The Thistle & Shamrock on WUOT
Saturdays from 8-9 p.m.
Created weekly in the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, The Thistle and Shamrock is one of NPR's longest-running and most popular music offerings. This vibrant and engaging program is produced exclusively for public radio stations, and is the most listened-to Celtic music program in the world.
3 Swannanoa Memories - part 1. Join Fiona at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina mountains, for highlights from her many musical encounters at Traditional Song Week, including Brian McNeill, Sheila Kay Adams, and Cathy Ryan.
10 Swannanoa Memories - part 2 . Join Fiona at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina mountains, for more highlights from her many musical encounters at Traditional Song Week, including Julee Glaub Weems, Claudine Langille, and Jean Ritchie.
17 Singing the Land. This week features music from Karine Polwart's theatrical event Wind Resistance, originally presented in association with the Edinburgh International Festival, and from fiddler Duncan Chisholm’s Sandwood Bay, named for the finest and least accessible beach in Scotland.
24 Harlaw. Music and song have carried the story of the Battle of Harlaw across six centuries. Fiddler Bonnie Rideout and a gathering of musical friends recorded ancient music that commemorates this battle. Historian John Purser guides us through the story of the legendary conflict in the age-old struggle between war and peace.
31 Spring is in the Airs. 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 a musical scene of the season.
3 The Long View - Fiona selects a few extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including groundbreaking recordings by Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.
10 ThistleRadio Classics - An hour of some well-loved classic tracks from our ThistleRadio music channel, winner of ‘Best Music Show: Country/Folk/Blues’ in the 2017 Online Radio Awards.
17 Clear Sounds - Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice - solo and layered – along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists, featuring Jean Redpath, Little Windows, and Maura O’Connell
24 Songs of the Times - Old ballads offer fascinating glimpses into the past but what do today’s songwriters say about our contemporary concerns? Find out this week with Karan Casey, Karine Polwart, Battlefield band and more.
6 At the Edge - Explore an evolving Celtic roots sound, inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.
13 New Year, New Music 1 - Tune into 2018 with some great music from recent deliveries to the Thistle mailboxes in Scotland and the U.S
20 New Year, New Music 2 - Tune into 2018 with some great music from recent deliveries to the Thistle mailboxes in Scotland and the U.S
27 Songs of the Bard - Join us in marking the annual celebrations of the birth of Robert Burns with an hour of musical innovation and tradition inspired by his legacy.