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. 

AUGUST 2015

1     Dear Jean - Artists celebrate Jean Ritchie (1922-2015), singing the songs she taught them and passing along their wisdom.  Much of this week’s music comes from the commemorative CD which includes Robin and Linda Williams, Peggy Seeger, Kathy Mattea, John McCutcheon and many friends of Jean Ritchie.

8   Celtic Guitar

15   ThistleRadio - Hear some of the classic tracks that are the bedrock of our playlist for ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

22    New for Summer - Tune into the great new sounds, from both sides of the Atlantic, that artists and their record labels are launching during the music festival season

29   New Again for Summer

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JULY 2015

4       Underneath the Stars - Drawing meaning, guidance and solace from the sun moon and stars, our music looks to the Northern and Western skies this week

11           Musical Breizh - Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the airwaves this week, with the bands Kornog and Skolvan, traditional vocalist and specialist in Breton “gwerz” songs Annie Ebrel, and the father of pan-Celtic music, harper Alan Stivell

18           Common Currency - Follow the instrumental links and song streams that connect musical traditions across miles and oceans.

25           Remembering Jean Ritchie - Travel with host Fiona Ritchie to the mountains of North Carolina and the Swannanoa Gathering’s Traditional Song Week, where the late Jean Ritchie shared songs, memories and wisdom, with an Appalachian dulcimer across her lap.

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MAY 2015

2    Westward - Hear wild fiddle music and singing in the language of the Gael.  Music from western places in Ireland and Scotland is the music of lonely, rugged mountainsides and sea-swept coastlines

9     Fresh Takes - Established artists and old friends bring new music to the show with their latest releases and innovations

16   At The Edge - Hear an evolving Celtic roots sound, inspired by jazz and classical arrangements and driven by contemporary and world rhythms.

23   Debuts - Look to the next era for this music with the sounds of first time artists on Thistle with recordings from both sides of the Atlantic

30   Program to be announced

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APRIL 2015

4    Julie Fowlis - Raised in the Outer Hebrides, Julie Fowlis is reaching international audiences with Gaelic song, and is one of a small group of singers bringing it into the cultural mainstream.  Meet her to explore her music and learn about her role in the soundtrack of an Oscar-winning animation.

11  Time to Dance - The rhythms of Celtic music will always get into your feet, and then you’re dancing!  Limber up and tune into music including Alasdair Fraser, Trian, and a pair of traditional dance bands from Ireland and Scotland.

18  Heading South - Fiona celebrates the musical connections her captured her attention when she first traveled through the U.S. in the early 1980s, by exploring the music of the Southern Mountains.

25   Kick Back - There’s more to this roots music business than high-energy dance tunes.  Ease through hand-picked soothing voices and free-spirited instrumentals