glow on sun parched faces.”
C. Valenzuela, Anchorage, AK
“Your program has been my most cherished and inspirational source of music ever since I listened to it for the first time a few years ago. I’m a fisherman, and in my job the everyday routine and boredom becomes more bearable by listening to Fiona’s show with all that great music and history.”
“I am devoted to the program every Saturday night here in Nashville. The Fire Hall where I work has even gotten into the habit of listening when we are here during a broadcast. The only regret that I have is that yours isn’t a 24 hour Celtic station. Keep up the excellent work!”
“The music of Thistle and Shamrock naturally creates a desire to explore wonders of the Celtic lands. Your voice is one of the most welcome sounds in my house all week. Thank you for bringing so much joy to my soul!”
“I want you to know that you have one devoted listener in Croatia from episode 896 - when I received a message from NPR how to listen your programme on Astra Satellite. Thanks for your patience, and thanks for your living word.”
Aviano Air Base, Italy
"I listen to your program on NPR worldwide on the Armed Forces Radio Network in Italy. I enjoy hearing it weekly and believe it is worth getting up early to hear.
Keep up the great work.”
J.H., Tinley Park, IL
"It’s wonderful having a radio program available that can reach the soul so easily."
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