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 2014 programs:

2 New Releases and Debuts, part 1
9   New Releases and Debuts, part 2
16 A Broader Canvas - Follow the Celtic music trail to Cornwall, the Isle of Man, Galicia, Asturias, Wales and Brittany.
23 Live & Kicking - From the pubs and clubs of home to international festivals stages, some great live performances electrify this hour of music
30 Clear Sounds - Enjoy the pure beauty of the unaccompanied voice, solo and layered, along with virtuoso solo instrumentalists

July 2014 programs:

5   Family Gathering - 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. (NOTE: Airs at 10 p.m. tonight)
12  Global Gathering - Circumnavigate the worlds of Celtic music with an Afro-Balkan-Latin-Urban-Country-Celtic fusion hour!
19  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. It can be done! Host Fiona Ritchie has some suggestions that will enhance any personal music collection.
26  Mythography - Explore myth, legend and mystery this week, in ballads and tunes of Celtic origin and inspiration.


June 2014 programs:

7   Words, Verses, Music - Poetry tells the story this week, with songs and tunes inspired by poets’ lives and works.
14   On the Road - Today’s working musicians offer us contemporary verses of the traveling artists’ lifestyles, continuing a long-established tradition of celebrating itinerant work ways in song.
21   Early Summer Sounds - Fiona hand-picks the best new sounds from rising artists along with the latest from some of your favorite artists
28   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