Thistle and Shamrock
May 15, 2013 — From the Northern Isles of Shetland and Orkney, to the Hebrides, the Isle of Man and Rathlin Island off the northern Irish coast, this week's diverse choice of music is insular only in the geographical sense.
May 8, 2013 — It's time to unwrap the latest batch of newly arrived recordings to hear what's new from established artists and uncover the emerging talent.
May 1, 2013 — How do you deliver a message of social justice, peace or environmental consciousness in a way that draws in an audience, regardless of their political stance? Find out in the songs of Christy Moore, Dougie MacLean, Maire Brennan, Sally Barker and others.
Apr 24, 2013 — Old songs provide a lens through which we can view lifestyles and work-ways, now passed into history, when manual labors filled the day. Hear of horse-drawn ploughs, hand loom weavers, miners and the men who fished under sail with Davy Steele, Dick Gaughan, Christine Kydd and many more.
Apr 17, 2013 — Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the air this week, with the ensemble of Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel, and the father of contemporary Celtic music in Brittany, Alan Stivell.
Apr 10, 2013 — From the shipyards of the Banks of the River Clyde, to the mining villages of Fife and the farms of the Borders, the Scottish Lowlands have been a hive of activity for centuries. Tour the musical landscape with Archie Fisher, Deaf Shepherd, Alison Kinnaird and Croft No. 5.
Apr 3, 2013 — For Joe McKenna, Kim Robertson, Liz Carroll and Jacqui McShee, spring is certainly in the airs, and also the jigs, reels and songs. Join us for the first musical scent of the season.
Mar 27, 2013 — Travel to Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and beyond to hear the authentic Celtic-rooted music of Canada with Leahy, Loreena McKennit, Mary Jane Lamond, Natalie MacMaster and more.
Mar 20, 2013 — Few musical sounds make a more honest and direct statement than duos in the Irish tradition. So we feature pairs this week: the fiddle of Martin Hayes in dialog with Dennis Cahill's guitar, the late Frankie Kennedy whose flute soars in partnership with Mairead Ni Mhaonaigh's fiddle (pron: Mir-aid Nee Weeney), and the intertwined voices of sisters Maighread and Triona Ni Dhomhnaill (Pron: Myrud and Treena Nee Gonnel).
Mar 13, 2013 — Broadcaster and musician Mary Ann Kennedy is from the Isle of Skye Gaelic music dynasty The Campbells, award-winning singers and pipers.