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
Celtic Show Bands
Hear big-band style brass sections and other instrumental combinations as they create cutting edge grooves and a big bold acoustic sound.
Mary Ann Kennedy joins Fiona to introduce her family’s album and book project, “Fonn” (pron: Fown), a Gaelic word meaning both “land and “melody”. She’ll reveal the essence of rural community life that is reflected in their songs of work, worship, land, sea and love.
Circumnavigate the worlds of Celtic music with an Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion hour!
Learn how to inject a Celtic core into your music library that reflects past and present, honors tradition, and celebrates the spirit of innovation. It can be done! Host Fiona Ritchie has some suggestions that will enhance any personal music collection.
Explore myth, legend and mystery this week, in ballads and tunes of Celtic origin and inspiration.
New Releases and Debuts, part 1
Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of this summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose music has helped shape the sound of The Thistle & Shamrock®.
New Releases and Debuts, part 2
Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks more new sounds of the summer.
A Broader Canvas
Follow the Celtic music trail to Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.
Live & Kicking
From the pubs and clubs of home to international festivals stages, some great live performances electrify this hour of music.
Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice, solo and layered, along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists.
We revel in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups this week, shamelessly embracing anarchy in determining “what-goes-with-what”.
Raised in the Outer Hebrides, Julie Fowlis is one of a small group of singers bringing Scots Gaelic music into the cultural mainstream; no more so than when she provided the singing voice for Disney Pixar’s Oscar winning animation “Brave”. Meet her this week.
Few musical sounds make a more honest and direct statement than duos in the Irish tradition. Enjoy them combining their voices, guitars, fiddles, flutes and more acoustic instruments.
Travel to Cape Breton, Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Quebec and on into the west to hear the authentic Celtic rooted music of Canada.