Celtic musical traditions continue to evolve in Ireland, Scotland, Brittany,
England, Wales and in North America. This evolution is the raw material
from which Fiona Ritchie produced her weekly program
of music and cultural heritage from studios at the foothills of the Scottish
Nuala Kennedy and A.J. Roach
Hear how two musicians, raised over 4,000 miles apart, share a deep musical connection. Flute player and singer Nuala (pron: Noo-la) Kennedy is from the east coast of Ireland; singer and songwriter A.J. Roach was raised in southwestern Virginia. Nuala grew up with many Ulster ballads and tunes that were carried across the ocean to take root in the mountains and hollows of A.J.’s homeland. Fiona chats with the pair and delves into their individual recordings.
Explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of ancient vocal traditions.
Sample a variety of fiddle flavors from the wide world of Celtic music.
The Road of Tears
From broadsheet ballads to music hall choruses, songs have documented true-life emigrant experiences through time. Today, Battlefield Band, Mick Moloney, Mary Black and others continue in that tradition.
Heart of the Session
From Matt Molloy’s pub in County Mayo, Ireland to Edinburgh’s famous folk bar “Sandy Bell’s”, we celebrate the sound of communal music making.
Brian McNeill at Swannanoa
Join Fiona Ritchie at The Swannanoa Gathering in the mountains of North Carolina for a conversational, musical encounter with multi-instrumentalist, songwriter and singer Brian McNeill. Brian chats about his globetrotting years with Battlefield Band, his song and novel writing, and his projects uncovering Scottish connections in North America and Europe. His travels always inspire new music and Brian shares songs and tunes with the audience.
Follow hypnotic dance rhythms to Brittany and Galicia, explore a panorama of songs in Breton, French and Spanish, and savor the essence of continental Celtic music.
New Fall Sounds
Get a few ideas for your holiday gift shopping as Fiona Ritchie introduces new releases from debuting artists that have caught her hear as well as favorite players who have helped to define the genre.
Roots Run Deep
Musical communities coast-to-coast in the U.S. and Canada show their roots with great traditional fiddling, gorgeous sensing, and ear-catching blends of American and Celtic music.
Follow the great musical migration from Scotland, through Ulster to Appalachia. Maggie MacInnes, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams and others share songs that tell the story of a remarkable musical diaspora.
Hear some of today’s most innovative and inspirational Celtic music in recordings of its most ancient instrument. William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Maire Brennan, Grainne Hambly, Savourna Stevenson, and Alan Stivell all feature in an hour dedicated to small harps.
Travel into the traditions of midwinter through some spellbinding music of the season.
A Festive Celtic Celebration
Join Fiona Ritchie to celebrate the season by exploring festive songs, carols and dances from traditions old and new.
Hogmanay New Releases
Look forward to the New Year with a batch of new releases from across the oceans and the miles.