For immediate release
March 9, 1999

FIONA RITCHIE JOINS NPR ONLINE FOR A LIVE CHAT ON IRISH MUSIC AND CULTURE
Thursday, March 11 at 7pm


WASHINGTON, D.C. - NPR Online presents a live chat with Fiona Ritchie, the host of NPR's critically acclaimed program Thistle and Shamrock, on Thursday, March 11 at 7pm EST. Ms. Ritchie will talk about the Celtic musical tradition of Ireland, Scotland, Brittany, and Wales. She also will discuss the impact Irish emigrants have had on American music and answer questions about the artists and music featured on her weekly radio program.

Listeners and fans of Celtic music and culture are invited to join the chat by coming to the NPR Home Page.

NPR's award-winning Thistle & Shamrock highlights Celtic roots in today's musical culture and is carried by more than 360 public radio stations nationwide.