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.
7 Canada - Travel through the Canadian Maritimes and out to the west to hear the vibrant traditions of authentic Celtic music from Canada.
14 The Carrying Stream - It took centuries for a ballad like “Barbara Allen” to work its way through the British Isles and across the Atlantic. Now the music flows freely back and forth as musicians from both sides of the ocean explore and fuse flavors from Celtic, Appalachian and Old Time music. This week they include Dolly Parton, John Doyle, Jean Ritchie and Anaïs Mitchell
21 Hometown Song - From Ewan MacColl’s “Dirty Old Town” to “Festival Lights” by the McCalmans, hear how artists from both sides of the Atlantic are inspired to commemorate their homes.
28 The Gathering - From cottage hearthsides in the pre-broadcasting age to the pubs and back porches of today’s session scene, enjoy music that celebrates the gathering of families and friends.
3 Harlaw - Music and song has carried the story of the Battle of Harlaw through six centuries. Fiddler Bonnie Rideout led a gathering of musicians to record ancient music of the battle. Travel back in time with them and music historian John Purser who tells us of this legendary conflict in the age-old struggle between war and peace.
10 Bass Rock - Contributions by acoustic and electric bass to Celtic music are subtle, imaginative and, with players like Alain Genty, firmly in the foreground
17 Len Graham - Fiona Ritchie meets the legendary singer and song collector from Northern Ireland to chat about the connections between Scotland, Ireland and Appalachia, with plenty of time for some songs from Len’s long career
24 New Releases and Debuts - Host Fiona Ritchie handpicks new sounds of this summer, combining artist debuts with the latest from musicians whose music has helped shape the Celtic sound
31 Tales for All Hallow’s Eve - Hear supernatural tales in music from Celtic roots to mark the transition from old year to new in the ancient calendar.
5 Harpers - Hear innovation on an ancient instrument with harpers William Jackson, Wendy Stewart, Maire Brennan, Grainne Hambly, Savourna Stevenson, and Alan Stivell all feature in an hour dedicated to small harps.
12 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.
19 The Long View - Fiona picks a few favorite extended arrangements of traditional tunes, including classic recordings from Kevin Burke and Alan Stivell.
26 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.
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
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.
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
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