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. 


5  New Fall Sounds - Join Fiona as she uncovers the latest batch of releases, hearing what’s new from established artists and uncovering the emerging talent



1              More New Sounds - Fiona handpicks more of the best new sounds from the summer crop of new releases by rising and well-established artists.

8              Gaelic Voices - This week, explore the branches of contemporary song sprouting from the roots of some very old vocal traditions.

15           Fiddle Styles - Sample a variety of fiddle flavors across this hour of tunes from the wide world of Celtic music.

22           Sea Sound - Images and moods of the sea emerge this week from traditional to new music, including the classical sounds of William Jackson’s work for fiddles, pipes, woodwind and strings: A Scottish Island.

29           Myth and Legend - Delve into myth, legend and mystery this week in ballads and tunes of Celtic origin and inspiration.


6              Combos - We revel in the joyous sounds of multi-instrumental line-ups and embrace the unconventional when considering “what-goes-with-what”

13           Brittany - Intoxicating melodies from Brittany fill the airwaves, with classic Breton bands Kornog and Skolvan, vocalist Annie Ebrel, and the father of pan-Celtic music, Alan Stivell

20           Islanders - It may have originated in sea swept island communities to the North, West and South of the Atlantic archipelago, but this week’s choice of music is far from insular.

27           Music Migration - Fiona Ritchie recalls the connections that captured her attention when she first travelled in the U.S. by exploring what ties her native landscape to the music of the Southern Appalachians.


JULY 2016

2     More New Summer Sounds

9     World Beat - Circumnavigate the worlds of Celtic music with an hour of Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion.

16     Essential Celtic - Learn how to inject a Celtic core into your music library that reflects past and present, honors tradition, and celebrates the spirit of innovation. Fiona Ritchie has some suggestions to enhance any personal music collection.

23  Clear Sounds - Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice - solo and layered – along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists

30  Hot Picks - Some music is a perfect match for the hot days, warm evenings and cool sea breezes of summertime. Enjoy an eclectic hour of summer sounds.


MAY 2016

7       Tales of the Riverbank - Sources of life and timeless inspirations to song-makers, rivers run through many of our well-loved and best-known landscapes.  Their quiet country banks and neglected docksides are now often the focus of rural rediscovery, urban regeneration, and seaside redevelopment.  Hear songs about grand city quays and unspoiled country streams.

14     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.

21     Swannanoa Memories - part 2

28    Song Beat - Hebridean tweed workers’ songs, rowing songs, hiking songs, mouth music – their lyrics take a back seat to their integral rhythms that lighten the work. Get into the rhythm of the song this week with Catherine-Anne MacPhee, Ossian, Christy Moore and many more.








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