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              Ballads of the Border - Hear ballads that sing of battles, cattle raids, and family loyalties in the borderlands of Scotland and England

12           Celtic Guitar - Virtuoso players from old world to new are raising the bar for Celtic roots-inspired guitar music.

19           ThistleRadio - Hear classic tracks from ThistleRadio, our round-the-clock music channel.

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


JULY 2017

1              Summer Sounds - Breeze into the heart of summer with music from Eddi Reader, William Jackson, Nightnoise and more.

8              Made in America - Travel from the 1920s with legendary fiddlers Michael Coleman and James Morrison, to the thriving 1970s session scene and hear the evolving sound of Irish traditional music in the United States

15           Best of the Best - From The Chieftains vintage collection “the Very Best of the Claddagh Years” to “Dusk Till Dawn” which telescopes the long and successful career of Capercaillie, we explore some of the finest “best of” compilations this week.

22           Jazz - Luka Bloom and Karan Casey are best known for traditional and contemporary folk song. Hear them and others working with jazz artists to steer their music in a different direction.

29           New Sounds 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.


JUNE 2017

3              The Songs of Robert Tannahill - Explore songs of the 17th century “weaver poet” who wrote verses in the style of Burns. His work is still widely sung and has been immortalized internationally in folk songs he influenced, including “Wild Mountain Thyme” and “Waltzing Matilda”.

10           New for Summer - Tune into the great new sounds, from both sides of the Atlantic, that artists and their record labels are launching for this year’s music festival season.

17           Archie Fisher - We re-visit our rendezvous with the legendary Scottish singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and broadcaster, hearing music from across the decades of his remarkable career.

24           Dream Time - Kick back with some soothing voices and free spirited instrumentals, featuring Dougie MacLean, Maire Brenan, Karen Matheson and Davy Spillane.


MAY 2017

6              Bridges - Music marks the landmarks that span our landscapes and is its own bridge across time and place. Cross all forms of bridges this week.

13           Celtic Piano - In the right hands, the driving rhythms of fiddle music and the ornamentations of Celtic pipes and harp will all dance freely on piano keys. Join us for a trip to the heart of the Celtic piano music.

20           Season of Light - Marked in early May, Beltane is one of four quarter-day festivals in the old year. Join our celebration of the natural elements –Air, Earth, Water and Fire – in a Beltane-themed hour of music.

27           New Writing - From festival commissions for traditional instruments to new songs from emerging singer-songwriter talent, we enjoy the wealth of new writing that enriches the acoustic music scene.


APRIL 2017

1     The Strange Undoing of Prudencia Hart - Hear music from the National Theatre of Scotland show that has won acclaim over the past five years, including during its recent run in the U.S.  A non-traditional production playing in bars, pubs and civic spaces, it celebrates Scottish traditional poetry, storytelling and music woven through a supernatural tale.

8      The Great Tapestry - Follow the great musical migration from Scotland, through Ulster to Appalachia. Maggie MacInnes, Tim O’Brien, Cara Dillon, Jean Ritchie, Sheila Kay Adams and others share songs that tell the story of a remarkable musical Diaspora.

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

22   Spring Sounds - The new spring shoots of music from Celtic roots are ready for broadcast!

29   Singer Songwriters - An abundance of songwriting talent on this week’s show takes us on a tour around the landscapes that inspire their music.


MARCH 2017

4    Welsh Roots - Explore some well-loved and emerging roots music from Wales

11    ThistleRadio New - Hear some of the recently added tracks that have grown our playlist to more than 1,000 tracks on ThistleRadio, our popular round-the-clock music channel.

18    Live from Ireland - Re-live some great sets of Irish music, including years of live performances presented by Fiona with The Chieftains, Cherish the Ladies, and more

25   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



4   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.

11   Love Songs - Move beyond the traditional notion of romantic love this week to hear of a bond with landscape, language, and the natural world – all in the finest music from Celtic roots.

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

25   Brian McNeill at Swannanoa - Join Fiona and the multi-instrumentalist/songwriter/singer Brian McNeill as they share conversation and music at the Swannanoa Gathering in the North Carolina Mountains.



7              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.

14           The Long View - Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.

21           New Year Sounds - Prepare your way for the year ahead with a fresh musical start and a chance to discover artists whose careers are destined to gather momentum in the coming months

28           Songs of the Bard - Hear a variety of artists in the intoxicating embrace of the timeless songs of Robert Burns ~ Scotland’s National Bard.







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