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. 

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