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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

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The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

The Thistle & Shamrock: The Carrying Stream

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Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's collaborative album is titled Child Ballads. Jay Sansone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Anais Mitchell and Jefferson Hamer's collaborative album is titled Child Ballads.

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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.